Bought my first class c for $400 and spent about another 3 grand for tires shocks etc etc and some interior remodel. Learned alot in the process and enjoy using the rig a great deal.(my DW at first thought I was crazy but is now a huge fan). Last spring an older couple I know had to stop RVing due to health and asked if we wanted to by their 85 27' Newmar C. We went and looked, it was very clean and well cared for with extensive maintanance records. I asked how much they said 3 grand and DW said "we'll take it". I have spent maybe 100 bucks for a couple valves etc, everything else works great and we are very happy with it. I realize not everyone wants to go this old but it is working great for us, we still have both and take adults kids and grandkids and all go camping together at times. Good luck in your search.
I don't think anyones dying statement ever contained the words "I wish I had spent more time in the office", so lets go somewhere!
Purchased a 1995 24' Four Winds in Nov 2011 for $5500. Met all our 'wants'. Our mechanic checked it out throughly gave it the thumbs up. Needed some washing the zippered cushions and steam cleaned the rest. The seller told us all appliances worked well. By golly they did...everything! Found out there were some leaks so decided to redo the interiorand reset all the windows (lots of butyl tape) Pulled out carpet- replaced with solid vinyl flooring, replaced walls and wallpaper, put in new good looking light fixtures, cabinet and drawer handles, replaced plastic oak looking paneling with real oak, added three new deep cell batteries, a memory foam mattress, reupholstered the valances, new blinds and a few other goodies. All this for less than $1000. My SO did the work himself. We looked at the new RV's to see what the upgrades were and based our choices on what we saw. Looks brand new and we love it. Except for the leaks, the rest was just for cosmetic purposes. Since I paid cash - and so little I just have liability insurance , taxes are less than $50, Good Sam Club Roadside Assistance and we were ready to go. It can be done.