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Old 02-05-2009, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Advantage of bed tent?

I'm wondering about the advantages of a bed tent over a topper, like a leer or something. Has anyone had experience with these? http://www.sportzbynapier.com/truck_tents.html

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A buddy at work had one with his F-150 short box.
Said it was "ok" but took a while to set up the first few times.
I like the idea of camping up off the ground, which is why I've been looking into RTT's (roof top tents) but that in-bed style tent means your truck bed has to be completely empty to sleep in.
I would personally prefer to have the ability to leave most heavier items stored in the vehicle (bed) when not in use.
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, I guess the rooftop tent is the way to go, i mean with that you could sleep off the ground AND have a shell if you so desire. Thanks.
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Plus the setup and takedown is very fast, less than 5 minutes.
All of your bedding stays inside the tent when you close it up. There's a foam mattress that comes wit hthe tent, you put your sheets, comforter and pillows all in there, and the tent folds over and gets clamped down on everything.
In my mind, it's a got to be better setting up an RTT in the rain than any other tent. So much faster, and you don't have to worry about getting any of your bedding wet.
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I would personally prefer to have the ability to leave most heavier items stored in the vehicle (bed) when not in use.
x2 I would build a roof rack over the box and get some other kind of RTT
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Roof top tents seem pretty interesting, but for some reason I see me getting drunk and forgetting where I am. That would hurt.
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I use a regular tent in my bed when going wheeling and it works great.
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I have the camo one and plan to use it this year for the camping trips. I plan on building a removable platform/cover between my bed rails. This will act as a platform to set the tent on. There will be enough space underneath to keep my storage containers in the bed while the tent is set-up. The containers will mainly consist of gear that is heavy and I don't have to remove. The platform/cover will be two pieces and on rollers. It will only be removable when the tail gate is down. So, storing stuff in bed can also, then be secured.

Once I start on the platform I'll provide pics and updates.

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