07-07-2012, 08:12 AM
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Durham, NC
I own the Kodiac 10x10 and love it for car camping (photo of it here in my album). I set it up myself in about 20-30 minutes, but you will be able to do it quicker since you are stronger. I love the flexibility of the windows for ventilation, the awning is nice for shade, and it holds three single air mattresses and gear, plus a small dog comfortably.
That being said, I've seen light cabin tents that I would purchase instead if you wanted one big enough for four or more. Not many families want to fight with a tent for any length of time right after reaching a destination especially if it is hot. My BIL needs color coded instant set-up, my sister has the patience to lay out a heavy canvas tent correctly for the sense of a more secure structure.
Lamebeaver addresses a very real issue if you are camping in a campground. I have to check out the size of a tent pad when deciding if there is room for my Kodiac and not have it too close to a fire. I have set up two tents for my sister and her family, but she likes to have the kids under the same roof with her so two tents don't work with all families.
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." Anonymous