My wife and I purchased this RV in the summer of 2020 during the beginning and relatively unknown impacts of the pandemic. We were interested in visiting our first grandchild and were unwilling to fly from the Washington DC area to Oakland CA at that time.
After searching for a rental and unable to find one that met our needs, we ended up buying the Carado Banff, primarily due to the features we wanted (smaller footprint, full wet bath, and ease of drivability since we had never RV'd before), and the savings over other brands we looked at including Thor, Winnebago and Mercedes. The Thor model we were interested in was only available new (at least 6-month wait plus $30,000 more than the Carado Banff), A similarly equipped used Winnebago would have been about $30,000 more because the solar option alone was over $20,000) and the Mercedes was nearly double the price of the Carado Banff.
The Carado Banff exceeded all our expectations. After just the first day of our maiden cross-country journey, we fell into a comfortable routine consisting of 1) waking up, 2) disconnecting all connections at the RV park while my wife made breakfast (no boondocking this trip!), 3) fueling up, checking tire pressure, driving until lunch and gas (NO restaurants), driving until dusk to RV park, 4) making all connections while my wife prepared dinner, 5) setting up for bed, 6) enjoy sunset and starry nights, 7) sleep, 8) start over at step 1.
This trip we were focused on the "prize" at the end of our 7-day 3,000-mile journey - my son, his wife and our beautiful grandson. We did little hiking, sightseeing and touring during the trek. We thought we'd need to stop for groceries to supplement what we packed but found we did not need to stop at all for groceries. A super-plus during the beginning of the unknown pandemic and one less place for us to remain socially distant. On our return journey, we were so comfortable with the ride of the RV, that we made a detour to visit cousins we had not seen since the last wedding in the family.
Drivability was easy. The length of the RV was no issue. We found driving on the highway, in rural areas and in the city a breeze. Cruise control was a great feature used on long stretches of boring highway drives. Stability at high speeds (where the local speed limit was 80 MPH) and even during an inclement and unexpected snowstorm in early September was also excellent. The height of the RV needed to be minded due to access to some areas (no drive-thrus at fast food locations) and susceptibility to windy conditions which were infrequent, but manageable. Multiple side view mirrors (all adjustable with a simple door mounted switch) and the added back-up camera minimized my visibility concerns.
Gas mileage was better than expected.
Sleeping was comfortable, heating and air conditioning was excellent. During drives, the standard Ram 2500 Promaster heating/air conditioner system was more than adequate.
Overall, it was what we considered an "ambitious adventure" and one that the Carado Banff fulfilled each and every day of our journey.