Hello, Patricia. Prior to buying a 177SE last November, my camping experience was usually wet and/or snowy tenting with my 3 sons and their Scout Troop in the Colorado mountains and high plains. My wife never camped. Ever. Last summer she read an article on "Glamping" and decided that might be worth a try. Our sons, Army Captain daughter, and I were stunned speechless. I rented a teardrop for a weekend trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park expecting the worst, but she loved the experience.
A quest began.
We looked at the Airstream 16' Bambi ($40K? Really? $40K?) Then T@B (loved it, but I don't fit, and somebody has to mix the martinis and cook the steaks). Then many, many brown boxes (ugly, uninspiring, cheap junk). She spotted a red Retro 166 on the road near Ft. Garland, CO. We discovered a nearby dealer in Denver and she loved the red 166 and the red 177SE. The Riversides had much higher build and finish quality than the brown boxes we looked at at the same dealership. I can't comfortably stand in the 166, and we both liked the island bed in the 177, so we went with that. No problems with the exit window and mattress with the island bed, by the way.
The dealer wasn't very helpful, so we drove 130 miles to Poncha Springs, CO, and bought the same model for $3,700.00 less than the Denver dealership's final offer. The Poncha Springs salesman and service manager, who took us on a morning-long tour of the camper, were excellent.
We've had it out for several three day/two night trips since April 1, in Utah, Colorado, Montana, and New Mexico, and are planning a few more before November.
So far, there have been no issues- everything works, nothing has broken, nothing shook loose, and we have dragged it up and down some pretty lousy back country mountain roads- given it a real workout.
Riverside did not answer two phone calls I made during our quest phase, and has never returned any of the five or so emails we have sent. Their website was awful, but has recently improved.
Tow vehicle is a (red- of course) 2016 Tacoma V6. It runs at high rpm all the time while towing, but handles the mountain passes with no problem.