We are in the market for a travel trailer and have narrowed our search down to 2 units- 2013 Surveyor Select sv-291 (int/ext/lux pkgs) and 2013 Prime Time Tracer 2900bhs (with the executive/touring pkgs). Is there anyone who has experience with either of these campers? This will be our first TT (graduating from pop-up). I am open to other camper suggestions as well. We want bunks b/c we have 2 small kids (4 and 6 yrs old) and want to give them each some individual sleeping space (so we don't outgrow the camper in the next couple of years).
There are a lot of similarities between these models, but some pretty huge (we think) differences. For instance, the height off the ground is different (the Surveyor is much lower to the ground-does it drag?). The type of axle on each unit (we think the Surveyor is an upgrade). The R value of the unit (the Tracer seems to have a better R value overall).
We will be towing with a 2002 Tahoe, V-8, 5.3L, with the tow/haul package. I think the ratio is 3.42. From we have been told, we can tow up to 6900# (based on 3.42 if it has the 3.73, we can go up, but don't necessarily want to)-so we should be fine with towing either camper.
Another concern we have, is that it is difficult to find the Prime Time campers and wonder if this will be an issue down the road-repairs/resale/etc.
We live in Georgia and don't mind driving to pick up the camper we ultimately buy, but are having difficulty finding much out there in the Tracer (which may limit our ability to haggle).
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.