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Old 08-27-2014, 07:09 PM   #1
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Anyone have a truck tent?

The concept intrigues me, but I'm wondering if, when packed up, it would take up most of the truck bed.
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:49 PM   #2
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"Anyone have a truck tent?"

Well, I like my truck but c'mon now...
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:17 PM   #3
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Like this?

It packed up small, like a 3 man tent. I kept it in my truck all the time when I was on SAR. The good is they pack small, the bad is you have to take it off if you need to drive your truck.
I use this now.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:42 PM   #4
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Like this?

It packed up small, like a 3 man tent. I kept it in my truck all the time when I was on SAR. The good is they pack small, the bad is you have to take it off if you need to drive your truck.
Yep, exactly like that. My intended use would be to use it for track days. I'd be putting the bike on my trailer since I hate loading a bike into the bed of a truck, but I'd still like to be able to put tools and equipment in the bed and not have a tent in its stuff sack take up most of the bed.
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:57 AM   #5
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I wanted to do something like this when I had a pickup.



Mounted low enough that it is in the slip stream of the cab, actually I'd like it low enough to enter from rear via tailgate. Still have storage below the "roof top" tent. My impression is easier set up and breakdown than a "bed tent" and also much more comfortable.

Yep, and tow the bike.

Makes me want to go buy a pickup.
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:50 AM   #6
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Makes me want to go buy a pickup.
Hopefully I'll have one by the end of the day. I'm sick and damn tired of doing a weight and balance every time I pack up the Jetta and trailer for a track day.
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:55 AM   #7
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I have a tent for my old 98 f-150.

Sold the truck and no longer need it if anyone had this model.
Pm me.

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Old 08-28-2014, 01:25 PM   #8
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Don't bother - just get a 4Runner, Versa Hauler and 3.5 REI sleeping pad

Zero set up, sleep in the back with or without the bike on the hauler, rain or shine.



Camp table - optional! It's designed so you can load up and haul the bike with table in place, I yank the umbrella going down the road. Solo loading is easy - walk it up and lean it against the table top - strap it down.



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Old 08-28-2014, 01:36 PM   #9
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Don't bother - just get a 4Runner, Versa Hauler and 3.5 REI sleeping pad
How tall are you? I'm 6' 1" and although I've never tried, it just don't look long enough back there.
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:48 PM   #10
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I should have added I yanked the rear lower seat to get the back to sit flush and provide more head room and storage. With the passenger seat pushed up just a bit and this six footer can get full stretch with out my feet hitting the rear hatch. The pad is as comfortable as the bed at home. The pad length is 72 inches and you can tell there is still more room between pad and tailgate as well as pad and passenger seat. http://www.rei.com/product/870757/re...g-pad#specsTab



Push the seats all the way up and you'll have a mini apartment!



This setup has been a 20 year evolution. A little more detail for the 4runner forum http://www.toyota-4runner.org/off-ro...mp-set-up.html

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Old 08-28-2014, 03:00 PM   #11
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Don't bother - just get a 4Runner, Versa Hauler and 3.5 REI sleeping pad

Zero set up, sleep in the back with or without the bike on the hauler, rain or shine.
Unfortunately a Versa Hauler won't work for my bike; when I say track I mean road course. ;) It *might* work but I won't put that weight on my hitch. As far as the 4Runner goes, they are great. Used to own one and now my brother-in-law has it. I went with a truck this time, though, so the option of sleeping in an SUV is out now.

That being said, I like your set-up. ;)
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:35 AM   #12
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Pickup Truck Bed Tent

Road Program, suggest you look up an inmate, handle of glassnman64 and pose you questions to him. We met him and Squirrle66 this year at the Walloa Lake event in June. They used a very handy tent erected in the back end of a full size pickup truck bed. Guess the tend folded up pretty small because it shared the pickup bed with 2 250 cc size dualsport bikes and other camping gear. Glassman64 should be able to answer all your questions.
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:00 PM   #13
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I really wanted to outfit my Avalanche with one of these, because the avalanche gives you an interesting configuration with the tent set up in the back. You have the option of folding the midgate down, which is basically like a rear door to the bed, so you get access to the cabin when you're in there, which makes for 4x8' of space plus storage space in the front seats. You stow your packs in the cab, so you can just close the midgate when you want to leave, and lock the truck. If it gets hot at night, you hit the remote starter and the avy will run AC to cool the place down for a few minutes, and shut down. It's a hoot. If I didn't have a bike rack pretty much perennially mounted to the tonneau cover, I would've gotten one. But the bike rack makes it just a weee bit too much hassle to execute, and I'm loath to put the bikes on a hitch rack on a regular basis, because you can pretty much kiss the back-up camera and parking sensors goodbye when you do that.
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Old 09-01-2014, 05:04 PM   #14
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This setup has been a 20 year evolution. A little more detail for the 4runner forum http://www.toyota-4runner.org/off-ro...mp-set-up.html

Next evolution will be a Sprinter van - blame Geek.
Wow, great setup! I could easily live there for months
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