I have a small 4 cylinder vehicle so my enhanced-vs.-purely-tent camping options are limited at this point. I am considering an ultralite tent camper. This would be used mostly for solo weekend trips and a few longer excursions. In a few years I'd like to do a major road trip but expect I will need more elaborate equipment for that type of outing. I have looked at Quiksilver. Another brand that could work is Jumping Jack. I know that there are some brands targeted to the larger motor cycle market that might work but most seem to lack any living space besides beds.
1) Does anyone have experience with how these perform in wet, rainy and cold conditions? Has any one ever put a rain fly on one of these? Having lived many years in the Pacific Northwest, the importance of moisture proofing is not lost on me.
2) If you have recommendations of other brands, I would appreciate hearing about those.
3) any other tips on the realities of this type of equipment would be appreciated.