If you’re like most RVers, your love of the outdoors started with tent camping adventures. With a four-wheeled vehicle, tent and sleeping bag you could go nearly anywhere.
Now that you’ve traded up to a RV, do you ever wish you still had the flexibility that car camping offers, but with the comfort of a RV? If so, a new breed of camping shelter could be in your future. Vehicle camping tents for RV toads and tow vehicles can take you into the outback once again.
The evolution of vehicle tents for RV toads and tow vehicles
Car camping isn’t what it used to be. Gone are the days when we tried to sleep on the cold, hard ground in damp shelters that could barely accommodate our height while sitting up. Whether they’re made for backpacking or car camping, modern tents are better than ever. Made with weather-resistant materials and durable designs, they’re roomy, yet they can collapse down into practically nothing.
Tent structures are no longer shelters to set up away from your vehicle. Today’s tents actually become a part of your vehicle. This is why vehicle camping tents for RV toads make perfect sense for RVers.
Tents for every kind of vehicle
Tents for RV toads and tow vehicles give you back the thrill of wandering into rugged camping spots where no RV would dare wander. As a bonus, there’s no need to unpack your gear. You can keep all your car camping accessories in the vehicle as you tow it with your RV.
If anyone knows about staying comfortable in the outdoors during adverse weather conditions, it’s Canadians. That’s why it makes sense that vehicle camping tents for RV toads and tow vehicles began with the Ontario-based Napier Outdoors.
In 1990 the company launched the first elevated tent configurations for truck or SUV cargo areas. Now, campers could sleep in their trucks but stay clean and dry.
By incorporating shade protection awnings for cooking and gear, Napier’s shelters grew even more useful. Twenty five years later, more vehicle camping tent manufacturers are creating their own ingenious designs. The SEMA 2016 show spotlighted two unique vehicle tent designs that take the concept one step further.
Owners of bumper-pull trailers who tow with a truck and hard-shell topper will love the TopperEZLift. Made in Minnesota, it’s an electric system that uses your truck’s battery to raise and lower the topper.
What’s more is it’s capability of being able to lift up to 900 pounds and lifting height of 17.5 inches, allowing it to accommodate back country gear or other cumbersome equipment.
The pop-up camper tops made by California-based Ursa Minor are made just for RVers towing Jeep Wranglers or Honda Elements. This pop-up camper is a conversion that replaces the hard or soft-sided factory top.
You can order the conversion online, have it shipped to you, and installed in minutes. Both models only add about six inches to the vehicle’s height.
These vehicle camping tents for RV toads have many optional conveniences, like a two-person mattress, interior LED lighting, electronics charging stations, and zippered screen windows. Buyers can even customize the window screens.
Return to the backcountry with comfort
Further, the kind of vehicle you own doesn’t really matter. So, from Jeeps and pickup trucks to minivans and SUVs, there’s a manufacturer with a tent that will fit your set of wheels.
The most comfortable models work best with tow vehicles for bumper-pull trailers and motorhome toads. However, even fifth wheel owners can find models that don’t need to utilize the truck bed for a base shelter.
Now you can venture deep into back country adventures like you did long ago, but carry many RV creature comforts along for the ride.
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Rene Agredano and her husband, Jim Nelson, became full-time RVers in 2007 and have been touring the country ever since. In her blog, Rene chronicles the ins and outs of the full-timing life and brings readers along to meet the fascinating people and amazing places they visit on the road. Her road trip adventures are chronicled in her blog at LiveWorkDream.com.