The Ozark Trail 16-Person Cabin Tent with two Removable Room Dividers is a 23’ x 18’, sixteen-person, three-room, cabin tent. There are three separate entrances and two hanging room separators to maximize privacy.
The ceiling rainfly is removable and allows for stargazing and extra ventilation. An extended awning is attached to the primary entrance and provides protection from the weather when you’re entering and exiting the tent.
Comfort and Space
The Ozark Trail Base Camp 14-Person Cabin Tents’ overall layout is a 23’ x 18’6” (701 x 564 cm) “Y” shape.
The exterior rooms are each approximately 6’ x 6’7” (183 x 203 cm) equalling 40ft² (3.7 m²).
The common area in the center of the tent is accessible to each exterior room. The common area is approximately 6’7” x 6’7” (203 x 203 cm) equalling 44.4ft² (4.1 m²)
Total floor space
The total floor space of the entire tent is 240ft² (22.3m²).
Eight adults can fit comfortably into the Ozark Trail Base Camp 14-Person Cabin Tent. If you wish to use one of the exterior sleeping areas as a mud room instead of a sleeping zone, six adults can fit into the tent.
The Interior Peak Height (IPH) in the Common Area is 6’11” (211 cm) and the IPH in the Exterior Rooms is approximately 5’5” (165 cm). The height is tall enough for me to stand upright in the Common Area and I’m 6’3” (190 cm).
There’s ample room in each of the exterior rooms for you to sit up straight in your bed (this is Glamping!) and dress without worrying about rubbing your clothing on the top of a potentially moist tent ceiling.
The Ozark Trail 16-Person Cabin Tent with two Removable Room Dividers is a Cabin style tent with multiple rooms. Multi-room tents are all about privacy options and packing a lot of campers into separate sleeping spaces.
Doors and Vestibules
Three different entry or exit doors give you a lot of layout options inside the Ozark Trail 16-Person Cabin Tent. You can choose to select one doorway as a mudroom and use the other two entryways as private sleeping area entrances.
There is a single primary awning-protected entrance located at the upper-right location of the “Y” with a mud mat and a drain. The E-Port access point is located to the left of the Primary Entrance.
There are two secondary entrances located at the upper left and the base of the “Y”. The secondary entrances do not have a protected entryway or E-Port, so the orientation of the tent during setup is critical.
Each doorway is “D” shaped and is approximately 4’ x 5’ (122 x 152 cm).
There is a small vestibule with an approximately 1’ (30 cm) awning overhanging the Primary Entrance. The awning provides some, but not a great deal, of gear protection from the elements. The awnings’ primary purpose is to create a rain barrier for the Primary Entrance.
There are two hanging storage pockets located in each exterior room and one large hanging storage pocket in the common area. There is a single hanging adjustable media pouch for group viewing of your favorite electronic device. There are multiple cup holders situated throughout the Ozark Trail 16-Person Cabin Tent.
Most campers tend to have far fewer people residing in the tent instead of the maximum capacity the manufacturer suggests. This maximizes the space for everyone. If this is your methodology, you’ll have lots of space for gear storage. If you managed to stuff sixteen campers into this tent, which we don’t recommend, you won’t have space for gear storage.
Breathability and Ventilation
With a removable rainfly, three windows, three doors, and a No-See-Um mesh ceiling the Ozark Trail 16-Person Cabin Tent provides a great deal of ventilation.
Given the size of the tent, it’s surprising to not find any low-level ventilation ports. This may equate to moisture build-up inside the tent during sunny high humidity days or rainy weather.
There are three U-shaped Poly Mesh no-see-um mesh windows located in the tents’ common area. Each window is approximately 2’6” x 4’ (76 x 122 cm) and has an interior zippable flap to allow cross ventilation through the tent.
Each Exterior doorway contains a no-see-um mesh window that’s approximately 3’6” x 4’ (107 x 122 cm) in size. Each doorway window may be zippered open, or the entire doorway may be tied back, to allow cross ventilation.
The Ozark Trail 16-Person Cabin Tent is a large summertime Glamping tent that’s targeted toward fair weather camping. This isn’t the tent to take out into the wilderness during a heavy downpour.
As a cabin tent the Ozark Trail 16-Person Cabin Tent has a tall footprint and multiple rooms to maximize camper comfort. A tall vertical footprint, and multiple rooms, equate to a potentially unpleasant situation if the tent is caught in a heavy windstorm.
If you’re going to camp in windy conditions, we recommend trying to situate the tent between natural windbreaks, such as large rocks or trees. Do look “up” for potential widowmakers before you claim your tent site.
The Ozark Trail 16-Person Cabin Tent is manufactured from a 185 thread count water-resistant recycled polyester. The moisture ratings are 600mm for Hydrostatic Head water resistance, which we think is a bit light. You’ll want to treat the main tent body with a water repellant before you head out for your Glamping adventure.
The main body tent seams aren’t taped, so we also recommend that you seal them too.
The removable rainfly seams were taped for water resistance at the factory. The rainfly covers the tent ceiling but offers minimal drip protection for the windows.
The Ozark Trail 16-Person Cabin Tent has quite a few user reviews indicating that the tent poles snapped, shattered, or frayed. If the durability and robustness of a tent are the single most important features to you, this tent may not be the best choice for you.
The seams are double sewn on the Polyethylene floor material transition seams. We’d recommend an additional layer of protection between the tent and the ground.
The Ozark Trail 16-Person Cabin Tent has twenty poles that are both fiberglass and steel. The poles are color-coded and pre-connected with wire cords.
Ease of Use
Bringing along a friend to help with the tent setup is a very good idea. The Ozark Trail 16-Person Cabin Tent is an external frame tent and it has a monster footprint. We recommend a tent site with an open area that’s at least 30’ x 30’ (9.1 m x 9.1 m). We recommend that you do a little camping site exploration before you make a site reservation.
User reviews indicate that it takes 15 minutes to 90 minutes for the initial setup. We strongly recommend you set it up for the first time in a park or your backyard.
How to Set up the Ozark Trail Base Camp 16-Person Cabin Tent
- Place the tent on the ground and stretch it out. Orient the tent entrance to your preference.
- Stake the tent stake loops down at the six corners of the tent
- Extend the pre-connected poles.
- The three poles of equal length are the main roof poles. Insert them through the blue pole sleeves at the center of the top of the tent.
- Gently flex the fiberglass poles and insert them into the eaves joints
- Thread the eave poles through the grey sleeves on the edge of the tent
- Insert the eave poles into all six of the eave joints
- Insert the end of one of the steel poles into the opening at the eave plastic connection hub and connect, place the other end of the pole into the corresponding pin at the base of the tent. Repeat the process on the remaining five steel poles.
- Locate the blue poles sleeves and insert the side room poles through them.
- Flex the poles into an arch and connect them at the base of the tent. Click the plastic hooks onto the frame.
- Insert the front entry fiberglass poles through the grey sleeve
- Slide the Factory bent steel entry upright poles onto the front entry point at the base of the entryway. Repeat on the other side of the tent.
- Drape the rainfly over the primary tent entrance and then extend it over the entire tent ceiling. The grey edge of the rainfly should be aligned with the grey edge of the Primary Entrance doorway.
- Connect the rainfly to the tent with the pre-attached Velcro straps. The rainfly has preattached Guy lines that should be extended and staked into the ground.
Packed Size and Weight
The Ozark Trail Base Camp 14-Person Cabin Tent weighs 46.7 lbs (21.2 kg). A tent of this weight is designed for car camping. It’s something to consider if you’re booking a “hike in only” campsite online.
The Ozark Trail Base Camp 16-Person Cabin Tent packed size is 28.5” x 14” x 14”. A tent of this size requires a dedicated location in your storage scheme.
Pros and Cons
- Gigantic amount of space
- Big enough to hang solar party lights!
- No-See-Um mesh ceiling
- Good air flow at the top of the tent
- Reasonable hanging storage
- Persistent user complaints about fiberglass pole durability
- Lack of lower vent ports for moisture removal
- Complicated setup
- Packed tent bag lacks wheels
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