I have been doing a lot of research trying to determine what is the best route for me to go. Me being me, I would normally continue to lurk around and do my research, but due to needing to expedite the process I am turning to the expertise of you guys and gals! There is a thread in the "Let me tell you about my trip" section giving about my plans, but I guess I better list it here as well. Long story short, I am planning to drive from Atlanta, GA to Fairbanks, AK this Summer. For more details, see my other thread: http://www.popupportal.com/index.php?topic=67809.msg601266;boardseen#new My biggest obstacle at this time is trying to determine the best route to go for a camper. I have zero experience with campers. I generally just use my tent or hammock(when I don't have the dogs). Since this will be for a longer time frame, and I may need a place for the doggies to hangout for a short time, I have been researching TD/TT and popups, and they seem to be the best route. I just see the pros and cons of both and can't decide which would better suit my needs. I don't want to spend a lot of time in the camper, but if it's raining like crazy I want to be able to cook. Other than that, I am rather minimalist and easy to please. Here's some preliminary information. TV: 1997 Toyota Rav4 AWD - Will be installing trans cooler and maybe PS cooler(if I deem it necessary) Objectives for camper: - Make the drive from GA to AK - Be used on the weekends for local short trips to skydive so the doggies can hangout while I jump Characteristics I want in camper: - Be as light as possible. I'd prefer sub 1,000 lbs, or close to it. - Trailer brakes are a must - If I could fit it with the same size tires as my Rav4 uses that would be ideal(I understand the limitations of this) How I currently stand: POPUP Pros: - Can be very light(Coleman Colorado/Taos/Cobalt/Rebel/Concord, Fleetwood Neon, Jayco J-series, etc.) - Can potentially be found much cheaper - More standing/cooking room and room in general(even though I'd prefer a single sided pop out) - Can easily cook in rain - Less customized = easier to find parts - Great community of people - More aerodynamic = less drag = better gas mileage - Lower center of gravity = easier towing (especially in wind) and better visibility while towing Cons: - Have to pop up to use(this isn't ideal if I need to use it in a less than optimal location) - Inboard wheels limit ability to run Rav4 size tires - Canvas replacement, which older campers seem to need, looks to be very expensive, eliminating cheaper factor - Most I have seen need decent amount of work: wood, tarp, etc. - Most need upgrade to trailer brakes TD/TT Pros: - Can use without having to pop up - Outboard wheels allows more sizing options - Rigid sides = no canvas replacement - Can be light if built accordingly Cons: - Harder to find - Generally more expensive on initial price(maybe cheaper in long run) - Lots still need upgrades for trailer brakes - Most have outside galley, making cooking in rain harder and reducing interior space - Potentially less aerodynamic = worst MPG - Less visibility when towing = harder to toe - Higher center of gravity = harder to toe I am sure I am forgetting something, but I hope you get the idea. I openly welcome constructive criticism, so bring on the knowledge. Regardless of my choice, this community seems full of great people, so I will still keep you informed on my adventures.