It’s possible to van life it, although that feels a little too 2016. Pop-ups that attach to the top of your car are cool, but they’re also pricey and can have a major influence on your car’s mileage.

Take, for example, the truck bed tent. You get all of the benefits of tent camping without any of the drawbacks – mobility, flexibility, and the delightful sound of rain pelting against canvas.

10 Best Truck Bed Tents to buy

A tent on a truck bed may seem weird at first, but we think you’ll be convinced after you see what our buyer’s guide has in store for you.

So grab one of our hand-picked truck bed tents, pack a cooler, and leash up your beloved canine partner. The adventure is about to begin.

Millard Truck Bed Tent

Only trucks with a conventional 6.5-footbed can fit in this Millard Truck Bed Tent. If you have a smaller truck, this will be a problem. The $160 price tag, on the other hand, is spot-on.

The Miller Truck Tent is a little smaller than the last few tents we’ve looked at, but it’s still fairly roomy, with a full, sewn-in floor and plenty of mesh windows to go around.

When the weather becomes bad, a modest awning with a storm flap keeps you dry. A camping lamp hook and a full rainfly are standard features for this type of gear, but they’re nonetheless nice to have. The durable ripstop material is the main standout since it should be tough enough to withstand the typical scratches, pokes, and tears that a tent will face.

Special Features:

  • Sewn-in floor
  • Small awning
  • Storm flaps
  • Lantern hook
  • Rainfly

Napier Sportz Truck Bed Tent

Napier Sportz Vehicle Specific Compact Short Truck Bed Portable 2 Person Outdoor Camping Tent with Optional 4 x 4 Foot Sun Awning, Blue
176 Reviews
Napier Sportz Vehicle Specific Compact Short Truck Bed Portable 2 Person Outdoor Camping Tent with Optional 4 x 4 Foot Sun Awning, Blue
  • COMPACT SHORT TRUCK BED TENT: Camp out wherever your pickup can take you with this compact/short truck bed outdoor tent
  • PERFECT FOR UP TO 2 PEOPLE: Spacious interior offers ample room for up to 2 adults to comfortably relax; Max center height is 5.8 feet tall
  • KEEPS PERSONAL ITEMS ORGANIZED: Internal gear loft, gear pocket, and lantern holder keeps your personal items neatly organized
  • OFFERS OPTIMAL PROTECTION: Features full rainfly, storm flaps, and optional awning for increased privacy and protection from the elements
  • FOR TRUCK BEDS UP TO 5.2 FEET LONG: Works with specific vehicle types with a compact or short truck bed measuring 5 to 5.2 feet long

The Napier Sportz Truck Bed Tent is designed for trucks with beds that are 6.5 feet long. For those with extended cabs or compact trucks, the size restriction will be a deal-breaker, but if you have a truck that fits this shelter, you’ll enjoy the amenities.

For starters, you receive a 4-by-4-foot shade awning that attaches to the truck bed, removing any claustrophobia on rainy or extremely hot days. The tent also comes with an extendable carrying bag for storage and a set of strap guards to safeguard your finish from being scratched. You receive a full-floor design and over 5 feet of headroom, just like our previous option.

Mesh panels provide plenty of breathabilities, and hanging gear loops cover the interior for extra storage. The rear access panel, which allows you to get inside the truck’s cab if necessary, is, nevertheless, our favorite feature. The features include a full rain fly and built-in storm flaps for the windows and doors.

If you have a large family or require additional space, the Sportz Link Attachment, a ground-based attachment that serves as a dining room or sleeping area for additional campers, is a viable option.

Special Features:

  • Rear cab access
  • Full rainfly and built-in storm flaps
  • Sewn-in full-bed floor
  • Plenty of headroom
  • 4’ x 4’ shade awning

DRM Pickup Truck Bed Tent

DRM Pickup Truck Tent - PU2000MM Truck Bed Tent for Camping with Carrying Case (S)
17 Reviews
DRM Pickup Truck Tent - PU2000MM Truck Bed Tent for Camping with Carrying Case (S)
  • 【A Well-made Tent】The tent itself is made out of 210D oxford polyester with PU2000mm water-resistant coating. No worries about any bad weather. Poles are made of φ8.5mm fiberglass which is not only resistant to corrosion, but also has high tensile strength. Item Length: 5.25~6.89 Feet (Small), SIZE FOR Compact Short Bed 5'-5.2' and Full Size Short Bed 5.5'-5.8'
  • 【Optimal Ventilation】It comes with two big mesh windows on both sides, allowing a nice breeze going through the tent.
  • 【Large Internal Space】With center height approximate 60 inches, you’ll be able to enjoy your stay in the large interior area.
  • 【Full-Floor Design】Full tent floor keep the whole room clean from any dust or dirt.
  • 【Easy Installation】You’ll get a carrying case with the tent. User's manual is sewed well so you won’t lose it and you can inquiry instructions any time. 2 storage pockets inside to keep your other small items well with you.

The beauty of Leeworks’ offering is that it can fit trucks with beds ranging from 65 to 70 inches in length. Because the arching form pushes upwards, the shelter in narrow truck beds will be higher.

Because the poles will move down towards the back of the truck, the tent will be shorter in larger truck beds. 

Apart from that, the DRM Pickup Truck Bed Tent offers a lot of the same features you’re familiar with, such as a carrying box, a sewn-in instruction booklet. The shelter’s pricing is right in the middle of our guide’s price range, making it a solid choice if you’re seeking a reasonable price-performance ratio.

Special Features:

  • Sewn-in floor
  • Expandable design to fit multiple truck-bed sizes
  • Mesh windows
  • Full rainfly

North East Harbor Truck Bed Tent

North East Harbor Pickup Truck Bed Camping Tent, 2-Person Sleeping Capacity, Includes Rainfly and Storage Bag - Fits Compact Truck with Regular Bed - 72'-73' (6'-6'1') - Gray and Blue
66 Reviews
North East Harbor Pickup Truck Bed Camping Tent, 2-Person Sleeping Capacity, Includes Rainfly and Storage Bag - Fits Compact Truck with Regular Bed - 72"-73" (6'-6'1") - Gray and Blue
  • Sleep Off The Ground - Creates the Perfect Off Ground Camp Site in the Back of your Open-Bed Pick Up Truck
  • Keeps you Clean and Dry - Features a Full Tent Floor that Keeps you Clean and Dry from the Elements
  • 2-Person Sleeping Capacity - Comfortably Sleeps 2x Adults on the Bed of your Truck
  • Gear Pocket - The Internal Gear Pocket is the Perfect Place to Stow your Phone, Glasses, Wallet, Keys, etc.
  • Fits Compact Pickup Trucks with Regular Bed Length 72"-73" (6'-6'1")

The next item on our list is a bright North East Harbor Truck Bed Tent. This alternative is even cheaper than the Millard Truck Tent, and it fits truck beds up to 6 feet long.

The inside gear pocket and lantern hook aid in gear organization, while the full-floor design keeps your sleeping pad and bag clean. The polyester in the body and rainfly is durable enough to withstand moderate abrasion.

Although the awning is small and there are better-ventilated tents on our list, the price is hard to match at just over $100! As a result, this is an excellent first tent.

Special Features:

  • Polyester material
  • Internal gear pocket and lantern-hook
  • Fits trucks with six-foot beds
  • Full-floor design

Honda Truck Bed Tent

Honda 08Z04-T6Z-100A Bed Tent
62 Reviews
Honda 08Z04-T6Z-100A Bed Tent
  • Genuine OEM Part
  • Package Weight : 8.573 kilograms
  • Package Dimensions: 22.225 L x 75.565 H x 24.13 W (centimeters)
  • Designed to work specifically with your vehicle

The Honda Truck Bed Tent is for you if you like the aesthetic of our third selection (the Sports Truck Tent) but have a Honda Ridgeline.

Honda Ridgelines are excellent pickups, but their beds are typically short and awkwardly formed. That’s why this shelter was designed exclusively for the Ridgeline, but it includes all of the same features as the Sports Truck Tent, including the huge 4 by a 4-foot awning.

Special Features:

  • For Honda Ridgeline only
  • Plenty of headroom
  • Full rainfly and built-in storm flap
  • Rear cab access
  • Sewn-in full-bed floor
  • 4’ x 4’ shade awning
Truck Bed Tents

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Conclusion

In this buyer’s guide, the majority of the truck bed tents are designed to fit inside open-bed trucks (that is, trucks without a camper shell). Except for one, all of these open-bed-style shelters have full, sewn-in tent flooring that sits between you and your truck bed’s surface.

A sewn-in truck bed tent has the advantage of keeping you and your belongings clean while camping. The negative is that you must remove everything from your truck bed to pitch the tent, which can be inconvenient, especially when it is raining or snowing. So make your choice!

All of the shelters in our handbook are suitable for usage in all three seasons: summer, autumn, and spring.

However, the majority of the tents here are double-walled shelters with full rainfly and multi-poled arching designs. These shelters are warm and solid, and they should be able to withstand a few inches of snow.

You should always be mindful of your tents and your limitations. It’s smart to play it safe. Because not every truck bed tent fits into every truck bed, this is an important issue. Many of the tents in this buyer’s guide are designed specifically for truck beds of a certain length or shape. Each offering in our guide offers thorough information about tent and truck bed compatibility on its product page.