I did search the forum before posting this so I apologize in advance if this has already been discussed. This has been the first summer that my family and I have camped. (3 young kids.) I camped often during hunting trips, boyscouts, and recreationally when I was younger and never really had a problem sleeping on the ground, in a tent, and even snow caves. But now with the whole family involved I am frustrated with the tent. I guess I'm just getting old and grumpy.
The tent itself is well constructed, it is an Alpine cabin tent with two rooms and you can stand up thru out the entire thing. However a little bit of rain gets in (to be expected) and with all 5 people in there the condensation is miserable.
Since we had so much fun and plan to continue our camping adventures I'd like to invest in a travel trailer or something. But I will start small and will be looking for something under $5000.
I've found several great looking pop up trailers under that price range but I've never slept in one. I like the benefit of being up off the ground, it seems there is enough dry space for the family to hang out and play cards when it's raining or while the kids are napping, and many have all the doo-dads like water/heat/power, etc. which I'm really not even looking for but they can't hurt. I just want something off the ground.
Does anyone have any strong opinions for or against pop up trailers? I have a great tow vehicle so I'm wondering if I should bother getting the smaller pop up trailer now or wait until I can afford a real travel trailer later?