Post by Brian Roebuck on Oct 20, 2007 6:33:09 GMT -5
You don't see many used anywhere so I'm guessing they are not the optimum solution. It could be the expense or difficulty in set-up affects this. Or they may not be as comfortable as a regular tent. I could see them being handy in some cases. If you were at a caving event you would have to tear down your "tent" to go caving in your truck though - a definite bummer IMHO.
Brian Roebuck NSS 34626 RL (FE) ----- Caving is far too serious to be taken seriously.
I suppose the Sportz Truck Tent III would be okay for say yuppie camping. But for caving truck camping the majority of cavers prefer the hard shell camper shell, sleeping platform, and cave gear storage area. The caver system of truck camping is hard to beat if you don't want to waste a lot of time making or breaking camp.
I am on my third sportz tent. They work very well and are extremely easy to put up, weather proof and handle pretty strong winds well. They were the answer for me to get up out of the fireants and skunks in a lot of campgrounds. It is not good to move your truck at more than about 30 mph when it is set up. All the detriments of having to take it down to use the vehicle are correct and the good points of a hard shell are correct. My truck had to have the bed open for other use so the tent was my only real choice. Again, if the circumstances dictate the bed tent, the Sportz has proven itself many times over in my world. When the need for an open bed went away I put on a shell for more security for equipment while on the road. Have fun, TheOFM www.ofmadventures.blogspot.com