We've been there -- about 35 years ago!
Did a bunch of back packing, station wagon camping and tent camping until the first baby came along. Then life suddenly changed.
Our first trailer was a 13 ft Compact Jr. that we acquired knowing kids were soon on the way. It was pretty basic, but worked out quite well for a young couple.
Next was a 21 ft Streamline we picked up used in Los Angeles. We did many enjoyable trips with that when the kids were little.
Then I came upon a 26 ft Avion and sold
the Streamline. It was pure luxury. We still have it, however it's last use was by our son when he used it to live in while going to college.
Now we are back to a small fiberglass Scamp
that we purchased about 10 years ago as a renovation project. I used it as a mobile office for several years. Now since our kids have settled in the the far corners of the country and we're retired it gets a lot of use.
We have considered upgrading from the Scamp
to something like the Bigfoot
17. Most of our travel is during the winter months, so the added insulation would be a great advantage, as would be the larger interior size. The added weight
and frontal area combined with the loss of aerodynamics are the negative factors.
It is entertaining to toss all the pluses and minuses around in one's mind, but in the end it often comes up a wash with no clear advantage, one way or the other.
One thing that is almost universal, though. The smaller, simpler trailers are the ones that get used the most. In that regard, I believe a 13 - 17 ft fiberglass RV has the most going for it, whether Scamp