How funny! I bought a 31ft Sovereign
Land Yacht (1972) last October for like $7500 and I have been living in it ever since (in Santa Rosa, of all places).
I understand about wanting a gutted one. That is what I was originally looking for. After several months of looking for "the Airstream of my dreams" (which at that time would have been anything) I took notice of the market. I really noticed the stretch between what I wanted (and was convinced I could find) and what was realistically out there for sale.
My bottom line would be: persevere: keep looking and Thee...Thou... Though art..
You will find what you're looking for!!
Namaste' Lorna Hanen