If you are going to install a roof top tent (RTT), then you need a roof to mount it on. That would mean a camper shell or bed rack of some sort, which increases cost and installation hassle. Lots of bed racks available for the big Fords, and that leaves the bed open. An awning also requires something to mount it to, and since you are considering these two options, I would assume that you already have a shell on the truck. If that is the case, you might consider a roof rack to carry your gear so that you can bunk inside the shell. If you choose to go that route, you can build or buy a sleeping platform with full length drawers under the platform for your expensive gear, and put stuff like decoy bags and kayaks on the roof rack. Look at the Decked Truck Bed System if you want to buy something that just drops in. There are other drawer systems out there, but the price goes up. If you are handy, you can build your own to your specs. The bed-mount tent is the simplest and cheapest if you have an open bed, and easy to remove and store when you are not using it. I used to sleep in the bed of my truck with a heavy tarp rigged over it, but it gets really cold with no insulation and a steel bed. I expect the bed-mount tent would be the same. A bag awning gives you a lot of flexibility and makes it easy to break camp and move, but you are back on the ground. Several of the higher-end awning makers offer sides for their awnings that turn the awning into a tent. Look at products from companies like Hannibal, EeZ-Awn, Maggiolina, ARB, Fiamma, etc. My truck has a cab-high shell on it and I mounted an EeZ-Awn Bat 270 awning on the driver's side for shade in the desert. I don't think the Bat 270 offers sides, but I can tell you that the EeZ-Awn quality is top notch, and they also make RTTs. Most of the good awnings are coming from Australia and South Africa, so you may have to look around a bit to find what you want in stock. A good place to start shopping for this stuff is Equipt Expedition Outfitters at
You will find more than you ever wanted to know about this stuff on Expedition Portal. Here is a link to a thread on Hannibal awnings and tents, but if you go to the storage forum, you'll find lots of info on buying and building drawer systems, roof racks, bed racks, water tanks, etc. Plan to spend a fair amount of time poking around because there is a ton of info buried on that site.
Edited by Ducky's Dad, 08 August 2018 - 06:59 AM.