I can see the issue with the rain for sure. The drying out part. Though, to be fair, if we get caught in a real rain, we have to dry out the pop up on the VW as well. Sometimes we are smart enough to close the top if we think rain is coming, but you know how that goes. I do like how a pontoon or a couple of bikes can fit on top of the folded tent trailers. The "can't lock anything up" issue is something to think about though. Those Hard sided pop-ups that Itchy Dog linked to are pretty cool looking for the weight-size ratio. But man, they don't give those things away. I'd be interested to see what the used market looks like. Those Skamp or Burro "pod" looking trailers are an interesting option. A buddy of mine has a burro and sleeps in it up at baker all winter. But I've always felt like they were kind of tight on space. Then again, I've never done more than sit and enjoy a beer in the baker parking lot in one. So I defer to anyone who has camped in one. I do like how on some models the couch turns into a bunk bed for kids. I wish it had occurred to me that I might want to camp in a trailer when I was buying my truck. I would have at least considered getting something bigger. I love my ranger, it's a great truck for almost everything I do. But it's a bit small for towing a travel trailer as far as I know. Even the 16-18' ones seem to run 3000-4500 lbs.