Truck Tents: Universal or Not

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Truck tents have gained in popularity over the last couple of decades. They provide a convenient way to camp while out with your truck. Perhaps you have considered getting yourself a truck tent yet wonder if they are universal.

Though truck tents are universal, you still need to keep in mind the dimensions of your truck bed. The size of the back of your truck is key to getting a tent that fits. There are plenty of options to choose from. It all depends on the make and model of your truck.

This article will list a range of vehicle models to help you make an informed choice. Then we have some tent recommendations for you to consider. So keep reading to discover which tent will best suit your needs.

How to measure the correct size of your truck bed

Not all trucks have a tent that is made specifically for them. If you fall under this category, you need to get the measurement of your truck bed. Then look for a tent that fits those dimensions.

Here is how you determine the size of your truck bed:

  • Have your tailgate closed
  • Start from the cab end of your truck and measure the length towards the tailgate.
  • Measure the space between the walls. Typically, the sizes will be either 68-77" (full-sized truck) or 56-63" (compact models).
  • Your truck will also be classed as Long Bed, Regular Bed, or Short Bed.
  • Once you have got the measurements, it's time to go out and buy yourself a tent.

Sizing guide

Choosing the right tent is simply matching one with your truck's make and model. Here we offer a broken list categorized into Long Bed, Regular Beds, and Short Bed. (Note this list is a compilation of similar lists provided by Rightline and Napier Outdoors)

Long Bed (8’-8.2’)

Chevy:

Silverado 1500

Silverado 2500

Silverado 3500

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4 Yulara Rooftop Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

Dodge:

Ram 1500

Ram 2500

Ram 3500

(Recommended tents: Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Annex Room;  TJM 4x4 Yulara Rooftop Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent)

Ford:

F150

F250

F350

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4Boulia Roof Top Tent; Rightline Gear Truck Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent)

GMC:

Sierra 1500

Sierra 2500HD

Sierra 3500HD

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4Boulia Roof Top Tent; Rightline Gear Truck Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

Nissan:

Titan Crew Cab

((Recommended tents: TJM 4x4Boulia Roof Top Tent; Rightline Gear Truck Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

Toyota:

Tundra

T-100

(Recommended tents: Napier Sportz Truck Tent; Rightline Gear Truck Tent; TJM 4x4 Yulara Rooftop Tent)

Mid-Size Long Bed (6’-6.2’)

Nissan:

Frontier King Cab/Crew Cab (2007 and later models)

(Recommended tents: Napier Truck Tent; Napier Sportz Truck Tent; Rightline Gear Truck Tent)

Toyota:

Tacoma Regular/Access Cab (2004 and later models)

T-100 Extended Cab

(Recommended tents: Napier Truck Tent; Napier Sportz Truck Tent; Rightline Gear Truck Tent; TJM 4x4 Yulara Roof Top Tent)

Mid-Size Tall Bed (6’)

Chevy:

Colorado (2015 and later models)

(Recommended tents: Napier Truck Tent; Napier Sportz Truck Tent; TJM 4x4®

Boulia Roof Top Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

GMC:

Canyon (2015 and later models)

(Recommended tents: Rightline Gear Truck Tent; Napier Truck Tent; TJM 4x4 Yulara Roof Top Tent)

Regular/Standard Bed (6.5’ - 6.6’)

Chevy:

Silverado 1500

Silverado 2500

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4 Yulara Rooftop Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

Dodge:

Ram 1500

Ram 2500

Ram 3500

(Recommended tents: Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Annex Room;  TJM 4x4 Yulara Rooftop Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent)

Ford:

F150

F250SD

F350SD

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4Boulia Roof Top Tent; Rightline Gear Truck Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent)

GMC:

Sierra 1500

Sierra 2500HD 

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4Boulia Roof Top Tent; Rightline Gear Truck Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

Nissan:

Titan King Cab/Crew Cab

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4 Yulara Roof Top Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent; TJM 4x4 Boulia Roof Top Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

Toyota:

Tundra

(Recommended tents: Napier Sportz Truck Tent; Rightline Gear Truck Tent; TJM 4x4 Yulara Rooftop Tent)

Full-Size Short Bed (5.5’ - 5.8’)

Chevy:

Silverado 1500

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4 Yulara Rooftop Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

Dodge:

Ram 1500

(Recommended tents: Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Annex Room;  TJM 4x4 Yulara Rooftop Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent)

Ford:

F150

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4Boulia Roof Top Tent; Rightline Gear Truck Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent)

GMC:

Sierra 1500

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4Boulia Roof Top Tent; Rightline Gear Truck Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

Nissan:

Titan Crew Cab

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4 Yulara Roof Top Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent; TJM 4x4 Boulia Roof Top Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

Toyota:

Tundra CrewMax

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4 Yulara Roof Top Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent)

 

Mid-Size Short Bed (5’- 5.2’)

Nissan:

Frontier Crew Cab (2007 and later models)

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4 Yulara Roof Top Tent; TJM 4x4 Boulia Roof Top Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent;)

Toyota:

Tacoma Double Cab (2001 and later models)

(Recommended tents: Rightline Gear Truck Tent; Napier Sportz Truck Tent; Napier®

Truck Tent)

 

Mid-Size Short Bed (5'- 5.2’) - Tall Bed

Chevy:

Colorado (2015 and later models)

(Recommended tents: Napier Truck Tent; Napier Sportz Truck Tent; Rightline Gear®

Truck Tent; TJM 4x4 Boulia Roof Top Tent)

 

GMC:

Canyon (2015 and later models)

(Recommended tents: Rightline Gear Truck Tent; Napier Truck Tent; TJM 4x4 Yulara Roof Top Tent)

Compact Size Bed (6’)

Chevy:

Colorado Standard/Extended Cab (2005 to 2012 models)

S-10 Compact Bed

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4 Yulara Roof Top Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent)

Ford:

Ranger Regular/Super Cab

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4 Yulara Roof Top Tent; BadAss Tents RUGGED Onyx Utility Black Roof Top Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

GMC:

Canyon Regular/Extended Cab (2005 to 2012 models)

S-15/Sonoma

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4 Yulara Roof Top Tent; BadAss Tents RUGGED Onyx Utility Black Roof Top Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

Isuzu:

Hombre

i-Series

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4 Yulara Roof Top Tent; BadAss Tents RUGGED Onyx Utility Black Roof Top Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

Mazda:

B Series

(Recommended tents: Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent; TJM 4x4 Boulia Roof Top Tent; BadAss Tents RUGGED™ Onyx Utility Black Roof Top Tent)

Mitsubishi:

Raider

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4 Yulara Roof Top Tent; TJM 4x4® Boulia Roof Top Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

Nissan:

Frontier King Cab (1998 to 2006 models)

Frontier Crew Cab (2000 to 2006 models)

(Recommended tents: Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent; TJM 4x4®

Boulia Roof Top Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

Toyota:

Tacoma Regular/Access Cab (models from 2003 and earlier)

(Recommended tents: Rightline Gear Truck Tent; Napier Sportz Truck Tent; Napier®

Truck Tent)

Compact Short Bed (5’-5.2’)

Chevy:

Colorado

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4 Yulara Roof Top Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent; Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent)

Ford:

Ranger

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4 Yulara Roof Top Tent; BadAss Tents RUGGED Onyx Utility Black Roof Top Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

GMC:

Canyon

(Recommended tents: TJM 4x4 Yulara Roof Top Tent; BadAss Tents RUGGED Onyx Utility Black Roof Top Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

Nissan:

Frontier

(Recommended tents: Body Armor 4x4 Skyridge Series Rooftop Tent; TJM 4x4®

Boulia Roof Top Tent; ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent)

Toyota:

Tacoma

(Recommended tents: Rightline Gear Truck Tent; Napier Sportz Truck Tent; Napier®

Truck Tent)

Conclusion

Which truck tent you decide to buy is determined by the make and model of your vehicle. There are universal tents available, making life so much easier for all truck owners.
We have given you a list of the various truck styles available and recommended tents. As you can see, the tents are all similar no matter what brand of vehicle you have. That's because these tents are universally fitting.
Now, it's simply a matter of your deciding which one would look better on your truck

About the author 


Vieira Babeker

Hi! I'm Vieira. I've always been interested in different Auto Accessories

My passion here at theroofboxes.com is to provide helpful straight forward clear advice and tips for Automotive Accessories.

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