The trigger has been pulled.
We searched & negotiated, and finally landed a rear-bath 28' Excella for a good deal.
Mechanically, it's in great shape (had it checked out by 2 mechanics). Floors good, no rust, rebuilt engine and trans, generator fires right up. Lots of other nice little things.
We've been going over it carefully, cleaning, learning, replacing.. We're yanking out the old smokey curtains and replacing them with micro venetians and brushed aluminum valances. putting new padded liners in all the underbays. Fixing rattles.
We've got a lot to learn, so you'll see more of me in the forums over the coming weeks/months
Thanks to everyone for your help!