Yes shop around, my local dealer (40 miles north of my home) was $20K
more expensive than the dealer I ended up purchasing from (750 miles
south in Texas), yes it was worth a weeks trip (motel, food, etc).
As to size of MH spend some time in the model you are interested in purchasing.
Do you fit on the toilet or in the shower?
If you are sitting on the toilet can you close the door too?
Is the dinette table comfortable to sit at? Can you comfortably watch
the TV from the couch? Is the bed (mattress) comfortable or will you
be spending $500 plus replacing it with a better one?
Is there work space and storage space in the kitchen? Enough room
for what ever pots & pans you imagine taking with you?
What I'm getting at is imagining yourself living in the MH and spending
time in it. Back in the 80's I had a Class C MH and the only person who
could fit in the shower was my (then) 8 yr. old daughter and no I could
not sit on the toilet and close the door, used the campground facilities
Finally is a 24 ft MH going to provide enough space for you and your
wife if you are stuck indoors for a few days in a rain storm?
I've also owned a 27 ft TT which was fine for two, but lacked storage,
moved up to a 30 ft TT, better but still lacked storage for clothes on a
3 week trip. The 34E MH we have now fixed all those problems and
works for us.
Sorry if this is a bit long winded.
2015 Thor Hurricane 34E
2011 Dodge Dakota 4x4 toad