TrailerTraveler1, no, not all TTs have these niceties built in. Our inexpensive Starcraft AR-ONE 14RB only has two burners with no cover, no oven (don't use one any way), and no sink cover. We've survived. We would like to find a two burner stove cover though - not as easy to find as a three burner one.
I pulled a 28 ft. (31 foot total length) Passport with a similar weight to yours with the same truck several years ago. I had a good WDH, a brake controller, and it towed great. Just take it out of overdrive.
Another vote to look at Starcraft because of the two year warranty affordable prices. They're not the best TTs, but our tiny AR ONE 14RB is serving our needs adequately for our current needs. We have used the warranty twice in the first year, but that's not too unusual for any TT, IMO.
Wife and I were looking at the Lance 1995 too,until she discovered we had more storage in the kitchen (cabinets,drawers,pantry in our 2000 Lance 1030 truck camper we just sold after 11 1/2 yrs,than what's in the Lance 1995 TT. The slide out dinet in the model 1995 is awesome but the shower is no larger that what was in the camper. That along with the cost has us looking elsewhere. Lance quality is hard to beat though.
The shower size in the 1995 was a drawback for me, too; it was very small. The 1575 and the 1985 have better showers. The 1575 however, has very little storage.
We just toured Lance TTs at the Atlanta RV Show yesterday, and we fell in love! It's a true four season TT, built well with great features, including enclosed and heated tanks. Since we camp a lot in FL, I loved the automatic awning that rolls up if it senses windy conditions. They're a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for.
Except for the 1575, which is 7 feet wide and built solely for saving weight, the other models are 8 feet wide, have large black/gray tanks (45 gallons each), and have comfortable full bed sized dinettes. Since we'll have grandchildren occasionally camping with us eventually, this is a great feature. The large dinette also makes for comfortable lounging space, as is.
The 1985 has larger rear bathroom, with a rectangular shower and more hanging space in the bathroom, whereas the 1995 has a corner bathroom with a triangular shower and a little less hanging space outside the bathroom. The 1985 has the t.v. hanging on the outside of the bathroom wall to the side of the dinette (opposite wall from the end of the bed), and the 1995 has the t.v. on a swinging stand on a wall near the bed that can face the bed or swing out to face the dinette. There's not enough wall space in the 1985 to do this.
Each of these models have their pros and cons. They're similar in length and weight, so your friend needs to decide which one best fits his/her needs. My husband and I hope to buy a new camper in a year or two when he retires. Both of these models are on our short list. We're also looking at the Livin Lite Camplite 21RBS.
Towing with a mini-van is doable IF the trailer has brakes,you have a tow package and add a brake controller. I would stick to an A Frame less than 2000 pounds (ex: Aliner Classic, Ranger 12, Ranger 10). You also may need sway control and/or WDH, depending on your van. I'm not sure I'd try to tow an Aliner Expedition or a Ranger 15, both of which are over 2000 pounds. I'm conservative with towing, and it's served me well over the years.
I tow our Aliner Ranger 15 with a 2010 Pathfinder (6000 lb. tow capacity), and I don't need the WDH or the sway bar. However, I did add a tranny cooler b/c this generation of Pathfinders tend to have transmission issues. No sense tempting fate...
Do your dogs bark when you leave them alone at home? If not, then keep the window shades down, leave the radio on loud enough to mask outside noise, and keep a fan on to provide white noise. If your dog likes the t.v. on, put that on instead of the radio. If your dogs are barkers when you leave them, even at home, then yes, it will likely be a problem in a campground. Nothing worse than a non-stop barking dog, IMO. I used to use a bark collar on my little dog because she used to be a barker in our camper when we first started taking her along. Now, I just lay the collar next to her crate when we leave, and she doesn't bark anymore. Yes, I crate my little dog when she's left alone. It encourages her to sleep and keeps her out of trouble.
Dr Doug, I just spoke to the technician at the Vet's office and she said almost verbatim what you wrote. I am going to stop by and ask the low cost place a few questions and get a 'feel' and then decide. The pain medication thing and monitoring her makes me lean towards the Vet. And aftercare.
I like this new vet and hate to agitate her.
Spay/neuter clinics do not do pre-op blood work, nor do they usually send home post-op pain meds. However, you can often buy some from them at a reduced rate. I had a foster dog spayed at such a clinic in my town, and I asked for pain medication, which only cost me $10 extra for a week's worth. They also removed her stitches for me 10 days later at no additional cost (she also had a hernia repair, so she had interior and exterior stitches, poor thing; a normal spay may only entail gluing, rather than stitches). I'm not sure if your clinic will do this, but it's worth asking about.