Should I go with a bed rack/tent combination or with a fiberglass shell (ala Leer,etc)?
The main reason is for shelter when camping, which I only do occasionally mostly in the spring and summer (sometimes in the rain due to monsoon).
Bed rack idea is similar to this ....
with a Cascadia tent (or similar)
This set up gives me flexibility if I want to haul the tent or not, where a shell I'm pretty much "married" to all the time (I don't have a place to store the shell off my truck.)
BUT ... the shell will likely give me the guarantee of dryness if I am out in the rain.
So I'm stuck as to what I should do.
Any suggestions from practical experience, etc will be greatly appreciated! I'm guessing cost difference between the two options will be negligible so that really isn't a factor at this time.
And this is what it will be going on ....