Truck Tents: The Easy Way to Make Camp
Your vehicle can provide an ideal base for a comfortable and spacious shelter.
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.
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.
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.
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.