Ozark Trail 12-person 3-room instant cabin tent Review

ozark trail 12-person 3-room instant cabin tent

Editor Rating


If you're looking for a big tent that would not give you problems at all in setting it up, then this is the tent you should get. This tent is great for use in the hot summer months or during the rainy season.

  • Design
  • Performance
  • Set Up
  • Support

The makers of the Ozark Trail 12-person, 3-room instant cabin tent has one big promise – that this cabin tent can be set up in under two minutes despite its huge size. This is arguably the major selling point of this instant cabin tent. However, you will also realize that there are other things you will like with this cabin tent like how it can accommodate up to 12 persons, and with enough illumination inside. In this Ozark Trail 12-person, 3 room instant cabin tent review, we’ll take a closer look at the specs, features, pros, and cons of the tent.

Design and Performance

With a size of 16 feet by 16 feet, this tent is huge by every sense of the word. Made of polyester, the tent is spacious enough to fit three queen size beds. It has 7 fully close able windows that can let air to circulate inside the tent. The main selling point of the tent is its ease of assembly, which is made possible as its main room is pre-assembled at the factory. The tent is also designed to withstand elements like strong winds and rain.

Best Suited For

This tent is great for big families, as it can hold up to 12 individuals and their things rather well. It would also be suited for a large group of outdoor enthusiasts; both veteran and neophyte campers alike. The tent works well for dry and wet weather. Even when there’s heavy downpour, it would stay dry inside. And this tent would keep you cool even during humid day since it has seven over sized windows to let fresh air in. In case the air outside isn’t cool enough for you, there’s an over sized ground vent that can fit in an air conditioning unit.

Not So Great For

The Ozark Trail 12 person 3 room instant cabin tent may be big and roomy but it is not intended to be used in the winter season. For one, the top is open which can make you and your family members freezing in the outdoors. Moreover, it does not have steep walls to shed snow.


  • Sets up in under 2 minutes.
  • No assembly required; poles pre-attached to tent.
  • Sleeps 12.
  • Fits 3 queen airbeds.
  • 3-room tent.
  • Includes rainfly.
  • Fully taped factory sealed seams provide dry-zone camping with leak protection.
  • 7 fully closeable windows.
  • Factory welded 6" tub floor.
  • Free-standing frame design.
  • Electrical cord access.
  • Carry bag included.
  • Tent stakes included.
  • Durable 68D-coated polyester fabric for lasting rain protection.
  • Ground vents fit air conditioner.

Special Features

  1. You can assemble it in just a few minutes. It’s easy-to-assemble design lets users put up the tent in a matter of minutes, so they can have more time to enjoy other outdoor activities.
  2. It has three rooms that provide enough space for up to 12 individuals and 3 queen size beds. Plus a large front awning lets users relax under the shade.
  3. The seven large windows with mesh screen are all fully closeable and allow more air to circulate inside the tent, keeping people comfortable.
  4. Its fully taped factory sealed seams offer dry zone camping and leak protection.
  5. With six pockets for internal storage you can store a lot of things inside your tent and keep it organized.
  6. With a carrying case and wheels for the tent you can transport it easily to your camping location.

Pros & Cons


  • Big enough to accommodate up to 12 person and 3 queen size beds.
  • Easy to assemble, even one person can do it.
  • Pockets in the sides of the room separator provide storage for keys, flashlights, and other miscellaneous items.
  • Tent stays dry inside even during a heavy downpour.
  • Sturdy enough to withstand strong winds and other elements.
  • Great ventilation with six large windows lets air to circulate.
  • Can accommodate an A/C unit which is perfect during the summer season.
  • Each room has a partition, so you can close off one of these by zipper and keep it mosquito-free.


  • Cheap, thin metal poles.
  • Floor isn't the sturdiest, made of thin tarp material.
  • The doors to the rooms don't unzip all the way to the ground. This design leaves around six inches of material on the floor, which can potentially cause you and other individuals to trip on it.
  • While it is easy to put together, disassembling it can be quite tricky and time consuming.

benefits enjoyed when Using

This cabin tent is spacious enough for a large family, capable of accommodating up to 12 adults and three queen size beds. They should be able to stay dry even when it rains hard and comfortable even on hot days because of the six large windows. The sturdy frame of the cabin also ensures it won’t be easily toppled by strong winds. Privacy should not be a problem because of the partitions in every room. Moreover, this tent is easy to set up. Due to the size of the tent, however, doing so would take the help of two or more persons.

Summary of Customer Reviews

The most common feedback that reviewers have said about this tent is regarding how easy it is to assemble. They all agree that it can be set up within minutes, although many say it is not as quick as 2 minutes. Other reviewers say they can set up the tent by their lonesome. Another common feedback is the toughness of this tent. One reviewer said they’ve been using the tent for some time now, and the only time that it collapsed was when there was a terrible rainstorm. He was not surprised because at that time, there was even a tornado warning. But not everyone is happy with this tent. A common complaint is about the poor quality of the materials. One reviewer mentioned that the metal pins in the joints of his tent were easily bent and broke. Another complaint is the tent is heavy at nearly 100 pounds. But the reviewers are quick to add that the manufacturer has provided them with a carrier with wheels for easy transport of the tent.

Step by Step Setting Up Guide

  • Unfold and spread out the tent.
  • Set up the living quarters.
  • Get the upper eave pole, and lift up its arm joint. The tent will slightly raise when this arm joint is extended.
  • Repeat the said step for the other three upper eave poles.
  • Move to the front 2 corners of the tent and extend the telescoping leg poles until the locking buttons "click" into a locked position.
  • Repeat the same step for 2 back telescoping leg poles.
  • Move it to the place where you intend it to be put up, then stake out the tent before you set up the sleeping quarters.
  • Find webbing loops that are sewn into the corners and the sides along the base of the tent.
  • Slide stake through the webbing loop, gently extending out before securing.
  • Set up the sleeping quarters. Start by assembling the fiberglass, shock-corded poles and the four steel support poles.
  • Insert the shock-corded pole into the sleeve above the window of the sleeping quarters.
  • Insert end of the metal support pole into the larger hole of the plastic hub. Then insert the bottom of the metal support pole into the metal pin. Repeat these steps for the sleeping quarters at the other end.
  • Drape the rainfly over the tent, and secure it to the steel support poles.
  • Click the hooks onto the metal rings found on the base of the tent.
  • Secure the guylines attached to the tent, unroll, and slide the stake through each loop.

Let’s take a look at the video for understanding the process of setting up much more clear

Tips for Maintenance and Usage

The flooring of the tent is not the most durable, so it can be a great idea to place some tarp on the ground first before you set up the tent. In storing the tent, remove the guylines and stakes and put these in the storage bag. All stakes should be put in their own storage bag before being placed in the tent carrying case. This would prevent damage to the tent fabric. Always store the tent in a clean and dry area. To ensure that you won’t be bother by leaks in the tent during a rainy night or morning, treat all seams with a waterproofing spray as a precautionary measure. Don’t camp out for too long especially during the summer months. Exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun can damage the fabric of the tent, causing it to become discolored. Don’t store the tent without drying it thoroughly and removing caked dirt.

 My Verdict

It is difficult to find a tent that is as spacious and as easy to assemble as the Ozark Trail 12 person , 3 room instant cabin tent. If you’re looking for a big tent that would not give you problems at all in setting it up, then this is the tent you should get. Any Ozark Trail 12-person 3-room instant cabin tent review would tell you that. This tent is great for use even in the hot summer months or during the rainy season. It may not be recommended for use during the winter season, though. Still, you will like how sturdy this tent is even in the face of strong winds.

Final Words

As you may read in an Ozark Trail 12-person 3-room instant cabin tent review, the tent is far from perfect. The metal pins aren’t exactly top quality. The zipper can also get stuck. And the flooring is made of thin tarp material. While these are legitimate concerns, you can ensure the long life of the tent by handling it properly. You should also make it a habit to put a tarp underneath the tent so that you can protect its thin flooring. And follow the storage tips as recommended by the manufacturer. The Ozark Trail 12-person 3-room instant cabin tent is definitely recommended for big families and groups of campers.


  1. The tent is easy to setup with two people, 3-4 minutes, but with one it can be a struggle due to its size. I like the size of the rooms and it held up well under heavy rains and wind, assuming the poles click into place. The major problem with this tent is the two main poles that stabilize the tent may not click into place, which was my case and many on Walmart based on comments, and if that happens the side of the tent will collapse. For example, the left side of my tent would not click into place, and it would collapse under a strong wind. In that case, send the tent in and get a replacement and cross your fingers. This means you need to buy and test before going out into the woods. If you get a good one, it is a great tent for family camping.


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