Yep, I agree, finding a decent
13' for $5k is very difficult and a 17' one and/or a 13' with a bathroom? Fergetit. BTW: A 13' with a permanent bath is not unlike a sardine can. Some like them just to get the bathroom. We sold ours to get back the much needed space.
Unless you are on the west coat, esp in SoCal, most buyers usually have to look out to at least a 500 mile search radius to find some to choose from, and many go even further. There just aren't that many out there for sale
. And with the additional cost of having one shipped, remember that it won't have been inspected by you either.
Apparently shipping only works if you are buying one for a client in Japan (inside joke, please ignore) But shipping is very expensive relative to the cost of FGRV's units.
Unless you find a very uninformed seller, a fixer is about the best you might get.
Just for a heads up, the following are common and very expensive repairs that a lot of older eggs might need
Estimates are for Parts & Labor at an RV shop.)
: $800-1200, not uncommon due to "Sag", after about 20+ years of use. Learn how to identify axle
sag and, if the seller sez it can be "Adjusted" back up, run, don't walk away.
: $800-1200. RV refrigerators cannot be recharged. If the cooling circuit is shot, usually so is the refrigerator
. Same for rooftop a/c units. They usually cost more to repair/recharge than they are worth.
: $200. Tires
on used trailers are almost always over 6 years old and must be replaced.
Water heater or Furnace
(If present) New ones are about $400, most repairs about 1/2 that much p&l.
I have "referbished" several FGRV's and usually figure a minimum of $1000 after purchase costs, even if it looks like it's a good one.
Good Luck Hunting