What To Look For In A Truck Bed Tent

These tents are great for road trips where you don’t always know where you’re going to end up each night.

If you drive a pickup and love to camp, consider a tent designed to let you sleep comfortably in the bed of your truck. Truck bed tents come with a number of advantages over traditional tents, and have some advantages versus rooftop tents as well.

There are two main types of bed tent. Tents with floors and tents without. Both kinds let you quickly turn the bed of your truck into a watertight and bug proof sleeping area.

Most Practical

Rightline Gear Truck Tents
Truck bed tents without floors are fast to set up, and you can pop them open over top of any gear you already have in the bed, saving you from having to load or unload each time you want to set up and take down your tent.Rightline Gear

The biggest advantage to these tents is that they let you camp out just about anywhere you’re allowed to park your car overnight. This makes them great options for road trips, especially road trips where you don’t always know where you’re going to end up each night. They’re commonly used for camping out on beaches you can drive out onto in your truck.

Great Value

Guide Gear Full Size Truck Tent
Do you value price most? Some tents are designed without bells and whistles in order to best balance cost with basic utility.Guide Gear

Truck bed tents are also very practical for sleeping in places where you’re concerned about the critters scampering around on the ground. Scorpions, snakes, and spiders have a lot harder time getting into your sleeping bags or boots when they have to scale your truck first.

Most Comfortable

Napier Backroadz Truck Tent
A truck bed tent with a floor keeps you cleaner and more weathertight (and spidertight) than a truck bed tent without one.Napier

If you’re willing to spend more money, look for features like a window that lets you access your cab through the back of the tent.