The hard side may be harder to pull but we pulled a 14' Burro with an older Thunderbird with absolutely no problems. Back then we weren't worried about fuel economy. We pulled the same trailer with a 4 cyl. Datsun pickup without problems. Before graduating to the Burro we had a tent trailer and while the tent trailer had more room when set up, there is no way I'd go back to it. The Burro was heaven--no set-up; no drippy walls when it was pouring rain, no wind leaks, etc. JMHO They sell 'em all because everybody has their own preferences.
2007 Northwoods Arctic Fox 32 5S Fifth Wheel-for sale now that we are not full-timing
2011 Keystone 23rks Hideout to poke around the smaller parks in the great Southwest
2007 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Diesel
Prodigy brake control
Without a bed not much chance you could use a camper at all but a pop up trailer would be very nice with your tow vehicle.
Good luck / Skip
If you're a "real" RVer, then the term "camper" can only ever apply to a TRUCK camper, the kind that slides into the bed of a pickup.
Regular people use the term "camper" to identify any sort of RV with living amenities, but it's not exactly perfectly technically correct.
skip is playing semantics.
Proper terms that won't offend "real" RVers:
Class A coach
Class B motorhome
Class C motorhome
pop up trailer
hybrid travel trailer
If you don't get it right you will offend someone, and we can't have that.
2002 Chevy 3500 DRW 8.1L/Allison
2000 Palomino B1500
...and the reason why I need a DRW to haul a Palomino:
2004 United 7x14 tandem axle enclosed toy trailer
2011 PJ 8x20 7-ton deckover equipment trailer
Go for the pop-up, but that's my personal preference. You get most amenities of other RV types, yet keeping a bit more "camping" feel (i.e. rain pattering on the tenting, breeze, hearing your neighbor snore, etc). Good options to consider are furnace, electric water pump, water heater, and fridge. My preference was to NOT get the shower/toilet. Don't want that too close to my kitchen!
Plus the pop-up can be stored in a small space including most garages.
2004 Toyota Tundra SR5 (V8, 4WD, TP, TRD)
2005 Fleetwod Allegance with axle flip
Honeywell 2000i Generator
Me, DW, DS, DD, Dog & Camping Kitty
I was looking at a couple of Alpine units at a campground this summer and chatted it up with the owners. They love them. One guy had bought a regular small window mount AC unit and just hung it out the side of his Alpine so he could have AC.
The biggest jump in comfort is moving from a tent to a popup or Alpine/Chalet type unit. You get up off the ground, get heat, get AC, get real beds. After that, it's more of a incremental improvement when you move beyond that.
One advantage that I see for the hardsided popups, is that the take downs of the canvas units in the rain or dew require that they be pop'd back up again and allowed to dry out later. Many used popups that I looked at when I was shopping for them years ago had that musty milew smell. I doubt that you would have that with a hard sided pop-up.
Poor Miriam-Webster evidently didn't know the difference, either. They define it:
: one who camps
: a portable dwelling (as a specially equipped trailer or automotive vehicle) for use during casual travel and camping