Well im looking at retiring soon and think I have a need for a Travel Trailer. Tow vehicle will be a 2009 Chevy 1/2 ton extended 4x4. Looks like tow specs for a 373 gear put me in the sub 7500 lb range. I dont even want to get close to that so Im looking at 23-24 foot max on length and would like to have a slide and stay below 5000 lbs. I went to a dealer yesterday and to say the least im more confused than ever. There are so many models,makes and styles my poor mind went into overload. Heres how I plan to use it: 1. Probably just the wife and I mostly with the occasional grand kids. 2. Will do some hook up camping at the normal lake camp sites that have electric and water. 3. Primitive camping in the LBL in KY. I'll be using a generator for charging camper and boat. 4. Might get brave enough to drag it to Florida to check into the snowbird environment to see if we like it. 5. Probably be a handme down unit to the kids. 6. Got to keep it short for primitive sites. 7. Dont want one with cloth extensions. Normally when I buy something I keep it a long time, so im looking for one that has a chance to last several years. With the chance of this turning into a Tire Thread argument. What are the brands I need to check out? I have already looked at the Coachman lines and would really like the looks of the Forest River. I have never owned a Travel Trailer so i'm in uncharted water. Any direction would be appreciated.