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Best Truck Tents for Outdoor Adventures

Best Truck Tents for Outdoor Adventures

Nothing is worse than waking up at the campsite with a full day of hiking stretched out before you, but you’re completely sore from sleeping with a sharp rock under your back all night. Get elevated off the ground—either on top of your SUV or laying in your pickup bed—by investing in a truck tent. Not only will you get much better rest, but you’ll also have better protection from biting bugs and soggy conditions. carries a variety of high-quality pickup truck tents for those long days spent hunting, fishing, river tubing, kayaking and enjoying other exciting outdoor adventures. You can pack along your air mattress and take advantage of the auxiliary power from your camp-ready vehicle.

Choosing the Right Truck Tent for CampingNapier Sportz Truck Tent

The NAPA experts agree that the perfect camping spot is the back of your pickup truck. One key when browsing truck tents for camping is ensuring that you choose one that provides a seamless fit with the bed of your exact make and model to prevent water leaks. We recommend starting out with a compact sports truck tent, also called a truck popup tent. Stretching 5.5 feet long and including an extended awning for a stylish, shaded entrance, the Napier Sportz Truck Tent is an excellent choice.

If you are in the market for an extra-large truck tent camper that can sleep up to four people, then has you covered. The Napier Link Ground Tent 51000 adds an extra room to your pickup truck bed camper (without adding much weight to your load) for either additional sleeping quarters, supply storage or a dry changing area. Stretching to 8 feet by 8 feet, this ground tent incorporates a large door, three mesh-covered windows and—at 6.5 feet tall—plenty of headroom.

Can You Really Call It a Truck Bed If You Never Sleep in It?

Automotive camping accessories are a budget-friendly way to customize your vehicle into the ideal camper. Tents for pickup truck beds are engineered to mount to your off-road vehicle to provide secure, structured shelter from weather and pests, as well as elevate you off the cold, muddy ground. Many of the truck bed camping tents sold on also convert into standalone tents, so you can also easily camp even in places where your pickup truck can’t follow.

To get started with pickup truck camping, select an air mattress customized for a perfect fit inside your truck bed. The AirBedz Pro 3 Truck Bed Air Mattress is a 12-inch thick, air coil mattress designed to accommodate your exact wheel wells. It comes with a power cord, built-in air pump and a carrying case.

Next, for as little as $200, you can buy a pickup truck bed tent fabricated for short beds or long beds and much more comprehensive than a truck bed extension canopy or awning. The NAPA experts recommend the Napier Backroadz Truck Tent, which features four large windows and one door for airflow. There is plenty of headroom at 5.5 feet tall due to the provided shock-corded fiberglass poles.

If you are new to pickup truck camping, check out the Rightline Gear Truck Tent, which will keep you high and dry while still showcasing the stars thanks to the sky view vent. This popup pickup tent sleeps two adults. Keep in mind that it is designed without a floor, so you won’t have to remove any of the cargo. The tent conveniently straps to your truck bed using nylon buckles and assembles swiftly using color-coded rods.

Sleep Under the Stars, On Top of Your Car

A truck rooftop tent, also called a roof rack tent, is ideal for a rugged SUV, such as a Jeep Wrangler, Range Rover or Subaru Forrester. Most truck roof tent kits include the tent, a sleeping platform and a ladder. Because you will strap your truck roof camping tent above your head, you will want a versatile product that is light enough to quickly install. The Offgrid Voyager Roof Top Tent is simple to set up, applicable to nearly all roof rack systems, supports 750 pounds with its aluminum frame and comes equipped with a ladder.

If you are in the market for more complex, comprehensive rooftop tents for trucks, our NAPA experts recommend the ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent. This sizeable investment is designed for midsize trucks and easily mounts to load-bearing roof bars. Additionally, the private annex allows for standing space below the elevated sleeping quarters. The ARB rooftop truck tent comes with a high-density 2.5-inch foam mattress and removable cover.

From Napier to ARB to Rightline, NAPAonline offers the best truck bed tents and truck camper tents in the automotive marketplace. Need a tent for the back of an SUV? Check out the one-size-fits-all, compact, easy-to-store Napier Sportz Cove Tent. Or, for a slightly bigger budget, go with the Rightline Gear SUV Tent, which pairs perfectly with minivans, station wagons and pickup trucks with hard shells. This automotive tent is taller than 7 feet and incorporates D-rings to hang lamps and gear pockets to organize supplies.

And of course, don’t load up without all the extra camping accessories that promise to deliver the comforts of home. Our NAPA team loves the ARB Camping Chair, which includes a table with a drink holder and a Velcro side pouch. Participating NAPA Auto Parts stores now offer a convenient Buy Online, Pickup in Store option so that you can get on the road and out into the wilderness.

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