I'm currently saving up for a backwoods gator. You and me sound like we're in similar camps. I have an offset smoker that weighs as much as a small tank. My problem was the constant amount of wood I was using on the smoker but the chamber was so small, I wasn't getting my bang for my buck. I built a UDS. And love it. It's not difficult to build one.
Husband, Father & Pastor. UDS, offset stick burner. Cook KCBS, & Lonestar BBQ Society.