Originally Posted by j.whitbread
I don't know if it's possible but a truck camper with a service body would provide a lot of good storage. A place outside for the dirty things like chains, tow ropes, shovel. And a good place for a generator, air compressor, welder, fuel, tools, etc.
Here's an Alaskan Camper hard shell pop-top with the shell in the down position. It is on a utility bed with the storage you describe. If you look around their site, you will see many other pictures of Alaskans on regular beds, wider Alaskans on flat beds, and big pickups with Alaskans that are towing travel trailers at the same time. It is possible to have a rear slider window and a tight crawl through between the cab and cabin.
Same vehicle towing Airstream, pop-up open:
Same Vehicle, top up and closed:
For those who mentioned loss of cab space, the cab and cabin are combined in Provan's Tiger CX, Bengal Tiger, and soon to be released Siberian Tiger, as well as EarthRoamer's XV-LT and XV-LTS, and I think Global Expedition Vehicle UXV-500 and UXV500. You don't have that loss of space and can utilize the cab as part of the living space. You also don't have to go outside in rain or heavy mosquitoes. The downside of this design, however, is that you can't pull the camper and use the truck in original pickup form. The older Tigers are unibody with fused cab/cabin, while the new Siberian as well as the two ERs and the two UXVs mentioned all have the cabin on a 3pt rail and a flexible boot between cab and cabin so the frame and vehicle can flex under torsion.