26' Coachmen Catalina, Grey Wolf, Wildwood - Differences?
Greetings! This is my first post here.
I'm looking at making my first travel trailer purchase. I've been tagging along with friends and their bunkhouse TT camping for a few years with my Rightline truck tent over the bed of my Ram, but I'm getting too old for that stuff. Even though I don't expect to haul toys soon, I like the flexibility of the design with the ramp/patio, and large couch seating areas.
I've narrowed it down to three models in stock in my general vicinity (SE Michigan).
- Coachmen Catalina 26TH
- Forest River Grey Wolf 26RR
- Forest River Wildwood 260RT
These all appear to be Forest River built and the floorplans are pretty much identical. The specs vary a bit. I found a reference on one site that the Coachmen is a steel body while the others are wood, but it is difficult to find the real specs. I have two dealers within a few miles of my house with one showing the Catalina at $23K and another with the Grey Wolf at $21K. Another dealer a couple hours away seems to have all three in stock with the same rough internet price of $24K. I have not dealt with any in person yet so those prices are very suspect.
Can anyone tell me what the difference is between these three models? The Catalina comes with two chairs but that is about the only major difference I see other than colors of the cabinets and floor.
I would also appreciate a review of my tow vehicle. 2013 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman, 5'7" box, CC, 4x4, 3.92 gears. My tow rating is right at 10,000 pounds. I think I'm OK for any of these trailers, but the hitch weight of 957 lb on the Catalina concerns me a bit.
Thanks in advance for any guidance.