camper shell vs RTT/ bedrack system

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not sure if theres a thread for this already but just wanted to get opinions on which one would be better to go with. camper shell or rtt. considering weight, convenience, utility, I know it depends on me too but wanna find out who went from what and why. camper>rtt // rtt>camper
 

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The decision is definitely based on personal preference and intended usage. That said we went with a shell. I use my bed a lot for work, however all my stuff needs to be secure from the elements. Then when we camp the bed/shell with the windoors provides a lot of versatility in camp and on the trail. The trade off is definitely weight as the shell isn't exactly light. That said I haven't had any real issue off-road with it yet and am still quite content with our setup. There are a few setups out there I consider upgrading to, but nothing that's made me seriously consider pulling the trigger yet.
 

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Thanks for the reply. might just do both setups if I cant make up my mind :unsure:
 

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not sure if theres a thread for this already but just wanted to get opinions on which one would be better to go with. camper shell or rtt. considering weight, convenience, utility, I know it depends on me too but wanna find out who went from what and why. camper>rtt // rtt>camper

One thing to consider would be the wind drag from the RTT. I have never had a RTT with a camper shell, but I can imagine the RTT would be very exposed which would increase the wind drag while driving. Just something to consider.
 

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Truck Brigade thanks. I think I might try an rtt with either Victory4x4 or rci rack. I like both those setups. think I might just start with smitty built or an explorer tepui. my wife and I camp a lot and have been using a bed tent setup but takes a bit of time to teardown and setup.
 

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I have had a steel roof height rack for about 6 months and then switched to a cap. Definitely prefer my cap.

-I like that my stuff is locked up (had a few things stolen out of my box on a few of my road trips)
-I have slept several times in my cap and it works awesome. Even my 6'4 husband has a good sleep in there (I have a long bed)
-Find I have more options for loading things up for long trips because I have the roof and the cap I can load up.

I was worried I wouldn't like it but am very glad I did. Of course it wasn't cheap, especially because we did a full prinsu roof rack but I am very happy with it. Once its not -30 out I will actually build in a bed a few things.
 

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that's an awesome truck. still considering getting the bed cap. that is a thing to consider regarding not getting your stuff stolen. thanks for the info. very useful!
 

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I went with bedrack/tent setup but sometimes wished I had a shell to have more dry storage. My bed cover leaks so its not exactly dry storage, just more to prevent theft.
 

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What kinds of lifts are you all using on your setups with camper shell and Rtt? My Truck has Bilstein 5100s all around but its already sagging in the back. I usually run a drawer system with my dogs in the back. I am looking to to add a RTT to my camper shell but know I will need to upgrade the suspension beforehand.
 

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What kinds of lifts are you all using on your setups with camper shell and Rtt? My Truck has Bilstein 5100s all around but its already sagging in the back. I usually run a drawer system with my dogs in the back. I am looking to to add a RTT to my camper shell but know I will need to upgrade the suspension beforehand.
DobinsonsUSA get their leaf pack you can see on Tyler 's truck how well it handles the extra weight. I got the dakaar with add a leaf and fuck is it loud and when I was loaded up to go camping it sometimes would sit a little more sagging in the back at the beginning of the trip so I was always the first to use their firewood so I could get rid of that weight. Since I sold the cap and rtt I got like an inch of lift in the back which isn't great for saying how well dakaar's handle weight.
 

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DobinsonsUSA get their leaf pack you can see on Tyler 's truck how well it handles the extra weight. I got the dakaar with add a leaf and fuck is it loud and when I was loaded up to go camping it sometimes would sit a little more sagging in the back at the beginning of the trip so I was always the first to use their firewood so I could get rid of that weight. Since I sold the cap and rtt I got like an inch of lift in the back which isn't great for saying how well dakaar's handle weight.
This.

Emphasis on not getting the Dakar pack.
 

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My ideal setup would be a softoppper with a rack over it. Only downside here is that a RTT can't sit flush with the roof rack.

But I definitely need the coverage of a topper since I live in FL and it rains basically every day.
 

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I don't think there is an ideal setup. I think everyone has different needs which dictate which option they choose. I personally have used both an rtt with rack (current setup) and I also have a truck cap (Leer 122). I prefer the rtt mostly because the tent offers me more space for sleeping and allows me to have room for my kids in the tent. I mounted my tent pretty low because I didn't want there to be a lot of drag coming from the tent. the truck cap is nice though because you don't have to do any setup if you're sleeping in it. Just climb in. I also prefer the tent because it is far less claustrophobic than the cap. I'm a tall guy and its cramped in a truck cap.