We did it! We bought a 1969 25' Tradewind. We saw the posting on CL with no pictures, had a lengthy telephone discussion with the seller, and jumped right on it. The seller wanted to get rid of it within a week, so the price was right for what we wanted to do.
The exterior is in great shape; the interior is not great.
First order of business is figuring out how to get it home 120 miles. Then I'm assuming we'll start with taking things out and trying to restore as much as possible - stove/oven, fridge, tub, toilet... not sure if we'll build new frames for the beds/sofas or salvage the ones already there.... until we get down to the subfloor.
So question for you knowledgeable folks - the PO said he had the bearings packed and towed it about 100 miles to his property. Then is sat for 5-6 yrs until now. We need to move it 120 miles to our home to being the work. In your experience, how likely is it that the breaks would be frozen and the bearings dry enough that we would not be able to make the 120-mile tow? What do you expect or recommend that we would have to do on the spot before towing?
Will be posting pictures soon