My wife and I have 5 kids and are looking for our first trailer. Our oldest is 9, the youngest is 7 months, and it's time to spend our summers away from home. We just bought our tow vehicle, which is a 9 passenger 2005 GMC Yukon XL 2500 with the 8.1L & 3.73 gears. That should be able to tow most anything we fall in love with. We're thinking of something with bunks and a 26-28' box. Our shopping list for trailers are:
1) Sleep 7 comfortably, no kid beds under 75". I'm 6'6" (78") and the wife is 5'10" and our kids aren't getting any shorter. The master bedroom must have the room to replace wimpy trailer queen bed with a real 60" x 80" queen. I'd love a king, but I'm being realistic.
2) Must have at minimum 6'6" of interior height. Most Forest River products seem to be great in this area. I hit my head on lights and such on some models, but at least I can stand up!
3) Has to dine 7 at one table. No TV trays, at a real table. Meal time is important in our family. No television, just family. I really like what 2003bigsilverado
did to their dinette. I posted some questions there for further information... Changed My Dinette area and slide out
4) Length needs to stay under about 32', so a box around 26-28' would be fine. This is both for storage on the side of my house and to try and minimize sway behind my mere 130" of wheelbase. Yes, I plan on adding good sway bars, but less sail behind me will help.
5) Weight needs to be manageable. My rig on paper should pull 10,300 lbs, but with 7 passengers and all the stuff everyone will want to bring, less weight is a great place to start. Especially since we live in the West near the mountains and I want power left over for hills and elevation. I'm hoping for a GVWR of 8500 or less
6) Price. I'm not too excited to drop $30k on a new trailer. I'm trying to retire early (as my username would suggest). I am not afraid to spend money on family memories, but I should be able to get something used that is completely serviceable for MUCH less, and hopefully retire another year earlier and not worry about vacation days.
I've seen many new trailers that fit what we are looking for, but are a bit more money than we'd like to spend. Large U-shaped dinettes seem to have only been available / popular in the last few years. We're toying with getting something that would be close to what we want with less than 40 or so hours of mods to make it work for us.
Hopefully there is a perfect used trailer out there waiting to be modded.... Thanks for listening!