I find this kind of a funny discussion. Everyone develops there own style, bed size, pets, rig parking,.... It's all interesting. I appreciate the differences and enjoy reading about them.
In Newfoundland you can pretty much find an off road spot and park if you choose, the Newfoundlander's do it on a regular basis. Just peep into some of the old highway sand pits.
One day we stopped beside a little lake for a snack. I noticed a piece of surveyor's plastic tape tied to a branch I walked over to it and there was a little, pretty steep drive down to the lake edge, just the right size for a small trailer. It was obvious that someone regularly parked there and the tape was the guide.
We travel about 230 days a year. We tend to use campgrounds. On our last trip to Newfoundland we stayed in a couple of private campgrounds (a Passport park twice) and mostly in Provincial Parks ($9-14 a night). We try to keep our public campground expenses to $20 or less a night and are relatively successful.
When we stay in a more expensive place it's usually to be convenient for someone else or a special event, these are more rare and more special.
Unlike many we almost never spend 12 hours driving. We look forward to stopping early, usually around noon and spending our time exploring a new community. I know whether you drive long hours per day or short hours, you have the same distance to drive however you're daily expenses are less, the average daily cost of fun less and for us more opportunity to see the interesting.
After 14 retired years on the road and some 3,000 nights we have come to recognize that the cost is worth it. We have chosen to reduce other life expenses to make it possible.
Norm and Ginny
2014 Honda Odyssey
1991 Scamp 16