When it comes to choosing a tent for camping, there are so many choices and styles that it can become quite overwhelming for the tent buyer. You want to make sure that you get a quality tent, but you do not want to overpay for features that you do not need or simply be paying for a brand name. This article will offer you a systematic approach to buying a tent that will cut through all the questions and buzz words.
This will be the first parameter for most people. Regardless of what tent you want to get, you likely have a limit to how much you will spend on your tent, whether it is three thousand dollars or thirty. So think of how much you are willing to spend, how much you would like to spend, and how much is the minimum you will pay without feeling that you are wasting your money on a cheap tent. Once you have these numbers in mind, you can use them to help you guide your search. If you have a high budget, you can concentrate on the features and size that you want and not worry about price so much. If you are trying to save some money you should consider where you can get the best deal.
Where to Buy
Now that you know what you are willing to pay, it is time to go shopping. You should decide where you are going to shop for your tent. You should do some initial research on the web to get an idea of what you can get in your price range and which brands and models you should avoid. Once you have an idea of what is out there, you can expand your search to local stores, thrift shops, and pawn shops. Local stores will give you a chance to look at the tents up close and talk to sales persons about the features Local prices will likely be higher than buying online, but it will make returns easier should the issue come up. Thrift stores and pawn shops can have some good deals; just make sure that you inspect the tent very carefully before you buy it. Also be sure to inquire about the return policy should you take your tent home and find a tear or a missing part.
Choose Your Features
The features you should focus on when buying a tent will depend on how you intend to use it. Some basic features to consider are the number of people it sleeps, height, the size of the base (will it fit your air mattress, etc.), weather rating (3 season, 4 season), weight, ease of setup, color (does it blend in or stick out), and number and size of windows. You should consider how you will use the tent and what is important to you when deciding on features. Backpack campers will want something small and light, while tent campers with a family will want something large and roomy.
So, follow this approach when deciding which tent to purchase and you should have your tent picked out and be ready to camp in no time. If you are still unsure, find an experienced camper to go along with you to help you through your purchase.
Author bio: Bob Mortensen loves being in the outdoors whether it is camping, RVing, backpacking, or just taking a walk in the woods. Bob also enjoys writing about the outdoors and travel, and is a blogger for rvzen.com, who specialize in RVs for sale in Nevada and motorhomes for sale in Nevada.