Family of 4 +dog here. Having the same dilemma as all of you. If base camping was the only concern my pop-up would work great. Problem is I like to be on the move and see different areas. Many National Parks have road restrictions that limit trailers and the overall length and width of vehicles. Trying to park a trailer anywhere tourists go is a huge PITA, and lets face it, unhooking, re-hooking, opening and closing, slide outs... are all a big time consuming PITA. I have a great Big Agnes, big A$$ tent. Plenty of room but again setup and take down consume a couple of hours a day if moving and I want mobility. The question for me is how much do I want to spend to be mobile.
- Earthroamer, No it costs more than my house.
- Big van - Empty vans are around 50k used with 4X4 + build, or well over $100k built. Probably not...
- Go Fast Camper - Price is right, wait is not, but a good bare bones option.
- Four Wheel Camper - I love slide in campers, downside is they are tight in space and $30-$38k for a loaded one. I think this may be the ticket.
- RTT - Some set-up hassle, need to pack up to move, bare bones, need to pack all that is built into a camper (electric cooler, stove, ...). Would need a rack or topper for truck. Most economical.
- Used Slide-in camper. Best deal but unless it is a FWC it may not hold up to 4x4 abuse. Unless pop-top won't fit in garage. Potential for lowest price.