I live in a shell from A.R.E. There are fancy truck campers from basic to filled with electronic goodies like televisions and microwave ovens. Here is a list of truck campers for small pick ups that I checked out before deciding on the shell.
Each company has different configurations and different prices and different options. All of my life I wanted an Alaskan camper, but realized that I would really need a larger truck and more money than I wanted to spend. With the fancy truck campers there is always the maintenance for winter, finding a place to plug into, dealing with port-a-potties, and paying the fancy truck camper off. With the shell there is nothing that ever needs to be done. Love that part.
Cooking inside of the shell is doable, but with a 20 lb tank of propane I do not want to cook inside. I have been thinking about getting one of those small canisters of propane, but I would still have to deposit the big tank outside. That will not work in Walmart parking lots, Cabelas or any other parking lot. Hmm. May have to give up the 20 lb tank. I certainly don’t cook as much as I thought I would.
These are some of the decisions I fussed with before starting off. After 5 years I am more than pleased with the final decision of an A.R.E. topper. Am still using the 20 lb propane tank. And still thinking about downsizing it.