Just pulled the trigger, new Caravel 16RB, first trailer of any kind
Committed to it today, delivery is supposed to be in mid May.
We are tent campers, so even the 16 ft seems like large luxury to us. Did not get the solar panels or lithium batteries, but did get a soft start for the AC. I am hoping we can manage power with a Honda 2200, but will have to see how it goes. We can always upgrade later, if it seems to make sense.
Tow vehicle is a Honda Ridgeline. With a rating of 5,000 lbs the fully loaded 16 will be at about 86% of that. Based on what I can find here people have used the Ridgeline for this trailer and even larger without problems. We will see, I don't want to replace the Honda, but will if I have to.
We are going into retirement and this will be our escape vehicle. Living in northern Utah I need to escape our cold winters, those will probably be the longest trips. Have been thinking of other closer to home things as well. The only RV thing I have seriously considered so far is signing up for Harvest Hosts, that looks like a great idea. Will wait till we actually have the trailer before doing too much.
I did post on the Carvel forum before buying and got a lot of great advice there, it really helped in making my decision, and in negotiating with the dealer. So my experience here so far is very positive, the forum is great!
Any comments or advice is welcome. I am at the bottom of the learning curve, never owned a travel trailer before.