Your planned trip sounds reminiscent. I agree with you 100% about the cost/value, etc. of the trip being worth the $$ savings. We purchased from RV Wholesalers & visited relatives on the way there - but in Minnesota! We packed our pickup bed with all the needed supplies for the return trip & had to unload each night we stayed in a hotel & repack the next a.m. Total PITA. The one thing I wasn't able to accomplish, which I wish I had, was a tour of the Forest River factory.
I didn't shop Wana RV, but found RVW to be the only dealer that was able to get Forest River to build a truly customized 2304 for us. Not just ordering with the selection of interiors/options, etc, but they built it with a fixed queen bed and a full pass-thru instead of stock with a murphy bed - which oddly enough is not an option that Forest River offers for the 2304 even though the 2104 and 2306 models do provide the option.
Charlie & Kathi
Albuquerque, New Mexico
2011 Rockwood 2304
2013 Dodge Ram Laramie 4x4