If you want to combine the adventure of tent camping with the convenience of a camper, a convenient solution you might want to consider is a truck tent.
Truck tents were invented in 1990 by Roman Napieraj and since then, have been extremely popular with owners of pickup trucks. Quite simply, truck tents are designed to be set up in the bed of a pickup truck.
How do truck tents work?
Most truck tents are designed, just like their ground-based counterparts, to accommodate around two to three campers. They are almost universally compatible with most pickup trucks, provided the truck in question has common design elements such as a lift gate, which allows access to the tent door. Truck tents come in a variety of sizes, designed to fit perfectly with short or long pickup truck beds. Setting up the tent is no more difficult than the process for a regular tent, with the exception that specialized clips may be included to secure the tent to cargo tie-down locations in the back of the truck.
What are the advantages?
There are quite a few obvious advantages of truck tents. To begin with, they are off the ground, which eliminates the risk of getting your tent dirty and, in the event of inclement weather, can prevent flooding. A common cause of frustration among owners of traditional tents is the fact that rainwater can easily enter a tent from beneath. After a heavy rain, you may find yourself lying in a mud puddle.
Not so with truck tents. Because they sit securely in the bed of your truck, they’re kept mercifully free from risks of flooding. The beds of pickup trucks are designed specifically to facilitate efficient draining, so water isn’t left to collect.
The economical benefits are obvious as well. Truck tents are a great deal cheaper than tow-behind campers, which were heretofore the best option for less extreme campers who still wanted to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.
One of the chief advantages of the truck tent is its proximity to the cab of the truck. Pickups with fold-down rear walls can essentially double the living space of the tent, by combining the truck’s interior with that of the tent, creating a large and uninterrupted space.
At the end of the day, truck tents are a great solution for lovers of the outdoors who don’t enjoy the less glamorous aspects of traditional camping.