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Camper top a Mistake?

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After viewing 5th wheels and TTs in Vegas, I decided the best traveling option for me was to install a camper shell and carpet kit in my bed, ship the truck from Hawaii, then buy a Travel Trailer in vegas...maybe a 28-30 footer with a weight near 8-9000lb when loaded. After reading some of this forum, I feel the shell may be a mistake since it may put me in a separate weight limitation. This never occurred to me prior to ordering the shell, which I have paid for and expect delivery in HI at the end of January.

As a young lad, I toured with my Grandmother who drove an Electra 225 with an Airstream trailer. I find it hard to believe my 05 Titan could not handle as large a load as the old Buick.

Any advice on the shell, max trailer size, etc, would be appreciated since I plan to live in this trailer for at least a year and travel Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, and Canada...Mahalo!
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If weight is a concern consider a Softopper.

I do not drive with it up but have had outstanding luck camping with it. I really like the ability to open up the sides. The last time I was at Indy it was over 85 degrees at 8:30 a.m. When I came back to teh truck for lunch it was over 135 degrees inside the topper. I just flipped up the sides and with a little breeze in no time at all it was done to the normal 95 degrees. I had several fiberglass caps in my time, and I never got that kind of ventalation out of opening windows. Everything is a trade off, the Softopper can't be locked up like a fiberglass one, but then again, it is lighter and it a total breeze to put on and off the truck with just one preson when it is needed.

Camping at Watkins Glen
Sides down

One side up

Looking out

Camping at US F1
Sides down

One side up

Home away from home
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