We bought a pop up last summer.
After renting a Coachman Clipper (not sure the exact model). We ended up getting a used Coleman Santa Fe
2005 in great shape for $6000 CND.
The Coleman (Americana series) is superior to the Coachman. I like the One piece door, the large entry step (which you can ACTUALLY LOCK), high pressure stove and the lift system that doesn't require safety bars. We had a problem with the Coachman lift system (which is used by other manufacturers too), where the roof actually fell about 3 inches with my wife inside, when I opened the door. She did not like that.
Also with the Coleman, my wife can set up (almost) everything by herself. She is not tall enough to manage the awning by herself. The Coachman, she couldn't work the lift crank or pull out the beds.
From the research I did, Coleman (aka Fleetwood which owns Coleman Trailers) and Jayco are the two best names for quality for Tent Trailers.
We also looked into the Trillium Outback
, since they are made in Canada (like me). They actually have a photo of a forester towing the trailer on the web page. I couldn't find one used locally, or even one to have a look inside. I didn't want to order one without actually having seen it first.
The trillium is similar to the popular and hard to find Boler travel trailer
. Rumor has it that both Boler and Scamp travel trailers are made from the same original Fiberglass mold. Boler is no longer in production, but the Scamp is, and both should be more readily available in the US than here in Canada.
I think that these three fiberglass Travel Trailers would be worth considering to use with the forester, if you are willing to pay the extra over the price of a Pop up tent trailer.
We also looked at the T@B trailers
. I found them too small, especially if you have three people. And after having been in them, I don't think I could get used to having to crouch over all the time (little head room) and I am not that tall. The T@B does look nice, but I would not recommend it for more that two (shorter) people.
For the money, I would try to find used Tent Trailer. Some people buy them but then hardly use them. I got my tent trailer after watching Craigs List for thee months. The good ones go fast.