After a lot of begging from my eleven year old boy I finally agreed and started to plan our next family adventure – camping. For this activity, I knew Vermont would be a great option. But then the issue was, what about equipment? So I went to one of my favorite companies from the days when I was a camper in search of the perfect tent for my family. Luckily they had just what I we needed.

Besides not being a huge fan of camping, another of the main reasons why I kept putting it off, despite of all of my boy’s requests, was not having a tent. If we were going to camp, I wanted the best of the best.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Since I am no professional it was quite a challenge to figure out which one would be large enough, durable enough, comfortable and affordable.

I have bought Coleman products before, for other outdoor activities. I decided to check out their tents. Other products have lasted years and years so they should be good, right? It became my go-to company when I finally said yes to taking my boys camping.
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Choosing the Best Family Camping Tents

You might be surprised to learn that it has been over 20 years since I last went camping. This also means that I haven’t done any research on tents for that amount of time.


When I started my research, I could not believe how much the camping and tent market has grown and improved. Just looking at the amount of options from Coleman, I started to get really excited about our upcoming camping trip.

Now the hard part was: which tent to get?

Because I already knew about the quality of the brand, it came down to our needs. After a lot of discussion with my husband, we ended up deciding to get the Steel Creek 6 Person Fast Pitch Dome Tent with a Screen Porch.

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Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Why This One?

1. Six person capacity – During our camping adventure in Vermont, my brother was also going to join us. A tent this size would allow us to be comfortable.
2. Screen porch – My husband and son have done some camping together, but so far they have had to rent tents. This gave my husband a bit more experience and he told me it was extremely important to have a porch to avoid having all the dirt carried in from the outside by the kids to where we sleep.
3. Fast Pitch – In all honesty, this wasn’t a characteristic I was looking for at first but when I heard about it I immediately got interested. From my days of camping I can remember how long and tedious the building of the tent took.
4. Durability and waterproof – I think this is kind of a given with all Coleman tents, but it was good to see it in print and reinforced.

How Quick and Easy It is to Put Up a Fast Pitch Tent – Video

I must mention how grateful I am to have finally accepted to go camping with my family. I forgot how much it bonds families.

More Features of Our Tent

  • Screen room with full floor for bug-free lounging and added sleeping space on warm, dry nights
  • Up to 50% faster setup and 75% more water-resistant than a comparable standard Coleman® tent with conventional setup
  • Fast Pitch™ system with pre-attached, color-coded poles and hub, fast fit feet, and snag-free Insta-Clip™ suspension
  • Illumiline™ reflective guy lines for greater visibility at night
  • WeatherTec™ system – patented welded floors and inverted seams help keep water out
  • Window awnings let you keep the windows open, even in the rain
  • E-Port makes it easy to bring electrical power inside your tent
  • Storage pockets to keep your gear organized
  • Durable, Polyguard™ fabric is made to last season after season
  • Included rainfly for extra weather protection
  • Carry bag with rip strip makes packing up a cinch
  • Easy setup in about 7 minutes
  • Spacious interior has room for 2 queen airbeds
  • 10 x 9 ft. with 10 x 5 ft. screen room
  • 5 ft. 8 in. center height
  • 1-year limited warranty