I was really surprised when I first drove our 26Q. We had a shorter B before and the 26Q is actually easier to drive than the B and it handles much better. It's also nice to have the V10 power on the hills so it's not down shifting all the time. The 8 in the B wasn't enough especially when we pulled the trailer with the canoe and motorcycles.
We did not want to go longer than 27' as we boondock and the 26Q was the shortest I found (26' 8") with the wider E450 chassis. Without any slides on the 450 chassis it has more CCC than we'll ever use. Probably one of the reasons it handles so well. It's also nice that you can park it in a pull through space with a couple feet left over. It has that queen bed that was not sandwiched in the corner and it has that huge pass through storage compartment underneath. For an extra one foot eight inches it's amazing what it offers over all the 25' units we looked at. We had been looking for six months and it only took me a few minutes to decide on it when we found it.
The other plus for me is ours has no slides, no motorized awning, no electric steps (they were replaced already twice), and no levelers so I don't have to worry about any of those giving me problems down the road. I'll take a manual step and awning any day over something else to break and I usually don't have a problem finding a level spot. Most likely because it's shorter.
Have fun with yours, they are a great size and layout for camping.
2006 Fleetwood Tioga 26Q
Toads: '15 Ford Focus, '10 Harley Softail Custom and '15 Harley Softail Deluxe
Upstate (the other) New York