Discussing our 2012 plans with the wife last night, we both agree we'd like to do more camping together (we haven't camped together since 2007 when I had my Tacoma with a shell.)
Thing is, the interior of the 4runner is a little bit too small for two people, a dog and our gear (it's OK for one person which is why I've camped solo for the last year or so.) But she mentioned the possibility of a trailer. I have to admit, up until she said that I had never seriously considered it but now she's got me thinking...
But I don't know much about camping trailers, to be honest. I've seen the big "pop up" trailers but those are way, way more than we need (there are only two of us and a 40lb dog.)
When I was at the Maze District of Canyonlands in 2008, there was a guy who was set up near me on the first night, he had an older model Suzuki Sidekick 4 door and he was pulling a very small pop up trailer. It worked the same way as the 'big' pop-ups, that is, the center section raised up and there were side 'wings" that folded out and canvas/fabric sides but I swear the whole thing wasn't longer than 5 - 6' when folded up. Does anyone know what those are and where I can find one? it seems like it might work well for our needs.
The other thing I liked about this persons' setup was that it looked like the trailer had fairly decent sized wheels (maybe 15") and decent suspension travel, meaning it wouldn't compromise off-road-ability too much (I understand a trailer will keep me off of some trails, but if it gets me more camping time with the wife it's worth the trade-off.)
The other possibility - which I've seen people here use - would be a utility-type trailer with a RTT mounted on it. While that would work for us, I think it would be more than we would actually need for the limited kind of camping we'd be doing.
Anyway, I'd appreciate any input or suggestions.