I haven't been on the forum for quite some time, and if so, it's been sporadic. Work and young kids... 'nuff said. But also, it's because we sold our pup last fall. I think it was inevitable. As much as we love canvas, and feel that we are pup campers at heart, it was a challenge from day one of Pup #1 - a leaky Jayco. The Jayco made us crazy, but did bring us to the Portal, which provided a great education and helped us set more realistic expectations for RVs (we had Airstream expectations on a used pup budget, lol). After all that, we decided that what we really *needed* was a trusty Coleman pup with front storage and a slideout. We finally found the Utah, and while we did have some up front issues, it was a beauty, well-made, and a very functional for our family. I was sad to see her go. But not sad enough. Like others who go dark, we just couldn't take the up/down, up/down, tuck and un-tuck canvas, and drying of said canvas anymore. With kids going nuts at the campground, one of us would be watching them while the other worked, and by the time we finished getting everything down correctly, it would take a few hours. Every time. No matter how efficient we became. Up/down to pack the camper before trips. And up/down to unpack the rest when we got home. And we like to fall camp, but Michigan dew never dries after you hit mid-September. And if we arrived at night, popping it up and getting situated... I could go on, but you all know how the story goes. It was a lot of work, for not enough camping. I feel guilty that we couldn't hack it. We really tried. And in-between packing, set up and tear down, we loved the pup. DH and I didn't want a TT. We didn't want to be the people in a tin cabin out in nature. But it's going to happen. And I suspect we'll really like it! We are skipping a hybrid in favor of no canvas to extend the season, and minimal hassle. We want to camp more easily, and be more spur-of-the-moment with our plans. The good news is that around the same time we transitioned from our pup, we upgraded our second vehicle to a '13 5.7 Tundra doublecab. Yeah baby. We're ready. So last night we visited an RV show. We saw a few contenders that meet our 32' max, double bunk beds and queen bed with slide out requirement: The Grey Wolf 26DBH, Salem 27DBK, and a Catalina 261BHS. The Grey Wolf is amazing, followed closely by the Salem and then Catalina. It had everything we wanted and more. If I can get our local dealer to match an Ohio RV wholesalers price, we might soon bring one home, and get the dark party started! In the meantime, if anyone has thoughts on the Grey Wolf, or other brands I mentioned, feel free to let me know what you think. We also looked at a Jayco SLX 267 BHSW. I wanted to like it, but just wasn't as impressed as with the Grey Wolf. If anyone made it to the end of this, thanks for reading. I've missed the Portal.