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Old 06-30-2007, 10:44 PM   #1
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My wife and I drove over to Vermont today and pulled home my new-to-me 1991 16' Casita Freedom! Here it is at the Quechee Gorge Visitor's Center, where we stopped so I could check the hubs, hitch, and tires. While we were there we checked out the gorge (and one of the gift shops, natch).


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I cannot believe just how well this thing tows compared to my '83 12-1/2' Scotty. While the Casita is longer, it's also slightly more narrow, shorter, and more rounded, all of which makes it more aerodynamic. I think it weighs considerably less, as well. On top of all that, it also does not transmit nearly as much shock to the truck through the hitch when going over bumps. I was able to maintain 65-70 mph up all but the steepest hills on the interstate, most of the time staying in 5th gear. On the 2-lane roads, the steepest hills required 3rd gear, but the speeds were also much slower, usually between 30-50 mph. My little S-10 (2.8 V-6, 5-speed manual, 155K miles on it) really struggled to pull the Scotty at highway speeds - it felt like I was pulling a parachute all the time unless I was drafting a semi.

I love it!

When I got home, I took the propane tanks off and got them filled, as they were both empty. The stove, refrigerator burner, and water heater burner all work. I pulled the cover off of the battery box and filled the battery cells with water before plugging in to shore power - I'm sure the battery is toast, but I've got it charging now just to see if it will come around before I replace it. The interior lights, radio, water pump, exhaust hood fan, and microwave all work. The A/C fan comes on but the compressor didn't start, so it might be dead.

I still need to make sure the refrigerator actually works, and check out the water system, but all in all, not bad. I'm also going to pick up one more new tire that matches the one I just put on and I'll put that on the axle and return the spare to the spare tire holder on the back. The side marker lights look like they're burnt out, but the taillights work, so I'll have to check them out, too.

Pretty close to being ready for camping!
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Old 06-30-2007, 11:01 PM   #2
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Let the camping begin!
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Old 07-01-2007, 12:01 AM   #3
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One thing that I was worrying about as I was towing it home was that because it was more narrow than the Scotty, I expected the bed to be shorter as well.

Not the case.

The stick-built construction of the Scotty eats up internal room that the fiberglass shell of the Casita does not. I didn't measure, but judging by how much room I have between my hands and feet and the wall when I'm sprawled out on the bed, the Casita actually has more room.

Cool!
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Old 07-01-2007, 06:24 AM   #4
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Looks great Lee! Congratulations! Alec
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Old 07-01-2007, 10:52 AM   #5
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Looking good, Lee!
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Old 07-01-2007, 10:55 AM   #6
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Good for you Lee...looks like a keeper
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Old 07-01-2007, 11:37 AM   #7
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Great find! I am green with a mountain of envy.
Congratulations and many many happy miles!
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Old 07-01-2007, 02:30 PM   #8
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Thanks, everyone! It's been a long time coming.

Hey, what do you have to do to get into the Casita Club forum? Iregistered a week and a half ago and have filled out and returned my verification E-mail twice and E-mailed the list admin once. I have an account but because I haven't been verified I can't post. Are they not accepting new members?
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Hey, what do you have to do to get into the Casita Club forum? Iregistered a week and a half ago and have filled out and returned my verification E-mail twice and E-mailed the list admin once. I have an account but because I haven't been verified I can't post. Are they not accepting new members?
Eric (webmaster at CC) is a one man band...be patient, it can take up to three weeks to get approved.
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Old 07-01-2007, 02:52 PM   #10
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Ahh, OK, thanks. No problem, I was just wondering if I was being snubbed or something because on other forums it's usually almost immediate!
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:35 AM   #11
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Boy, he must be really busy...
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Just an edumicated guess, but..

Gene is no doubt on the road at this very moment attempting to get to the Oregon Rally.

His internet *may* be spotty.
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