Don't give up! Camping is an amazing family experience! Our first camping trip was when our oldest 5 kids were 6 mo. twins, 2, 3, and 4. Yes, we had 5 children under 5 years old (with 3 in cloth diapers) . . . and we went tent camping. We tent camped for many years, as our family grew to having 12 children. After a serious car accident and back problems for me, we made the big move to a pop-up trailer. With that, I started taking the kids out on 5-6 week cross country trips (while hubby stayed home to work). We have gone to 42 states. I have driven 8,000 and 9,000 mile trips without a backup driver. And, we still LOVE camping in our pop-up. Last year, we splurged and moved up to a pop-up with a cassette toilet. My dream RV. Suggestions: Camp in warmer weather. Leave the dogs at home or at a kennel. Enjoy your time with your wife and kids!!!