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Kodiak Canvas Long Truck Bed Full-size Tent
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Get the renowned quality of a Kodiak Canvas tent for your pick up truck. Pitch your tent anywhere your truck goes. Keep off the ground, high and dry, and away from the critters. Made with Hydra-Shield 100% cotton duck canvas that is durable, watertight, and breathable. Our unique, clamp-on rail design with integrated, 3/4-inch, steel tube frame provides unmatched sturdiness and allows for easy set up. It’s rated for all-season use. Features five windows with no-see-um mesh, for ventilation, light, and openness. Has a cab access window. You can run a power cord from your cab to power your appliances. Features top of the line YKK zippers. Roomy 5 ft. interior ceiling height. Sets up with tailgate down for added space. Convenient gear pockets. Carry bag included.
- Product Dimensions: 47 x 9.5 x 9 inches ; 30 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 46.2 pounds
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
- Origin: China
- ASIN: B00509CQDK
- Item model number: 7218
Kodiak Canvas Tent – Easy Setup
77 people found this helpful.
This is an excellent tent and I do not believe there are any other truck tents quite as good for strength and durability as is found in a canvas tent. I am a believer in canvas having spent a career in the military and have spent a lot of time in tents and having lived in a canvas tent for as long as one year at the time. Military tents are of course heavier but canvas make great tents for longer life and structurally more sound. Let me be clear about the setup. I agree with the many reviews that state the difficulty of trying to set the tent up using only one person. I am both a hunter, fisherman and an avid RVer. I am retired and I purchased this tent to be used primarily in the late fall and winter months when weather permitting here in Maryland. I plan to use primarily for one or two overnighters when hunting or fishing at that time of the year. While my spouse loves RVing and fishing in summer and early fall during the colder months I am away by myself. Therefore, the need to be able to set the tent up without help. I have now set the tent up by myself for a total of 6 times. I must admit that the first four times were extremely difficult because as soon as I would get the poles mounted on top of the hooks or pins on the rail and then try and place the tent across them they would start falling over and it was simply a nightmare. The first time it took me perhaps an hour and a half and the following 3 times at least an hour. It was just a plain hassle to get the tent aligned and stable on the poles without a second pair of hands. So I agree with the many reviews that say it is extremely difficult for one person, not that it cannot be done but it is difficult and takes a lot of time. I have now solved this fundamental problem with the setup and the 5th and 6th time it was possible to set the tent up completely in just over 20 minutes without rush. I believe the problem for one person lies in stabilizing the primary three rail poles across the truck for the tent and for this reason I decided to use two pressure treated 2×4’s and drill three 1/2″ diameter holes in each 2×4 to be able to insert the poles. I mounted a 1 1/2″ PVC pipe across the length of each of the treated 2×4″s for extra stability. In the PVC pipe I drilled a 3/4″ hole in line with 1/2″ hole in the 2×4. The reason the hole in the PVC is larger is because the pole begins to curve as it come up and across the truck bed. This make a very rigid structure on which you can simply place the tent across and not have the poles falling over or coming loose and scratching the truck finish or causing a tear in the canvas. I simply place tent across the three primary poles, line it up, hop down from the truck bed, raise the tailgate and insert the tent around the tailgate, insert the truck cab canopy rail in place, insert the tailgate canopy rail across the tailgate, tighten the straps around the truck and I am done. This works very well because the primary poles have been stabilized and allows an easy setup. This can be easily set up in very low light such as what you have during late evening when coming back from a day of fishing, hunting or anything else. The bottom line is it requires only one person and no hassle. As you can see from the photos I did use the metal rail and bolted to the top of the 2×4 because I have them and they eliminate having to dent the 2×4 but this is not necessary. It just that over time you would have a lot of dents in the 2×4 from each set up. Mounting the C-clamps on the metal surface eliminates this from happening. Forgot to mention I replaced the C-clamps that came with tent to larger ones which are 3″ which are necessary because of the 2×4 used as rails. A word about weather. Here in Maryland we have had rain and intermittent rain for some two weeks during the latter part of December so the 6th time I put the tent up it stayed up for two days in the rain. It does not leak. I am truly impressed with quality and with the long bed truck you have the equivalent of ten feet of space which makes it more than ample for at least two people. A final word is the new modified railing is still one piece because the 2×4, PVC pipe and the metal rail are all bolted together making them always ready to set up. There are probably other ideas about how to make it a one person set up but this does work well and makes the process simple. The tent fabric is very strong and appears to be well stitched for pulling around the poles and especially for the cab and tailgate canopies. I am impressed.
I like it, I think I am going to enjoy it a lot- but it takes a little practice to set it up solo.
73 people found this helpful.
First off- I’m putting this on a 2014 Dodge 1500 with the 6’4″ box.
Best decision I made this year!
83 people found this helpful.
I bought this truck tent above all the others I had seen or done research on because it looked much more durable than the other flimsy parachute material ones we had seen before. We had planned a week long camping trip to Oregon Coast over the summer and needed extra room for those who couldn’t fit into our trailer. We have a 2005 Toyota Tundra with a 6 ft bed. The tent fit PERFECTLY!! It was so easy to put up each night and take down in the morning. Not a lot of extra parts to lose, so it keeps together well. I was so impressed with the way it kept cool inside when it was warm out due to the window vents and strong canvas walls. It withstood strong winds and rain without any issues and was relatively quiet inside as well. My brother who is pretty tall, could stand up comfortably in the middle and we were able to put 2 sleeping cots side by side in the back or just keep one cot and a camping table, lamp and baggage. I loved the fact that it has the same material as the sleeping cot we still own from my uncles time in the Korean war and will withstand the test of time. I expect in a few years with heavy use, we may lose a seam or two, but those are much more easily repaired with any sewing machine, where other tents would be thrown away and replaced. Worth every dime….thanks Kodiak!
BEWARE! People will ask about your tent!
70 people found this helpful.
The tent is incredibly easy to use. We absolutely love the tent. However, everywhere we have it set up, people are constantly asking about it. We have had many people take pictures. I’ve even given a few tours to people asking for details. It is awesome to have. We have a toolbox at the front of the bed and have a full size air mattress that fits perfectly between the wheel wells. We stay perfectly comfortable inside. We have yet to get rained on. When that finally happens, I’ll add those details to my review.
Test run was great
6 people found this helpful.
Wanted to send this review in before our upcoming summer camping trips. I fitted this tent to my ’98 Dodge Ram 1500 short bed (6’4″ish long). There is a bit of a learning curve at first til you understand the instructions terminology. I assembled it on a windy and cold Sacramento day and once up I climbed inside with the kids. We were warm after a few minutes of hanging out (and hot funky kid breath) and the wind was kept out almost completely. The only thing I could see may be a concern is near the cab at the front of the bed. The tent tended to “bunch up” a bit possibly because of my length of truck bed. Had it been slightly longer, the length of the bed may have pulled the tent tighter. Some wind curled up and under the tent and we could feel a draft. I’ll probably stuff some towels in the area or put it up again and play with it. It actually rained later in the evening and the interior was completely dry. No regrets so at this point. Will update again in July after a couple of camping trips.
High Quality made product!!
I’m super happy with this purchase!! This is a very well made tent. It took about 45 minutes to set it up the 1st time. I had my boyfriend and kid help me. So 2.5 people. I haven’t yet tried doing it myself but feel it wouldn’t be that hard after setting it up already. I have a 2004 chevy colorado short bed truck and it fit on it just fine. The only down fall is the instructions SUCKED!! Lol. That’s a big reason why it took so long to set up. Make sure you mark or remember where to add/put the side bars. As this will speed up the process setting it up the next time. Make sure to set your tent up with enough time to spray it down with water and let it dry. As this will seal all the holes from stitching and will make the canvas shrink slightly. I would give 5 stars but the instructions sucked and the price is alittle high.
Awesome product on my 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 short bed
Excellent product. I decided on the Kodiak Canvas Truck Bed Tent specifically because it does not have a floor. After reading a bunch of reviews I was a little skeptic about the setup of the tent. However it is straight forward and easy to setup. It took about 30 minutes for us (my girlfriend & myself) we enjoy being outdoors so setting up tents are usually very easy. I can tell you that this product was no different. There are videos on youtube so check those out if you have any doubts or need help.
Great buy you won’t be disappointed in purchase (even though it is a little bit more in price).
33 people found this helpful.
I can’t express enough how cool this product is. I wanted to get something that would work for the back of my truck as a tent and I didn’t think anything would be out there. Boy was I wrong. When browsing around I saw this product which was a tad more expensive then some of the more classic plastic like tents but I couldn’t be happier. I haven’t had a chance to use this product camping yet but I have set it up quite a few times for practice. Based on my initial tests the product is excellent. It fits really well over the box of the vehicle with the end closest to the cab having a flexible and adjustable end (probably for the numerous box sizes available on trucks), numerous tie downs and straps that allows for the product to stay secured onto the box (including 3 lightweight but durable steel poles for center support) and as far as I can tell is extremely durable and breathable. I would suggest this product to anyone looking for something that stands out as well as an inexpensive way to enjoy camping. When fully erect the tent allows for about 5 ft of clearance on the inside which comfortably allows for moveable room within the tent as well as the ability to place cots, storage, etc within the tent.