Tents are used to store items and can be placed anywhere on the map, except inside buildings. Placing a tent can be tricky - try slowly moving your character to one side with your inventory open while repeatedly attempting to pitch the tent. Tents have a small chance of spawning in residential areas such as houses or stores. Carrying a Camping Tent uses 3 inventory slots.
While it might seem like a good idea to hide your tent in a tree, it can cause several problems: the tent may not be accessible, there is a high risk of injury whilst trying, and the contents could be unexpectedly wiped.
Tents can hold a total of 65 items. The idea is that they can hold a certain number of each type of item, without regard for how many slots they normally require in a player's inventory. They can hold the following:
- 10 guns or tools
- 50 general items
- 5 backpacks.
This means that even if all 50 item slots are available, if you have 10 guns already stored, you can't put any more into the tent. To work around this, additional guns and tools can be put into backpacks which can then go into the tent.
After placement, they will be saved on the server you set them up and will only appear there. In order to properly save your tent, you need to look at it and choose the "Save Camping Tent" option from the mouse wheel menu. Tents can be picked up after they are set up, but only by the person who placed it, and only on that current life. They will disappear within 7 days after death if they have not been used by then. You can still keep one though, as long as someone interacts with it within those 7 days. Tents placed outside the map border (where the grass ends) may be wiped without notice.
Tents are currently unstable and there is still a chance your items will be lost when the server restarts. If one disappeared from where you placed it, it is possible that the server failed to load it due to a glitch. They can reappear after the server restarts, but your items may be lost. Tents can also be flattened by weapons and vehicles (including bicycles), in which case the contents will be lost.