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Old 04-26-2013, 07:32 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by mary and bob View Post
We have three campers, a popup that we bought in 1978, a vintage teardrop that we bought in 2007, and the Uhaul that we have owned less than 2 years. The popup hasn't been used in a few years but I won't sell it, the teardrop will never get sold, and the Uhaul likely will not either. You can be one of those that tows on the edge of your vehicles limit, upgrade your tow vehicle, or downsize your camper. And if you want your casita to go to a good home where it will be well taken care of you can sell it to us cheap because that is all we can afford. I have way too much stuff because I also get attached to things. I say keep the Casita and at the time it is feasible upgrade your tow vehicle, it's easier to do that than find another camper.
...I like this idea and totally agree with that. To me, it just took me...2 YEARS to finally find my camper with right budget, hobby, style...That is a...33 years old F.G Trillium. To trade my car for another car? it might take me...one week is the MOST... A camper???? no way, especially the one I work on it. My wife sometimes complained that why not spending more money to buy a really better one like new but bother spending time working on it. Here is my response: When it comes to a hobby and passion, time and sometimes money will take second spot.

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Old 04-26-2013, 07:46 PM   #16
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We sold our 2004 17' Casita LD the day after we brought home a 1969 25' Airstream Trade Wind last September.
I'm in the process of rebuilding it and as usual things come up and its not done yet.
It was supposed to be ready in time for an Airstream Rally a couple of weeks ago and a teardrop gathering next week.

Good thing we have a 2001 13' Casita P.D. ( Yaa ! )

But I do miss my 17' (sniff sniff).
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:59 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Mike Magee View Post
A Highlander would work, and it would handle and ride very much like the Rav (I've driven a Rav several hundred miles, and I own a HL).
Got this from Edmunds site for 2013 HL:

Weights and Capacities

** When adequately equipped, which may require engine and/or other drivetrain upgrades.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:22 PM   #18
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Wow, they reduced it from 5000 to only 3500, I wonder what's up with that?!

(edit): I checked autos.msn.com and they still list the 2013 V6 4x4 at 5000 lbs towing. Is it possible you were looking at the hybrid model? They (2008 and later) have always been rated at 3500.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:34 PM   #19
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I don't think it was hybrid. It's from Edmunds so you can fact check me. I tried Toyota Canada site, but ended up driving in circles.

I just went back and looked. That's the 4 cylinder. The V6 AWD is still 5,000.
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:10 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by lpk49 View Post
am i the only one who loves my camper as much as if it was a puppy...or a child???
You are not alone.

I bought a 1971 Compact Jr that was gutted and used as a cargo trailer for $900. I spent over $4000 remodeling it back into a camp trailer. I later sold it for $1000 to friends who really wanted a small trailer. They told me that by doing so I saved their relationship. Later I find out that they have fallen on hard times and use it as collateral for a loan. Their patron takes the trailer on a trip, damages it, and leaves it in an avocado grove to rot for 4 years. When I hear of this I let my friends know that I would buy it back. They retrieve it from their patron and sell it back to me for $500. I have totally dismantled it and have spent $1200 so far on a totally new undercarriage. I an in the process of repairing the damage to the body in preparation to take it to get painted. This time, I feel that by the time Robert and I will be able to camp in it I will have given birth...
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:25 AM   #21
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So is this like "puppy rescue?" People driving far and wide to save mistreated eggs? I have so much admiration for those folks who spend their time, sweat and money to bring something back to happy usefulness! You're my heroes!
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:10 AM   #22
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It is hard. We made the choice to sell our Scamp after needing to replace our tow vehicle. Yes, we could have purchased a new tow vehicle, but after looking at the big picture it really was the best choice for us to sell. Also for us was the desire to want to be able to fish more and bring along the boat. It was a super hard choice, but I have no doubt that we'll be Scamp or other fiberglass owners again sometime. It has been super fun to own, especially since we are non-typical owners of them (young couple with 2 young kids).
Good luck with your decision, there is no one right choice for everyone.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:56 AM   #23
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As we search for higher and higher mileage in our vehicles are we going to get to a point that only SUVs or trucks will be rated to tow? I've noticed that the gain in payload for trucks is coming from lowering the base weight while keeping the same GVWR. . My wife's small car was rated at 1000 lbs towing in 2010 now in 2013 it is rated at zero.
Also fiberglass trailers are getting heavier with the addition of multiple options and the increase in size . Can we really say that fiberglass trailers can still be pulled by a grocery getter designed to just haul your butt to work ! I think our vehicles and trailers are going in different directions
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:29 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by Glen G View Post
We sold our 2004 17' Casita LD the day after we brought home a 1969 25' Airstream Trade Wind last September.
I'm in the process of rebuilding it and as usual things come up and its not done yet.
It was supposed to be ready in time for an Airstream Rally a couple of weeks ago and a teardrop gathering next week.

Good thing we have a 2001 13' Casita P.D. ( Yaa ! )

But I do miss my 17' (sniff sniff).


Love your pics! So cool to see the 3 lined up together and then the double-tow.

Thanks for posting!

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Old 04-28-2013, 06:44 AM   #25
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I feel it too

Last year I really wanted to buy an Escape trailer. I put in my order and was so excited. Then, after some medical issues I decided not to make the investment and I bought my Snoozy instead. It was less expensive and a good little trailer. Then came more medical issues and these have long term consequences.

Since I do not know what the future may bring, I am trying to live life to the fullest. I am now selling my Snoozy and am buying the Escape 19. Sometimes dream cannot wait.

I am finding that I am very attached to my Snoozy and will be really sad to see her go. but, I hope to sell her to someone who will love her as much as I do.

Sometimes it is best to follow your heart!
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:39 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by lpk49 View Post

i'm getting ready to trade the car...no emotional attachment there...but trading it is a really stupid financial decision.
Calculate the near- and long-term costs/losses attached to such a decision: that's the "affection tax" required for you to keep the Casita. Only you can decide if it's worth paying.

I bought a trailer my (paid for, 4-cyl.) daily driver can pull, and so can you. Believe me, it's just as easy to get (re) attached to a smaller trailer- especially if one's confident it was a smart-money decision, too.

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Old 04-28-2013, 12:43 PM   #27
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Hey there Kayak, no you aren't crazy. Maybe finding a trailer that would fit your needs before you sell your current trailer would make it less painful? That is how it worked for me.

I had a '63 Canned Ham that I loved for 8 years. I rehabbed it and decorated it to fit me. It was comfy and had plenty of personality. I towed it with my '86 Volvo station wagon. It towed it ok but I did most of my camping in places where I didn't have to tow over hills. It was limiting. Then 3 years ago I got a small inheritance that I used to special order a new 2010 Subaru Forrester. It was my first new car in over 20 years. I used it to tow my canned ham to the same places I had towed it with the Volvo and spent the whole time worrying I was hurting my beloved car even though the weight on the trailer was within it's tow specs. Then my husband was able to travel with me more and I wanted a trailer where we could share a bed. The bed in the canned ham was only 48" wide, a little small for both of us. So I started looking for a trailer would fit my needs and I knew it wasn't going to be a tent trailer (been there, hated it).

Pretty quickly I found a Hunter I (one of the Compact family), itty bitty,light and a king-size bed. I towed it over the Siskiyous to bring it home after buying it. Told some friends about my new trailer, and they imediately asked what I was doing with my old ham. They bought it as soon as I had pulled all my camping gear out of it. All I can think is that it was meant to be. Yes, I am nostalgic about my canned ham and I miss her especially some of her cabinet space but I am really enjoying the freedom to travel over hills without worry and the huge bed that my Hunter has.

So maybe out there is a smaller trailer just waiting to be your new love. And while you are hurting over your current trailer, it just isn't meeting your needs. A one-sided relationship is never a good thing.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:00 PM   #28
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well. i bought the truck. a tacoma 4x4 v6, real tow package(not like the rav...)

two of you on here helped me make the decision. one said:

"Since I do not know what the future may bring, I am trying to live life to the fullest"

and i could relate.

the other said-try the casita with the new truck for awhile and if it isnt right-trade the casita for a smaller camper.

i dont know. anyway i did it. no hook-up pics yet tho.

i had put over 700. into the rav to make it tow the casita and at the end it didnt seem like it was going to work. the dealer is taking off the brake controller and putting it on the new truck and taking off the new class III hitch i bought from u-haul...and i will try to sell that.

i havent decided about the wdh yet...i'll hold onto it at least until i see how the tacoma pulls the casita with the antisway bar that came with the casita.

so-when it is all together i will have a new pic to send.

my 12' kayak looks kinda funny in the 5' bed...

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