Not sure which posts exactly you're referring to from earlier in the year but we continue to use and love our 247BHDS.
We initially looked at a Passport 240BH and really liked it but the Surveyor won out on a few key features and layout.
1. Counterspace was limited in the passport whereas the Surveyor had the island that with the sink covered, has a ton of room.
2. The outdoor kitchen in the passport was all partical board cabinets and wouldn't last in the Seattle wet weather. I watched one on the dealers lot basically crumble. The Surveyor had an all metal slide that was sturdy and would not fall apart. To this day, I am still very happy with it.
3. The Surveyor's exterior bathroom door is second to none when travelling with the family. Direct bathroom access is awesome at any rest area. The Passport would have had us scrambling over the dinette or moving the slide out to access the toilet.
4. The bed was a true queen size bed instead of the shortened version.
5. Features that put the Surveyor ahead of the Passport:
- Roof ladder
- Wrapped edge counter tops
- Bigger tanks (70 gal grey)
- Arctic package (tank heaters)
- Undermount stainless sink
- Outdoor kitchen had BBQ vs 2 burner and actual plumbed sink vs tub to pour out
Overall, we've spent 81 nights in it away from the house and countless nights having "driveway campouts" and using it as a guest house. We bought it in June '17 as a family of 4 and added a 3rd kiddo Dec. '18. 2019, we spent 34 nights in it with 5 of us and there was no thought of needing to upgrade or a bigger trailer or a different layout.
Initially not wanting to spend as much as we did, I am thankful that we bought a little more trailer than I thought we needed...not in size but in creature comforts. We've been very happy with the 247BHDS and will likely have it until the kids outgrow camping with us.
2017 Forest River Surveyor 247BHDS...
...Tugged by a 2016 F250 XLT FX4 SuperCrew, Shortbed 6.2L, 4wd, 3.73...
...Joined with a Husky Centerline TS 800-1200lbs WDH