Guess I should have asked for suggestions from everyone but Salmo g! Actually, the tent trailer is to improve the odds of a comfortable prolonged weekend trip the the Mrs and the girls. If that ain't camping, I could care less. It is fun to spend time with them in a comfortable base camp. Steve agrees with you, but he was glad to be in the tent trailer this winter on the Yakima. It was cold and the heater was not working but it sure beat sleeping outside. We'll be doing some daddy daughter backpacking this summer too. The more outdoor adventures the better. I don't mind if they have comfortable accomodations to sleep if we are venturing to new and fun places.