Pack your vehicle so you may unpack items (tent, rain fly, ground cloth, stakes etc) may be unloaded in the order they are needed. Just like a boat you want to keep as much water on the outside as possible. If you have 3 or 4 people and or youngster's who can help make SURE everyone has a job to do and they know what it is. When expecting rain I use a tarp and the tents footprint. You can setup the tent and put a tarp under it - try to keep water from pooling on the tarp - if it does, it does. You can deal with that after the rain stops. Try to move as little from the car/truck to the tent while it is raining. If you must try to setup a human chain to pass everything into the tent. But most of all rain or shine have fun. You will develop your own system over time. I am 70 years old and I have found tent camping and swimming are two things I still love to do.
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Kingdom 8 a very good tent for families and base camping. My wife and our married daughter both say I take too much gear, maybe maybe not (I was a Boy Scout). We are on our third family tent and second REI brand tent and after reading some of the reviews I am perplexed about peoples expectations. My expectations are simple, roomy, sturdy, keeps the rain out and the hardware is durable. We have had 4 adults, two preteens and a dog camp in this tent on several occasions and very comfortably, dry in moderate rains and basically bug freed.. My only observation is don't try to manhandle the poles they will bend. I should have learned that lesson with my first REI tent but no I didn't. That's OK most poles are repairable When buying a larger tent consider where you will use it. The Kingdom 8 with garage barely fits on most state and NPS/Forest Service tent pads. Everyone in our family can standup and there is plenty of room for gear. Hope this post helps some people choosing a tent - see you at camp.
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