CORE Lighted Camping Family Tent, 12-Person

Last updated: February 21, 2023

If you like your privacy, the CORE Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent is the tent for you. You'll get two room dividers to create three separate rooms within the tent. Two large doors and windows help bring outside air into the tent, along with adjustable vents and an all-mesh ceiling.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: Two wall dividers give you three separate rooms for extra privacy during your camping trip with the CORE Lighted 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent.

In our analysis of 133 expert reviews, the CORE Lighted Camping Family Tent, 12-Person placed 8th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

LED lights are built into the roof poles of the tent and Core’s unique diffusing fabric disperses light for homey overhead lighting. Wall Mounted Light Switch. An interior and exterior light switch are mounted to the tent wall so they are as easy to use as your lights at home. The switches also illuminate so they can be seen easily after dark. 3 Brightness Settings High: 950 Lumens, 50h Run Time Medium: 300 Lumens, 110h Run Time Nightlight: 35 Lumens, 250h Run Time

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Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Fits 12 people. Gear loft. Power port. “Instant” set-up with pre-attached poles.
There is nothing one could object to ventilation here. There are two large doors with mesh, and windows with mesh are everywhere around, plus the ceiling which is all mesh. But even if you have to close the panels on the doors and windows, you still have adjustable vents on both narrow sides.
Lots of space, enough for 12 people. 2 wall separators make 3 separate rooms. 80 inches of head space. Instant, pre-built frame. Included Rain Fly.
Very spacious room. Mutiple-dividers. H2O block technology. Greater loft and wall storage. Easy pitch tent.
Very large inside and has enough room to house 12 people. If you use the room dividers, you can have 3 rooms total. It is surprisingly quick to set up, especially for a tent of this size (2 minutes to pitch!). This is due to the pre-attached poles. The wall storage pockets and gear loft keep all your equipment off the floor and out of the way, maximizing convenience and keeping your tent looking tidy. It stands up stong in heavy winds and has no problems keeping the rain out when an unexpected thunderstorm hits you during the night. It has an open ceiling design (mesh roof). This allows you to take the rain fly off and stargaze the beautiful night sky with your friends and family.

What reviewers didn't like

Pre-attached poles are less stable than detached poles.
Not enough storage pockets.
Zippers can break easily.
Tall straight cabin sidewalls can be vulnerable to strong winds.
You will have to be lying down like sardines if you want to have exactly 12 people inside (not including gear). A couple of complaints about the poles rubbing up against the fabric when it’s been in storage, resulting in damaged material.
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