Camper vs. tent: Which is right for you?

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Thirty thousand miles. That’s the average distance a Bassmaster Elite Series pro will drive during a given tournament year. Most of those miles will be logged behind the wheel of a full-size pickup truck, like a Toyota Tundra, with hundreds of pounds of gear in the back, a few thousand pounds of boat and trailer in tow and a camper top over the bed. 

There’s a reason many Elite Series anglers have dubbed the tournament sponsor truck the Tundra Hotel. More than a handful have spent the night in the back of their road ride. But if you’re a regular weekend angler looking for adventure, is a night spent in the backseat of a truck really the best you can get?

You don’t have to splurge on a five-star resort to get a good night’s rest on the road. Let’s take a look at some of the option Elite Series pros use for housing and a glance at which ones might work for you.