Yes, a DIY tray for the flatbed is a consideration. I missed out on a 6’ flippac locally when I started this search. My thought on that one was to build a small tray for the flatbed that the flippac could mount to. I still think that would be a decent option with any of the truck bed/topper variants (Vagabond, GFC, AT Habitat, flippac, etc). I think it’s a matter of finding the right dimensions so that it doesn’t look or fit super awkwardly. Also, finding any of those at a reasonable price is challenging right now.Have you thought about building one? What stuff do you need?
I‘d like space for 3 to sleep comfortably- one of whom is still pretty small. Space to hang out when our afternoon thunderstorms roll through, any other cold/wet weather, or just a place to play cards and read on cold evenings. Room to stand up. And relative convenience in set-up/take-down.
Both All Terrain Campers and OVRLND sound like they can build a pop-up shell to the dimensions of my flatbed. ATC is $14.5k for the base shell, 6 months to delivery, and 600 pounds. The weight and price are both a little concerning to me considering it’s just the starting point. However, OVRLND can do a fully custom shell around 300 pounds and $8-9k. Sounds like he has a similar project for a 2nd gen starting this fall. The only catch is the 10-12 month lead time, but that could be ok.
Still considering trailer options too. However, I recently had to back up a rough patch of FS road to accommodate oncoming traffic while exploring our local backyard. That could have gotten real interesting had I been towing even a very small trailer. It was on the way to/from a couple of our favorite local dispersed campsites.