This is an update to the 2 threads I had done last week. We really weighed in on what you guys had to say plus a ton more research. I think my husband was stuttering towing lingo by the time this was done...he was literally a walking tow dictionary it was funny.
Anyway, we found a fantastic dealer that honest to goodness has changed our views so much and educated us beyond belief. They had a great camper but it was part hybred in that the front queen bed was a hybred. At first my husband didn't want to consider it but eventually he decided to at least look at it....and now we own it.
Well below all our weight limits (3600 with full LP tanks and hitch weight). Below our length limits (22 ft). Had the brake control installed (very neat thing I must say), had a complete 1.5 hour walkthrough from tip to tail on the tailer...and learned alot. They adjusted or corrected anything we caught and even a few things we didn't. They threw in a bunch of extras to include new hitching components, hoses, etc plus gave us a nice discount on a few things we wanted to purchase as well. I truly felt like when I left there I knew what I was into, knew what to do, knew how to handle my vehicle while towing, and knew that I was completely safe.
We ended up with a 2010 Gulfstream Sport 21TSB. We do need to upgrade our hitch itself to allow for total weight allowed for our vehicle but even with the older hitch we have more than enough cargo weight to wiggle with. It has all the features I had hoped for (bunks with double on the bottom, lots of storage, full regular bathroom, full regular fridge, double sink) plus it had a bunch of extras we were excited to have (gas grill, spray port, 3 outdoor storage areas, indoor/outdoor stereo, oh...and it's pretty!) We brought it home today, went through all our gear and sorted out the "didn't need items" (we were hauling around a bunch of crap let me tell ya) and packed it up with 90% of the normal items. Got things organized and then hauled it to storage for the week. We are taking it for a test run night next weekend before our 5 day trip to Mackinaw Island in Northern Michigan. Towing it was quite easy - didnt' feel much different that our 17 ft Keystone or our 21 ft Trail-lite. A smidge heavier and I could feel the brake working as it should but other than that....smooth as pie.
And my husband has dubbed me his trailer hauling mama....I guess I should take that as a compliment. HAHA
Now I just need to know....am I gonna get booted from the forum cause it's not a Forest River?! lol Thank you so very much for all your input. I am nothing but thankful for finding this dealership - felt like my dad's place with how we were treated and I know that we made a great choice. YAY!!!!!!
PS: I see in many of your signatures you have how many nights you have camped....we have camped 7 nights so far with 17 more nights already planned and paid for. Talk about fitting it in this season!