When the season is no longer pelting you with constant bad weather, almost everyone who loves to adventure outdoors looks to take advantage of their F-150 when it comes to off-roading, vacationing, and enthusiast activities like camping. If you’re one of those F-150 owners who are particularly inclined toward the camping aspect of your travel arrangements, then you’re probably going to want to focus on finding the best kind of camping equipment for your truck. Now if you’re planning on buying a 2023 Ford F-150 for sale near Citrus Heights, CA, or you already own the truck, and you’re keen on decking it out with the necessary equipment to make the most of your camping trips, there are a few things you will probably want to get to make the most of those trips. You’re in luck because we have a list of some of the best camping equipment to get for your 2023 F-150.
Trailer Tow Package / Max Trailer Tow Package
You might not instantly think about it, but trailering and towing packages are actually extremely useful for those who plan on doing some serious camping. The reason you may not think about towing and trailering packages for camping in a 2023 F-150 is because you would assume that the towing and trailering packages are for towing and trailering livestock, vehicles, carts, or boats. But they’re also perfect packages for those of you who have campers that you can connect to the F-150 via hitch, whether it be gooseneck or fifth wheel.
The basic Trailer Tow Package comes with a 7/4 pin connector, a Class IV trailer hitch receiver, the Pro Trailer Backup Assist available through the center console display, a trailer brake controller, a smart trailer tow connector, and a tailgate LED. This package comes standard on the Limited trim for the 2023 F-150 but is available for the other model year trims as well. This is a great basic tow package for those doing some light camping and maybe have a cargo trailer with all the camping gear tucked inside. You don’t have to worry about trying to stuff everything into the bed box or create some elaborate carrying structure using the bed rails and tie-down cleats.
Now if you have a dedicated camper, then the Max Trailer Tow Package is what you’ll want for your F-150. This basically comes with a higher ratio locking rear axle, depending on the powertrain, and a 7-pin wiring harness with a 7 or 4-pin connector. You also get the Class IV trailer hitch receiver, the Pro Trailer Backup Assist, a smart trailer tow connector, integrated trailer brake controller, and an upgraded rear bumper. This is great for those who already have a proper travel trailer specifically for camping.
Sportz Truck Camping Tent
Let’s say you don’t have a travel trailer, nor do you have a hitch-mounted camper. You still love to go camping, though, and you’re still looking to do so with your 2023 Ford F-150. Well, you’re in luck because Ford has a great accessory pack for the full-size pickup truck that has some great features, all without having to leave your truck while you set up camp.
Basically, the Sportz Truck Camping Tent (and that is Sportz with a ‘Z’) gives you a great camping experience from directly out of the truck. This nifty accessory features a sewn-in floor, a collapsible design, up to 5.6 feet of headroom, side vents, two large windows, rain protection, fly protection, and interior pockets to keep your gear safe. There are also bonus features to the tent, such as a carrying bag for storage and an easy setup for installation and storage.
The highlight of the Sportz Truck Camping Tent is that it’s a very versatile utility for the F-150. The benefit of using it for camping makes it a perfect choice for those who want to do some occasional outdoor exploration and sleep out under the stars without having to do so away from the F-150. It’s a cost-effective solution with the ability to make the most of your bed space in the F-150 by clapping the tent itself down to the truck. Even better yet is that it lets you use in-bed functionality like the lights and plugs for accessories and comfort features.
Racks and Carriers by Yakima
There are a lot of great ways to make use of the F-150 for camping by using the roof racks, and the racks and carriers provided by Yakima are some of the very best. If you’re planning on buying a Ford F-150 specifically for your outdoor adventures and you want a truck outfitted for camping, the racks and carriers are excellent accessories to have. These racks and carriers allow you to outfit and modify the F-150 with roof and bed racks that make camping so much easier because you can conveniently store all your camping gear on the roof.
The racks and carriers tent from Yakima is even better yet, as they provide some great heavy-duty camping opportunities. While obviously more costly than the bed-positioned sport tent, you do have a very stable and very reliable way of camping with a heavy-duty equipment set with some great features such as guy lines and D-rings, along with 210D Ripstop Polyester with a 3,000 mm PU water-resistant coating. That is some serious camping equipment.
It’s great for those who need a reliable tent that’s worth the price of entry. The Yakima tent series for the 2023 Ford F-150 makes outdoor camping so much easier than ever before. The series of tents also work in conjunction with the F-150’s bed utility and roof rail functionality, so you get a very safe and very secure camping experience. Even if you just opt for the Yakima roof racks, it’s a great way to carry your camping equipment on your F-150, even if you don’t get a Yakima tent to go along with it.
Not every camping trip needs to require highly expensive, high-tech, top-of-the-line gear. Sometimes there are ways to make use of some great equipment and features without having to spend an arm and a leg to get what you want. One of the best options for helping aid in your outdoor camping adventures is a cargo organizer. More specifically, the available cargo organizers you can get for the interior or for exterior use on your F-150.
If you have a rack and carrier kit, you can use cargo organizers in the bed to store your camping gear and organize it for quick and easy access. There are some affordable soft-sided cargo dividers for cargo management as well. You really can’t go wrong with having cargo organizers.
Portable Refrigerator / Freezer
One of the most underrated features you could have when going camping is having a portable refrigerator with you. If you want fresh water, ice, or various items you plan to cook with while you’re out in the wild––especially items that need to be kept cool until they’re ready to be used––then a portable refrigerator/freezer is the perfect option. Luckily, you can get one that is completely compatible with the 2023 F-150.
In fact, you can buy an official 18-quart, LED-illuminated portable refrigerator that you can plug directly into the F-150 to keep certain goods chilled. While it’s easy to start camping fires to heat up food or cook a few fish you caught, it’s not so easy to keep those captured fish chilled in case you plan on bringing them back with you to your homestead. Having a portable refrigerator with you makes camping so much more convenient, whether it’s for keeping drinks cold, food cold, or perishables from perishing.
We’ll Help You Get the Best Accessories for Your Next Camping Trip
If you were in the market for a 2023 Ford F-150 for sale, definitely visit Future Ford of Sacramento, as we can help those of you shopping near or around Citrus Heights, CA, to find the best deals available on trucks and truck accessories. So those of you planning on doing some serious camping will want to grab some of the best accessories available, and we can help you both with the truck and the accessories. Feel free to contact us today for more information on any of the items listed in this article or learn more about how we can help you outfit your Ford F-150 for some great outdoor camping adventures.