Can You Put a Tent in a Truck?

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If you want to go camping in style, why not put a tent in the bed of your truck. Then, you’ll have a flat place to sleep. Plus, you’re off the ground, so you don’t have to worry about bugs. But how can you put a tent into the bed of your trunk? 

There are specially designed tents that have been designed to fit the bed of your truck, using straps to hold them in place. In many cases, you will be using a pop-up tent when camping. Though some people prefer to use camping shells or swags. 

Putting a tent above your truck bed isn’t difficult, even if you aren’t a seasoned camper. Keep reading to learn some of the things you need to keep in mind. 

Using a Regular Tent in Your Truck

Let’s start by looking at whether you will be able to use a regular tent in the back of your truck. In most cases, a regular pop-up tent will seem like the most appealing option. They can be found in any camping store and are often quite affordable. 

But a few big problems will prevent you from using a regular tent. These include: 

  • Lack of attachment points. A regular tent is designed to be held in place by pegs, which are buried in the ground. 
  • Size. A regular tent is often going to be significantly more significant than the bed of your truck. Trying to fit it will place too much pressure on the poles, causing them to snap. 

Types of Tents You Can Use in Your Truck

Thankfully, there are ways around this problem. You just need to make sure that you are getting a tent that has been specifically designed to fit in the bed of your truck. In this area, there are plenty of options that you can explore. Each comes with its own set of pros and cons. Here are some of the choices you can consider: 

  • Pop-up truck tentThis is one of the most accessible options. The process of assembling this tent is similar to a regular pop-up tent. We’ll discuss how to do it a little later. 
  • Roof rack tent. Sometimes, it can be a good idea to put your tent on the roof rack rather than in the bed of your truck. This will give you more storage space. You can find pop-up tents that are suitable for the roof of your vehicle. You will need to use a ladder to access the tent, though. 
  • Camping shell. This is the most expensive option, but it is best for a more extended camping trip. This will create an enclosed space, so there is no chance that you will be bothered by the wind and rain. If you have the time, you can even turn the construction of a camping shell into a DIY project. 
  • Swag. If it’s a clear night, you might not need a tent. You can just roll out your swag and sleep under the stars. This is ideal for a quick trip. Plus, you can don’t spend a fortune to buy a take. 

Finding the Right Tent For Your Truck

For most people, it will be best to stick with a pop-up tent that fits in the bed of your truck. Thankfully, there are plenty of tents that have been designed for this specific purpose. Here are some of the things to consider to find the right one for you: 

  • Size and shape of your truck bed. The most important thing to do is make sure that you are getting something compatible with your truck. Double-check the dimensions. 
  • Conditions. It’s essential to consider the type of conditions that you will be camping in. For example, you might want to get a tent that will cope with strong winds. It should be noted that the way you position your vehicle will also determine the type of conditions you are facing. For example, you might want to park close to a tree, creating a natural windbreak. 
  • Quality. The last thing you want is to get a tent for your truck, only for it to break apart following your first camping trip. It’s a good idea to read through some of the reviews before you purchase. 

Assembling a Tent in Your Truck Bed

After you have found the right tent for you, it’s time to work on getting it set up correctly. Thankfully, this is a relatively straightforward process. Here are the steps you will need to follow: 

  1. Open the bag and remove the tent components. 
  2. Open the tailgate
  3. Slide the tent pockets over the tailgate. Often, there will be ties or straps to hold it in place. 
  4. Spread the tent out
  5. Attach the straps. Usually, they will go under the lip of the truck.
  6. Depending on the type of tent, you might need to lift the tailgate. Then, thread a strap through the gap between the truck bed and the tailgate. 
  7. Tighten the straps
  8. Add the tent poles. This will often require you to run them through the pole sleeves.
  9. Add the rain fly

Thankfully, the assembly process is pretty straightforward. Often, there will be an owner’s manual to talk you through the steps. In addition, if you have a famous brand, there will usually be a video tutorial that you can watch. 

At the end of your trip, it won’t be too difficult to put the tent away again. You’ll just need to lay the tent flat on the ground. Next, fold the fly. The fly should be folded to be the same width as the pole bag. Then, roll it tightly. You will need to use ties to keep it bound. Finally, fold the tent until it is the same width as the pole and flies. 

The last step is to roll everything up into a tight bundle. It’s best to start with the fly. Do a roll and a half, then add the poles. Make sure that everything is rolled tightly to fit in the bag. 

Using Your Truck Tent

Once you have put up the tent, there are a few things you need to know about using it. First, these will often be relatively tight spaces. At most, they will be able to sleep two people. 

The lack of space means that you will need to be selective about the type of gear that you take into the tent with you. Remember, you can put things inside the car. Another option is to pack everything into plastic boxes, which you can unload from the truck before setting up the tent. 

Before putting the tent down, you should check that it’s dry. If there is still moisture on the tent, there is the risk that it will start to grow mold while in storage. Then, the next time you use it, you’ll be struck by the unpleasant smell.

Lastly, it should be noted that while it might look like a regular pop-up tent when assembled, you won’t be able to use your truck tent on the ground. There won’t be any slots for pegs, so there is no way of holding it in place.  

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for an easy way to set up camp, you might consider using a truck tent. This will raise you off the ground, keeping you safe from insects and snakes. Plus, you’ll have a flat floor. You can have the tent set up in a few minutes if you know what to do. Then, just add a mattress for an excellent night’s sleep. 

About the author 

Vieira Babeker

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

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