2008 Summer Trip - Fiberglass RV

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-02-2008, 12:44 PM   #1
Junior Member
Trailer: Casita 13 ft 2006
Posts: 3
2006 13 foot Casita Patriot Standard, AC, microwave, porta pottie, Fantastic fan, 3-way frig, gray water tank, vinyl floor, TV antenna and cable hook-up, drop-down 9 inch LCD TV, DVD, FM-AM. Outside - draw tite single armed WDH with sway bar. Frame mounted bicycle bracket on back of camper. Dry weight 2300#. Hitch weight 280#.

Tow Vehicle (TV): 2006 RAV4, 4WD, 3.5 V6, 269 hp, 248# of torque, 3500# towing pkg. Weight with topper, 3 chairs, 30x60 folding table and small folding table 3880#. Front axle, 2130#, rear axle 1750#. Gross combined total weight 8400#. Axle rating 2535# F&R. Toyota factory hitch, 10 bolts used to attach TV, also air lift inside rear coil springs. A lot of flexibility to adjust the load. Toyota recommends 4th gear for towing.

We had a great trip and would recommend Silver City, NM, Quadalupe Nat'l Park, TX, Tyler State Park, TX, KOA Nashville, TN. We try for state parks and have never been disappointed. We also liked the KOA at Flagstaff, AZ.

We averaged 16 mpg on the trip. The Toyota is a pleasure to drive. A strong engine, a large back seat. Hang clothes and cooler in the back and 2000 Honda generator in back of seat on the floor.

I have a bracket made across the front of the camper with basket for hose and blocks on one side and gas can on the other side. I only put in the can when I know we will be dry camping.

One Goodyear Marathon tire failed in Tyler, TX. The second at Flagstaff, AZ. We are now running Triangle TR648 tires. So much for the Goodyear tires made in New Zealand.

My wife uses the bottom bunk for sleeping. The top bunk gets used for our luggage and food basket. I have the dinning area with lots of room for sleeping.

In summing-up: A lot of good features in a small package.

Jim Witte

Jim Witte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2008, 11:35 PM   #2
Senior Member
Robin G's Avatar
Trailer: 2007 Casita
Posts: 3,440
Wow, sounds like a great trip. Hmmmm, tires they seem to be an issue on occasion. But as long as you made it home safe, a tire issue here and there can be handled. So do you have pic's of all these great places you saw? Robin

Robin G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2008, 11:58 PM   #3
Senior Member
Alf S.'s Avatar
Name: Alfred
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0TA / 2010 Nissan Frontier
Posts: 3,653
Send a message via Yahoo to Alf S.
Hi: Jim... Were the tires the problem or did you have defective valve stems??? The stems were all bad on our 07 trailer...even the spare!!!
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
Alf S. is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Planning Summer Trip Across Canada thomas kaz Camping, Campout Reports 24 03-07-2010 08:47 AM
Summer trip with a friends Blue Boler ericmarlo General Chat 4 10-08-2009 11:33 AM
Road Trip 2008 !! FargoEd Camping, Campout Reports 3 09-13-2008 10:25 AM
first camping trip of 2008 Phil Underwood Camping, Campout Reports 5 01-06-2008 04:16 PM
Crazy Summer Trip Jeff Johannsen General Chat 17 08-21-2006 07:42 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:51 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.