As a kid, I totally was appalled to be honest at the huge RVs that seemed like whales on the road, and we'd laugh at those who needed a big monstrosity to camp, as we did primitive camping and backpacking. Then in 30-40's I did more car camping with friends and coolers of beer and large parties, festivals, that sort of thing. In the meantime we moved to Houston and in the summer its REALLY hot and very very muggy, almost like liquid air at times, and evenings are not bearable w/o AC. My wife refused to tent camp out from May to October. A friend also started seeing a guy who owned a 35' RV, and one festival a huge rain came and while our tent didn't flood, it was floating only held down by corner stakes. We sought refuge in the RV and had admit they had their place at times. Then I came to the realization one day that when the kids are off of school, we weren't camping because it was so hot. If we only had AC...
Well, decided since I had a tow capable pickup for a reasonable sized TT, figured we'd get something used and give it a try. I could always sell it and not be out much if any money. Last fall found (after looking at about 9 different ones that each had issues) a used trailer and while missing some stuff, was solid and the 27BH style that fit our family. I haven't even had it during the summer yet, never even ran the AC yet (but it does work) but we have done boondocking at a renaissance festival, mountain bike ranch, and some electric only hookups when I forgot a hose on one of the first trips but filled the tank.
Anyway, the kids like bunks and we have storage for our car camping stuff, and the DW has embraced the idea of having our TT packed so we can go at a moment's notice. We have gotten a coffee maker, dishes and silverware at the goodwill. Having the chairs, firepit, and all that stuff packed ready to go is a godsend. Tent camping is fine if weather is cool enough, but you still need 4 sleeping bags, pads, clothes, chairs, a cooler, a stove, etc. Our van would be so packed with gear and 4 of us I would sometimes use a hitch platform rack. So, I realized not only could I not really laugh at campers in RV's as I had so much crap with me, but that my accomodations were even with a great REI tent a far cry.
We still tent camp, but since getting the TT last fall we've really enjoyed it and we're looking forward to going to the beach and doing more this summer with the kids!