Our maiden voyage with the ntu Jayco was to a small private campground in the NC mountains near AVL. Just a couple of nights to shake down and take in a concert at Biltmore. The concert was an afterthought, I had intended to just 'be' for a couple of days but the week before the trip DW stumbled on the concert info. Also wanted to see how the DW acclimated to the camping life, but don't tell her that. Anyway it seemed we had the campground to ourselves even though every site was occupied. I don't know what you call this phenomena, but I've noticed it for years whenever I camped with my father-in-law. You see the mcmansions pull in, and the levelers go to work, watch the slide outs slide out, see your neighbor hookup and then they hide out for the duration. I guess the lure of the tv and microwave lifestyle is strong in some. My opinion of the PUP life is one of sitting outside, walking around the campground, fishing, burning firewood, talking, or just watching nature, you know, actual camping. Meals are cooked and eaten outside, dishes are done outside, mosquitos are fed outside. The only reason I'm in the pup is sleeping or horizontal weather One other thing we noticed and I've seen other threads about it, we did not see one pup on this trip. Not on the road, not in the campground, none. I know that pups are getting rarer as dealers can entice customers into more debt and luxury, but I for one will always be living the pup life. To me, camping is the object and not just a means to avoid a hotel bill. I think my sons have the bug, and I hope that their kids will catch it, let's hope that there will always be a market for the pup life when their time comes.