Thanks for the feedback. We have looked at a dozen trailers in person and hundreds online. Btw, we lean toward the dry-camping end of the camping spectrum and plan to do much of the fixing up ourselves. We are not 'collectors' so we will achieve comfort, not authenticity. It's very unlikely we'll buff it to a high shine.
Here are our thoughts so far about what will work for us:
--About 22-23' for boondocking and a more fuel-efficient TVehicle.
--We want a permanent full bed aft and kitchen/dining up front. Bath center, beside or rear of the bed. That way one of us can be up/working while the other is snoozing/ kicking back. It might only be a few feet, but we learned winter camping in the 13' canned ham--it can make all the difference.
--We want something "interesting", but not necessarily an AS. We are looking at a '60s Kenskill that's really pleasing inside with birch paneling. And a Silver Streak that needs heaps of work. And an Argosy with some dents and a problematic floor plan. And 2 ASs needing lots of TLC,not to mention windows and plumbing.
--we're going to live in this trailer, and to our taste, 70s-80s harvest gold/earth tone interiors are not acceptable, unless quality construction makes it worthwhile to renovate. (Not trying to pick a fight, just a matter of taste.)
--don't want to fix major structural or floor problems. (we recently looked at a 1960
Globetrotter for $12k that needed a complete rehabilitation.)
--finally, it's got to have the correct juju or mojo.