Truck Tent Comparison – Napier vs. Camp-Right
Last Spring, we offered up a basic Napier truck bed tent review. The general consensus was that while there were a few gripes we had regarding features that could probably be improved, in general, it was a very practical and well-made tent that provided nice sleeping space high up off the wet ground. With hunting season upon us (or nearly upon us, depending on your game of choice), we thought it might be nice to look at truck camping again.
There are a few pickup truck tents available on the market that are worthy of investigating should you be tempted to transform your Tundra into a full-on recreational vehicle. One of which, the CampRight, is an interesting competitor to the Napier Sportz tents.
Like the Napier, the CampRight uses the full length of your truck bed plus the lowered tailgate in order to expand the amount of interior room that is available to you. A full-sized adult can stand up inside each of the tents, which makes them much more useful than simply sleeping under a standard truck cap.
The CampRight even features glow-in-the-dark zippers for easier access in the middle of the night. It uses nylon buckles and special straps to protect your trucks paint, and it also comes with an extra large bag so you can basically just fold it up and go without trying to squeeze it into a tiny carrying case at the end of your trip.
The CampRight differs from the Napier tent in a few important ways. Strangely, it doesn’t actually provide a floor – the bottom of the tent is completely open. CampRight claims that this is so you can just set up the tent overtop of whatever you have currently riding in the truck bed – ostensibly coolers and luggage for a camping trip – but it seems like an odd omission, particularly since it means dealing with the usually dirty steel floor of the cargo area. You’ll have to bring a blanket or a tarp to keep your air mattress and other belongings from getting filthy.
The CampRight also doesn’t offer the awning that is available with the Napier tent, meaning that the area directly behind the tailgate is completely exposed to the elements. Both tents can be “sealed up”, but the awning is nice because it gives you a sheltered place to setup a camp chair.
There are two features that make the Camp-Right tent more appealing than the Napier. The first is a roof vent that functions as a sort of skylight, providing natural illumination by day and a view of the stars by night. The second addresses one of the single biggest complaints about the Napier tent: the inability to reach through a truck’s sliding rear window into the passenger compartment. CampRight’s tent provides a large, easy to access sleeve that allows occupants to do just that, which for many truck-campers is a crucial feature that puts the tent head and shoulders above the Napier’s smaller, harder to use sleeve.
Does the easy window access balance out the lack of floor and missing awning? This might seem like a simplistic way to evaluate the two tents, but with both priced at around $200 ($240 for the CampRight, $210 for the Napier), it would seem as though that question will be the determining factor between the two.
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