We just bought the Freedom Express 257BHS as our first trailer but haven't taken our maiden voyage yet. Our first trip will be in just under three weeks. Like you, we did lots of research and crawled around a few. At the time, I had a 97 F150 that I was planning to tow with for a year or two so we had to keep the trailer on the light side. I found out just before we bought the trailer that my truck was starting to have some issues and then after pulling the trailer home with it, I knew it wouldn't last long so we bought an F250. Truck issues aside, we kept going back to the 257BHS. As it sits in the driveway, it seems to be exactly right for us (we've been hanging out in it just for fun. Lol) I'll be able to let you know more after our first trip or two.