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
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.