How Do You Put a Roof Top Tent on a Truck Bed?

If you’re looking to add a roof-top tent to your truck bed, there are various ways of doing so. You can either buy a prefabricated tent that’s ready to mount right away or build one yourself.

For those who want the convenience of a pre-made tent, there is no shortage of options available. You can find three main types of prefabricated tents, including: softshell, hardshell, and pop-up designs.

Each has its own advantages and disadvantages; softshell tents are lightweight and easy to store while hardshell tents offer more protection from the elements but weigh more. Pop-up designs are a hybrid between the two and often offer good value for money.

Building your own tent is also an option for those who want a more customized design, or just a sense of accomplishment from making something themselves. The materials needed will depend on the type of tent you want to make, but generally speaking you’ll need some type of waterproof fabric (such as canvas), PVC piping or poles (to give structure), and straps or ropes (to attach it to your truck bed).

Installing Your Roof Top Tent:

Once you have your tent, the installation process is relatively simple. First off, make sure that your truck bed is clean and free from any debris that could interfere with the mounting process.

Then line up the mounting points of the tent with corresponding slots in the truck bed – most tents come with their own mounting hardware but if not then you may need to purchase some separately. Once everything is lined up properly use screws or bolts (depending on what was included in the kit) to secure it firmly in place; using a power drill will speed up this process considerably. Finally, use weatherproof sealant around any gaps between tent and truck bed in order to ensure it stays water tight during rainstorms or other wet weather conditions.


Putting a roof top tent on a truck bed isn’t difficult if you have all the necessary materials and instructions available – whether you choose to purchase one or build one yourself. Make sure that everything is lined up properly before securing it down with screws/bolts and applying sealant around any gaps between tent and truck bed in order to keep out moisture during wet weather conditions. With this information in mind, you should be able to add an effective roof-top camping setup to your vehicle without too much trouble!

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Karen Watkins