The Ozark Trail 11 Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent is an interesting structure with an additional private room added to the rear of the tent. You also have a very useful awning above the dual entrance doors.
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Key benefits & features
What is in the name
So you have a lot already in the title. This is an instant tent with telescopic poles and the setup typical for such a tent, but there is a bit more to that because of the third room, more below. The walls are very tall and straightened as you would expect from a cabin-style tent.
The tent includes 3 rooms, so you have the main cabin with a removable divider, plus an unusual addition attached to the rear side of the main cabin body. As for the 11-person capacity, I shall say a bit more below.
Who is it for
This is a summer camping tent for families and groups. The fact that it has a divider in the main cabin part, plus an attached room on the rear side, tell you that you can have some privacy in such a space. But this only assuming that you ignore the declared capacity of 11 people.Dimensions & capacity & best use
You will see in the specifications the size 14 x 14, indicating feet of course. But this is totally misleading. These numbers only describe the ground needed to set up this tent. This because its floor area is T shaped, with two separate units:The main cabin part is 14 x 8 ft (4.27 x 2.44 m).The private room extension is 8 x 6 ft (2.44 x 1.83 m).
But the tent is with an awning, which needs another 8 x 6 ft in front of the entrance doors. This would mean that the ground area is of the shape + or a cross, and the two lengths are 14 and 20 ft. Though you do not need to use the awning if you don’t have enough ground.
Back, to the inner area; this gives 112 + 48 ft²= 160 ft² (14.9 m²). So if you would use it for 11 people, you would have 14.5 ft² (1.35 m²) per person. This could work if you apply the backpacking capacity principle, but for a real camping this makes no much sense. As I suggested in my text about tent capacity, simply divide this number of people by 2. So this is a tent for 5 or a maximum of 6 people.
You can organize the space as you wish. You can put 2 queen size mattresses on the ends, allowing plenty of room in between for the passage to the back room. The back room alone has enough space for a queen size mattress. See how they think you could squeeze 11 people inside:
Seasons-wise, as I already pointed above, this is a tent for a relatively warmer climate, for summer camping and without much rain. This is because of i) lots of mesh on the ceiling, which is not the best choice in a cool climate, and, ii) because of the minimal fly which covers only the ceiling, so such a design is not the best in the case of lots of rain.
The packed size is typical for the instant tents, and one dimension is relatively long, 48 x 10 x 10 in (122 x 25 x 25 cm). So you will use this tent at places with a car access.
Construction & materials
From the text above you already have the idea about the inner area, so you have two rooms in the main cabin separated by the removable divider, and a private room as an extension. There are two entry doors, so the divider attaches in the middle between them, and in such a case, every room in the cabin part has its own door.
In such a configuration with the divider, you can enter the back private room from any of the front rooms. There is a large double size door with 2 zippers so you can open it from any of the two front rooms. The back room is without its own external door, but there is a window on the back, see the picture. This is why I have added this tent to my list of camping tents with closets.
You have the awning available, and it creates a great sitting area in front of the main entry doors, and its size is roughly 8 x 6 ft (2.44 x 1.83 m).
The tent is equipped with two poles for the awning which is with grommets, so you can fix the awning and the poles with guylines and stakes. If the awning is not in use, it can be rolled up and fixed above the front doors.Instant or not – the private room issue
The main cabin is indeed an instant tent. But this does not hold for the rest, and I would say you have a hybrid structure here. For the back private room, you have an extra pole which you insert in the sleeve and with this, you can raise the back room from the ground.
In the case that you do not need the back room, or you have not enough ground space in the camp, you can leave it as it is. Note, it is already pre-attached to the main cabin part, so you can simply roll it as much as you can and keep close to the cabin wall.The rain fly & other materials
The material is polyester, but they do not provide any information about the waterproof rating. I can only guess that it is rather limited, in the range 600 – 800 mm.
No info about the floor, it looks like a polyethylene. It is a catenary cut design. The poles are telescopic and this is steel.
The main fly you add separately for the cabin part. The back room is with the built-in fly so you have no extra work for this section.Setup
They speak about two minutes setup and this is partly so, but only for the main cabin part. Adding the fly, and setting up the back room will take a few more minutes, but all in all, it is really easy. These pictures depict the process, but you have seen it also in the video above:
You have two large mesh windows on the sides (they are also with panels for privacy and against the rain), and two windows are on the front doors, also with mesh and panels. The ceiling is all mesh as typical for all Ozark Trail tents (but see some of their dark rest tents). So in the situations without rain, this should be good enough.
But there are no floor vents here, and this is not so great if you have to keep the panels on the windows closed. Such floor vents would help with the vertical airflow.
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The divider is a curtain which attaches to the ceiling and the walls by toggles, see the picture below, so it gives a minimal privacy. Much more privacy provides the private room, hence the name. If you do not need it closed, you can fix its wall to the cabin walls on the side, see the picture below.