I thought about a pickup rack transport as well and opted for the tailgate extender. Since I primarily make the long trips with my fishing buddies, the wife's Revo 11 doesn't usually go along. I did find that I can have the PA to one side of the pickup bed (keel down) using the tailgate extender and put the Wife's Revo 11 on it's side with plenty of room.
I would think you could do the same thing with the Outback. As long as you have padding or something that you feel would protect the side of the Outback on it's side in the bed, this would be a workable solution for transport.
I have a 2004 F-150 Supercrew with the 5.5 foot bed and have no issues this way. That way both would be inside your nice camper shell and you wouldn't have to store the PA on top. As far as saddles go, I just use one or more of those thick padding style blankets like the movers use under the kayaks in the bed as padding. Just a thought...
I get what your saying,makes sense. My senario is a Dodge Ram 2500 four w/short box.Capper is Leer fiberglass. Im really trying to keep tailgate up and closed inorder to attach my weight distribution hitch and haul travel trailer behind truck too.Guess I should have mentioned that in my first post. I can put the Sports in back of truck,but all other hobies stick out to far with travel trailer hooked up. Hope I dont confuse you,Im pretty good at cthat...lol
**I will try and post picture of my truck/cap setup,maybe it will give everyone better idea what Im talking about**