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Old 07-03-2015, 09:43 AM   #1
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SUV guy curious about Truck with shell instead. Dog, kids, etc..

Having owned two Tahoes and an Escalade, I was set on buying a Suburban as a TV for 28' AS my wife and I are thinking about buying. Having two small kids and a German Shepherd, the larger SUV works great. But some shortcomings as a TV when compared to many trucks.

What I'm curious about is how a truck with shell would compare to a large SUV. Mainly curious about dog being in back. Do camper shells have windows that allow air conditioning and heat from cab of truck to enter bed area? Also allowing talking to dog and such.

Is there a rack option to allow carrying a canoe or a few kayaks on top? We often do this with our Tahoe. I have no insights into trucks or shell options. But it sounds like a nice truck would make a better TV. Just not sure it's possible for our family as it would be very tempting to buy a Suburban. Just trying to see what our options are.

Thanks for your patience as I realize most folks here have far more knowledge about trucks. But I have never owned one, and never seen inside of a shell. Especially the newer and nicer types that likely exist. I'm sure that a F250 or similar would tow the 28 foot AS better, it's everything else about using a truck as opposed to a Suburban I'm wondering about.


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Old 07-03-2015, 11:28 AM   #2
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You can get a cap with a sliding window between truck and cap and there is a boot system that will make it water tight , There are many roof racks on the market that will haul you toys on the roof .
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Old 07-03-2015, 01:03 PM   #3
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Dan,

I have an F-250, 8' bed with a topper and a good friend of mine has an Expedition. We both pull AS 30s. He covets my F-250 because of the additional space that the covered bed provides.

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Old 07-03-2015, 02:06 PM   #4
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If she who must be obeyed would allow it I would have a cover on my truck now.
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Old 07-03-2015, 03:54 PM   #5
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When your dog rolls in a dead Seal it finds on the beach you'll wish you had a truck bed rather than an SUV.
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Old 07-03-2015, 04:54 PM   #6
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Truck & SUV

I've never owned a SUV. I'm on my third truck. GMC 1/2 ton extended cab. The first one had a Snug Lid; not enough room for storage in bed. Number 2 & 3 trucks a Snug Top with a Bed Rug; outstanding. My #2 truck Snug Top had a carrying rack on top. This was a great item, however, I'm not into boats, bicycles etc. I had the side windows of the Snug Top tinted with Limo dark so no one can see inside of truck bed. It works great. Good luck with whichever choice you make.
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Old 07-03-2015, 05:55 PM   #7
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When I ordered the Leer topper for my F250 they had an option for a Thule (or Yakima) rail set for whatever type of accessories you might want to add for cargo, etc.

They also had several window options to create different venting scenarios. I would think your dog would be okay with that and the truck and topper sliding back and front (respectively) windows as long as you are moving. You might need to bring him/her in the cab with you in really hot conditions.
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We had an extended cab Ford F-150 with sliding rear glass (manual). Added the tall cap and "boot", then built a raised platform where we put an air bed. Put a 12VDC fan to push air into the camper. Curtains on windows.. We could stretch out while others drove. Worked great. Kept the nosey folks out. It was cheap camping travel!
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Old 07-03-2015, 06:16 PM   #9
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If she who must be obeyed would allow it I would have a cover on my truck now.
Why wont she allow you to have a cover on (YOUR ) truck ???
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Old 07-03-2015, 06:44 PM   #10
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Hello Danattherock:

It all depends on what your needs are. When I was young with kids we towed with a pick-up. Most of us with pick-ups removed the front window of the camper shell and the rear window of the pick-up. We had a flexible boot made (mentioned by woodfox45) which allowed the kids a pass through from truck to camper. We adults could also yell through at them when they got too rowdy.

I built a couple of bunks and a small chest of drawers in the camper shell and that was the kids bedroom. We parked the pick-up close to the trailer to keep a close watch on the kids.

Now that I'm an old man in his dotage, I tow with a suburban. The ride is much better on us old folks. Plus the visibility is better. I've car topped a 13' aluminum skiff on both vehicles.

You're not wrong either way you decide. They are both perfectly functional as tow vehicles.

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Old 07-03-2015, 07:20 PM   #11
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I contemplated buying a large SUV when we got the AS, but in the end decided that a truck with a cap made more sense. Longer wheelbase (better for towing) and no rem getting the inside of a nice SUV messed up trowing all manner of junk in the back! Don't regret it ne bit!

We have had two such trucks now and loved them both, 1/2T 4x4 and 3/4T 4x4. Both caps had opening side windows although whenever used them.

Our truck is a crew cab version - good big back seat, wouldn't that be best for the dog?

He/she could then share your heated or air conditioned comfort and be in touch whith human chums.

Our previous truck had the extended cab, but the best combination for us seems to be the crew cab / regular box.


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Shiny bullet, evidently you haven't been married 44 years or are eased into a false sense of security.
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Shiny bullet, evidently you haven't been married 44 years or are eased into a false sense of security.
Nope just 25 years to a very wonderful lady , and she would never have a truck without a topper , that's where our dogs ride and all (OUR) other gear she would never say NO to anything I wanted .
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Old 07-04-2015, 10:11 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the thought out replies.

Was up all night. Literally.


You guys just pick one. I give up


2015 Suburban

2015 Suburban with Hennessey 500 hp supercharger

Ford 250 with shell

Dodge mega cab 2500

2012-2014 suburban 2500 if any had low miles

2016 suburban 2500 if that useless brother in law worked for chevy, not Honda

Nissan Armada

Infiniti QX80 if I find $30k in a paper bag

U-Joint or Quigley 4x4 Ford E-350 4x4 conversion van

Sport mobile van if said paper bag has $60k in it

Ford Excursion diesel.. Oh, they stopped making it. Like my Suburban 2500 dream ride...

Geesh!!

Maybe I should just teach my infant and toddler the virtues in tent camping. Character building opportunities my dad would call it. Hah. I'm all stocked up on character after 42 years of sleeping on the ground.


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