Originally Posted by philhyde
Actually, I love the idea of tent sleeping. It's probably a pipe dream, but my ideal RV would have both a fold out tent and enclosed sleeping areas!
well, you may want to look at some hybrid bunkhouse models. they'll have a queen canvas end and bunks inside.
there is a Dutchmen 29' V-nosed model that has two canvas beds in the nose and a full queen walk-around bed in the back.
the disadvantages of a hybrid are that it takes about 5 extra minutes to set up the bunk ends, you have to put up wet canvas if it's raining, some front bunks leak while driving in rain, you'll hear noise while sleeping because of the canvas(less privacy) and it takes a few extra things to help insulate from cold and heat.
the advantages are that you have 2 queen beds without them taking up floor space, more sleeping space for size of trailer, openness of bunk ends(especially when windows are unzipped), lightness of trailer for sleeping capacity, being able to hear wind in the trees and creek water running and birds singing while laying in bed and still feel like you are sleeping in a tent.
for us, the romance of camping wouldn't be there without the canvas ends. we would have still been using popups if we hadn't seen a hybrid. so that outweighs the few disadvantages for us. if we stayed in KOA's or RV parks all the time, a hybrid might not be our choice. but we don't consider that "camping".
now, after we retire and are doing some full-timing, our priorities will probably change. we see a Super C MH in our future for that stage of our life.