Family camping is supposed to be fun and relaxing, setting up your campsite should be no exception. It goes without saying that a tent that offers liveability, comfort and ease-of-use is imperative to the whole family.
So, once again we’ve collated a list of our best-selling tents over the last year to help you decide which tent is going to help make your 2019 family camping adventures fun and relaxing.
There’s a mix of newcomers and reliable favourites in the mix this year, let’s start at number 10…
10. OZtrail Family 6 Dome Tent – an affordable choice for new campers
A new addition to the top 10 this time around, the OZtrail Family 6 Dome Tent is a spacious dome tent that features a rear bedroom and a front screened living area.
The all-season inner has both no-see-um mesh and solid options so you can seal it up on cooler days and unzip it on warmer nights to get some fresh air circulating. This tent also features plenty of head height for liveability, and you can set up the awning at the front for extra undercover shelter.
It’s also easy on the wallet, which makes it a great option for budget-conscious families.
The Family 6 Dome Tent can easily be adjusted according to the weather. Image: OZtrail
9. OZtrail Bungalow 9 – for warm weather camping
Despite dropping a few spots the Bungalow 9 is still one of our top 10 best-selling family tents. Featuring 3-rooms with near vertical walls and a breezy mesh interior, the OZtrail Bungalow 9 is ideal for hot tropical climates.
Four entrances with doorways that can also serve as entry awnings team up with four more windows on the flysheet for ample ventilation.
It’s compact when packed away making it ideal for small vehicles and comes with an affordable price tag.
For warm conditions, the Bungalow 9 is ideal. Image: OZtrail
8. Outdoor Connection Brampton – a versatile family tent
The Outdoor Connection Brampton has been a firm contender in our top 10 family tents for four years now. Most likely on account of the durable fabrics Outdoor Connection is known for.
The Brampton did see some upgrades in late 2018, but it’s more of a tune-up than a complete makeover. You can rest assured that the tent you buy today has been refined to be better than the previous version.
It features three rooms with sewn-in dividers and versatile doorways that can turn into awnings around the tent. This makes it a true all-rounder for any, or, every climate.
The recently upgraded and versatile Brampton tent cracked our top 10 this year. Image: Outdoor Connection
7. OZtrail Tourer Canvas Tents – simple and tough
These aren’t for everyone, but if you’re like me and want to keep things simple then the OZtrail Canvas Tourer tents are about as simple as a tent gets.
Available in 4 and 6 person models, the OZtrail Tourer tents are made with tough single skin canvas, have a super simple steel pole system and require minimal pegs for set-up. By trading off some internal headroom and external living space you get a tent that can’t really break.
The Tourer 9 is the perfect example of the KISS principle in the tent world. If you’re the type of family who only uses the tent to sleep in each night, then the Tourer 9 tents will suit you just fine.
Simple and straightforward – you can’t fault the Tourer on functionality. Image: OZtrail
6. Oztent RX Series Tents – new in 2018
These were released around mid-2018 and pretty much hit the ground sprinting. The RX tents are based on the popular RV tents from Oztent only they are constructed with a new fabric and come complete with accessories.
Available in two sizes – the RX-4 and RX-5, they’re a versatile all-in-one solution with a front awning that can be converted to a second weatherproof room complete with a floor. Oztent also added a sunroof in the main section of the tent and included a flysheet to complete the package.
The R-X tents are the perfect balance for those combining family camping with outback touring. You will need a roof rack or trailer for transport, however, as these tents weigh in at over 30kg and have a 2-metre packed length.
The new RX tents are a great choice for tourers. Image: Oztent
5. Coleman Chalet 9 CV Family Dome Tent – a trusted choice
This tent is an excellent choice for any camping family. It’s a 3 room traditional dome style tent made with tried and tested fabrics and reliable poles making the Coleman Chalet 9 one of the best value tents in our range.
Loads of ventilation teamed up with good stability and just the right amount of liveability to make it a go-to choice for any family wanting a reliable and affordable shelter for their weekend getaways.
The interior features zippered room dividers and lots of storage pockets, all accessed by one of two doorways that can be set up as entry awnings in fine weather. It all packs away into a wheeled carry bag at a size that is friendly to families with medium-sized vehicles.
The Chalet 9CV is perfect for traditionalists who want lots of space. Image: Coleman Australia
4. Coleman Montana 12 DLX CV – a roomy family tent
If the Coleman Chalet 9 isn’t roomy enough for you then the Montana 12 is sure to please. Featuring a combination fibreglass and steel pole system the Montana features near vertical sides and enough sleeping space for up to 12 people.
Four doorways lead to a very roomy three room interior with zippered room dividers and a third removable wall so you can further divide one of the end rooms into two smaller compartments.
The best feature of the Montana though is the massive front awning with built-in side walls that allows you to create a big verandah at the front of your tent. The Montana 12 CV from Coleman is a big tent for big families.
The Montana is a roomy choice that provides space for up to 12 people. Image: Coleman Australia
3. Black Wolf Turbo Tents – quick pitch & liveable
The sheer number of models in the Black Wolf Turbo Tent range, over a dozen in total, is in part what contributes to them consistently being in our top 10 selling tent list.
The real reason they are popular though is that they are tough, easy to put up, and very liveable. They come in both canvas and synthetic versions and in multiple configurations to suit any size family or camping style.
The Turbo Tents can also be equipped with a range of optional accessories that allow you to add to the front awning. These include multiple wall options and a fully enclosed screen room. So, you can completely enclose the awning of your Turbo for maximum weather protection if you wish.
Easy to pitch and adaptable – the Turbos are a consistent best seller. Image: Black Wolf
2. Oztent RV Tents – shelter in 30 seconds
Another reliable favourite series of tents that are consistently one of our best sellers. The Oztent RV tents are synonymous with outback touring but equally as popular for family camping and weekend getaways.
The RV tents also have a range of optional accessories that enable you to add, join, enclose, protect and enhance your set-up to suit your style. What’s even better is that they are super simple to set-up.
Made with 8Oz polycotton canvas and featuring a durable aluminium frame, the Oztent RV tents will keep you dry in the worst of weather while integrated vents and windows help you stay cool in the heat.
The only downside to the Oztent series of RV tents is their packed size. At around 2 metres in length and 25kg in weight, you’ll need a roof rack or trailer for transport. But, if you can manage this then you’ll have a tent for life.
Oztent RV tents are reliable, rugged and ready for outback touring. Image: Oztent
1. Coleman Instant Up Quick Pitch Family Tents – our best sellers
Our best-selling tents… again. It’s no wonder why. The Coleman Instant Up range consists of 10 models which cater to camping families of all sizes and to every budget. Their quick pitch frame makes setting up your camp an absolute breeze.
The Silver Series does offer affordable functionality. But those looking for a little more will benefit from the Gold series with its upgraded fabrics, increased ventilation and awning options. If you like a sleep-in there’s the Northstar Lighted Darkroom Gold Series. These tents feature a light-blocking coating on the inside to keep it dark and an extended front vestibule for weather-protected storage.
If impromptu weekend getaways are your thing, then you’ll appreciate the easy set-up the frame offers in these tents. The main part of the tent is generally set up in just a few minutes. Then all you need to do is wack a few pegs in the ground and start relaxing.
Two year’s in a row – the Instant Up range has topped the list once again! Image: Coleman Australia
What’s missing and next year’s prediction?
Formerly known as the Malamoo Mega, the Cicara 3 didn’t make it to the list this time, and for good reason. When they renamed and re-released the Malamoo Mega as the Malamoo Cicara 3 around mid-2018 it was quickly apparent that there was an issue with the poles. Oztent pulled the tents from sale and rectified the issue as quickly as they could. In late in 2018, the updated tents were back on the market with an upgraded white pole system.
So, my somewhat safe prediction for next year’s list is that the Malamoo Cicara 3 will be back in the game as a player in the top 10 family tents we sell here at Snowys.
Are you thinking about upgrading your family tent for this year’s adventures?
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