Originally Posted by InPursuit
I'm curious about experienced RVer's recommending to complete newbies that they sink a ton of cash (or credit) into a brand new rig.
What about starting with a used X or a Y or a Z instead and seeing just what it's all about for a couple of years... and THEN making your choice on a new rig based on your OWN experience and tastes and desires (and of course what the DW wants).
I sure see the logic in this argument but we took an even more aggressive approach and purchased a new 40'DP... half timed for two years... sold the house and have been full timing for a year and a half... and we're loving it.
Our feeling was that we were mature folks who knew our own minds (and capabilities) and were willing to take the risk involved in taking a big plunge rather than being more conservative to take the time required to purchase a smaller, used rig which we were pretty sure we wouldn't like nearly as well.
So, based on your choices listed, I'd go for the Phateon. This is coming from someone who loves his Itasca Ellipse... but people will walk through fire for their Tiffins and you'll be much happier in the 40 footer IMHO.
Best of luck to you both.