This is our first RV. When we started shopping, we thought about how we wanted to use the unit. We both like outdoor activities, and solitary/peaceful surroundings. This meant something that could handle forest service roads, and being able to stay for 7-10 days in the backcountry. Before we bought, we rented a 30' class C. Liked the layout, did not like the lack of power in the mountains, or being pushed around by semis on the freeway.
After researching units, I was down to the Super C category, either Dynamax or Renegade. After I saw the prices of the new units, I started looking for used ones. Both have good bones, and I like working on mechanical units, so we went in expecting to do some work. I knew the length I wanted, < 35', and watched the selling sites for almost 18 months. Ended up with a 2007 Dynamax Dynaquest 340 XL.
The unit has served us well. We are not full timers, but take 3-4 month trips twice a year. We have replaced most systems in the unit - only the furnace and generator are still original. But that is what I was planning on doing when I got the RV. We ended up with the unit outfitted as we wanted to use it. We had a fan clutch go out this past fall, but because Freightliner dealers are everywhere, not a big deal. That is the only issue we have had in 55,000 miles. It does handle backroads reasonably well, highway driving is easy, and power for the mountains is OK.