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Our current car tent is the Marmot Limestone 4P. We tried 3 others till settling on this one. It is as Big as the REI basecamp 4, but has more screen. It has solid fabric on one side so you can set it up so the fabric gives you privacy towards one direction, and screen the other. We absolutely wore out our older style BaseCamp 4 from REI. It is/was a great tent, but they redesigned them with way less screen now. A deal breaker for us.You need to remember that a BIG tent is hard to set up on many tent sites in national parks. Some just don't give you enough room for a really large footprint. Get a tent that is just big enough to accommodate your needs. Also give consideration how the door unzips. Many tents have the door unzip where the door material wil get stepped on and the zipper part gets messed up. It needs to have the unzippered door fall out of the way so you don't grind it into the ground when exiting or entering. Vents are a must to keep the insulation factor of your sleeping bags from holding onto moisture, and becoming less effective.I would also recommend that you plan for getting rid of those air mattresses. We went through the same evolution as most all people do when starting out, and we thought the air mattress was the way to go. They suck. They loose air pressure as the night cools down. They get holes rather easy. Your totally screwed when it does get a hole because your on the ground with nothing under you the rest of the night. Your partner feels it every time you move. They have zero insulation factor and suck heat out of you. You have to use that awful fan pump to pump them up, disturbing everyone within ear shot, and at what ever time you roll into camp. But mainly. they just aren't that comfortable. Start looking for Self inflating sleeping pads from Rei or Thermarest. They are always on sell somewhere at the discount websites. All ours are the 2.5 or larger thickness, and extra long and wide sizes. We picked our tent out so that they all fit with room to spare on the sides for our clothes and extra blanket.Start planning ahead If you really think camping will be your choice of recreation for the family. And remember, the tent costs about 3-4 nights in a hotel, and after that, it's all "free" sleeping!https://www.rei.com/product/110892/marmot-limestone-4p-tenthttps://www.rei.com/product/862432/rei-co-op-base-camp-4-tent
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