My family and I tent camped for years and never had any real problems. We would set up the tent, put a screen shelter over the picnic table and put a huge tarp over the whole schmear, put down a piece of Astroturf between the picnic area and the tent so we had a dry place if it did rain. The only thing about camping, either with a tent, camper or motor home, Mama still had to cook, clean, etc. Yes, we also helped. Not much of a vacation for her. A friend once said that his idea of roughing it was staying in a motel with a black-and-white TV. Haven't camped in years as the wife has back trouble; sleeping on the ground or even a cot doesn't do her any good.
Those teardrop campers are seen more and more frequently. Lightweight so they can be pulled by the smaller vehicles.
My uncle had a little Serro Scotty (remember those?) that he used when he went to the New Jersey coast for surf fishing. It sat in the back yard and served as a man cave for listening to the Phillies while enjoying a Rolling Rock brew.
Edit- My wife, several years ago, called me to the living room. There was a club rally of people who salvaged campers from the 40s and 50s, restored them to original. Some were quite elegant with stained wood inside- no paneling, either.
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