We've been tent camping for years and loved it. When we were first married and I brought up tent camping my wifes original response was what is the point of camping when Hiltons exits I soon converted her and we love camping, doing several trip a year, mainly within 2-300 miles within our home state of Michigan (Beverly Hills, Northern Suburb of the big D), but also Wisconsin, Colorado, Florida etc. etc. We've just come back from up North (Sleeping bear dunes, Platte River area for other Michiganders) for the 4th, and for the first time in my life I didn't love the tent experience. Part of it was the mozzies, part of it was the chaos of bags, tubs and containers of food, clothes, cooking equipment, utensils, washing up etc. constantly in and out of the tents, cars, table etc. That plus we had our grandson with us who is only 6 months old. My initial reaction is that Im done with tents, its time to pull on my big boy pants and step up to a pop up. Ive always loved pop ups and also love Tear Drop campers, weve often talked about building a tear drop for the two of us, but with our youngest being 14 and our eldest now giving us a grandson way earlier than we expected to be grandparent, thats just not on the cards As a family we've talked about a pop up for years, we came very close to buying one about 10 years ago but crippled ourselves with scope creep. We started looking at small basic ones and fell into the trap of 'for a few hundred more we could get...' Repeat that 10 times and you are looking at monstrous pop ups that cant' be pulled with anything short of an F150, weigh and ton and are a pain to maneuver, handle, maintains, store etc. So this time I want to only consider smaller units with no built in bathrooms, slid outs on the side etc. etc. Also I have a company car which is changed every year. For several years I ran Mustangs, then a Lincoln Mkc, now an Explorer Sport. While the Explorer can tow 5,000lbs and not think about it, as you can see we frequently have smaller lighter weight vehicles that either cant tow as much or cant really tow at all. My wife tends to drive my company car and I DD a Volvo C30 which is only rated for 2,000lbs. I want to stay at the bottom end of the spec so I can be confident of towing with whatever we have that year, and personally being an Ex Pat Brit I am not a fan of large vehicles, I dont ever see owning a full size pick up. I've just found a 2002 Viking 1906 on CL for $3,100. Its small, only 129 overall when collapsed, light at 2,000lbs gross weight. Its got a double, a twin and a converting dinette meaning that 3-4 would be luxury and 6 a pinch. How are Viking as a brand? If I go and look at it I know to look for the condition of the canvas and windows, plus the condition of the roof for water damage and leaks. Is there an FAQ that gives a rundown of how to inspect a pop up and what to look for? I dont know if Ill follow through and look at it, this may just be a frustration fueled flash in the pan, but right now I feel like Im done with tents. The allure of having the camper permanently stocked with all kitchen utensils and just having to thrown in food, clothes and sleeping bags before heading off is appealing. Also when in camp we wouldnt be running back and forth between the car, the tent, our utility trailer and the camp table to find this or that. It would be all in one place. Washing up could be done inside, not traipsing up to the camp sink etc.