Recently I was able to sleep in a large tent on a cot and realized what a luxury this is compared to what camping supplies I can carry on a bike with me. This caused me to wonder if multi-day cycling tours would become more popular if camping spots were available along bike paths with folding-frame tents, cots, and chairs for rent via a large vending machine.
I picture the vending machine as a regular shipping container built with doors along the sides that open electronically once a payment is made via a smartphone app (similar to lockers). Since these folding tents, cots, and chairs have a small profile, a large number of such doors could be placed on the sides of the container and a door on the side would give access to personnel who would need to visit the vending machine periodically to check the equipment, etc.
The benefits of such a system would be keeping cost low so that such camping areas could be located frequently along bike roads. That way, inexperienced cyclists wouldn't need to ride an additional 20 miles to the next campsite. Every ten or even five miles, such a vending machine could be available and users could park their bikes, check out the needed equipment and go find a clear spot to set it up for the night.
Do you think such a system would make multiday bike touring easier and more popular or do you think it would still be considered too minimalist to appear to popular attitudes?