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5 Multi Room Tents For Stress-Free Family Camping

Multi room tents really are the pinnacle of camping luxury. For hardened campers it’s easy to scoff at the vastness and sheer volume of these veritable palaces – whatever happened to roughing it in the wild? Sure, some of them are bigger and more luxurious than an inner city one bedroom flat, but don’t diss them until you’ve stayed in one. Especially as a family. If getting a large tent encourages your kids to get outside and get adventuring, then investing in a multi room tent will be worth its weight in gold. And yes, they can be pretty heavy and somewhat pricey, if you go for a good one. But an investment you won’t regret.

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ProductSleepsRoomsMax heightCost
Vango Drummond 5005 people382in / 210cm$$$
CORE Instant Cabin Tent12 people380in / 203cm$$$
OZARK Trail Family Cabin Tent10 people378in / 198cm$
Ozark Trail Base Camp Cabin Tent14 people478in / 198cm$$
Pod Tent Maxi Elite8+ people5+86in / 218cm$$$$$+

3 room tents

Vango Drummond 500

Vango Drummond 500

This may be the smallest tent in our selection, but it’s superbly robust design makes it an excellent choice for families braving wet and windy conditions. The Vango Drummond 500 owes its sturdiness to a built-in tension system that can be adjusted to the conditions. That, together with numerous guylines, prevent the tunnel design from caving in during storms. It is also highly waterproof, with a hydrostatic head (HH) rating of 4000mm, trumped only by the Pod Tent.

From a space point of view, the Drummond competes fiercely with its larger competitors. The porch boasts a very roomy 82 inches (210cm) of headroom, and has plenty of space to eat around a table during the evenings. Plus, the darkened sleeping area can be split into two rooms to sleep 2 and 3 people, respectively.

This very well thought through tent also features plenty of storage pockets, a built-in ground sheet, waterproof windows with curtains(!), and a zippered bug net across one of the doors. At only 29.1lbs / 13.2kg, it’s also the lightest tent on our list.

For more details, read our full review of the Vango Drummond 500 Tent.


  • Highly stormproof
  • Very spacious for its size
  • Very lightweight (29.1lbs / 13.2kg)
  • Tall (82in / 201cm)


  • Only sleep 5 people
  • Not a spacious as other options

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CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent

CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent

With a claimed set up time of only 2 minutes, this 3 room cabin tent is a highly appealing option for families with young kids who need constant supervision. Or indeed those who just hate spending time getting their campsite set up! The pre-assembled frame simply clicks into place making it one giant pop-up tent! (Well almost). It takes a bit of practice to put it up that fast, but it is by far the easiest to set up of this selection of tents, especially for one person.

At 18 x 10 ft, it can sleep 12 people at a squeeze, but to really take advantage of the spacious 3 rooms created by the dividers, it is best suited to 4 or 6 people. Each room can accommodate a queen sized air bed, or keep the middle section bed free and use it as communal space for meals or chilling over a cool beer.

The CORE Instant Cabin Tent has 2 double doors on the front and back of the tent, which together with the large mesh windows (that can be zipped closed if needed), provide plenty of ventilation in hot weather. There is also adjustable ground vents and a mesh ceiling that help to keep air circulating well.

Like the Orzark tents, the CORE is only water resistant and not waterproof making it a risky option if you are expecting lots of bad weather. But the fully taped rain fly and sealed seams will stand up to the odd storm here and there providing it is put up well.


  • Super fast and easy set up
  • Good ventilation
  • Large (18′ x 10’)
  • Tall (80”)


  • Heavy – 54lb (24.5kg)
  • Not waterproof
  • Doesn’t pack down small
  • Not particularly durable

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Ozark trail multi room tent

Ozark Trail 3 room tent

The Ozark Trail 3 room tent is a cheaper, slightly smaller, and more complex version of the CORE. It is another 3 room cabin tent that is split by 2 internal and removable dividers, and has a large door in the centre section for access to the main area of the tent. What’s nice about this design compared with the CORE are the 2 side entrances that provide a little more privacy to the separate ‘rooms’, and make getting out in the night much less of a disturbance for those sleeping in other sections of the tent.

Like the CORE, it can take 3 queen sized air mattresses but is a little less generous on the space front and only sleeps 10 people when air beds are taken out of the equation. The taped seams of the water resistant fly stand up to the same sort of conditions as the CORE. And you’d better hope the rain holds off whilst you spend 20 minutes over putting it up. It can be done with one person, but it’s much faster with a partner in crime.

The quality is somewhat questionable for extended use, but for the odd camping trip here and there it will do just fine and is a really excellent, well designed option for those on a tight budget.


  • Cheap
  • 2 side doors
  • lots of pockets
  • Relatively light – 31.4lb (14.2kg)


  • Questionable quality
  • Not waterproof
  • 4 room tents

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4 room tents

Ozark Trail Base Camp 14-Person Cabin Tent

Ozark Trail Base Camp 14-Person Cabin Tent

At 20 x 20 ft, the Ozark Trail Base Camp is one spacious 4 room tent. With the capacity to comfortably house 5 queen sized air mattresses, you may be tempted to move into this small house on a more permanent basis. Like the Ozark Trail 3 room tent it features separate entrances on each ‘wing’ of the tent making this a great option for those camping with teenagers or for groups of adults who prefer a bit more privacy than young families.

The 3 sewn-in dividers can be tied back to customise your room set up, and the 12 windows with zippered covers provide a ton of ventilation – totally essential when the 14 person capacity is maxed out. It takes a couple of people around 20 minutes to put up, and set up is not as complicated as one might think!

Like to 3 room Ozark tent, the Base Camp won’t win any prizes for quality and durability, but if you’re in the market for a second home without having to get out a second mortgage, then this is the tent for you.


  • Huge
  • 4 entrances
  • Good value
  • Lots of sleeping set up options


  • Not waterproof
  • Heavy – 47lbs (21.6kg)
  • Doesn’t pack down small
  • Questionable quality

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5 room tents, or more!

Maxi Elite Pod Tent

Pod Tent Maxi Elite

If you’re looking for something a little more reliable that will last you many happy years of camping, the POD tent is definitely worth considering. It may come with a pretty hefty price tag, but this is one of the most versatile and well thought through multi room tent set ups you are likely to encounter. It also happens to be exceptionally well made, and with a hydrostatic head (HH) rating of 5480mm, is designed to withstand even the toughest of storms and wet conditions. The PU coated ripstop nylon rain fly, and PVC windows further add to its worth, as do the sturdy aluminium poles.

As it is, the Maxi Elite Pod tent can be spilt into 4 sections, each sleeping 2 people. But what really sets this sturdy tent apart from the rest of the multi room tent crowd, is its ability to grow as your family grows. Once you’ve made your initial investment in the main tent, you can just start extending the set up with mini versions of the main dome linked by Cross Over Tunnels. Genius!

Yes, it’s a big investment, but one you can build on over time depending on your camping needs.


  • High quality
  • Durable
  • Waterproof
  • Very weather proof
  • Highly versatile
  • Spacious


  • Expensive
  • Heavy – 52.9lb (24kg)
  • Tricky set up

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So why are multi room tents so great for large groups?

Imagine your house without a separate room to sleep in. Yeah, no bedroom. Then think about all your daily (and nightly) routines and habits… And there’s your answer! Take away your tent ‘rooms’, add in more humans than you would ever consider accommodating in a one bed flat, throw in a dose of bad weather, stir up a few temper tantrums, and right there you have the makings of a vacation from hell. By splitting your internal tent space into rooms, things immediately become easier.

The benefits of multi room tents

In case you need it spelling out, here’s why everything becomes easier when you’ve got multiple rooms to your tent:

  • People can go to bed at different times
  • You can organise your gear more easily
  • You’re able to set up a proper camp kitchen
  • You can store all your gear in one room if you like
  • Separate rooms allow you to have some privacy whilst changing etc
  • You don’t have to clamber over several bodies in the dark to get out for a bathroom stop
  • You can take an afternoon snooze whilst lunch is being made in another ‘room’
  •  If your tent leaks in one area, you’re more likely to have another dry area to seek refuge in

The cons of multi room tents

There are a number of reasons why the below multi room tents didn’t make it onto the ‘best of’ list for family camping tents.

Here’s why:

  • Multi room tents are big to ensure that the separate spaces are still useable. The bigger the tent, the more unstable it becomes in high winds.
  • Good quality multi room tents can be really, really expensive.
  • On the flip side, some tents are made cheaply to meet the market needs, making them less durable than smaller, better made tents.
  • Because some of them are cheaply made, they are often only water resistant and not waterproof.
  • They are heavy.
  • They can be complex and time consuming to put up.

From a liveability point of view, however, having multiple rooms in your large tent is just all round better than a single living space. So if you are willing to cough up the cash and invest in a high quality tent that will last you many years of group camping, then the POD tents are an excellent choice. But if you’re only looking for something that you’ll use for a couple of days each year, then the Orzark Trail 3 room tent is probably your best option.

What to look for in a great multi room tent

If you’re in the market for a large tent or something suitable for your family, then you may also want to check out our guide to the best family tents.

Family camping tent gear guide

There’s a load of advice there on what to look for in a good large tent for your family, including:

  • How big your tent needs to be
  • How much space you need
  • The importance of versatile design
  • Durability
  • How weatherproof the tent is
  • Ease of set up
  • The type of floor
  • Weight of the tent

Bar the REI Kingdom and the Big Agnes Flying Diamond, most of the options in the best family tent category have only one or two liveable spaces. But where they lack in versatility, on the whole, they make up for in quality and durability and can often be a better choice for the long term.

So whether you’re after a little extra space away from your co-campers or you just like being more organised when camping, adding in a few extra ‘rooms’ can make the world of difference to your comfort and enjoyment levels.

Happy camping, happy campers!

About the author


Joey Holmes is based in Cornwall, UK, and runs Cool of the Wild. She can’t get enough of being outdoors – whether that’s lounging around the campfire cooking up a feast, hitting the trail in her running shoes, or attempting to conquer the waves on her surfboard – she lives for it. Camping is what she loves to do the most, but has also spent many many hours clinging to the side of a rock face, cycling about the place, cruising the ski-slopes on her snowboard and hiking small mountains and big hills.

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