Miss D. and I are considering longer-term options, including possible relocation and lengthy writing-related journeys. As part of the process, I'm looking into travel trailers and 5th-wheel trailers. However, both of us are complete novices in this field, so we've got a lot of research to do. That's OK, because we're not looking to buy anything right away. This will work out over a couple of years, I'm sure.
Unfortunately, the Internet is full of 'sponsored' information sites that are nothing more than an attempt to entice one to buy from a particular dealer or manufacturer. Some sites even contradict each other. It's hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. We also want to find out which dealers are reputable and worth doing business with - again, there's an awful lot of them out there, and we've heard enough horror stories to last us a lifetime!
I'd be very grateful if those of my readers who own (or have used) travel trailers and 5th wheel trailers would please contribute advice in these areas:
- The best Web sites to turn to for accurate, reliable information;
- The best dealers (i.e. reliable, honest, worth doing business with), particularly if they operate over the Internet;
- User guides, forums, etc;
- Is it worth buying something used, or is it better to bite the price bullet and pay for a new unit?
My assessment so far (based on admittedly incomplete information) is that it's better to look for a smaller, lighter travel trailer (but not too small), so as not to need a huge towing vehicle. A 5th wheel trailer would offer the ability to carry a significant amount of weight if we make a permanent move somewhere (in effect, it becomes a cargo trailer), but a regular travel trailer isn't quite so flexible. I'm thinking something in the mid-20-foot range, pulled by a truck of decent but not excessive size and power, is what we want. It will have to be 'winterized', because we'll probably drive it up north (including a trip to Alaska) in due course; so we want a trailer that's well insulated, probably with double glass windows. Good suspension and decent ground clearance are probably must-haves as well, given conditions on the Alcan Highway and Alaskan roads!
I don't know enough right now to ask more questions, but I'm sure some of my readers can set us straight anyway. Please leave your advice in Comments, or e-mail me (my address is in my blog profile).
Thanks in advance.
EDITED TO ADD: Thank you very much to everyone who's responded in Comments here or via e-mail. You've given me a lot of food for thought. Miss D. and I will work through it all over the next few months - we're in no hurry, as I said earlier. You've given us a very good start.