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Buy Camping Tent - Coleman Oasis camping tent review

Updated on November 27, 2012

Outdoor camping tents - guaranteed family memories

 

What fun it is to spend the night in the great outdoors listening to the sounds of nature. What I mean is the crickets chirping, birds singing, and other night sounds that remind me of my youth when I had much more time and inclination to collect my belongings and seek shelter within the walls of a nylon castle. Now my kids are teen agers and they want to embark on this time honored tradition of families everywhere, sleeping in a tent in the yard.

But first, we had to get a tent. We had a tent once, a leftover from my youth, one my father purchased like I would now many decades before. This tent told many tales, about camping exploits of years past. Unfortunately for my kids, my father’s health prevented us from emjoying this tent with him. All they really remember about this first tent experience was that it was ld and stunk of musty fabrics.

We actually did use it a few times before we deemed it past its prime. Once we took it to Douglas lake near Knoxville Tennessee where my aunt and uncle have a large camper that is permanently parked in a campground they have visited for several years. We arranged the air mattresses and sleeping bags inside this dinosaur of tents and managed to survive the night, which made my kids realize inside was ot their only option for sleeping areas.

The front of our new Coleman Oasis tent, with the rain cover installed.
The front of our new Coleman Oasis tent, with the rain cover installed.

Our new tent

The new tent we have is a Coleman Oasis. It is one of Coleman’s family cabin tents, with the room to allow six adults to sleep comfortably. If you are looking for cabin tents for sale, this one is a great choice. It has a six foot ceiling, a definite need as my son at 15 years of age is already six foot one inch tall. Since six adults can fit inside comfortably this is a great addition to the ranks of the family cabin tents.

The main need for many people family camping tents is sufficient room for the family. This tent has plenty of room within is 12 foot by 10 foot interior. I feel it is one of the best camping tents on the market with this size advantage combined with the six foot ceiling, which allows for you to move around without having to crouch to get things done.

A dome tent is an immediate improvement over the old style of tent which had a single high spot across the middle of the tent meaning you had to stop and lean to move around inside. Family camping tents cannot have this limitation as many people will be inside at one time and need this extra room.

 

The front of the tent. Notice the mesh windows and at the bottom the electrical access port. This is without the rain guard installed.
The front of the tent. Notice the mesh windows and at the bottom the electrical access port. This is without the rain guard installed.

Features

Space is one of the greatest features of this dome camping tent. Inside the door is enough room for two queen size air beds. We have two air beds this size, so we were pleased to see the advertised capacity was accurate. Actually for the first sleep experience we improvised with mattresses in our basement as our air mattresses have small holes and used one full size mattress, one twin and a bunky board, or bunk bed mattress. Even with all three in there we still had some room.

This tent is one of the Coleman family cabin tents with the large mesh windows for great ventilation without the concern of annoying insects. No one is interested in trying to enjoy the great outdoors only to be plagued with insects. Outdoor camping tents of yesteryear dd not offer such amenities to please the ever so picky consumers of today. To guarantee continued sales of family cabin tents manufacturers like Coleman have to continue to be creative in their tent designs.

In case you work bout all this mesh exposing you to rain or onlookers, there is another part that is called a fly sheet. It actually fits over top of the tent with multiple cords ot assure it stays with the tent and stakes to help limit the wind’s attempts to lift it away. This addition gives you options on how you want to enjoy your camping experience.

At the rear of the tent is a small electrical access port which allows you to have an extension cord into your tent. Okay, I know you are shaking your head saying real campers don’t need or use electricity. Fortunately Coleman has the foresight to know not everyone is hard core and some will use campground facilities that provide electrical hookups. I used this to power the sleep machine I am required to use each night with relative ease. The biggest problem was finding enough extension cord to reach from the outlet in my house to the machine in the tent.

The tent has only two main poles that criss-cross to help maintain the structure of your tent. These poles are connected with an elasticized cord, so you have no worries about which piece goes where. This makes setting up the tent very quick and easy, as a two person team can probably accomplish the feat in under ten minutes.

Another neat feature is the method Coleman devised to store all the pertinent pieces. First of all they have sewn the assembly instructions inside the main storage bag and printed these instructions on a durable fabric patch so that weather experience will not degrade your instructions.

The carry bag is made of a long lasting fabric, just as the separate bags for the poles, tent and stakes are, ensuring you long years of use. This method of storage is so much better than with my dad’s tent as we had an old cardboard box it fit into sometimes, depending on who folded it and how they arranged the pieces.

The rear view of the tent. Notice the little port at the bottom of this side which allows for the electrical cord access.
The rear view of the tent. Notice the little port at the bottom of this side which allows for the electrical cord access.

Cheap camping tents

 The prIce of my tent was a great deal at $69.99. This was a price at a local retail store, but similar great prices are avaialble online if you choose to purchase that way instead. As with most consumer goods these days the supply has outstripped demand causing this to be a buyer's market.

At most large retail establishments you will see a number of large cabin tents for sale at a variety of prices. Colemans tents are very competitive in the industry with some of the best camping tents prices of all the manufacturers. Coleman is known as one of the best camping tents manufacturers, with several decades of market exposire to back up their products.

The have a wide variety of family cabin tents at competitive prices. Finding cheaping camping tents should not be a problem for you. So get up of your couch, listen to your kids direction to buy camping tent for their memory treasures. As I mentioned before the family camping tents are one of the greatest producers of family memories we have to enjoy.

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Side view of the tent. Both sides look similar and have a lot of mesh for good airflow.
Side view of the tent. Both sides look similar and have a lot of mesh for good airflow.
Looking in through the side mesh windows at the roominess of the tents.
Looking in through the side mesh windows at the roominess of the tents.

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      Camper 6 years ago

      I bought this tent. Thanks for the review and the pics. I was looking for the inside pics, esp the pouches. Didn't know it has such a big mesh on the side. I think I am gonna love it. The only thing I dont like about this tent is its color :) wish it was orange or blue or something else.

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      Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

      Bobby - I would have to agree, the need for more rain protection could be a problem in a rainy environment.

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      Bobby 7 years ago

      Tents are getting better and better but these guys need to add zip window covers and not the rain fly. There is just no excuse for this imo.

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      Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

      Actually my poles are fine. The fabric seems to be puckered there, probably due to the space we chose to set up on. The couplings actually have a stiff aluminum around them to address the stress factors.

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      j.r.macdonald 7 years ago

      Looks Like your tent poles are breaking at the top coupleing., mine broke this way probably cause the are using to much recycled fiberglass and not enough resin.Mine is an Ozark tent from Walmart {now I know why it was on sale}!

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      Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

      heart - my pictures do not do the tent justice as it has a considerable amount of room.

      Thanks for the comment and read.

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      Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

      dallas - We have talked about a camper, but so far the nylon castle is as far as we have progressed. This tent will be plenty adequate for our humble intentions.

      Thanks for the comments.

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      This tent looks a little cramped for 6 people, yet I do like it. The electrical access, I thought for sure was a doggy door? It seems like that's what most might use it for:) Good Share!

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      First tent, trailer, 5th wheel, small RV and then the "Land Yacht!" Hub reminds when I purchased a 90 day Euro rail pass. I back-packed and slept in a small tent in many strange places!

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      Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

      Shinkicker - The evolution of tents has made them much more enjoyable and useful. While I have never used one to the extent you have I can see how the design of this tent would make that possible.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

      hello, hello - Too bad they are great fun.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Shinkicker 7 years ago from Scotland

      Nice Hub Dobson

      I love living in tents and the quality is so good nowadays.

      In fact I lived in one for 6 months working in a campsite in Italy.

      Not much fun in the cold nights around Easter but great in the summer. Mind you you could sit in them during the day as it was like a sauna.

      I've got a 2 person tent and as Scotland still allows wild camping I'm going to use it this summer up in the Highlands :-)

      Cheers

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