(Update 11/12/17: Skip this post if your interested in the topic. Go here to the complete system in more detail.)
This morning in about 45 minutes I threw together this example of a decision matrix:
Over time I will build a larger matrix which Karen and I will use to select our future home. So far we have a budget in mind and have decided a fifth wheel best meets our expected style of travel.
After much research we found there are plenty of trailers in our price range if we bought new. We would have to buy a three or four year old model if we decided on the higher end units such as a DRV or Luxe.
The above matrix would be an example of what we would use for a new trailer selection. The matrix for a used trailer would be more interesting because of all the possibilities in terms of owner modifications. We anticipate making a purchase as early as 2017.
So why start such a close examination of todays models? Because even the rigs that are out of our price range today, may become the three or four year old trailer we buy years from now.
We are now focusing on what floor plans we like. Someday – we hope to narrow the floor plans down to a couple. Deciding on a floor plan will surely reduce the number of trailers that we evaluate using the matrix.
I’m anticipating the decision matrix will evolve and that I’ll be adding several categories as a result of research such as all the options for construction methods.
I’ve been keeping notes on the fifth wheel manufacturers page. Combined with other notes I’m hoping we have a very good start at finding what would be our nearly perfect rig.
So I played with the spreadsheet about another four hours and came up with this second rendition:
I’ll post some updates as this project continues.
Happy Holidays, Mark.