I used to camp a lot. My parents had a home made tent trailer, the Blue Banshee. We didn't have a lot of money. They would hitch up our camper to the old fake wood sided station wagon and tour the countryside with 5 kids in tow. We'd spend several weeks every summer camped lakeside or at the bottom of mountains, driving for days to get nowhere in particular.
As we got older we could get that puppy up in mere minutes, but as we got older there was less room in the old girl, so tenting became the norm. We would set up camp next to monstrous RV's with satellite dishes, T.V's and internal running water - showers...
We lived outside, cooking, eating, canoeing, building rafts or forts in the forests and generally running wild. .
I couldn't afford real holidays when my kids were smaller, or for that matter when they were older either, so tenting it was. I've dealt with the rain - leaks, wet sleeping blankets, cold nights and suffocatingly hot mornings, bugs, hard ground, wet fire pits, bears, cougars... you get the idea. Bliss.
Since I got married, the husband refuses to camp, or more precisely tent. So I'm now at the point where I believe I may have to forfeit my citizenship. ;-)
BUT, I think I have him convinced to buy a boler.
Yup, the one we are considering is this decrepit too. It's in serious need to TLC, elbow grease and a brand new interior design by moi and a new paint job. It's a grand total of 13 ft long and weighs about 1000 pounds. It doesn't have a washroom, or a working furnace, sink, or stove YET. I'll know if we've got this 'jewel' this coming weekend. Then the real work (fun) begins. I think the lions share of work will be done after our too short camping season, till then, I'll just enjoy sleeping off the ground for a few trips. I'm just wondering if anyone else camps. Or knows a thing or two about fiberglass reno's, solar power, or hell, to just tell a funny tale or two.
I'd love to hear of your camping adventures.