Ozark Trail Base Camp 14-Person Cabin Tent
My decision to name this tent the most versatile 12+ person tent was based on its incredibly large size, interesting layout, and positive consumer ratings and reviews. I will get into more about its large size and interesting layout in just a little bit. For now, I just want to make it clear that, although there are many other versatile 12+ person tents on today’s market, my choice of this particular Ozark Trail tent was heavily influenced by the fact that it received many more positive reviews and ratings from actual consumers than most of the others.
Large with an Interesting Layout
I must admit that I wasn’t even able to properly calculate the square footage of this tent based on its layout. Still, I can assure you that it is much larger than any of the other tents listed on this page. Despite the company claiming that this is a 14 person tent, I was able to figure that up to twenty people could sleep in this tent.
Looking at a picture of this tent from above, it reminds me of something you would see on Star Wars or some other similarly futuristic film. It almost looks more like a community of tents as opposed to a single tent. At its very center is one square structure with four open walls. Let’s call this the “hub”. The hub of the tent is open to four more living areas, all created in equal sizes and each large enough to house a queen-sized air mattress with a little room to spare for safe walking. While each area has its own door, one area which we shall call the ‘foyer’ has a much larger door than the others and appears to have been created as a mudroom area.
The Possibilities Are Endless
As I stated earlier, I truly believe that up to twenty people could sleep inside of this tent. Of course, those twenty people would be a little bit squished and there wouldn’t be much (if any) room left for their gear, but the fact still remains that twenty people could technically sleep spread out among this tent’s five separate living spaces. Since the foyer/mudroom area features a floor and can be fully sealed from any rain, it counts as a living space and could technically house people as they sleep through the night.
You could choose to place people on the floor in sleeping bags or up off the ground on air mattresses or cots. With 2 to 3 people sleeping on an air mattress and one air mattress in each room, it is feasible that 10 to 15 people could sleep rather comfortably in this tent.
Of course, if you decided to use one or more of the living spaces for purposes other than sleeping, the number of people who could comfortably sleep inside this tent would begin to dwindle down to between six and nine. If I am honest, that would be my ideal sleeping arrangement in a tent this size. I would choose to use the center hub as a place to play games and hang out as a group. The entrance wing would be used for shoes, boots, and gear storage. The other three wings would be used as sleeping areas and places to store personal items.
Other Wonderful Features
It doesn’t end there. I doubt that this tent received such positive consumer reviews solely on the basis of its large size and many interesting rooms. It also boasts many other impressive features. First of all, the entire roof is made from mesh, creating one of the best stargazing experiences I could ever imagine would exist inside a tent.
Built-in room dividers create ultimate privacy. You won’t need to worry about someone accidentally glancing into your area as you change your clothes because, unlike many other tents, these room dividers can fully seal your area off from the rest of the tent. Zippers down the middle of each divider allow you to open and close your area as you wish.
A large fly covers this tent’s roof, allowing you to weather a light rain shower and trap heat inside on cool nights. The mesh roof and 12 windows mean that hot days and sultry nights will be no match for this tent – air will flow freely throughout the entire space, keeping it fresh and cool.