I think attending the Sebring Scamp Camp is an excellent idea!
(Francie and I will be there from Sunday night until Friday/Saturday
You will undoubtedly see all kinds of trailers and tow vehicles.
When pilots select an airplane to rent or own, they often consider the
"mission profile" (i.e. "How far will I be going?"; "How many passengers
will I be carrying?"; "What is the purpose of the flight; sightseeing or
cross country travel?"; "Do I have the skill and experience to fly in
the expected conditions?", etc.)
I think that the same kinds of questions could be applied to trailer+TV
selection (i.e. "How often will I go?"; "How far will I go?"; "How long
will I stay out on each trip?"; "Will 90% of my destinations have good
flush toilets and showers?"; "How many people will I need to sleep?";
"Will "gas mileage" be much of a factor in my decision to go or not?";
"If my intended tow vehicle also serves as an "everyday driver", what
is the HP/Torque/MPG and how big a vehicle do I want to drive and
park every day?" )
While I agree that it might be nice
to make the perfect decision the
first time, I don't believe that it is essential. I'm not sure that you
will ever truly know what trailer and options will suit you until you
have been out camping/traveling for a while?
After Sebring, I'd suggest making the best decision that you can,
purchasing something as quickly as seems reasonable to you, and
getting out and doing some camping/traveling.
Make some memories!
Considering that used FGRVs are scarce and the resale values are
fairly high, the penalty for a "less than perfect" decision is only the
effort and cost of the initial purchase price minus the expected resale
value. (You might also consider the delta between purchase and
possible resale as "renting" the trailer from yourself
While our 2011 Honda CRV was and still is a great everyday driver
and was at least "adequate" as a tow vehicle, I much prefer to tow
a trailer that weighs much less than my tow vehicles rated capacity.
That is why we recently replaced my older "work car" with a 2014
2.0L I4 Ecoboost with ~240hp and ~270 ft/lbs of torque.
(If you are towing with a lighter vehicle and near the top of your
vehicles rated capacity, I would definitely consider adding brakes
to your trailer. IMHO- While most other options are about
convenience/comfort - trailer brakes are about safety
While some folks are apparently skilled and patient enough to tow
at (or above?) their tow vehicles rated capacity, I don't think that
option is for everyone.
Just for fun ... and food for thought, below is the rig that was parked
2 spaces away from us at the LBL (Land Between the Lakes) rally
Apparently, there was a whole group with similar rigs that made a
trek up to Alaska.
As always, these ideas and opinions may be worth about what you
paid for them ($0.00) and YMMV
Good luck with your decision(s)!