I'll be taking an extended expedition trip of 60-80 days to Alaska in the summer 2012. In regard to a large domestic truck (I have a 1997 Dodge Ram 2500, Cummins, long bed), when it comes to choosing a camper for that type of harsh environment, what's the most useful choice as camper between these two: a FlipPac or an A.R.E. DCU 36" cap? In your opinion?
A.R.E. DCU 36" Cap
As I see it, the pros and cons are as follows:
The FlipPac becomes a PITA when getting wet and one is always to play the guessing game whether it will rain or not, so as to decide whether to use the rain fly or not ... while the DCU cap is ready to go at all times with any kind of weather.
The FlipPac, when open, allows for standing height inside, while one can at best be seated in a straight position in a DCU cap. However, the DCU cap allows for more storage space (taller cabinets, etc.) to be built in it.
The DCU cap has a more secure closing mechanism on its doors and is therefore more secure when it comes to protection from thieves.
The FlipPac is a much better experience in dry, hot environments, but the DCU cap is way more useful in bad weather/strong winds and where there is the potential threat of dangerous animals being around while you are asleep (such as in the case of the Alaskan wilderness).
The DCU cap performs better than the (open) FlipPac when it comes to noise insulation.
The FlipPac is much more aerodynamic than a 36" DCU cap, given that the latter stands about 1 ft. over the cabin of a large truck. More fuel economy with the FlipPac.....
That's all I can think of right now as far as the differences involed ... and unfortunately I am equally divided between the two. Which one is better for this particular situation?
Looking forward to your knowledgeable input based on experience rather than hearsay.