Welcome, Ray! Yup, lots of great folks and helpful information here.
We love our 13' Scamp
. I'm in the midst of spring cleaning and packing in preparation for our first trip this year.
You are entering a very hot market at the same time as many others. It will take some active searching, quick action, maybe a long drive, and a careful pre-purchase inspection to snag a good one. And a lot of patience. Good ones fairly priced often sell within a few hours of posting or less.
Check listings on this site as well as www.fiberglass-rv-4sale.com
, eBay, and Craigslist within a 500-1000 mile radius. Search Tempest allows you to set up a regional Craigslist search. Keep your eyes open locally, too- that's how we found ours. Beware of scams on Craigslist. If the price is unusually low, be very cautious. If you are pressured to send money sight unseen, run!
There is a buyer's inspection checklist
in the Document Center. It will help you know what to look for in a used unit. Many older units need work, sometimes a lot of it.
Make sure you have an adequate tow vehicle set up to go. A few 13'ers, very few, are under 1500# when loaded for travel, most are 1500-2000#, and a few are 2000-2500# (Casita Patriot Deluxe is one). There are sellers who claim "under 1000#, can tow with anything," but it ain't so. Since CA requires brakes
on trailers over 1500#, you will need brake wiring on your tow vehicle and brakes
on the trailer. Not all 13'ers have them, and adding brakes
can cost up to $1000 (worst case, depending on the type of axle).
Best wishes on your "egg hunt"!