Some great input here already. I've used both set ups and have a few more items to add that have not been discussed already:
1-Type of terrain you will be driving in when off road? If you start to drive on really technical trails where you get off camber often, I would opt for the RTT mounted at bed height option or stick with the camper shell without a roof basket or additional weight up high. Good suspension can correct the side to side sway of a heavy load up high to a certain extent, but keeping your centre of gravity (COG) low would be the preferred route. I had a few reasons for changing from a camper shell to an RTT:
- My fist mistake was trying an RTT then there was no going back...
- In my region, there are lots of low branches that would cause me endless worry about anything in the roof basket mounted on the shell. I ended up removing the roof basket for that reason. A point to consider if you travel these types of trails.
- This was one of the driving factors for me to go the RTT route. I'm only 5'10" and found it snug in the camper shell. When two people slept in the shell I'd never get a good night sleep because either my feet or my heat would be up against something.Originally Posted by SaMingTRD
Both solutions have their advantages and drawbacks.