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Hey guys. Joe from AmericanTrucks. And today, we're gonna be working with the Rightline Gear Truck Tent, fitting all '99 and newer Silverado 1500s. Now this is going to be a great option for the Silverado owner out there looking to get some shelter in the bed of their truck with a tent that's cost-effective, comfortable and convenient.So what do we have going on with the Rightline Gear Truck Tent? Well, first off, I'm gonna say there's going to be a lot of numbers and stats, names in this video but I'm gonna try to help you understand. And right off the bat here, this is gonna be made out of 2000-millimeter PU 68D polyester. And we're gonna start with that 2000-millimeter and basically what that means is if you had a tube, you could stack 2000-millimeter worth of water on top of this fabric before it starts to soak through. That is a weird way to measure this but basically, all you need to know is anything over 1500-millimeter is going to be waterproof. PU, that means polyurethane coating, and 68D or denier is basically going to be a measurement of weight of the fabric itself over 9,000 meters. Basically, all you need to know there is 40 denier, that's gonna be like your ultralight, sort of, tent all the way up to around 150, that's going to be your all-season, all-weather heavy-duty tent. So this being a 68 denier, it's going to come in a little bit toward that lighter side but definitely going to be more than enough to give you some shelter outside.So what else do we have going on here in terms of build quality with the truck tent? Well, we have some high-quality polypropylene straps. We also have some corded fiberglass tent poles which are going to be the industry standard here and they're really easy to work with. They're also color-coded which makes the install for this extremely easy. I'm gonna show you how that works in just a second here.But next, let's go on to some other features for convenience sake inside the tent. We have two pockets on either side, that's gonna be great for wallets, any gear, a pocketknife right before you go to bed, anything you need, a contact lens case. They're gonna be right exactly where you want them to be able to throw that stuff in so you can get a good night's rest.Up at the top, we also have a lantern hook so, for the dark nights, that's gonna be nice and within reach at all times. The zippers on this thing are also glow-in-the-dark. Nice little bit of convenience there, I do really appreciate that because they can be hard to find at night when you need to get up and hit the bathroom. There's also a sky view light in there. We have the rain shield on right now but that would give you a nice view of the stars if you did wanna take that off if it's a nice night.Now while we're on the topic of that water shield, that only clips in with about six buckles, three on either side. Again, I'm gonna show you how that works in just a second here. You can take that right off and if you do, you do get a nice view of the stars. But I wanted to bring up the waterproofing, not only is this material going to be nice and waterproof, the rain shield is going to help but a nice piece of design here as you can see this is going to go over the sides of the bed of your trucks. A nice piece of design to help keep this waterproof and prevent pooling of water when it is raining on this tent. I really like the way this thing looks too, the coloring and the gear, it looks awesome on the back of our gray '16 Silverado here. I think it ties the whole look together, this is a nice, easy, convenient way to get some shelter if you're looking to sleep in the bed of your truck.Now to tie this whole setup together, Rightline Gear also offers an air mattress that fits perfectly not only in the bed but in the tent as well and that's just going to make things a little bit more comfortable and complete the setup, but if you didn't wanna do that, I'm sure you could always throw a cot in the bed of your truck as well.Before we move onto price here, I did just wanna touch on one thing. There are going to be different versions of this for each bed length, so that's a 5-foot-8, the 6.5 and the 8-foot beds are all gonna have their own specific versions to get this perfect fit and the pricing on them is all going to be the same, right around 175 bucks and I think that's a good price for what you're getting here. High-quality materials that are designed to specifically fit over the bed of a truck. Also included in that is going to be a one-year warranty from Rightline.So now let me show you what this thing is going to look like to get set up on the bed your truck. I'm gonna give it a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Should take you no longer than an hour to get this set up exactly how we have it right here, and a nice little bit of convenience is this is not going to take up the floor of the bed of your truck, so you can pitch this while you still have stuff in there. Without any further ado, let me show you how it's done.So our tent is going to come bundled up in this carrying bag here. First step we're gonna do, obviously, is we're gonna pull this out and open it up and try to give it lined up with our truck bed here. I'm gonna be looking for the door as I do this just to make sure it's oriented properly. Now before we throw that bag aside, I did just wanna point out this nice feature here that this does have the directions sewn in so you'll never lose them when you need them, they'll always be right here with the bag.But we could toss that aside, we're gonna move on to the tent itself now. I'm just gonna pull open these little ties here and then we could roll that open. I'm just gonna put the stick aside. Underneath we have the rain shield here, I'm just gonna put that aside for now as well. Now we could open this up. You can see we have the top right here, this is the skylight. I'm just gonna open this up further and try to find the door. Oh, see a zipper right there, so that's probably gonna be toward the tailgate. So there's no pretty way to do this but I'm pretty sure this is the door right here, so what I'm going to do now is just grab the two corners up by the bulkhead there and I'm just gonna drape those around the corners of our truck bed. So we have the corner here with this elastic strap and the hole in the tent itself, that's just gonna pull down in between the bulkhead and the bed of the truck, then we're gonna take this strap here and that's just gonna go down underneath of the truck bed. Now we're gonna do the same thing on the other side.Next, we're gonna go back to the tailgate here, we're actually gonna get the tent secured to the tailgate. This big strap that goes all the way across the rear of the truck, this is actually designed to go underneath of the tailgate. And in order to do that, we're just gonna grab the tent, pull that over the bed rail and get this strap started underneath the tailgate. Same thing on this side. Just like so. While we're here, we can also grab the corner of the door itself and get that situated around the tailgate.So what we're going to do next is open up the door of the tent and what we're going to be looking for here are two orange straps, they're gonna go in between the tailgate and the truck bed itself and meet up with the leaf spring bolts on the other side. Now in order to feed this through, you might have to pull up on the tailgate a little bit to make some room and that should go down in between the tailgate and the bed as well as the rear bumper. Same thing goes for the one on the other side. Now if you come underneath here, you should be able to see that orange strap and that is just gonna go right around the leaf spring bolt like so. It's gonna be the same exact thing for the other side.Next, we're gonna come up to the side of our truck here and we have to secure the tent to the side of our truck. We're gonna start with this strap right here, I'm just gonna pull it out from underneath of itself and give it some more slack. That's gonna come straight down and hook on to the body way down at the bottom here. Now the reason I did that one first is this rearmost one right here, this is gonna go right over top of that strap like so. As far as the middle strap goes, we're just gonna pull that out and this is gonna clip right here onto our fender. We're gonna do the same exact thing on the other side. I'm just gonna get that strap in place first and then cross over it with this rearmost strap and we'll do the same thing for the middle position as well.So our tent is starting to take shape here and this thing is pretty much all the way installed onto the truck, it is not going anywhere, lots of straps to ensure that. We just need to get this thing up in the air and what we're gonna use for that are the included fiberglass tent poles. Now the nice thing about these, they are color-coded, these pockets here. You can see this one has an orange stripe so that's gonna get the orange poles, the one in the middle is going to be black and the one up by the cab is going to be orange again.So we're going to start at that orange pocket here with this pole that is orange color-coded and all we're going to do here is basically pick the tent up and run that through it and we're gonna make an X with the orange sticks basically. Now while we're up here, I'm just gonna get this started in its pocket a little bit. And that's good to go for now, we're gonna do the other pole before we start to pitch this tent.Now before we pitch this tent, we're also going to put our black pole through and this is basically what's going to make up the door portion. One thing to note here, this does need to go in the holes underneath of the two orange poles. We can come over here, get that started. And I'm just gonna make sure it makes it under this orange pole as well and I'm just gonna center it up for now.So now we're just gonna pitch our tent and make sure the poles get seated in their corresponding pockets. That's one in. So that's the orange pole sorted, now we're gonna do the black pole as well. And you can see the difference in how the pockets look. Once you have that one seated, we also have some pole clips that I'm going to attach as well. And then we're gonna do the same thing on the other side.So with this also comes a rain shield. Now we found the best way to start this is with it in between the tent itself and the rear glass on our truck and all this does is, basically, pull over the tent and buckle it in but I know if you've been camping before, I've been camping before, I usually leave this off until it starts to rain and then I have to go out and put this on, so I figured it would be unfair to do this before the whole thing is pitch because it is pretty high, so you're gonna get to watch me struggle with this one a little bit. But again, starting in this position here, all we're going to do is clip into these buckles and then pull the whole thing over. Same thing on the other side.So now that's the rear situated, I'm just gonna pull this gray portion here over the top of the tent and get that attached at the front and then there's one more buckle in the middle as well. Now I'm just gonna step up on the tire on the other side and grab the corner and pull the whole thing over. And also, if it is really windy out, you could also tie down the rain guard here at the rear just to make sure it doesn't blow off. You probably won't need that in most situations.Guys, that is gonna do it from my review and install of the Rightline Gear Truck Tent, fitting all '99 and newer Silverado 1500s. Thanks for watching. I'm Joe. If this video helped you out in any way, leave me a comment down below. As always, subscribe for more videos like this one and keep it right here at AmericanTrucks for all things Chevy.
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