Some of the largest tents on the market these days are pod-style. They have a central living area with several sleeping areas (‘pods’) leading off, like spokes from the hub of a wheel.
These tents look great in the showroom. In the family setting, children can have their own spaces with good air gaps between and everyone can congregate at the heart of the tent during the day.
However, there are some disadvantages to this style of tent. Apart from the fact that they cover an enormous ground area – many campsites charge extra for such a large footprint, if they allow them on site at all – they also include a larger volume of fabric than an equivalent tunnel tent, making them heavier to transport and generally more challenging to erect.
If you like the pod arrangement but don’t always need all the pods, consider a tent that will allow you to pitch just some of the pods, leaving the extras at home.