I have a Chevy Silverado 2500 with a 6.5ft bed.
Several months ago I placed on order for a FWC Grandby shell (with the roll-over couch added), thinking that the extra length of the camper on the tailgate would be not ideal, but still workable with a few modifications. Then I bought a small cargo trailer to pull behind my truck. Realizing it might be a pain to tow anything with the tailgate down, or use a hitch mounted bicycle rack with the tailgate down, I paid the $250 to change my order to a Hawk shell.
This will keep the camper more flush with my bumper, and will allow me to shed the weight of the tailgate.
However, I did a bit more thinking, and started to worry about the interior space available in the Hawk versus the Grandby. Here's my concern: I'm 6'3" or 6'4", and I'd really like to be able to pull over and do some stealth camping in my camper. Basically, when on road trips, I'd like the option to pull over at a rest stop and sleep with the top down. I know the couch itself is only 6' long, but with the Grandby's extra length between the edge of the couch and the edge of the camper, I could have just let my legs hang off the end.
Now I'm concerned that I might not be able to sleep comfortably in the lower level of my Hawk with the top down. Are any of you top-down sleepers? For those of you who are approximately my height, have you had any issues? I'm hoping that with the couch rolled over into the down position, I will have enough room to sleep comfortably, but since I've never actually been able to set foot inside a Hawk or Grandby, I haven't been able to verify.
Now I'm wondering if I made a mistake by switching to the Hawk from the Grandby. I'd like to have fewer headaches with towing and using bike racks, but maybe I should just deal with all that if it would allow me to do the frequent stealth camping that I'm planning.
Does anyone have any words of wisdom? Should I be the most annoying customer ever and consider requesting a second order modification back to the Grandby, and just deal with hitch extenders or whatever else? Or do you think I could sleep comfortably on the roll-over couch in the Hawk with the top down?