taDtaP: I find it fascinating that 3 of the 6 responses are from current or future owners of Advanced RV (www.advanced-RV.com
). We certainly did not compare notes! I have listened to Davydd a great deal and suggest that his observation that back then, "none were really bad" still applies to the up-fitters in business today. This forum has provided a lot of insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the various brands - and a lot of it is "eye of the beholder" variation. A floor plan that works for one may not for another. It really depends on your style of RV-ing.
But, to your question regarding rv.org: I found their publications (searchable databases and a book) to be excellent (for me) insight into the whole range of RV choices. Initially, I focused on Class C's but my wife wanted something she could feel comfortable driving so we went with a B. As I mentioned, some of their information is based on actual site visits. I mentioned the RV.org to Mike Neundorfer of Advanced RV and he commented that that group had never visited the AVR shop. So, the published information was dated and subjective in nature. I suspect that the more established B up-fitters like Roadtrek, PleasureWay, LTV etc. would have more up to date information and may represent actual site visits. The rv.org group gathers feedback from RV owners as well and includes that in their write-ups.
For an investment the size of an RV, a few bucks for the Motorhome publication makes sense.
PS: IMHO If Airstream is currently on your short list; Advanced RV should be as well.