Q. I am looking for a type of tent that can zip onto other tents (of the same style) for my friends to use on campouts so we can each have our own living quarters.
– Drayton & friends, Gilbert, Ariz.
A. Good question, Drayton. I have seen a couple modular tent systems over the years. The coolest one I’ve found is The North Face Docking Station ($429; thenorthface.com), which is basically a 97-square-foot canopy-style tent that could serve as your “living room.” It has four roll-up doors to which you can attach as many as three other tents, each sold separately, including the 2-person Dock ($119) or the 4-person Dock ($159). If you have a LOT of friends, you could also add the Mesh Room ($149), which fits inside the Docking Station itself, providing screened protection from bugs and sleeps up to six. Naturally, this kind of tent system is best for basecamp or car camping rather than backpacking because of its size and weight.