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Old 08-23-2007, 01:44 AM   #1
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Hello everybody!
I'm a new poster and a new Casita owner as of tomorrow. My wife and I did a little research after we put our order in and it was going to cost us around $6000 to have our trailer hauled, barged and delivered to our home in Fairbanks, Alaska so my hardy wife bought a one way ticket to Dallas and is driving it back here herself. Hopefully she'll arrive quickly and fall will hold on a little longer so we can pack our two girls, 3 and 4, into the truck and trailer and get a weekend getaway in before the snow flies. She's picking the trailer up tomorrow and might even start up the road by evening. I'll keep you updated on her progress across North America...
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Old 08-23-2007, 02:19 AM   #2
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Just one question, Joel.

Did she have to check the truck or was it carry-on?
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Old 08-23-2007, 02:33 AM   #3
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Good one, Morgan.

To be honest with you we went round and round about how to get a tug vechicle in Dallas to bring up. I initially thought that she would be able to rent a pickup or box van, U-Haul style, and drag it up. Apparently, though, they aren't too keen on a one way pull to Squarebanks. After considering having her brother, from Nacogdoches (apologies on the spelling, if needed), drive with her to Seattle and turn around and picking up with another friend, we finally decided on buying a truck there, driving it here, and selling it right away. I applied to a dealership in Dallas, told them we could sell one of our two cars here, and have half down to buy a used truck if they would finance the rest.
Long story short: I found a 2006 Ford F150, tow ready, with 58,000 miles and they financed 100% of everything. My wife walked into the dealership this afternoon, signed some papers, and left with the keys. I'm really curious to see, but I think we may be able to pull off selling it here in town before we make even one payment...
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Old 08-23-2007, 08:24 AM   #4
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Cross post from casitaclub forum:
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<blockquote>> Dave and Ruth Today, 07:01 AM Post #3

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Those Alaska folk are a hardy lot.

We are leaving today for the Yukon, going up I-25, crossing the border at Sweetgrass, and doing the Alaska Highway. Guess we'll keep an eye out for her. I definitely want to meet her.

We're not registered on the Fiberglass RV Forum- if any one reading this is, feel free to post this message. We'll be towing the "naked" Casita with the NM plates and a Gecko decal.

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</blockquote>Very cool stuff ! Maybe they will run across each other enroute !
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Old 08-23-2007, 08:21 PM   #5
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Wow, you guys are very resourceful! Good luck on that first trip, and please keep us posted on the progress.
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Old 08-24-2007, 02:45 AM   #6
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Way to go, Joel and Wife!
Maybe we'll spot you cruising around Alaska one of these days
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Old 08-24-2007, 01:00 PM   #7
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Great logistics idea, Joel. I drove my own truck round-trip between Anchorage and the Casita factory a few years ago. I put about 9000 miles on it. My wife flew down to Dallas and made the return trip with me. There is no easy way to get a Casita to Alaska, but it is worth it however you do it. We met another Casita couple in Anchorage who had theirs delivered to the state ferry in Bellingham. They then drove to Haines to haul it home. It may have been cheaper to have the Wrightway barge haul it from Seattle to Anchorage. Your method is the most innovative I have heard of yet, provided you can sell that truck without loss. But a rust-free truck from Texas should sell pretty well in Fairbanks.

I hope freeze-up holds off long enough for you to have fun with your new trailer this year.
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Old 08-24-2007, 05:56 PM   #8
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Hi David,
We don't have to sell our truck for the same as we bought it for, as far as I'm concerned. It was going to cost us $6000 to have the trailer delivered; adding $250 for a one way ticket with $1000+ in gas and $250 for food and rounding to the next thousand for $2000 leaves us $4000 to play with. I'm not trying to make a profit on the sale of the truck or my wife's driving experience, just trying to ease the 6 grand blow to the pocketbook.

My wife, Ann, just called with an update and I was a day off on the Casita acquision schedule. Instead of picking up the egg yesterday she picked it up today. She is now in L'Target buying bedding and supplies with a hitched and filled truck/trailer combo in the parking lot. She/we didn't realize that the purchase walk through would be four hours and she said she's already tired. I have the feeling that she might drive for an hour or so this evening to get out of Dallas metro and pull over for some winks. She said she would call tonight and report her position...
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Old 08-26-2007, 12:39 AM   #9
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Ann called tonight and gave me an update on her whereabouts. Last night she stayed at Doc's City R.V. park outside Keene on Hwy 67, TX. She ate at Abel's BBQ where she had the "best brisquet I've have since my father died." (He was from TX.)

Today she drove west to Abilene, ate at the biggest WalMart she's ever seen, and headed north. Tonight she is staying at the Best Western in Childress, where for $25 she is getting full hook-ups and use of the swimming pool. She tried out the shower in the Casita and was duly satisfied. Tomorrow she hopes to make it through OK and Kansas. More updates soon!
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Joel, great report. Many people are enjoying the adventure with you guys. Thanks for sharing with us.
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Old 08-26-2007, 10:15 AM   #11
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Joel,
Wishing the best of luck to you and your lady. I'm sure she'll get back home just fine, after all, she's an Alaskan--resourceful, practical and independent! It's a great state to live in too!!
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Old 08-27-2007, 01:26 AM   #12
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Ann didn't make it all the way through Kansas today. She is spending the night at the junction of I-70 and Hwy 83, south of Colby. She said that she got her 400 miles logged but had to endure a few wrong turns, sadly. She told me that she is trying to get to Canada as quickly as possible, just for the mental accomplishment, because there is so much more driving to Fairbanks even after she crosses the border. There is a little pressure on her to make good time, self imposed, because I'm supposed to fly out on a week long Dall Sheep hunt on the 2nd of September...
I told her to just drive safely. I read up on the regulations today and realized that the sheep season is five days longer than it used to be. I could be hunting up to September 20 so there's plenty of time!
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Old 08-27-2007, 02:52 AM   #13
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Joel --

Your wife is a woman after my own heart. And I thought I was a 'pioneer' for driving from Phoenix to Dallas and back to pick up my new Casita this past April, never having towed a thing in my life. Comparatively speaking, that was a piece of cake to what Ann is doing. She's a hearty soul alright!

Wish for her that she had a GPS (or does she?). They're not 100% reliable, but they certainly help for those times when you're lost.

I'm curious about her route. In looking at the map, it appears she's taking backroads, correct? Driving west to Abilene then north to Childress seemed to be an indirect route. Will she be driving any of the interstates between Oakley and the Canadian border? What states will she be passing thru? Too bad she doesn't have a little time to 'smell the flowers' along the way since there are a number of National Parks that are worth stopping for up in that direction.

I'm sharing her progress with my co-workers, and now we're all rooting for her, so be sure to keep us posted!

Please wish her continued safe travels for us.

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Old 08-27-2007, 06:50 AM   #14
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once she get back to fairbanks will u be driving by the artic cam so we can get a look at the new egg?
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