After we sold our Class A motorcoach we wanted something else and a MC is NOT the answer for us. We spent 3 years on forums, attending shows, talking and listening to anyone and everyone. We bought a TC and have never looked back...in fact we would not trade out TC for a MC, TT, fiver, no way, no how. Use and 4 dogs live in it with more comfort than the 45' MC ever gave us and a whole lot less stress.
We bought a Arctic Fox 1150 dry bath. Wife and I are both retired engineers and we chose AF for construction, 4 season use...and I know where you live, we lived in Scottsdale for 6 years and you KNOW hot! Finally we felt the layout was the best for us of anything out there. We loved the Eagle Cap, but that is a troubled company and very low production numbers and we were just scared off from them. Lance seemed to be a good unit, but IMO not on par with AF overall. Chalet is also a good unit, but again, very small company, low volume, will they be around in 5 years?
If quality is of prime importance then look hard at the HOST RV Everest. The dealer from New Mexico is a friend of mine and he and his wife brought their 2013 unit down to our place and we spent a couple of days with it. I will truly call it the Caddy of TC's...but wife and I were not sold on the layout and internal flow. The 3 slides are great, but do you need all 3???? We passed on it due to layout. Its a demo unit and if you have any interest PM me for the contact info on the dealer, it is one nice and well built unit, the best IMO. Host Campers | Everest
Solar: We have a 100w solar setup on our, but if you have any intentions of running AC/heat then solar is not gonna do it for you. We use it to keep our batts charged up and for short use like stopping for lunch etc.
Our AF 1150 loaded out is a solid 4500+ lb carry. This is F350 space for sure. The late model F 450's do not have the payload capacity of a F 350, but they will out TOW a F 350, but for hauling in the bed of the truck then its a 350 by a few hundred lbs (DUALLY). I recommend a dualy setup then replace the OEM shocks with Rancho 9000 XL to firm up the ride and keep it from swaying. Some dualies do not have a sway bar. For big TC's I would DEFINITELY go with a rear sway bar or add one.
Wife, dogs and I lived in ours for about 3 mo and I honestly cannot say it was a unpleasant experience in any way. We enjoyed it and this is where layout becomes very important, it flows well, its comfortable and with one slide it was as spacious as we needed. Because we had lived in for that long we knew the HOST was not a good fit due to layout.
Look hard and ask folks who own them and let us know what you end up doing...