Coleman Instant Tent Review and Sweepstakes…!

Coleman Instant Tent Review and Sweepstakes…!

Oh…..and of course a coupon.

I have been using Coleman products all of my life. Seriously. I remember my dad taking me camping when I was a little boy and we used Coleman products. Then it was Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Now that I have a family of my own, I want to carry on the tradition of camping, fishing, and hanging out in the Great Outdoors. That is as soon as I can get my wife on board…..right now I get..”I’m more of a Marriott kind of chick” LOL.

My son, Ethan, and my daughter, Amber, helped me pitch the Colemant Instant Tent. But really, there wasn’t much to it. In less than five minutes the tent was up and staked. Now that everything is unwrapped and we have done it once…I can see it going  to  only a minute or two next time. It is that easy.

Another proud father moment came when we were putting the tent up. My son asked if he could do the review. I told him to go for it! He did a great job! He even slept in it by himself the first night so he could give an accurate and thorough review. Here’s what Ethan had to say about the Coleman Instant Tent.

“The Coleman Instant Tent is easy to get up and it only takes 1 minute. My father and I took a look at the directions and it was up in no time. We got the stakes in and it was done. There are 7 netted windows that you can close. When open though you let the cool air in and keep those annoying pests out. There are 2 windows on each side, 1 in the back, and 2 on the door. The door can be zipped to keep the animals out.

It’s 14 x 8 feet and can fit 8 people. This tent has tons of space and can fit your sleeping bag and pillows. It has handy pockets, one on each side. It can store your drinks, flashlight, or any small item.

It’s also easy to take down. Just like getting it up, it only takes one minute. If you get one part down, it all comes down and fits right back in the bag”.

Well, that’s pretty much it. Well done son. Here are a few more specifics:


  •  One minute set up or take down, based on average set up time  Our easiest tent – poles are pre-attached to the tent
  •  8 person / 2 room tent / 1 door
  • Dimensions: 14 ft x 8 ft
  •  76″ center height, room to stand and move
  •  Fits two queen airbeds
  •   Spacious interior
  •  Exclusive WeatherTec™ System
    Keeps you dry — Guaranteed
  • Tent is fully taped, no need for separate rain fly
  •  Heavy duty, 150D fabric, twice the thickness of standard tent fabric
  •  Limited one year warranty
  •  Weight – 37.7 lbs
  •   Made in China

Also, check out Coleman’s The Instant Tent, Instant Win Sweepstakes for a chance to win deluxe summer camping package from Coleman.

While there, grab the $1 1 Coleman Repellants Printable Coupon for a bug free summer.

Ethan, Murphy (Coupon Dad Mascot), and Amber

So That’s it. Go get a Coleman Instant Tent and start making memories with your family!

Completed Coleman Instant Tent

* I received product from Coleman to facilitate my review…..all opinions remain my own.

“Staycation” – Frugal Vacation Idea!

Coleman LogoThe economy is tanking more and more everyday and families need to save money everywhere they can. When budgets are tight, vacations are not a priority.

Vacations are a time for families to reconnect and bond, a time for laughter and joy, and most importantly, a time for rest and relaxation.  So when vacations are overlooked, valuable family time is neglected.

Here’s a frugal idea… have a “Staycation”. Recently, my family and I (thanks to Coleman) had a “staycation” in the backyard!

Yep, that’s right… we pitched a tent , the Sundome 6, right in the back yard and went camping. The kids had a blast!!! Sandy and I definitely earned some “coolness points” with the kids for this “staycation”.

Erecting the Coleman tent

It's a family affair

The tent was very simple to put together! It only took 20 minutes and yes, I read the directions LOL!

The kids and I had no problems at all putting up this great tent. It sleeps 6, hence the name. The tent can even be partitioned so the wife and I can have our own space and the kids theirs. This tent is 10 foot by 12!

Coleman Sundome tent

Building tent

Dad hands over the reigns

Even our dog, L.G. (Little Girl), loved the tent. She had her very own doggie door!

The Extra High Queen air mattress with the 120V built-in pump was very, very cozy. I couldn’t believe how comfy it is.

We had our quad lantern with the 26 feet lighting range.  This lantern is really cool because each panel can be removed. If one person needs to venture away for the campsite, the rest of the gang still has light. This lantern has a 75 hour run time!

We also had our 75qt Extreme 5 wheeled cooler stocked with our favorite beverages plus we had our 2 gallon party stacker jugs filled with lemonade, per my son’s request, and water.

It was so nice gathering around the tent laughing and reminiscing about this and that. We told ghost stories, played cards by lantern light, made smores, ate junk food (we were on vacation so it doesn’t count, LOL!), and made hotdogs on a stick!

image Coleman Lantern and Cooler

Anah hanging out around the campfire!

Our family had a wonderful time sleeping in the back yard. What a great way to spend the Labor Day weekend!

Coupon Dad family

The Coupon Dad Family- Ready for Bed

Our equipment:
The Coleman Sundome 6 Tent – $149.99
Pros: Very roomy, easy assembly, vented cool air port (doggie door)
Cons: stakes very easy to bend (San Antonio has some rocky terrain)

Extra High QuickBed® Air Bed 120V Built-In Pump – Queen – $77.99
Pros: Very, Very comfortable
Cons: No rechargeable battery pack to inflate if without power

Quad Lantern – $69.99
Pros: very good lighting, removable plates
Cons: Take 8 “D” batteries – buy some that are rechargeable

Willow Creek Sleeping Bag – $34.99
Pros: Contoured headrest shape keeps head on bag and bag off face
Cons: None

75 Qt Wheeled Xtreme® 5 Cooler – $59.99
Pros: Keeps ice up to 5 days at temperatures up to 90°, Lid has four cup holders, Made with environmentally friendly Thermozone™ insulation, hold 110 cans
Cons: None

2 gallon Party Stacker Jug – $19.99
Pros: Removable spigot is simple to clean, Perfect for family functions, school parties, or luncheon, great to take to football games so you don’t have to buy expensive concession drinks.
Cons: lid is very hard to open, especially for the wife and kids (probably will get better with use)

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Coleman products

Coleman is a brand that you can depend on. Sure, it takes a little money to initially buy the camping equipment, but once you buy it, you will have it forever (and still A LOT cheaper than going somewhere for a vacation). In fact, my mom and dad still use the same camping equipment we used 25 years ago when I went camping as a kid.

So this fall when you just need to get away but don’t have the funds to do so, go into the garage and dig out your camping equipment and set up camp in the back yard.

We had a blast on our Labor Day Staycation!

* A free sample of this product was given to me for review purposes. This had no bearing on the review and all comments are my opinion and not that of the manufacturer’s.