I have the ability to put it on the jeep if the trip is conducive to that type of setup. The first several times we used it we didn't have the trailer. It is a pain if you are set up and camping in a set spot, but if you are using for overnights it's not bad. I have been on trips and just used it in rest stops and the like several times. We use it elk hunting as a mobile base camp as well. The trailer is MUCH more convenient. Gas mileage is about the same either way.Yep, a coworker of mine was selling one of those above pickup bed tent systems and mattress that was designed for my truck. I could have got it for 1/2 of retail. Luckily at the last minute his wife forced him not to sell it. Otherwise I would have bought it. But I was torn with the same thoughts. Having to set it up and being stuck at the campsite not being able to move the truck without disassembling it all. They are so popular these days I’m sure that craze will fade once this scenario plays out over and over.