I come from the same side of the tracks, but less creative stock. My family's idea of a "vacation" was to drive 500 miles to stay a week with family - usually to their chagrin. And "camping" never was an utterance in our household - I even failed that Boy Scout merit badge.
My introduction to anything that might be considered RV'ing came from a 30+ year involvement with amateur automobile racing. When I got started, a state-of-the-art tow rig consisted of a station wagon with a single-axle trailer. Nowadays, the paddock area at an SCCA race would make the FIA factory teams of a generation ago jealous - but I digress.
After racing a few years with an open trailer and a canopy we decided to go with an "enclosed" trailer. My DW boldly pronounced that if we were building a trailer, it would have a full living quarters in it. (In all fairness, this is a nice touch; drink a beer after the race and don't have to worry about how to get to motel, get an extra hour's sleep a night, place to change clothes, etc. - not a bad idea.)
However, we soon discovered that this was leading-edge technology. 40' "toyhaulers" that
could handle a full-sized car, grenerator, compressor, a ton of tools, etc - plus a LQ - just did not exist. We were pioneers. We also had a penchant for spending large amounts of money doing things over when they didn't work right the first time. But - we became, whadd'a'ya call 'em . . . "experts".
After numerous near-disasters with trucks, brakes, tires, hardware, etc. . . we found out what DIDN'T work - and luckily, what did. Our second endeavour - the '01 UC we still have, was the culmination. Is it perfect? No - but if we'd done a 3rd on, it would have been.
As the fates would have it, my health deteriorated to the point where I was no longer able to pilot a race car. But we were still part of the game, and the club is our "family".
We kept the race rig (just in case, yeah . . .), and bought a DP. After 2 years with it, and learning the ropes again (who not to trust, who builds junk, who stands behind their product, etc.) we traded it for a newer, bigger one. Also, circumstances had changed, and we could get a MH larger than 32' in our yard.
4 years ago, I was blessed with the ability to retire - and my DW followed a year ago. We still have the "big motorhome" and take it to races and on some destination trips. We built another trailer for it - a 24' with a mini-LQ (1/2 bath, A/C, cots) - so we could provide "free" lodging to some of the volunteer workers who help make the races happen (bet you thought they got paid, didn't you). We take one of our 3 "street" vehicles with us, in it - kind of a "super toy hauler" depending on what we plan to do outside the race venue.
Fuel prices being what they are, and our travel plans being as extensive as they are, we decided the big Vectra was not practical for our continental tour plans (the entire country over the next 4 years). The advent of the new Sprinter-based units provided our next impetus. We bought a 24H View, with the intention of putting about 200K miles on it, and saving enough in fuel to more than pay for it!!
If you see us somewhere, drop by, and I'll pour you a cool glass of "Chateau du Box!!.