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The Search For The Best Truck Tents Of 2017

Over the past couple of years, I have camped in some interesting places. From shelters that have been assembled using wood and branches nearby, to 10-man tents that provide you with scenic views. All of them have provided great experiences and I have some great memories in them.

I, however, am going to tell you about the best truck tents that you can buy right now. Based on my recent experience on using truck tents, I can provide you with some advice on what to look out for and what you should think about when buying a truck tent as well.

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Model

Headroom

Material

Score

Sportz Truck Tent III

5.6 feet

Polyester and nylon taffeta

DAC Full - Size Truck Tent

5.6 feet

Coated poyester

Sportz Truck Tent Blue/Grey

5.6 feet

Polyester

Guide Gear 6-by-6-Foot Compact Truck Tent

4.75 feet

Polyester

Napier Backroadz Truck Tent

>=4.75 feet

Polyethylene

Kodiak Canvas Truck Bed Tent

5 feet

Cotton duck canvas

**Below, you'll find our more detailed reviews, but you can also click the links above to see current prices or read customer reviews on Amazon

Our Top 6 Truck Tents Recommendations

What I love about this truck tent is that it is a lightweight tent. That means that you don’t have to deal with problems such as getting the tent onto the back of the truck. Plus, with the tent easy to set up, this tent will make your camping trip in the truck easier.

Sleeping inside this wonderful truck tent is something else, though. There is lots of head room inside. That means that you don’t have to worry about hitting your head on the top of the truck tent.

Plus, since you won’t be technically be sleeping on the ground (due to the truck tent having it’s own floor), you can be as comfortable as possible. Cleaning up the tent is easier.

Pros

  • Lightweight.
  • Easy to set up.
  • Lots of headroom.

Cons

  • Not suitable for more than two people.


This is an excellent tent for those who have no idea what kind of size of tent that they should buy. It can fit on the end of SUV’s, carrier racks and air foils. What that means is that this truck is convenient for those who want to take their camping trips with friends who are taking different cars with them.

The main feature that a lot of people have noticed about this truck tent is that it is very easy to use. Setting up the tent is a breeze because you can adjust the truck tent to your car specifications. I personally love that because I have been on trips with these truck tents and it can be a pain to set up these tents on cars where the tent does not fit exactly to specification.

Most importantly, this tent can be used in all kinds of weather. Very few leaks occur in heavy rain and can keep out those pesky mosquitos.

Pros

  • Can fit SUV’s and full sized vehicles.
  • Can fit on carrier racks and air foils.
  • Can be set up in less than five minutes.

Cons

  • Cannot fit on trucks with external rear-mounted spare tires.


One of the features of this tent that I really like that this tent is great in all sorts of weather. Once the weather has dried out, the tent can dry itself very nicely because the materials of the tent are great at repelling the harshest of weather conditions.

What I also like is that this tent has excellent ventilation. This matters a whole lot because it can help keep your tent odor-free. That, in return, helps keep your tent as clean as possible. The tent also provides a sense of openness through the see-through windows, making this tent even better to use.

With this tent being as sturdy as any other tent, this truck tent can meet many of the basic needs that someone might expect from a tent. I personally think that this tent provides more than you need from such a tent with lots of great ventilation and open scenery.

Pros

  • Comes in two different sizes to suit your needs.
  • Sturdy.
  • Provides excellent ventilation and openness.

Cons

  • Can take a bit of time to set up.


If you are looking for a tent where you can precisely decide what kind of tent that you want, then this product has to be it. With seven different sizes to choose from, you have as many choices as ever on what kind of tent that you want on your truck.

As well as having a great fly that allows water to be repelled effectively, this tent is truck friendly because it provides extra protection against straps. That way, the truck is protected against scratch damage etc.

With no need for guide ropes, this tent should be perfect for those who like choice in their lives when they are out there camping.

Pros

  • Comes in seven different sizes.
  • Has no need for guide ropes.
  • Provides extra protection for trucks against straps.

Cons

  • Poles are very long, can stretch and break the seams of the tent.
  • The tent materials can break easily.


What I find great about this tent is it’s sturdiness. This is due to the fiberglass poles which makes this tent difficult to push over. That’s because the fiberglass poles are so strong, ensuring that the tent can stand up tall in adverse conditions. You don’t want the truck tent to fly off your truck as you are sleeping.

Also, along with the fiberglass material of the poles, this tent is easy to set up. Although this tent has received complaints about the length of the poles, many customers have not had that sort of issue. In fact, as someone who has experienced using this tent, I can tell you that it is easy to set up because the tent could fit on the truck easily.

Plus, with the truck tent coming in nice packaging, this tent can make your life easy when you are out there camping in the outdoors on your truck. Unless you have to deal with heavy rain, where the fly does leak, this tent can be brilliant to use.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble.
  • Comes in nice packaging.
  • Tent poles made out of fiberglass – makes tent sturdy.

Cons

  • Truck tent can leak water in heavy rain, even with the fly on.


The storm flap is something else, though. What I find great about the storm flap of this truck tent is that it enhances privacy. That means that you can sleep well knowing that you know someone will find it difficult to see what you are doing in your tent. The flap also works brilliantly in heavy rain.

With this tent, the first feature that you notice with this tent is that there are five different sizes to choose from. Like this previous product that we discussed, this product gives you lots of choices in terms of what kind of tent that you can select for your truck.

Along with the 1-year warranty, this tent is excellent if you want a specific tent on your truck and you value your privacy.

Pros

  • Comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
  • Has a storm flap; enhances privacy.
  • Comes in five different sizes.

Cons

  • Tent poles can snap easily.
  • Instructions can be a bit hard to understand.

Buying guide on the best truck tents.

Here are some ideas on what you should look out for when buying a truck tent:

1. Can you wash the tent?

Let’s be honest about truck tents – they are just as likely to get as dirty as some tent that is pitched on some muddy grounds. Being able to clean the tent is something that should be taken seriously because otherwise the materials of the truck tent can break down easily. You don’t want to have to fork out thousands of dollars more for another truck tent, otherwise.

It is best to look for truck tents with waterproof materials. This is good because these tents can dry out quicker and you don’t have to damage the tent with water from the hose. If the tent can be cleaned with a hose attached to a brush, then all the better.

2. Can you clean the tent?​

Cleaning the tent is slightly different to washing the tent because we are talking about getting rid of things that you don’t need such as dust or odors that make the tent smell like a junkyard. This is important because you don’t want to have a truck tent that makes your life miserable. Especially those with illnesses such as asthma or air-borne diseases.

You want to get a truck tent that is constructed with materials that can be easily cleaned and do not cause odors. If these materials do cause odors or make it impossible to clean the tent, then make sure that you can at least clean the truck tent easily without fuss. Otherwise you won’t be having a great time in your truck tent.

3. What is the interior like?​

​Like all tents, truck tents are all dependent on how much room that you have inside your tent. It’s especially important for truck tents because they are designed to be placed on the back of the truck. So if you have an truck tent that has a large interior, then chances are you might not fit the tent onto the back of the truck.

That’s unless though that your truck tent is high and roomy to the point that you can sit up comfortably. When you can do that, you know that your tent is perfect for camping. The general rule for interiors of buying tents is that the more room there is, the happier you will be.

4. What are the materials the truck tent is made out of?​

This has sort of been covered in the washing the tent and cleaning the tent section, but it deserves special mention. Nobody wants to buy a truck tent that is going to break and tear easily because of some change in the weather or because you cleaned the truck tent for so long that the materials started to break.

Generally, the more expensive the tent is, the higher the quality of the materials the tent is made out of is better. Choose materials such as Nylon or some other truck tent where the material can last for a very long time in adverse conditions.

If, however, you are going on rare camping trips, then you don’t have to necessarily worry about the material of the truck tent is made out of as you can replace the tent with another truck tent cheaply.

5. How well constructed is the truck tent?​

What I tend to look at when thinking about the construction of the truck tent is the seams that hold the tent together. If there is a double seam or the seams of the tent have been specially enforced, then chances are you have a well-constructed tent. Little things such as the design of the tent foot or quality of the tent poles matter as well.

If you are not sure about the design of the truck tent, consult an expert before you buy a truck tent. You don’t want to buy a tent that ends up being a dud because you made a bad decision to buy a poorly constructed truck tent.

Who is the winner of this line up?​

​The winner of this line up has to be Kodiak Canvas Truck Bed Tent. The ventilation features and the openness of the tent gives you a great experience while you are camping. Along with being sturdy, this tent can handle all kinds of weather.

If you have any more enquiries or you want to ask a question, then feel free to put a comment down below this article and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We value all feedback and all enquiries are welcome.

Lucy Gomez
 

Hi there, I'm Lucy Gomez, camp editor at Getcampingwild.com. I grew up in a suburb of Oklahoma and I have been camping my entire life. Camping in the wild is a way of life for me.

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