We went thru this about two years ago, pulling up our replacement RV by about two-three years, due to the great prices on high end used rigs. Figured it would give us time to dial it into be 'our coach', and we also felt we were getting close to double the quality of coach while remaining within out budget.
You both have experience with RV's, as we did too. Suggest:
-Make an Excel spread sheet of 'Must Have's' and 'Like to Have's. Consider what is important to both of you:
-DP or Gas
-Side Radiator or not
-Tag or not
-Slide out tray storage or not
-Jake Compression Brake or Pac Brake
-Aqua/Hydro Hot or not
-AC/Heat/Pumps Ducted or not
-CCC (a real focus if ever considering extended travels)
We came up with a weighted grading scale of 1 to 5, default being 1, but if something was real important to us, we could award up to a 5.
We then narrowed down our Manufacturers to two-three, with a sub set of two-three models.
For us, as we hope this is a rig for the next 20+ years, we really strive'd for quality. My slogan was to: 'Drop years to remain in budget, while still obtaining the highest quality rig that we could.' Quality lasts.
For us (key word here is 'us', as everyone has different needs), we came up with a Tier 1 and Tier 2 group. All DP.
-U295 to U320
-Allure, Intrigue, Magna
-Both of their models
-Liked their rigs, Peak chassis, but not the brakes
-Really a Tier1 quality, but we found very few models interiors we liked
-Dynasty or above (and the equivalent Beaver, Holiday Rambler models)
-Probably the safest coach frame on the road. Good bang for the buck
-Only one DP model
Now, to round things out, we did look at Birds/Wanderlodges, Older Beavers before Monaco 'blended them' into their line up (Patriot, Marquis -Very nice coaches, well built, most had the Big Cat.) So, we kept and eye our for most of these too. A 'Must Have' for the wife was a Big Galley, and less glitz... So, many of these coaches were not in the running. (Beavers had the Galley Size OK, but so much glitz that she would not go for them. The Patriot Thunder was very close, but did not find a clean rig during our search.)
We budgeted travel and independent inspections, oil analysis into our search. We also retained a budget bucket to 'baseline' maintenance any item in question. Oil/Lube/Filter/Belts/Hoses/Tires/Battery etc.
I then made contact with Steve Wilson, Holland Motor Homes in San Diego. And California Coaches, Steve (?? forget last name). Both of these gents came highly recommended from many different board members, here and other boards. These professionals hear about coaches coming in on trade in, or consignment, before they ever are advertised. Our Country Coach Allure, was coming in on Consignment at Holland Motor Homes, and Steve called me and I got to crawl thru/under/over the rig the very first day it came in. Not even prepped for show yet. We had a deal worked out within a week. I suspect that 'the good ones' move like this, before they ever get advertised.
I mention all of this, as you sound like you are looking for a 'keeper' rig... Great prices (forget CW's 'asking price' - and understand that they are marketing to a different kind of buyer...).
If any of this helps, great, if not - no worries. Just wanted to share what worked well for us.
Best of luck on your search, have fun, and do take your time and 'get it right' - these things are expensive