Forget the "search", contact New Horizons or Spacecraft, give them your specs. Do be prepared to widen your eyes at the price, but, you will get exactly what you want, well constructed and will last your family many years. Now the truck will be another issues, get on the Escapees forum and look at the HDT (Heavy Duty Trucks)thread and begin drooling.
To avoid the commercial truck insurance that is required on any class 3/4/5/6/7/8 cab/chassis truck that did not leave the original manufacturer with a sheetmetal pickup bed designed and installed on the truck, you must re-purpose the truck/tractor from commercial status and officially register it as an RV (in CA and AZ at least, other states may vary, but are likely similar). As long as it is registered as a commercial truck, it MUST carry the commercial insurance, regardless of how the truck is actually used (personal or recreational use).
Your statement may be true in the states mentioned, but not in Texas. My FL60 has standard truck(pickup) plates. They do price by weight, but certainly not Commercial
In order to register the commercial truck/tractor, re-purposed as an RV, it must have a permanently frame mounted RV living body of some kind, with cooking and bathroom provisions. A removable slide-on RV truck camper in/on the bed of the truck does not qualify, I found out upon investigation with the CA DMV.
A class 7/8 over the road tractor with a sleeper can be modified easily enough with a microwave or oven and toilet or porta-potty, and marked 'Not for Hire' on the side of the truck, to qualify for RV registration and insurance status. Many folks do this and pull big fifth wheel RV trailers.
This is not so easy to do with a smaller class 3/4/5/6 LTL (local use) cab/chassis truck with a day cab and short frame. It could be done, with some creative modification, provided one starts with a truck that has a long enough frame and high enough GVWR to account for the added sleeper/RV body space and weight, plus space for the hitch and hitch weight of the trailer. This means a truck with a 7' to 10' cab-to-axle frame length, rather than the more typical 5' c/a length of many class 3/4/5 trucks, especially those with crew cabs, since not many are made with a crew cab and longer than 5' c/a frame length.
In either of these scenarios, the truck/tractor can ONLY be use to pull a recreational-use, personal/recreational-registered trailer, to qualify for the RV registration and insurance on the truck. The moment you hook up to a commercial-use or commercial-registered trailer, the truck is no longer being used as an RV and is in violation, due to no commercial registration, for which a ticket can be written. I found this out when I inquired of the CA DMV. The AZ MVD/ADOT appears to have similar requirements as CA, from reading their information.
As far as "everything is inside", just remenber if you are tooling down the road and someone decides to get something to eat, go to bathroom, or stretch their legs, if a sudden panic stop occurs, whoever is up(not belted in) may exit through the windshield. Ain't no free lunch guys.
Not to question your reply, but in over 20 years of either owning or observing trailers, I have NEVER seen a detachable cable from TV to trailer. If your does indeed have this, it would be to your benefit to restore the cable to orignal.
IMHO, South Dakota is the best State to declare residency. A few reasons:
1. Low State tax, especially if you're contemplating a new vehicle to full time in.
2. No vehicle inspections..smog or safety.
3. RV friendly...meaning easy access for registration..you don't have to be present. You must visit for one night to get your drivers license.
4. No State income tax.
There are other states, of course..Texas, (must get safety inspection every two years) Nevada, no income tax, and Montana.
Part two of your question..Gilbert Insurance brokers for National Interstate. We found NI to be the best insurance for full timing..at least for us. They include CoachNet with their insurance. I carry $1000/ded/collision and $100/ded/comp. Give them a shot....Dennis
Totally inaccurate regarding inspection. If you are not in the state, you do not need inspection, as "O" would say, period. When you do return, you have three days to get inspected anywhere in state.
What I have found is the high end campers don't come with tubs. The lower end campers I have found them a dime a dozen. What I have been told my the manufactures is that I can replace the showers with a tub once I purchase it but it will void my warranty. Some dealerships are willing to do it and some are not.
Again, Spacecraft or New Horizons will build anything you want. Both are very high end.
I know how heavy the MS is....that is one factor that turns me off...do NOT want to have to buy a monster truck to haul it. BC is about 3k lighter.
Well, if you are turned off by the weight of the better trailer, no brainer, buy the lessor one. If you cannot be convinced which is the better buy, jump on it.
First, your "tank" is not a septic system, merely a holding tank until you can empty it. If you do the TP desolve test in a glass of water, you can decide if it will work for you. Don't understand the concern with "clean" black tanks, empty it, flush and reuse. Been doing this for 24 years and have never seen an intank level system that's accurate. YMMV
Roy, what problem do you see with drinking RO? We had a whole house RO system for years and even flushed the pot with it. The ice maker had cubes the were crystal clear and the water tasted the same no matter where we were parked.