Those options seem a lot better, VampireKitten. At least in terms of space. (I cannot speak to the wind-hardiness of that specific brand.) An 8-person tent sounds just right for 2 people for a week, seriously. When they declare the number of people that can sleep in a tent they usually forget to end the sentence with "if they're stacked like cordwood".
A monkeyhut is not as hard as you might think; seriously, and they're good in the wind. Do a trial run in your backyard or a park. Whichever one of you is more engineering-minded might actually do the layout, purchasing & planning, the other can pound rebar. A good friend and I did this in 2009. She was the engineering mind, I just measured and pounded rebar and attached the tarp with bungee balls, and it probably took us an hour to set it up. Maybe 90 minutes. That's a guess. We did have to guy line the hut and used ratchet straps at the end. Then the guy lines need to be flagged and lit and the exposed rebar topped to keep us and others from impaling themselves. If you do decide to go with a monkey hut, and transport poles outside of a vehicle (as opposed to inside a van) wrap and contain the ends, not just several spots down the middle, so the poles don't slide out on the highway.
I have seen people use those tripod shades, though the shade "footprint" is not wildly generous. I don't know anything about which brands are better.
AntiM wrote:We use an old blanket and some spring clamps. Tape gets funky in the heat.
It does! Duct tape will fall right off a tent in the heat.