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Old 10-26-2007, 08:53 PM   #1
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Hello

Previously we owned a 1987 16 ft fiberstream and somehow stupidly sold it about 3 years ago. We currently have a 33ft NUWA fifth wheel. We want to get back into fiberglass camping, and have been looking at new trailers. We have narrowed it to a Casita 17 Spirit deluxe. Does anyone have any other ideas to ponder before we plunk the deposit down and order this thing.

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Old 10-26-2007, 09:13 PM   #2
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Hi Randy
I moved your post here instead. It should get more exposure.
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Old 10-26-2007, 10:05 PM   #3
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Welcome back? No advice here - although we have a new to us 03 17' SD as well....

Great little trailer - you'll love it!

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Old 10-26-2007, 11:27 PM   #4
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Hi Randy.
If you're a 5th wheel fan Escape and Scamp make fiber 5ths. Otherwise Casita seems like a good choice. I did a fair amount of research and finally decided on an Escape so I'm a little biased that way

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Old 10-27-2007, 07:24 AM   #5
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Hey Randy, welcome back. From the left Nav bar, here is the Helpful-Link for all current brands of fiberglass trailers. Don't know how much homework you've done, or EXACTLY what you're looking for.... I own a Scamp and I think you'll find most of the forum "love the one they're with." But, I'm a future Escape 5th wheel owner!!

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Old 10-27-2007, 08:37 AM   #6
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We have check out that list, thanks. The escape 5vr is cute and appears well built. Scamp fifth wheel bath. is a little cramped. We have been looking at trailers for the convenience of towing with any appropriate TV. We have a 04 Dodge 2500 diesel with 37,000 miles which all are hwy towing. It carries 135 gallons of fuel and has a huge cruising range. We only use it for trips with the trailer and will last forever. With it being club cab LWB, just not sure we want to take a 22ft long truck on every trip. You better grab that escape 5th wheel, with the value of the US dollar vs canadian, that rascal could be $50.000 tomorrow.
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Old 10-27-2007, 10:00 AM   #7
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Randy,

We have been camping for many years and just recently sold our tent trailer. The past few months we have been reading this forum, Casita forums, kicking tires at RV dealers, etc... in hopes of finding the perfect camper. It's all about trade offs you know. From that research, we will definitely be buying an all fiberglass trailer. A 17 foot travel trailer will best meet our needs. The Casita SD would make a very nice choice and one we had decided on it until we found the Oliver. The Oliver will be the camper we order here in the next few months. Good luck with your research and have fun camping.

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Dean,

very true regarding the trade offs. We ususally buy things sight unseen and never have buyers remorse that way. To many people buy things and keep looking and then are mad at themselves. We own two houses one in California and one in Tennessee, bought them sight unseen and always been happy with both, all vehicles and trailers have been the same way. For some reason we decided to look this time and learned some but basically just got more confused. One thing we learned though is that the casita floor plans are not to scale, especially the freedom model. The Chairs take 6-7" more room than the floor plan indicates. We would have ordered that, and probably been happy not knowing the SD was more open in the walkway. Oliver trailer is made a couple hours from our house in TN, a little mystical, but may be early for them. Could not get in touch, and web site other than floor plans offer few pictures. Prior to opening they bought all three models of Casitas, I guess to not reinvent the wheel in the manufacture process, which is I guess good business. I would have like to have seen one face to face.---- two turn offs on the specs the Interior height is lacking 2" at 6'1", probably due to the double wall. The other is the aluminum frame, if not well designed is just as heavy as steel, and if not well designed not as durable. Once tweaked always tweaked also. The extendable tongue is also of little use for us. Using unlike metals in construction will be interesting to see the long term effects if electrolysis is a factor. I have never seen a firm price on those things..... I had an aluminum emergency once and had great difficulty finding someone willing repair it, also finding someone qualified, at that time most aluminum welding was strictly large fabrication firms, finally found one and looked sad enough they did it for me. They also charged me nothing, and refused any gift, as they wanted no liability for their kind gesture.

Let me know if you have photos or facts on that unit, and how your search goes. As you have indicated "there is no perfect trailer" very true. The mail came and I commited to the purchase of the casita by sending the purchase order and check. I appreciate all of the quick input, and will become one of the crowd again. The pick up date is suppose to be Jan 8th there abouts.


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I'm 6'3" tall and can stand upright in Reaces 5'er. ....also he tows his demo model with a V-6 Muzdah NON 4X4 with no worrys even in the hills around here!!!1
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the escape 5.0, is that to mean 5 meters long like a sailboat? or how long is it?

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the escape 5.0, is that to mean 5 meters long like a sailboat? or how long is it?

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20 feet or so, Escape 5.0 means its a 5th wheel.
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:57 AM   #12
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Randy,

I am sure you will enjoy your Casita. It's a nice camper. I am finding a lot of good choices in fiberglass campers thanks to this forum. Thanks everyone.

Whatever camper gets you out camping is a good one.

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