A truck camping tent is made to protect right at the back of your pick-up truck. Some of these have heavy floor panels that provide added insulation between you and the rear of your truck bed. Others feature fully-paneled floorless designs which allow you to quickly put the tent up on your truck without removing any of the bed. Regardless of the type of tent you need, it's important that you choose one carefully. Here are some things to consider when buying a new camping tent for your truck:
- Whether you're using a Class B truck camping tent, you should be able to lift the tent by at least four feet with no problem. If you need the tent for a sports truck, a six-foot lift should do it. Most campers who use their sports truck tents will only lift it about six inches off the ground.
- Consider buying tents with waterproofing options. It's hard to get good sleep out in the rain if you're sleeping on an open, gravel bed, so waterproof tents are a good idea. Some brands that make tents for campers have excellent reviews, but keep in mind that this doesn't mean that the full size is completely waterproof. Any tent with a rain fly should have a rain cover. If you can, find one with a full size so you can buy two.
- Make sure you get a high quality truck camping mattress. Some of the cheaper brands of mattresses may last for a year or two, but they won't hold up to long-term camping or auto driving use. An expensive, higher-quality mattress will give you plenty of sleep, even in rainy weather.
- Another important feature to look for is a waterproof bed liner. This is very important because it will help your tent stay waterproof and keep the inside dry in inclement weather. It will also allow your mattress to breathe better. A thick, waterproof liner with a waterproof topper is best for extended use, although there are many different models of fill and toppers with various amounts of insulation.
- Consider getting a truck camper with both a floor and a ceiling. Many full-size campers come with a floor that will collapse and be compact for storage, but most camper designs with a ceiling will allow campers to keep their sleeping area dry and away from flying insects. Be sure to get a model that has at least one fan in case campers need to blow their sleeping bag. Also, make sure your truck camper has a top light that can be removed, so campers can see the ceiling and the night sky while sleeping.
- Finally, consider the cost and features of any sleeping bag when buying full size camping equipment. Although many brands advertise as having the best beds and pads, some cost more than others. Some features you may want to include in your order are an external or internal bunk. Some models have an extra bench seat that may be used as a footrest or as a headrest. If your campers spend a lot of time in their sleeping bags, consider getting a model with a hip belt. Other features to look for are extra pockets for holding gear and mesh windows that let campers breathe while sleeping.
When buying a full-size truck tent, you have to think about many different factors, including the weight and size of the sleeping gear, as well as the weight and size of the vehicle. Most people who buy a truck tent do so for business purposes. As a result, they want the best tent they can find to carry their gear. Fortunately, most full-service camping supply stores sell tents for many brands. Be sure to get the correct size, so the bag fits the bed of the truck comfortably and is easy to transport to the campsite. Be sure that the tent has the features you need, whether it is for family camping or a large outdoor event, because you won't want to waste money on a tent that won't meet your needs.