Truck tent camping seems to be a comfortable alternative to the classic ground tent, as it relieves you from the inconvenience of sleeping on an uneven, cold, sometimes even bug crawling ground. However, as no outdoor trip is risk-free, there are a few tips and tricks that will help you make the best of your camping experience.
Find a good parking spot
Unlike the separate tent that you can set up as far away from your car as you want, a truck tent is bound to the vehicle, so your car will have be to parked exactly in the spot you want to camp. It is recommended that you study the parking possibilities in advance so that you avoid any legal trouble that might appear.
Another crucial aspect is to find a flat, leveled surface on top of which to park. This is important for more than one reason: firstly, your tent will be very unstable, with all its poles stability equilibrium parameters being modified. Secondly, you have to keep in mind that you will be sleeping on the truck bed floor, or at least in a parallel position. Consequently, if the car is inclined, your body will probably slide downhill, or at least feel very uncomfortable.
Consider luggage accomodation
The great thing about taking a car with you on your camping trip, aside from the easy transportation, is the fact that you can carry more helpful items. But if the trunk of your car is going to be turned into a sleeping area, it will be harder to accommodate all of your luggage. In this case, a car top carrier will land you a helping hand, securing your things against the rain and the sun. For the often utilized items, you can put up a gear loft in the top part of your tent and look to see if there are no interior side pockets you can fill.
Protect your tent
To keep your tent safe and sound for your next camping adventure, you have to protect it from accidents such as rips and tears of the material, water damage or strong wind overthrowing. Place a tarp or other covering sheet between the truck bed and the tent floor and use extra guy lines to increase stability. Water can sometimes permeate through the sewing lines so it is better to waterproof them using a silicone spray or other sealant.
You also have to make sure no heavy object falls on top of or even through your tent canvas. Of course, no one will park their tent under the coconut tree, but storm debris such as tree branches or ripped out parts of shabby constructions can irremediably damage your shelter. Make sure you park it in a safe, clear zone and don’t locate it next to the tallest tree in the forest, as it is a lightning magnet.
Lastly, if you’ve been camping in rainy weather and your tent is wet, let it dry before you pack it. Dampness leads to degradation of the materials, not to mention the possibility of mold forming.