We have been going through the process recently. This will be our fourth different RV, so we have some wants and druthers:
GVWR less than 6,000 pounds, so it is truly towable by our F-150.
Real queen-size bed with walk-around room on three sides. And the first thing we'll do is replace the cheap stock mattress with a high-quality euro or pillowtop mattress from Sam's Club.
Roomy restroom, with a seperate shower or tub/shower so you don't have to sit on the pottie to take a bath.
Dinette booth - not a table in front of a couch. We don't even need a couch.
A real closet - not just a cubbyhole for clothes.
We found one that meets all those needs. Joey model 196 Select by Skyline. Skyline sells this model under at least four different brand names: Layton Joey, Nomad Joey, Aljo Joey, and Mountain View Joey. Regardless of brand name, all the Joey 196s are the same floorplan.
Skyline also sells the Koala brand name, including the Koala 19RB with is very similar to the Joe 196S. But note that AC is optional on the Koala but std on the Joey.
Skyline RV Koala: Travel Trailer Recreational Vehicle by Skyline
An RV dealer 40 miles down the road will sell us a Layton Joey 196s with Reese weight-distributing hitch and multi-year service policy for $14,995 plus TT&L. Other Texas dealers want over $15,000 plus TT&L for an Aljo Joey 196S near Houston or a Mountain View Joey 196s near San Antonio. We found a Nomad Joey 196S at RVWhosalers in Ohio for $12,164, so we'll probably order that one. I don't want a cheap hitch, and I don't want their overpriced service polity, so the base model with no options (except full propane tanks) is what I'm willing to pay for. It's on the way to Detroit for us, and we'll be going to Detroit anyway, so that's not out of our way. And I will hook it up to a ProPride hitch, which costs a lot more than the Reese dual-cam most dealers want to use.