Tent trailers are an interesting compromise between traditional tents and campervans and are either installed directly onto a truck like a pick up or SUV, or are custom built to come directly out of a trailer. Because of the variation we have covered three of the most popular style of tent trailers and covered the pros and cons of each so you can make the best decision.
Napier Backroadz Truck Tent
Raptor Series Camping Rooftop Tent with Ladder
Smittybilt Overlander Tent
The Napier Backroadz Truck Tent is a great choice if you have a pickup truck and are wanting a tent that will install directly onto the back. The Napier is designed to fit in most pickup trucks with no extra work needed, but be sure to double-check their sizing guide first. If you need something bigger then check out our list of the best 10 person tents here.
+ Has a full floor so you are not using the floor of your truck
+ Fully rainproof and can withstand almost all weather types
+ All poles are color coded for easy assembly
+ Large enough for two people and 5’6 of headspace
– Only able to use if you have a pickup truck already
The Raptor Rooftop Tent is the next most popular tent trailer we see being used regularly. unlike the Napier this can be installed on the top of any truck or SUV, making it more versatile. This is the ideal tent trailer if you are going camping somewhere that doesn’t have designated camping sites, as you can simply park up and sleep wherever you can drive to.
+ Large enough to sleep 2 easily
+ Can be installed on any truck or SUV
+ Fully windproof and waterproof
+ Additional storage inside
– Limited to 2 people maximum
The Smittybilt Overlander Tent is made for camping in the mountains, countryside, and other remote areas. It can sleep between 2-3 people to a maximum weight of 661lbs and comes with a ladder to access the tent once installed. This is one of the most robust truck tents on the market and come highly recommended.
+ Very rugged and durable
+ Put up in just minutes with simple and effective instructions
+ Has a sunroof that includes mosquito netting
– More expensive than the other options