New member, long time tent campers now in a trailer
Hello fellow RV'ers.
Wife and I are in our mid 40's. We have been tent campers for 20+ years and finally decided to jump into the trailer world. We are excited to participate in forums like this much as we have done in the automotive forums for many years.
We bought an older 21ft Starcraft hybrid travel trailer this spring which has served us well in the 4 times we've had it out. So well, in fact, that we are already talking about trading up to a a 5th wheel. I bought this trailer specifically for the purpose of finding out if we liked trailering. We love it!
We are only weekend warriors so we don't need anything huge but would like something bigger/nicer than what we have. I own a 2001 F-250 diesel outfitted with air bags and we are only looking for something in the 26-29ft range so I am not concerned about our trucks ability to tow. But, our max budget is $15,000 so we are looking at 2005-2008 models trying to stay under $13,000 for the unit knowing there will likely be expenses of one kind or another after our purchase, including tax/title/license.
We've looked at everything from Thor Jazz to Keystone Cougar and Outlooks (even a Sydney model), Heartland Elk Ridge, Keystone Laredo, Crossroads Cruisers and more. Wondering if anyone has some suggestions of makes/models to look at or to stay away from? I know there is no "perfect" trailer out there and I have no intention of starting a brand war, but any help would be appreciated.
I've already spent about 30 hours in my search and am going dizzy with all the options to choose from. My wife has champagne taste on a beer budget so she is always looking for Corian tops and nicer cabinetry but I am a function over form guy so I look for practical. Is there a happy medium in our price range without going too much older than 2005?
Thanks in advance.