Best wishes Bill, and take care of yourself.
Jerry, as others have said, they do go quickly. I missed out on several when I was doing my search. I was communicating with folks a state or two away, asking questions about condition, and people simply walked up to their driveway with cash. Can't blame the seller for taking a stack of cash...
Finally I found one on fiberglass RVs 4 sale that I thought seemed right for us. it was in Tulsa (8 hour drive for me) but I have a cousin in Tulsa and a sister in KC that I owed a visit to. I contacted the guy the same day that the ad was posted, and I told him I'd pay full asking price ($5000) and give him $150 via paypal to hold it for me for a week.
This is far from ideal. It really puts you in a vulnerable position. When I got there there were issues with the camper, but I was basically in no position to do anything but pay the cash and haul the camper away. For instance the lights
didn't work. He got into one of the benches and pretended to fiddle with the wires. "Hmm, they worked this weekend when we went camping... Must be a loose wire." For $20 I bought magnetic lights
and off we went. On the lights
, the issue was that the guy didn't realize he needed to run a ground alongside the LED Harbor Freight wiring harness. he grounded everything back to the fiberglass. So.. um, no, the lights didn't work last weekend.
But anyway, I was lucky to a point and ended up with a camper full of minor issues that a bit of sweat equity on my part could solve.
If I were to try to give advice I'd say that it's better if you can be patient. I was not patient and did okay, but could have gotten a better camper had I waited. Also, I'd highly recommend paying a bit more to buy from somebody on here who has a track record. Lots of scams out there...