I have yet to make my final decision, but have been doing research for the past 3 years.
I started out thinking about a purchase price of $25000 for the trailer plus the cost of a TV.
After looking for something to use like you are going do, I have re-worked the budget.....trailer went up to around $50-60K plus another $45 for a new TV. So, what started out as around $50K has now turned into more like $100K. And I know that will give me a mighty fine outfit to allow both flexibility and quality.
Here is how I would look:
4. Value (not cheap, but total value)
5. Buying New or Used
My opinions so far in 5r:
Titanium by Glendale
Not in that order, but a list to start with and compare with.
The Titanium is different in that you can get 5 extra feet in living length while pulling 5 less feet in length. They have an Over the Cab design that extends the head of the bed over the hitch area freeing up 5 extra feet in the lounge area. With this unique design, they are said to be more aerodynamic and become easy to pull.
They don't produce the 25DS30 since 05 but I have seen many new ones available on lots in the $49K range.
Do your own research, learn about the difference in frame, wall and roof designs. Look for the little things; note the fit and finish, cabinetry, etc.
Check out financial projections for cost of living. Looks like a conservitive cost for 2 might run around $3K a month. If you like to party and eat at nicer restaurants, well, just add to that. Don't forget the "unplanned" maintenance budget.
If you were confused before, I bet you are confused at an even higher level, now.