Thanks for the info Lou and Carl. I have not yet considered a fifth wheel. I have been told the hitch can be a pain to remove. I have not looked at standard trailers either. The cab over seemed like it would be the easiest to drive with and store once the house is built. I just heard from a friend who bought an Arctic Fox. Anyone with good/bad experiance with this brand? Looking forward to exploring our country and your forum will help us sidestep common mistakes. Thanks!
For some reason I thought you were looking for a 5th wheel. I had not considered that you were looking for a slide in camper. I had always considered them as something that hunters, fishers, or boaters used for weekending and such. Certainly not living in for the process of buildling a home!
Actually I suspect you would find a travel trailer (TT) or a 5th wheel trailer to be the better bet for your purpose: more space, better plumbing arrangements, more storage capacity. The choice between the TT and the 5W lies in whether you can abide with the hitching mechanism in the bed of your truck as with the 5W. The TT also gives you more flat space in your floor plan. Most big 5Ws have a bedroom in a raised low space over the bed of the truck.
Opinions I have heard here give the Arctic Fox good reviews. If you are going to live in the trailer in cold weather, you might well pay attention to winterization issues.