I'm a 28 y/o male (Nick) with a gf (Rachel) and her 3 yr old little boy (Jakson) residing in North Dakota. I bought my first travel trailer in late June of this year. I went with Dutchmen 318RKDS which was a last minute find in all my hours of searching and thus far am very pleased with it. We tow with a 2006 Ford F-250 PSD, CC, SB, 4x4.
I spent many probally to many hours online trying to find the perfect rig whether it be the floor plan, upholstry, options or price. Initially last fall I almost purchased a Puma 31KBH but at the last minute decided it was already to late in our short season to make the purchase and held out over the winter.
This spring I found the Zinger 32RE which we loved but the dealer wouldn't accept our offer of $400 less than his best asking price. I walked away as I wasn't satisfied with having two jacknife sofas and not either being a hide-a-bed couch.
I kept finding myself looking back at a Puma 31RKSS which I had found over the winter months but had the wrong color upholstry but was also quite a bit cheaper than the other two previously mentioned models. I was within a phones reach of calling the dealer to let him know I wanted the trailer when I made one last search on eBay and found my 31RKDS.
The Dutchmen I chose was only $520 more than Puma I had almost just bought but included; aluminum wheels, electric jacks and awning, spare tire, leather upholstry, outside radio controls and keyless entry.
The trailer has been great to us with only a few minor things mistated by the dealer and one minor manufacturing defect. Upon delivery we noticed the keyless entry did not work (any tips), we've got a gas only water heater, no outside shower port and it arrived with a jacknife sofa rather than the hide-a-bed as advertised and pictured. However, the dealer admitted the mistake and had Dutchmen drop ship a hide-a-bed out to us but now I don't know how I can make it fit thru the door to make the swap. The minor defect took me three trips to notice but is only a small quarter size chunk missing from the ceiling in the slideout where it was screwed/nailed to close to the edge.
We enjoyed our weekends this summer at the lake, Stock Car Stampede and WeFest and are looking forward to many more successful trips and awesome memories.
That's my story!
*Attached is a photo of my rig as I went to setup my hitch