Prospective Snowbirder upgrading 5er
I am retired and my DW retires in June/14. At that time we plan on taking longer trips (seeing the east coast is definitely on our bucket list) including some extended winter trips to Az and Tx. A lifetime of -35 winters is quite enough, thank-you very much. We currently have a Cougar XLite 26SAB and our TV is a 2008 Dodge 2500, CTD, 4x4. While the Cougar has served us well I'm thinking we will need something bigger and more durable. I'm hoping to stay with the same TV however my limited payload may well require a 1T if we go bigger(I'm over my GVWR (9000#) with my current 5er at 9400lbs.
We like the layout of the Wildcat 327 or new 333 as well as the Sundance 3270RES and Cougar 333MKS among others. One of our priorities is the bigger residential shower and lots of the new floorplans have this feature so the list keeps growing.
My question is, what features, quality of construction, insulation, etc are must haves for our travel plans and do I need to be looking at the Full Profile lines rather than the Mid-Profile. Examples of your choices, rational and what you would do differently would be helpful. I only want to do this once so if I need to spend more, well you can't take it with you, right! If you could also mention your TV and any mods.
Armed with my continuing research and your tips I hope to make a trip to some of the larger wholesale dealers in the spring to make my selection.
Bruce & Lori, both Retired, Charli (60 lb lap dog)
2011 F350, KR, 6.7L PSD, 6 1/2' box
2015 Mountaineer 331RLT