I suppose I'm somewhere in the middle. I can live with it without the top being raised as long as I don't smack one of the lights with my head. Taking a shower is fun and if I raise the top it's around 23" higher. I usually sleep on the couch.
I have done a lot of welding and have a ASME inspector watch me as I was welding and he said that I could be certified. I just stick things together but a welding insteuctor looked at one of my welds and said was better than he could have done
Jerry, just find what works for you. I deal with a 20 ft motorhome. I have lived in it for months at a tine. I've dealt with trailers, campers and motorhomes for over 50 years. Then again I can throw all of my stuff in my 3B for many nights of camping.
I miss the pictures of your dogs.
I'm with you, My 3B is built up like it would have been done in the early '60s. (that is how I bought it) It works fine and is a favorite out on the trails. I get more attention than any other Jeep in the group.
As I have said to many friends that give me crap, I'm on vacation." I get there when I get there". They all have big fancy campers and I ask them about fuel mileage. OK, abut same as I get.
They can just drive a bit faster.
Mine has worked fine the entire time I have owned the thing. If anything I have to hit the skinny pedal to make it look like I am keeping up with the traffic on the back side of a pass.
The truck drivers like me as I blend into the stream of trucks over there in that lane. Like I can pass...
A lady friend put around 380,000 on her 4.0. Several water pumps and a transfer case. Ohio is not a good state for vehicle bodies. She finally sold it and got something new. I talked her into waiting a few years...