kamp-rite tent cot review
Erik Miller

Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot Review

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My Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot review started when I needed a solution to this year’s camping challenge at my house: I have a 12-year-old that wants to use my backpacking hammock tent for camping instead of sharing a regular tent with his little brother, and the little brother isn’t quite ready for spending the night in his own tent. Of course, we have a larger camping tent as well; however, the wife doesn’t tent camp any more, so I don’t want the hassle of setting up a big tent for just us, the three boys.

I want to set up camp and move on to the camping activities as quickly as possible, even if we’re on rocky or uneven ground. If I was going to invest in another tent, I wanted a versatile solution. That’s when I found the Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot.

Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot Review

kamp-rite tent cot review
The Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot is comfortable and sets up fast.

Basically, the Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot is a cot that includes a custom-fitted tent that works together to create an all-in-one design. It comes with rain fly as well as mosquito netting and multiple doors. It stands 11” above the ground — exactly where I like to be, off the ground (which is why I like hammock tents, too).

The sleeping area measures 32″ by 90″, which is just about right for one and a half adults. It’s snug with my youngest son, but by next year he’ll be ready to use the cot on his own or sleep in a hammock. As for adults looking at this option for yourself, there is plenty of room: I’m 6′ tall and I can put my feet at one end of the cot and just reach the other end of the cot with fully extended arms.

You won’t be able to stretch sideways much, but 32″ in width is enough room for a full-size sleeping bag — and the length will give most guys some room for some gear at their feet. The cot is rated to hold 350 pounds.

The domed top creates enough head room to sit up without touching the roof — which a must for evening reading or changing clothes. The hinge design, by the way, enables the Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot to be converted to a lounge chair or a standard-style cot — which was perfect for my week at elk camp when I slept on the cot (without the tent) inside of a big wall tent.

Using a Tent-Cot Combo

The absolute best feature of the Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot is the quick and easy set up. The first time I tried it, I set it up in less than three minutes. After the initial setup, I can now set it up in under two minutes — I’m not kidding — and pack it away in under two minutes as well. This is perfect because, like I said, I want to spend less time setting up camp and more time exploring.

The carry case that comes with it is absolutely great, too — there is no stuffing, rolling up, pushing, or hassle. This is not like trying to get most tents back into undersized bags — the carry case slides right over the folded cot. Awesome!

All-in-all, the Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot gives you a quick and comfortable place to sleep, combining the best elements of a comfortable cot with a tent. For a grown man, there is plenty of room. For two adults, check out the Kamp-Rite Double Tent Cot.

kamp-rite original tent cot
The Kamp-Rite Original Tent Cot is just a little shorter and narrower.

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Note: If you’re looking for lightweight 1-person and 2-person lightweight backpacking-style tents, check out our 7 Best Backpacking Tents for the Money.


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