That polished 31 looks so nice... after looking into how long it takes to polish these, and the cost if it is professionally done - it seems like a good idea to go with one that has it done already.
I've found a ton of campers not listed here on the classifieds, some completely remodeled, others partially. Buying a neglected michigan airstream now seems crazy. Being stored outside in the rain and snow, its just asking for one with a completely rotted floor and compromised frame. I can rent/borrow a truck and drive a camper back here..
I'd much rather pay 15 - 20k for a well cared for or partially re-modeled trailer with solid appliances and subfloor than fix/replace it myself! Even though I know I could tackle it.. I just want to enjoy it sooner than later.
Thanks again for all the input!