Originally Posted by gmacklem
Sorry, everyone, I should have been more specific on what we are looking for. We are looking to upgrade our tow rig from the 2v 4.6l F-150 to a 5.4l F-150. The 5.4l will about double our tow capacity and be more than enough for what we are looking for.
As for the camper, we saw the Flagstaff SuperLite 27RLWS
at a camper show and loved it. It has the most storage of any camper I have seen. It also has the nicest kitchen with tons of counter space and a living room almost as large as my home living room.
It checks all the boxes and then some. It is at the top of our price range though, so if you know of anything that provides most of the features at less price, let me know. In short, our requirements of the TT are:
Cold weather capable
Storage, storage, storage
Light enough to tow with an F-150
23-29 feet long (mostly because of lower weight)
Would like electric awning and tongue jack, electric stabilizers not a must
I think your requirements are a good start, but we found that our requires followed things along the lines of the floorplan that was ideal for us. Obviously our needs are grossly different than yours, but here is what we worked off of:
- Must have a big shower (we're not little people and didn't like the corner/neo showers)
- Must be able to walk around the bed
- Must be able to change clothes in the bedroom
- Had to have a u-shape dinette
- Sleeping for 6 without reverting to the dinette or sofa bed in the living room (2 in the master bedroom, 2 kids and 2 others/usually adults)
- The "2 others/usually adults" are my in-laws and I couldn't make them sleep on the floor or floor level
- Have an outside kitchen
- Outside kitchen needed cabinets
- Awning placement must be such that we could put a picnic table w/o blocking a door or hatch
- Must be able to get to the bathroom with the slides closed
Must not haves
- Didn't want a "step up" in the middle of the bedroom
- Could not have a "walk through" bath; must be a "side bath"
Nice to haves
- Prefer a bedroom with a slideout
- Being able to get to the fridge with the slides closed
- 1/2 bath
- A door directly to a bathroom
- One or more slides in the bunkhouse
- Less than 40'
- Folding grab assist handle to 2nd door
As you can see, we're particular
. The problem with being so particular is that the length of the camper grew. We talked about our list of "must haves" to decide which was more important- a bigger camper vs. taking things off of our "must haves". Momma said we'd go bigger, so we went bigger. We ended up with a monster of a camper, but we hit all of our "must haves", "must not haves" and most of the "nice to haves".
I kept a spreadsheet of campers that we saw online or in person and it had columns for each of the things above. I ranked them according to that and ended up narrowing our selection down from 60+ models.