We've done tents, had several, I'm to old and worn out to lay on the ground to sleep anymore. been thru many air mattresses, never found one that was able to hold air for more than a few hours, which makes it that much more fun to get up off the ground. 2 years ago we got our first camper, old Starcraft pop-up, used it a few times, dragged it cross country once to have our own place to stay when visiting family. realized that a basic camper is quite lacking. no fridge, no on board power ( battery ) and no water tank. hauled it to Rodanthe and stayed a weekend at a KOA, great fun !! CAMPER, thats it. a place to sleep and stay dry if needed. fun, somewhat comfy but need /want more.... This last year we popped for a larger model, all the comforts, even an on-board toilet. several trips this last summer, Kerr Lake, Jordan Lake, Ocracoke, and again Rodanthe. we're pretty happy with it at this time, it'll be around for quite awhile.