We have just returned from a 9 day trip over to Washington state's drier side. We have a 1999 Tacoma carrying a 2011 FWC Eagle. We love our little camper. However, "little" it is for 2 people and a poodle cross plus professional camera gear. So, now, we are considering a move to a 3/4 ton truck with a Hallmark Guanella for an 8' bed. That setup will give us way more room plus adequate headroom if we want to pull over to rest w/o putting up the top. No, we are not lazy; husband has a shattered T6 vertebrae. I am too short. Also, if it is raining, when we sit at the dinette, we really can't see much besides the ground out the window. Toyota is a 4 cylinder which had some trouble making the passes over the North Cascades Hwy (20). And, the braking is a concern. I know, this will be more consumptive but we are in early 60s and won't have another chance down the road. Besides, we don't travel long distances as we get to know an area to learn its light and locations.
So, tell us, please, what do you think about your Guanella? Handling, especially in wind or curvy roads and/orsteep grades? Roominess? Dependability? Build quality? Customer service? Can it handle a bumpy backroad (like the ones in the Grand Staircase Escalante N. M.)? We will probably buy a new one as we had a difficult time locating a local FWC Eagle. Any other helpful suggestions? Any Guanellas near us in Bellingham or Seattle/Everett/Tacoma area? There is a Cuachara on Bellingham's Craigslist but it is too long (may drag on bumpy backroads), and has shower/toilet which we don't want.
Also, is there a dedicated forum for Hallmark owners like there is on WtW for FWC? They are really a helpful bunch.