OP here, thanks for the welcome, the tips, and advice.
After owning many iterations of RVs we have learned a lot about what we like and don't like. On our list of necessities are things like a walk around bed, comfortable seating, and a reasonable size shower.
Our wants are things like larger tanks, floor space, headroom, storage, and quality in appearance and function.
Our toy hauler carries 100 gallons of fresh water, has a built in generator
, spacious shower but there isn't a comfortable place to sit and you climb a ladder into bed and then climb over your mate. Unacceptable for long term use.
The Aliner has everything we need for vacations and weekends but lacks floor space, a real toilet/shower, a sitting area, and water/sewage tanks. Unacceptable for long term use.
I know many posters on this site consider a 25' trailer to be huge, but in the RV world it is not considered a large RV. I like the extra width of the Bigfoot and my research shows that most molded trailers are a foot or more narrower.
I agree that a dinette is not a comfortable place to sit. That is why our perfect retirement RV will have a gaucho/loveseat or chairs.
One consideration also is an RV that can be modded for extended drycamping/boondocking. I will be installing solar
and an inverter. I will also mod the plumbing and other systems for off grid but comfortable camping. I intend on having a truck with added water and waste tanks for replenishing the RV without having to move it every week.
After replacing rotted wood in more than one conventional RV and a new rubber roof and wood decking on my toy hauler I like the molded fiberglass. I also like the more aerodynamic shape of the molded trailers. It takes x amount of fuel to initiate movement of x amount of weight
but after getting underway the aerodynamics play a large role. Most conventional RVs are like dragging a barn door down the road, barn and all.
I am not new at this and have a good idea what we want/need. My research has shown that the Bigfoot is considered a high quality product both before and after the latest bankruptcy/ownership change. Is this true?
Thanks for all your help.