Another consideration.. Canadian seasons.....Most of the entry/lower mid level Thor (and other) Brands are not a truly 4 season rig..ie Having abundant insulation, fully enclosed basement with enclosed plumbing, true/realistic basement & coach heating/adequate cooling....and coach/basement storage...
Keep in mind..
Your 1st coach is a learning tool..
When You tour/view "In Person" any perspective coach..
View it First with all slides retracted,
If the coach is fully usable without the slides extended, then give it a second look.
(Think wally-docking,rest areas,truckstops...any where that you cannot/do not have room for the slides to be extended, Or in Your case winter camping..(It is much easier to keep a RV warm/cool with the slides retracted..less interior space to heat/cool))
BUY USED! & buy one with everything you "think" you want and will need..
IF the perspective coach seems a bit small but still "DO-Able" .......REMEMBER!!!
What seemed small... becomes unbearably TINY after being Coop'd up" for a week or more due to weather...
And.... You WILL make mistakes and have booboo's We all have.....(sometimes more than twice..)
Within a year (or less) you will discover..about the RV
What you love about the RV...
What you can kinda-sorta tolerate with the RV..
And what you absolutely hate about that !@#$%^%$#@! RV.
Then you can go get what you should have gotten in the first place..
Full Timing in a Foretravel?...Yup...and..... "It will do"
Escapees of Box Elder, South Dakota