We had a great time with our tent... we used it here in Northern California, Vancouver Island, Baja Mexico, Arizona, & New Mexico. Then we decided to go RV when our daughter was 2 years old. We first got a 1990 Toyota Sunrader. This was a great little motorhome, but a bit too small for us. We sold it for $3000 more than we paid for it less than a year before. We then moved on to a 19 foot Bigfoot trailer. This was an improvement, but still a bit too small. We did like it a LOT more than the Sunrader. Then we sold the Bigfoot for the same price we bought it for and got our Airstream pusher. We are very happy with it.
All of them were a little overwhelming a little bit because we're still new at this RV thing. Even if you and your husband are mechanically inclined... things for RVs are just plain different than using or maintaining a house or a car. There's a learning curve. And although I've read many books, magazines and websites. There's really not a decent handbook on the whole thing. Most of the time, when something needs fixing, the thing that broke is not in one of my many rv repair books. The forums help tremendously, but there are still many times when I have to tear something apart to figure out what's wrong. It's time consuming and costly.
Speaking of cost... I was reading some forum a few weeks ago where somebody was asking how much should they should pay for a used "brand X" RV. Somewhere down the line, somebody chimed in: "who cares? the purchase price is just the price of admission"!
That one made me laugh as we had just attended a county fair and had to pay admission and each ride cost a certain amount of tickets that had to be bought. A new set of tires, trailer brake pads, tow package for your tow vehicle, and all the other odds & ends could easily exceed $1000 if the trailer you get is basically in decent shape.
I too suggest that you start with a folding trailer like a Chalet, A-Liner or a fiberglass Casita or Scamp
. You probably could tow one of these without needing to purchase an additional tow vehicle. These are simple and dependable little trailers that you can get your feet wet with (and still enjoy camping while hubby performs that year long restoration on your dream Airstream).
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