Glad to see this thread. We are considering a new rig for our retirement years (2-3 years away). We are not considering full-timing, rather, snow-birding ++.
We went to the Hampton RV show this weekend to begin our search. We focused on the Excel and the Trilogy. Though I felt the Excel had a few more pros than the Trilogy, I couldn't see the almost $40K delta was justified. Thankfully we are at the beginning of our search. I think a trip to Hershey will happen for us in September.
I have to chuckle when I see some of the comments here about noise from rain on the roof and AC units, being in hot weather and cold weather, etc. Maybe it's time to take a week or 2 camping in a tent again to realize how good we really have it! 2 years ago we spent some time in Tennessee in early February and I complained that I went through 30lbs of propane in a week, but even while it snowed outside, I was nice and warm. Last year we were in Florida and got caught in one of those tropical thunder storms. The claps of thunder sometimes made the windows shake and the rain pounded the roof. And it was like a lullaby.....
2015 Winnebago Destination 36RL
2002 Ford F350 XLT Sport, 7.3L PSD Dually