2,000 doesn't buy much. Went by Home Depot they're selling a 5x10 single axle utility trailer for 1600 plus tax which almost gets you to 2 grand. It really is a pretty flimsy looking thing, something a Gardner may use for hauling a couple of lawn mowers and leaf blowers around. Maybe enough room for an additional couple of rakes and a bag or two of yard waste.
My Hilo a 1985 a 19 footer (hitch to rear bumper) I wouldn't sell for less than 5 grand. Repairs can indeed be costly. 1,000 for a new lift motor,(uninstalled), 600 for a new hydraulic cylinder (uninstalled), 600 for a new cable system (uninstalled and labour intensive), 600 for a door, some can be 800.(uninstalled). Fridge, stove, furnace, hot water tank, converter, toilet. Then there are the exterior items that may come up, the awning alone on my Hilo is 0ver $1,000, then there is Windows, maybe roof leaks etc.
My Hilo cost me just under 1,000 to be made road worthy again, 4 new tires new wheel bearings and new battery. Thankfully the electric brakes were still solid and all the lights still worked. Which is remarkable considering the Hilo wasn't used for a decade.
Anyway if there would have been so much damage that it was not worth repairing, I would have stripped it down to a flatbed. Actual bed size would be about 16x6, dual axles with electric brakes, carries a spare tire and four times as sturdy as that flimsy utility trailer homedepot was selling.
2,000 for a Hilo? If you can get one for that price you stole it. On the other hand it could cost you 6,000 to make a camper out of it again. It all depends on condition.
How long does stuff last on Hilos? Mine is 31 years old everything is original except the stuff I mentioned earlier and my door latch strike plate. A friend of mine sent me a new custom built one.
I guess other than opening and closing the door my Hilo wasn't used very much.
1985 Funmaker 19R
2004 Chevy Avalanche. Z66