Seems like a good plan. Start shopping used and you'll save plenty to put towards fuel costs.You know I have a lot of the same concerns that you guys do. Crappy build quality not durable etc.
Here’s my dilemma, I have three daughters that are getting older every day. We just rented a trailer and took an amazing 2000 mile trip through NM and TX we used the trailer as the base and went out and did day trips etc. it was awesome, the girls loved it and it was something we want to repeat soon. The other aspect is that we live in TX tent camping is out of the question 7+ months of the year.
I would like to build something but that’s realistically a 2 year project, that’s 2 years of missing out on time with them as they grow.
I’m seriously contemplating buying an RV and using the crap out of it as a semi disposable asset over the next ten years until they are in college. I’m looking at outdoors RV as they seem to build one of the better ones on the market. I have a decent amount of time off so I see us using it at least once a month and maybe more. I wish that there were more good choices on the market.