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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
48 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.
BEWARE! People will ask about your tent!
52 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.
Sturdy and Solid
15 people found this helpful.
I bought this last season for my Ram 1500 Long Bed Pickup, and while I have set it up a few times, I haven’t had a full fledged camping experience just yet. I will do my best to update this review once that happens.
14 people found this helpful.
We are an outdoors couple, and this tent is one of the best gear purchases ever! Easy to set up, and it passed an awesome rain test. Our first trip with it it poured down rain for 5 hours and nothing got wet inside.
9 people found this helpful.
Solid tent. Great canvas construction. Has reinforcing in the right areas. Definitely wind resistant. Mine has endured some serious desert punishment. This is a really nice tent. Throw an air mattress down and its a home away from home. Goes up pretty quick once you have done it at least once. I do recommend installing it once so you can get the straps adjusted to fit nicely.
11 people found this helpful.
Took this think to burning man for 55 days. It stood up to all that mother nature could throw at it. Very good construction and easy to put up. I would recommend this to anyone that spends a lot of time in tents.
This is a great tent, very heavy duty
5 people found this helpful.
This is a great tent, very heavy duty. We have used it 2 times and it gets easier to set up each time, has been put up 2 times for practice runs to begin with. Only thing wrong, 1 of the main poles bent in half the first time I set up, I was able to fix with gear clamp and some electrical tape to keep from tearing tent. You will most certainly need 2 people to make for easy set up. My truck has 12″ suspension lift and a 4″ body lift so truck bed is 4′ off ground and we are not worried about snakes or any other criders to get in the bed. We have queen size super size air bed that fits perfect between wheel wells and a cieling f an on the top and open the windows and have awsome breeze! We highly recomend this tent it is well worth the $$$$. Happy Camping to all!
Gramma loves her long box Kodiak!!!
4 people found this helpful.
Love, love this tent. Have a long box truck and was lucky enough to get this through Amazon returns. Kodiak is tops in quality. Sadly, it has been hard to get the long box tent. Short box is most available, which is hard to figure. I prospect and throw the tent in it’s two cases (rails and canvas) into the back seat, load the ATV in the truck bed with the camp boxes and off I go. I do have a camper, but have no way to haul my ATV with it. I also use it and take both the ATV and the personal pontoon boat too. Good head room, sturdy, well crafted. Sure is nice to sleep up off the ground on my air cushioned cot. Nice height inside when set up and easy to set up after initial learning curve. Am a 68 year old gramma and I am tickled pink with it!!!
4 people found this helpful.
I absolutely love this tent. It has kept me warm, and dry throughout all of my camping trips in Alaska. Set up and tear down take less than 10 minutes if someone’s helping, and about 15 minutes alone. By far the best tent I’ve ever had!
10 people found this helpful.
This is a great tent. I set it up for the first time this weekend (in the dark) and had no issues. I was guessing that I would “fix” whatever I did wrong in the morning but it was all correct! I mounted this on a 2013 Ford Superduty and my biggest worry was that it might scratch the paint. This was not an issue at all. The only reason I didn’t rate it at 5 stars is we had a big thunderstorm come through one night and part of the tent came down. It was an amazing microburst of wind and other tents in the group came down completely. Everything stayed dry. I would buy it again.