Rick, you spoke of refurbishing a Scamp or Escape
... Escapes have only been around about ten years, so I have yet to see one that needed a lot of work. Prices have held up pretty well, too. That said, a used single-axle Escape fifth wheel would make a nice, stable rig with a mid-sized pick-up. So would an Escape 19 bumper pull. Advantage of a bumper pull is you can put a topper on the truck for secure storage of cargo.
On the other hand, if your budget is more limited, or you're in a hurry (used Escapes can be hard to snag), there are plenty of Scamps out there. Biggest disadvantage is that the loft is designed for transverse sleeping. The standard versions (fiberglass interior) can be modified for longways sleeping, but the deluxe (wood interior) versions cannot.
Bumper pull Scamps are quite a bit smaller- you'll have to decide if it will work for you or not.
Nice thing about molded fiberglass is the strong resale value. It means you can buy one, try it out for a season or two, and sell it with minimal loss (and sometimes a tidy gain) once you know exactly what you need/want.