Re: Quigley 4x4 or Truck Camper help!
I considered both options before I bought my SMB. I also looked at the work that my brother did in converting his bare cargo van to something a little more liveable, and I decided I wanted to find something that was already converted. Our SMB is a third vehicle for us as we both travel some for work and prefer to drive a higher mileage, better handling vehicle for everyday driving. A pickup would also be a third vehicle.
In day-to-day practical considerations, the pick-up more sense - yardwork, general utility, ability to throw bikes and whitewater kayaks in the back for quick trips to the trail / river / beach. I thought that the SMB would offer better "always-ready" ability for camping or even just day trips where you want your camping chairs / stove / utensils, a little easier in and out through the side door than a pickup camper offers through the back, more practical space inside, better 4wd capability, and IMHO it's just plain cooler.
So far, the "just plain cooler" part has certainly turned out to be true! The 4wd is great, too. As for the rest, we would probably have been just as well off with a full size pickup and a properly outfitted camper. Bottom line, as long as you are out there enjoying yourself, that's the important thing, right?
2002 E350 EB - Voyager top - 7.3 - Quigley 4WD