Since we are complete noobs to travel trailers, I'd like your reactions and suggestions (and criticisms) to our plans. We've done a lot of trailering (24' enclosed race trailer) and have a good tow vehicle (F250 Super Duty diesel long bed crew cab) so I'm comfortable with the hauling part, but we have a lot to learn about camping.
Quick intro - plan is to visit the US southwest during the winter over the next few years. We mostly like scenery and haven't spent much time out that way. Now is the time (we are a young 65 couple plus Daisy, our 2+ year old Golden Retriever).
Bought a new Cougar 26rbs for delivery this May. In June will camp in Maine for 2 weeks for fun, learning, and to identify any bugs. Then back to the dealer for repairs and improvements. And get the trailer winterized.
After Christmas we'll begin hauling the trailer from Maine (where we live) to probably Arizona. Would head south when a good window weather presents. Park in Walmart-type parking lots on the way, then camp visit areas such as Asheville NC before heading west (recognizing that it will still be winter in NC). I guess we will leave the trailer winterized until we know we are past the danger zone, staying in pet-friendly motels if necessary.
Once we head west we'll see the sights along the way, visiting parks etc. as desired and as weather permits. Then tour the southwest.
I'm still working (I am a consultant and very lucky to be able to work almost anywhere), so will need some time for that.
Once we are done touring, will leave the trailer at some previously-identified dealer who can care for the trailer before we return the following winter.
Drive back to Maine in the tow vehicle (which I need back in Maine and because of the dog).
Drive the tow vehicle back to the trailer the next winter for more camping fun. I know, lots of miles and would be cheaper to fly, but I don't want to subject Daisy to that and we need the truck.
I would really like your thoughts as to whether this seems a reasonable approach. In particular, I am interested in how well it works to find and use a dealer to store and prep the trailer for 10 months. I imagine its not unlike using my local dealer.
Thanks in advance - this forum has already been a great help and we don't even have the trailer in use yet!