Bleach will indeed hasten the deterioration of the material. People hand-washing and rinsing the insides of a PUP cannot remove all of the bleach and therein lies the problem.
I have had good luck with Iosso Mold and Mildew Stain Remover. It is designed for woven materials (primarily sails for sailboats) and is non-toxic, doesn't smell (important when you are inside a PUP) and is biodegradable. I googled a supplier and have been quite pleased with it.
Pop-up sizes are based on "box "size" which means the length of the lower hard wall section of the PUP where it touches the frame underneath.
They come as small as 6' and range up to as much as 16'. A very common size is a 10' box, which is what I would suggest you look at.
You may have stated elsewhere, but how capable is your tow vehicle? PUPs can very quickly outweigh the tow capabilities of a number of passenger vehicles.
Knowing what you can safely tow is actually where you need to start FIRST, then see what other criteria, wants/needs and options fall within that constraint.
It can actually be quite fun to go shopping for a PUP, see lots of units and sit them, dream and so forth. But you need to do your homework first on what it takes to tow a PUP safely.
You will get into things such as what your state requires if the PUP is above a certain weight, such as its own brakes, etc.
Those won't necessarily steer you away from a particular purchase but you may need to buy a PUP realizing that you will need to add brakes to it to be compliant with the law, if it applies.
Anyway, good luck with the search. Short of renting a PUP (which people say to do all the time but the availability of PUPs for renting in my parts of the world is zero), you just have to sit in a few and imagine what it is like to live inside it for a weekend in the rain: how would you manage cooking (if you decide to cook inside - some chose not to), how do you shuffle the suitcases around, where and how to store food, etc, etc, etc.
If your tow vehicle can support heavier weights, then by all means look at 12' boxes as these generally afford more amenities or make the same ones a little more comfortable. My PUP is actually a highwall unit with a 14' box, which is a major upgrade from our first one that was a standard wall 10' unit. They feel like totally different worlds. The first 10' PUP felt cramped with just the 4 of us and no place to put anything. The 14' high wall is like a cavern with too much storage space - something you never hear a PUP owner say.
I'm a huge fan of high wall pop ups. You won't catch me buying another standard height PUP.
That said, PUPs are not for full-timing, in no way, shape, form or fashion. I have stayed in a PUP for about a month in ugly summer heat and humidity. The AC ran constant and couldn't keep up in the 104+ degree days and I made a way to shade the PUP with little relief.
Canvas, technically vinyl, can hold up but not for long term. I have left PUGs on my deployed PUP at home for several months and those things will break down as well. The top layer starts to crack and separate but then the little silver flakes with some adhesive still on them will stick to the rest of the tenting making a big mess. Yes, ask me how I know.
I don't know of anyone what would full-time in a PUP, or at least recommend doing it.
Since full-timing is your intention, I would go with the TrailManor or other hard side options.
This was an easy fix for our two kids who can't stand to be near each other. Well, one of them can't which causes a cascade of issues but regardless. With a 14' highwall, each bunk end is a king. We made two "rooms" out of the other bunk by putting 3-drawer plastic shelves right down the middle under the shepherds pole. After we taught them to quit screwing around with pushing the drawers into each other (kids can be taught), it has worked beautifully for years now. The bonus is that it gives us storage for their clothes and other things and DS thinks he has a bit of a man cave on his side for when he needs to retreat.
It's all in how you approach issues and look to resolve them.
For easily configured storage above knees, look at the plastic drawer units. Granted, we have a highwall that fits nicely in the garage and got it used so it was $7k a few years back (not sure why you're ruling them out), but here is an example of how to gain above knee storage.
I had looked at making a wooden platform to go across the top of the plastic shelves so there would be a level, stable place to put a TV, etc but we opted to not have TV at all. Different strokes for different folks.
If you're looking at frozen pizzas, even the 3.7 cu ft refrigerator in mine that has a freezer cannot hold a pizza as it is not deep enough. You'd have to fold the pizza in half. It's great for making ice or having small tubs of ice cream and popsicles.
Otherwise, my highwall has everything you've listed as a want or need. The real porcelain toilet has an onboard holding tank that you empty at the dump station and is supplied by the fresh water holding tank and pump or city water. The one thing I wish it had was an onboard gray water holding tank. Still have to use a blue tote for that.
It has a cable TV jack on the inside and out. Plenty of full height counter space, too much storage that we don't fully use and all the comforts of home.
My V8 4Runner pulls it just fine and I can still position it by hand in the shop to get it over against the wall.
It did take me a while to find it.
...but I'm not calling it quits for the season.
I got lazy this year on winterizing and did get notice of our first real freeze coming in overnight this last Friday, so Friday, after work, I did all of the steps for my PUP.
Added this year was a decent clean-out of the black holding tank as never done before. It wasn't too bad with a wand for the garden hose I had for other reasons so it worked out well enough.
However, that doesn't mean I've put the PUP in the shop for the winter. It's still on the side driveway, ready to go should the weather have a break in the chill.
Anyone else not willing to give up over winter?
I hope it works out for them. I know they are using appliances that are more specific to what is used in AU but as an owner of a PUP whose refrigerator was designed for the AU and UK markets, I can tell you that finding a replacement part for something not generally made for your part of the world is a tough deal. Hopefully everything can be sourced there should repairs show up at an owner's door.
Who would have thought that the U.S. can build and export something that is less expensive in Australia than in-house there, but having the production line already set up for this can make a huge difference in production line costs. Just switching out the appliances and some cosmetic changes for AU isn't a bad way to go. I wish they would turn loose of the "dark wooden timber" look in the US completely. I hate plastic "wooden" cabinets. I would rather have them covered in a laminate that isn't pretending to be something else and be a lot more durable of a finish than what we have.