Truck Tents: The Easy Way to Make Camp

Your vehicle can provide an ideal base for a comfortable and spacious shelter.

Truck tent on top of jeep.
Some truck tents mount right on the vehicle, while others attach to the opened rear hatch.Stefan Widau on Unsplash

The growing popularity of camping has brought a growing list of choices for camping with your vehicle. There are truck tents made for pickup trucks, of course. But the category has expanded to include safe, weatherproof shelters for SUVs and vans, and off-road vehicle designs such as Jeeps. In many cases, truck tents allow campers close and easy access to the interior space of the vehicle, so no more lugging heavy off-road duffel bags and suitcases. And by piggybacking—literally—to an SUV or pickup, it’s easy to find a campsite just about anywhere. When you’re ready to hit the road with just about all the comforts of home, a truck tent just might be your favorite new address.

Rightline Gear Truck Bed Tent

Pickup Heaven

With a floorless design, this convenient shelter goes up without the need to unload the vehicle.Rightline

A truck tent is all about convenience, so look for features that make set-up fast and easy. Color-coded poles help take the guesswork out of what pole goes where, and a weatherproof set-up guide that’s permanently sewn into the stuff sack ensures that you’re never without directions.

Rightline Gear-110907 SUV Tent, Sleeps Up to 6, Universal Fit, Orange.

Easy Family Camping

This six-person shelter fits snugly onto the open hatch of a sport-utility, providing a weather-tight abode with easy access to all your stowed equipment.Rightline

If you’ll want to leave your campsite during the day for a quick drive to a waterfall, trailhead, or nifty mountain town, make sure your truck tent is free-standing. That way you can unhook your vehicle from the tent, which stays up. Otherwise, you’ll have to unpack the tent and stow all your sleeping bags and pads every time you leave.

Smittybilt Overlander Tent

A Room With a View

For Jeeps and other rugged vehicles, a roof-mounted shelter provides incredible comfort and unsurpassed convenience.Smittybilt

Look for truck tents that come with both mosquito netting and a well-made rainfly. Nothing turns a camping adventure into a disaster more quickly than biting bugs and wet gear. A solid truck tent with great netting, a rain-cover, and lots of insulation makes traveling a pleasure.

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