You're asking a bunch of PUP enthusiasts who love PUPs so much that they remain active even in the middle of winter. So, you're getting a skewed answer. We all camp a lot. You might start with some personal inventory. What do you do in the summer? Do you have 3 kids in competitive baseball or soccer, e.g.? Why didn't you camp more last year? Answering questions like that will help you understand your potential to make a PUP a garage ornament. For example, if you have other competing hobbies, camping may take a back seat. If you didn't camp more last year because you travel for your job a lot in the summer. Not good. But, maybe you didn't camp more because you hate sleeping on the ground. I'm an average non-retired guy. I do have travel with my job and have 3 boys that play baseball in the summer. We still get away for 6-7 trips at 2-3 nights per trip. It's great. Our camping had dwindled a bit, but mainly due to tiring of a tent. We'll be over 20 nights this summer. Getting off the ground has been the best thing we've ever done (camping-wise). If you shop and get a good deal on a used PUP, you'll likely be able to get your money back out of it. Buy a 2005 model for $5K, try it out. If it's a bust, sell it the next season for $4.8K. No big deal, other than tying up your money for a year or so. Good luck.