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These truck tents seem to be gaining popularity round here

REI has them on sale for under a hundo.


any reason not to give this a try, or is there a superior option in the same similar price point
 

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Are you considering one for your truck, or just generally curious?

I'd look for reviews on a specific model to learn more about setup time/difficulty, ventilation, bugs, how it handles weather, etc. The two REI reviews are promising, but there may be more via Google.

If you get one, a good mattress or a low cot should work well with it. I'd also consider adding a BedRug floor liner to the truck bed for greater comfort. A folding step stool or dirt bike stand will make the step up to the tailgate easier.
 
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These truck tents seem to be gaining popularity round here

REI has them on sale for under a hundo.


any reason not to give this a try, or is there a superior option in the same similar price point
These have peaked my interest more than once, lots of pros, not many cons. Biggest con I can think of is if you need to use the truck, the tent has to come off and be set up again.
 

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What is the advantage of a truck bed tent vs a regular tent? I see a few downside, in a regular tent, I have enjoyed the warmth of the earth under us. I remember one morning in Yellowstone where I thought we might have camped on top of an active geothermal area (likely was not the case) because everything was covered in frost but the floor of the tent was warm. Having to empty the contents of the truck bed seems like an additional chore.
 

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With a formerly broken Pelvis I find it incredibly hard to get up from the ground without a support/crutch of some kind.
For riding A downed CRF will do nicely to use as a crutch.

With the Tailgate tent,
  • Slide right into it at tailgate height
  • Off the ground
  • Instant Flat surface for the air mattress
  • dont care if the ground is cold/wet/muddy


Crew Cab truck means all the riding / camping gear is in the truck, the only 3 things I have to unload is the bike, a propane tank, and a 2 burner camp stove and set up the tent, which I think takes no longer than any pup tent. Now that I think about this, the water jug can stay in the truck
 

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If you can ride a motorcycle, I'd hope you can negotiate the distance from the tailgate to the ground, especially with a step stool.

Alternatively, a Nalgene Canteen works fine in the shelter.
Not to worry, i have several male urinals from my time in hospitals. and I have this "Camping Bench" that is really a step stool

It is handy as a step stool, seat, or food prep station for pots pans coffee etc


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Doesn't it kind of suck not being able to go anywhere though? You have to pack everything up if you want to leave or something?

Never saw the appeal.
 

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Doesn't it kind of suck not being able to go anywhere though? You have to pack everything up if you want to leave or something?

Never saw the appeal.
With RTT or a bed tent, I'd still need to pack up the stove et al if moving

I noted this for a couple of days event, ex. Drive to AR for the AMA Ozark 200, set up camp, ride a couple of days, head home.

If one was really overlanding in a differnt spot every night moving the truck around, yeah a RTT make a lot more sense, but note, a lot more $$$$ too
 

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Doesn't it kind of suck not being able to go anywhere though? You have to pack everything up if you want to leave or something?

Never saw the appeal.
It can be, but it's not difficult to work around, especially with a DS bike also available. One downside to sleeping in a truck bed can be having to unload a bike from a hitch hauler to access the tailgate. It doesn't take long, but it's one more complication. I changed the fabric on my camper to allow a side entry so I can leave the bike on the rack.

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Portability problems for this kind of shelter can be avoided by limiting the amount of time devoted to what I call camp construction. My campsites usually look like I never set up anything, because I don't set up much of anything. All I usually have out of the truck is a table, chair, step stool, and toilet bucket. Not rolling out a yard sale of gear makes it much easier to be on your way.

If I used a bed tent like MVI is considering, I'd keep my gear organized in a few Rubbermaid ActionPackers or similar containers, just as I do now. Striking that tent looks simple, and with everything else in the open bed already stored, stowing the tent & poles shouldn't take long. I'm not sure how much time it'll take to pack up his sleep system.
 

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Looking at ZoomerP rig, That is mighty far from terra firma, and I dont climb ladders well anymore.

All my riding gear fits in one tub, and as I cant see a situation where all my other stuffs wouldn't fit in a second tub.
 

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Looking at ZoomerP rig, That is mighty far from terra firma, and I dont climb ladders well anymore.
I doubt you'd like the floor-entry option, either.
All my riding gear fits in one tub, and as I cant see a situation where all my other stuffs wouldn't fit in a second tub.
That should work fine, especially if you can stack them when the truck is in sleep mode.

If you have the back seat space free, loosely rolling up your entire bed and tossing it back there would be a fast way to go. Another option would be to do the same and slide it into a trash bag to keep it clean in the truck bed.
 
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I got one they had messed up the waterproofing on for ~$30, but gifted to my brother. Friend had one and says it's a bit fiddly to set up and not something you'd care to do just for an overnight. For the head room and being out of creepy crawlie & wild hog range likely a good option at the price. :thumb
 

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