You are off the ground, so not tracking in mud/snow/sand. This also means in cold environments it won't suck as much heat from the tent. This goes the same with just sleeping in the bed of the truck.
.I've got a fold out hard top and it takes about two minutes to setup and five minutes to pack up. It's really bigger than I need but that hasn't been an issue so far. It takes me much longer to situate the bedding and put on my clothes/shoes, get the various stuff that doesn't stay up there that would have to be packed up in any tent. But most of all, it some of the best sleep I ever get. I don't want to get out of the bag in the morning. Of course I have a hard time rolling out most mornings! I can see that it doesn't fit everyone's style. Every method has pros and cons. I might get too decrepit to climb a ladder at some point. I ain't haulin' any 90 lb. dog up there either! I could see a clamshell trailer at some point but I'm liking the open feeling up off the ground so far.
Yes, bigger than I need but hasn't been a problem yet. The soft top was a little too much climbing around to be out in the middle of nowhere alone. I have a little aluminum stool but I get in a hurry sometimes and just used the tire to climb up. Coming down is a little more problematic. And, there was the zipper, which wasn't terribly hard, just one more aggravation. The hard top is easy now and much safer as I can do everything standing on the ground. Even though I am still fairly nimble for an old guy I want to stay in the game as long as possible!.
Fold out hard top... yours has a hard shell on top, but tips up sideways and folds out into more interior space? Much more agreeable to me than the all soft fold outs.
Much I’d like to say was already said. First off I will never go back to a ground tent, not with all the other options out. Even though the new hub style ground tents pop up extremely fast now a days, they are no match for how fast we can set up and take down our hard shell RTT. Weather plays a huge factor on a ground tents as well, you don’t realize how vulnerable you are especially in high wind situations. I know our RTT surprises the heck out of us every time we get caught in mother nature’s wrath. The are well worth the money and easily justifiable in my opinion. Good luck on your decision making.