Just want to know: pros/cons Casita 17 FD - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-01-2015, 08:35 PM   #1
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Just want to know: pros/cons Casita 17 FD

I am seriously thinking about buying a new Casita 17 Freedom Deluxe. I don't have any experience with this type of trailer. Please let me know the pros and cons with this trailer. Good or bad I want to know. Thank You
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:58 PM   #2
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Casita has a fine reputation. The trailers are good quality and durable. Not much to tell as far as negatives... I personally don't care for the carpeted inner walls, and the aisle (between the cabinets) is a bit more narrow than Scamp's. Just little personal nitpicks.

I'm sure some Casita owners will chime in soon and give you more details about their experiences.
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Thanks Mike from OK
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:07 PM   #4
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The narrow hall between cabinets was made our neighbour change to a Escape 19.
They're happy campers now!!
I personally have never been in a Casita
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:27 PM   #5
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Two things. First, Casitas are fairly heavy for their size, especially on tongue weight. See the thread Trailer Weights in the Real World (post #297 has a downloadable spreadsheet). The average weight of a loaded-for-travel Casita 17'er is 3300 pounds with a 425 pound tongue weight.

For a little more $$, you could have an Escape 17B, which is lighter and roomier: http://escapetrailer.com/trailers/the-17-foot-escape/ . The average loaded weight of an Escape 17B is 2975 pounds with a 350 pound tongue weight. A favorable exchange rate makes them a really good deal right now. You'd have to be prepared to wait, though, as Escape has a long production backlog.

Second, if you do go with the Casita 17FD, the swivel chairs are nice, but you give up storage and the possibility of an extra bed. An alternative is a Spirit model with a fairly simple mod I saw recently: Convert side dinette to swivel chairs.

Whatever you decide, fiberglass is a good investment compared to a conventional wood-framed trailer. They don't have seams to develop leaks, they have a more aerodynamic towing profile, they have much better resale value should your needs change, and they last forever!
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:54 AM   #6
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I am seriously thinking about buying a new Casita 17 Freedom Deluxe. I don't have any experience with this type of trailer. Please let me know the pros and cons with this trailer. Good or bad I want to know. Thank You
Hi Arnold, think your best bet would be to attend a FG rally so you can get to see a number of different makes, layouts and sizes and talk to the owners. No one make, size or layout is "the best", all depends on your needs. I have a 17' Casita SD and as was stated the TW is heavy over the 16' models and other makes. All depends on your TV.
But to answer your question, I really have no real negatives for a Casita. After downsizing from large RV's the biggest thing for me is not having the storage space for all the things I used to carry....just cuz. So far it hasn't been a problem. Just about got the "dance" figured out to pass in the narrow isle though . BTW, the only difference between the LD and SD is the SD as the side dinette/extra single bed option and storage that you don't have with the LD. I think what you may find is you really don't spend a lot of time inside other than sleeping no matter which make you decide on. Good luck in your search.
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:12 AM   #7
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We purchased a new Casita LD17 last year after much research and for the money and overall quality we chose the Casita. we felt it was the best value.
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:40 AM   #8
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Ditto what Larry said. We picked up our new 17' Spirit Deluxe last April and have been very happy with it. There are a few minor modifications to make but overall they are a very well built and designed trailer.

The Escape's are very nice as well but cost significantly more. IIRC the a new Casita ran about $18 large and the Escape around $24. Both are great travel trailers.
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Old 04-02-2015, 11:51 AM   #9
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Thank you for all the replies so far. I am reading them over and taking them all into consideration.
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Old 04-02-2015, 12:07 PM   #10
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Call Casita. They have a referral service and they will try to contact an owner near you who will gladly show you their unit.
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The Escape's are very nice as well but cost significantly more. IIRC the a new Casita ran about $18 large and the Escape around $24. Both are great travel trailers.
Suggest you do the numbers again, comparing with similar options and then factor in the value of the Canadian dollar against the US dollar, if you didn't already do that.
Prices on the Escape site are in Canadian dollars, which are currently worth about 80 cents U.S.

17B is $22,500 CAN. on Escape site, which converts to $17,900 US.
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Suggest you do the numbers again, comparing with similar options and then factor in the value of the Canadian dollar against the US dollar, if you didn't already do that.
Prices on the Escape site are in Canadian dollars, which are currently worth about 80 cents U.S.

17B is $22,500 CAN. on Escape site, which converts to $17,900 US.
Also, BC is closer than TX and makes for a nice road trip from CA! I would certainly investigate both before deciding, and try to get a first-hand look. I believe both companies keep files of owners willing to demo their trailers to prospective buyers. Failing that, post a request here, and you may be able to locate a nearby forum member willing to let you have a look.
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Prices on the Escape site are in Canadian dollars, which are currently worth about 80 cents U.S.

17B is $22,500 CAN. on Escape site, which converts to $17,900 US.
Wow, what happened to the Canadian currency value? Last year at this time it was about 91 cents U.S.
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:45 PM   #14
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I did the numbers again and for a 17B equipped with the same options as the Casita it came to $24,565 Canadian. The AC alone is an $875 upgrade which is standard on the Casita. As well as the larger fridge, dual propane tank, exterior outlet, opening window in the bathroom, TV ready and foot flush toilet.

The exchange rate is variable but in general I would say the Escape runs an additional 20% more then a Casita comparably equipped. I'm not saying it's not worth it, and if you live in the western U.S. I would certainly consider one, but the cost difference is significant.
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