Rednax: You made some interesting points but Iím not familiar with three of the acronyms you used: VPP, GN, SWB
VPP: Virtual Pivot Projection
; which includes all three of the top tier hitches -- PULLRITE, PRO-PRIDE and HENSLEY. The latter two really are the ones that do it "virtually" through linkages. That is, the "point" at which the hitch is connected to the TV replicates the axle-mount of a GN (gooseneck; see B&W Turnover [plus] Companion) or a 5'er hitch location.
The PR does it in actuality.
No one argues that the placement of the "pivot point" on or barely ahead of the drive axle is the superior location. The problem comes with the extra weight needed that detracts from TT GVWR, or,
that the aforementioned problems with a compromised design (5'er) do not
make up for the hitch type.
Distinguish between the hitch types, first. A VPP hitch replicates the GN/5'er type hitch that there is no advantage to the latter. All advantages thus accrue to the VPP hitched, aerodynamic, lightweight, low COG (center-of-gravity), independently-suspended trailer.
And note comments by those who say they've pulled them all:
1] They've pulled A/S type trailers with cars (and best hitch rigging for that era)?
. . it's a comparison between pickup trucks (themselves the worst handlng/braking vehicles available), thus what we know is that a pickemup needs
the best hitch.
An Airstream is capable of higher slalom speeds than is a pickup truck while solo.
(alternately, SOB) "square white box" (or, some other brand); shorthand.
Now when it comes to one of these trailers, brand-new or up to 20-years old each may have advantages as CrawfordGene notes. Much has changed since 1973. Remember the now-ancient "progression" one made with GM cars? Chevy at bottom, then Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick and Cadillac? A/S is the "beginner" aluminum trailer way back once-upon-a-time. The others (now out of production) were built to a higher order . . but
A/S was the handling & road performance champ.
Expect that one of these trailers is good for the first owner for twenty-plus years. 250k miles or more. Then, time for a re-fresh.
The SOB's are good for up to
ten years, then time for the deer lease or the landfill. Maybe 60-70k miles before the stick & staple wood framing comes apart (assuming delamination from rubber roof replacement has been forestalled). They're cheap for a reason: Easy to buy on a second mortgage and the owners expect to use them for retirement up to that length of time
will trade them every so often.
On other RV boards it is not uncommon to see owners who've had a half-dozen to a dozen or more units in a quarter century. Works for them.
My grandparents bought their Streamline
in retirement and covered the US, Mexico and Canada. Kept it around fifteen years. My folks bought their Silver Streak
while all us kids were still at home a good fifteen years prior to retirement. Had it 27-years. Replaced an A/C unit and the awning covering in that time. It's still on the road with another owner at 37-years.
What will be "best" for the OP ought to take all this into account. There is depth to all the questions of economy, short & long term. That my folks only had two TV's in that 27-years is part & parcel.
I, too, will likely move to where my son someday settles. The TT makes that an easy transition for me. My next one will have the floorplan I desire, first, and the accoutrements I find appealing/sensible, second (added to an older trailer that is "made new"). Living on the Gulf Coast has also made an RV a good choice as natural disaster means 18-months between a hurricane and the minimum time to moving back into a damaged/destroyed house.
The list goes on. Etc.
This trailer type is a family asset
, not a fast-depreciating, limited-life toy (if one approaches it in that manner).
And, don't be confused by those who equate quibbles with problems (as to build quality). A/S may not be what is desired, but there are at least three fixes for every known "problem" (which are nothing
compared to roof leaks, wall delamination, etc, on SOB's).
Take your time, enjoy the range of choice, and scout out the better SWB trailers as well (Arctic Fox/Nash, New Horizons, etc), but don't forget to consider which of those others can be pulled by cars, minivans or SUV's. That
is an important dividing point. Aerodynamic resistance is much
more important than weight.
The recent "conventional A/S" rigs put together by phbarnhart
are worth your time to read on, as are the rigs of Road Ruler
as others with "unconventional" (read, AndrewT
[Andy Thomson]) CAN AM RV prepped rigs.
More depth available 'round here. If you are of the "spreadsheet type" in figuring expense versus value received (and drop preconceptions) then time spent in reading what A/S owners do, have done, and plan to do, will be of help no matter the eventual choice.
In that line, may I recommend a real favorite around here (as it is so much more than a restoration [beautifully done]); it expresses the depth of what many of us would struggle to write, and to have written so well:
First She Had to Take a Ride on a Boat
The Daily Kos, The Grieving Room, "Baby It's So Hard".
RV'ng is what you make of it.