Re: Need a tent
lordy, you're not a newbie, taking the whole family tent camping are you? I hope not.
For any newbie, always put up the tent, in the yard or at a park, before you really need it. Never assume a tent is waterproof. Are you spending thousands on waterproofing?
More people end their tenting career after a rain storm. It's your family; you're the waterproof expert.
When you put up the tent, for your tryout, test a small patch or two for waterproofing.
After each use, you have to look for breakdowns in waterproof. Especially after it rains. It could be a small corner.
Learn how to use less expensive cans of silicone spray for waterproofing. They are found at automotive stores.
I've done the waterproofing in a back yards or at a park; not on camping day.
The last things I'd want to see is an unprepared newbie taking his whole family tent camping in one big tent.