My camping started looooong ago in a 9×7 canvas tent. That only lasted a summer or two when we went from a tent to a Volkswagen Bus. Just the bare bus with the sliding roof and windows in the roof. I removed the bench seats and roughly <i>camperized</i> it building benches from 3/4 inch plywood that served as storage and bed.
It served us well for a few years. Our first major camping trip was when we left the Yukon because work on the Gold Dredges dried up due to gold prices fixed at $35 an ounce. Yes, that’s where it was at one time.
We left the Yukon via Alaska in the VW Bus. It was the year after the Anchorage earthquake. A very enjoyable trip. Many good memories.