Oops, I see I crossposted with a couple of people and didn't answer their questions. Sorry!
H. David, yes, I know about the referrals. I just didn't want to bother anyone until I am actually at the point of buying. It may be another year or so before I am to that point.
WOW! Hearing someone "fluffy" say that the front sofa is big enough to sleep on is GREAT. I'm not exactly skinny!
Also, you reinforced my feeling that the front window really is absolutely essential.
John H., I saw that ad in Pensacola for the Liberty. In fact, we are going home to Florida for Thanksgiving, and if I were in a position to buy right now, I might end up with that one.
About the Aliner, I really do love it... or would have loved it if it hadn't been a lemon from the get-go. I can set it up and take it down myself easily. It tows beautifully, and with the large windows and skylights, the views go on forever. I love having the high ceiling. It makes it seem a lot more spacious than it is. But the quality issues have caused me more grief and heartache--and expense--than I ever thought an RV would be capable of delivering. I had to completely gut it and rebuild it the second year I had it due to extensive floor rot because the waterproof membrane under the floor trapped water in the wood. The frame bent, and I had to have it straightened and reinforced. The sofa bed was 1-1/2" higher at one end than the other, which meant I always felt like I was going to be tipped out of the bed. Eventually I got most of the problems fixed... except the bathroom. I can't ever get it totally leak free, despite heroic tries. I am busy working on it now to get it ready for the trip to Florida Monday. One good thing--I have never had an external leak.
Aliner used to advertise that they had no assembly lines... that each unit was built by one person from start to finish. I used to say that I think mine was built by a guy who came in to work drunk on a Monday with a grudge against his boss.
However, there are MANY Aliner owners who are ecstatic with their units. One woman on the Aliner Club board just bought her THIRD Aliner!
Nancy, that Layout 7 does look incredibly open and spacious... but I do have to have the bath. But I am really happy to hear you say you LIKE your rat fur!!!
Interesting your mentioning the foam on the front sofa hanging over a bit. I had thought of having a mattress made just a tiny bit wider than the sofa or front dinette so it would give me an extra inch for my elbows.
And again, yes, I know about the difference in the Casita and Scamp floors. And I've read a few posts about Casita floors rotting and how difficult it is to repair. My Aliner floor rotted so badly because I couldn't see the problem developing due to the black waterproof membrane covering it. So to me, being able to inspect the floor from underneath and catch any problems as soon as they begin is a big plus for the Scamp to me.
Ken, I have already copied that Liberty Deluxe photo--along with tons of other Scamp and Casita interior photos--into a dream folder on my computer. I have also done a lot of modifications on them in my graphics program!
I like Scamp's wall coverings better. Maybe I saw too many conversion vans back in the Seventies, but when I see those carpeted walls, I start expecting to see beads and bongs and 8-track tapes of Grand Funk Railroad. Not that there's anything wrong with that. But it just seems fundamentally wrong; carpet belongs on the floor. Scamp's rat fur is soft and easy on the eye, and still looks clean & modern 25 years after installation.
Okay, I laughed out loud at that!!!! And your comment on the rat fur just about cinched my decision for me unless I run into an unbelievable deal on a used Casita!