Guess I’ll weigh in as the lurking teardrop owner.
A TD really is a step up from a tent, but I have met people who have owned or still own 5’ers that also own TDs who just like the ease of use
When we got tired of sleeping on the ground, we went the TD route because:
<blockquote>We owned two 4 cylinder vehicles at the time
We had a bay in our garage that the TD would fit in
We’d never seen or really paid attention to the smaller molded glass RVs.</blockquote>
We have a 5 x 10 Hunter Fat Shadow - queen size bed, closet and shelves inside & a roomy galley outside. It’s always loaded and ready to go. I can roll it out of the garage and hitch up in about 10 minutes.
For weather protection we use a large Kelty Carport over the Galley and a medium one as a dressing room/night time potty tent on Norma’s side.
We were on our way back from a Teardrop Gathering in Nor Cal last year when we ran into a couple heading home from a six week trip in their Casita
at Harris Beach.
The bug bit and I’ve been skulking around the forums ever since, learning as much as possible. I know Norma and the Girls would love the extra room, AC, inside potty (ok not for the Girls). I'd still rather cook outside, but since we use Dutch Ovens frequently, thats pretty much a given.
What’s keeping us from giving up the teardrop at this point is:
<blockquote>I’d like to get a couple more years out of my old ‘98 Subie before I buy a bigger vehicle.
Storage at our current house (HOA).
All the great people who we’ve met at the teardrop gatherings (even the ones in eggs).</blockquote>
OK, I guess the last one doesn’t count…any rig is welcome with the teardrop crowd I know and Nancy was very gracious when I asked to join the Oregon Gathering at Bullards Beach this year.
One day I see a MLFGRV in our future (Escapes come to mind)….
It’s all good….