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Old 11-22-2015, 09:21 AM   #15
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Congratulations Dean, Happy Camping. Looks like a great Casita with lots of nice mods.
Sounds like you really lucked out with the sellers too, people who own Casita's are usually very nice LOL.

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Old 11-22-2015, 11:03 AM   #16
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2014 Casita SD 17ft. 2004 lifted Tacoma TRD 2002 stock 4runner 2000 lifted 4runner 1968 resto-mod Chevelle
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Old 11-22-2015, 02:14 PM   #17
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Congratulations, a lovely-looking rig, all the best!
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Old 11-22-2015, 02:31 PM   #18
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Eyour new Casita

Originally Posted by DeanCHS1980 View Post
Hi All,

After catching the RV bug 14 months ago, focusing on small travel trailers the last four months or so and discovering this website on 8/1/15, my DW and I purchased our first FG rig today. We are the VERY PROUD owners of a 2005 Casita 17' Freedom Deluxe. If you would have asked me over the last several months, I would have told you that we would get an RV in 10 years at retirement, then 5 years after our youngest graduates from college, then 2 years once we downsize. Nope. Too many people, including many of you shared how it is important to get started asap. "Get out there and get camping!!!" Even two months ago, I would have said we were two years away. I am pleased to be wrong and, as of today, be the happy owners of a Casita.

We found it on this website at the end of October and bought it from John Busch who purchased it new in 2005 from the Casita folks.

John had made the following upgrades:
1. High-lift axle.
2. LED lights inside and out.
3. EZ window rain guards.
4. Calmark trailer cover.
5. Orbital Machine Works - Casita Rear Hitch Receiver
6. Orbital Machine Works - Casita Shock Kit
7. Orbital Machine Works - 3" bolt on lift kit in addition to the factory hi-lift.
8. Little House Customs - 24" double step kit.
9. Built in Progressive 30 amp surge protector.
10. Upgraded Progressive 45 amp 3-stage power converter.
11. Custom closet.
12. Numerous cosmetic and electrical modifications inside the rig.

John was so gracious and he did the following:
1. He threw in the tug hitch, anti-sway bar, and weight distribution system.
2. My DW and I don't own a vehicle to tow the Casita yet, so John delivered it to us (235 mile trip, one way) today and parked it in our driveway!!!
3. He delivered it already winterized!
4. He took the time to give us an orientation to our new to us Casita.
5. He and his wife even left us a wonderful congratulations gift in the Casita.
6. Has made himself available for future questions.
7. Has encouraged us to attend a rally in April, so we can meet again to help further orient us to the Casita.

LOL! If all companies offered the customer service that John has shown Laura and I, all of us would be happy campers.

Looking forward to seeing John again and meeting his wife in April at the rally.

OK, I have a confession. . .a cold front moved through today and it was chilly outside. My brother-in-law and his wife came over to see our new Casita. Laura and I were out in the Casita drinking coffee and thinking about our future adventures. The next thing I know, all four of us were in the Casita. The four of us have known each other for 35 years since we were teenagers and here we are sitting in our Casita sitting in our driveway gabbing like we were teenagers again!!! Lots of fun.

I would also like to thank all of the wonderful folks on this forum that have helped us with our questions and musings over the last three months. By the way, the questions and thoughts will not stop. Time to get serious about buying that used tug now!!!

OK, I am going to make my first attempt at sending a picture or two!!!

Thank you,

Laura and Dean
Congratulations on your new to you Casita. We just finished our first year in our new to us Scamp 16. We love it and have made many changes to it to make it ours. We go to Kentucky Lake campground a lot! Hope to meet you there.
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Old 11-22-2015, 05:35 PM   #19
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I love how everyone here gets so excited for new people. Great group!
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Old 11-22-2015, 09:02 PM   #20
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I do beleave this Great Group has just added another wonderful/great family to our great big fiberglass family!
Congrats on a wonderful find and Happy Camping!
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Old 11-22-2015, 09:18 PM   #21
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Congrats ! what a great trailer find and a wonderful experience with the seller. Now is the time to get going and enjoying your trailer and the great folks on this forum, no need to wait for any of the events you outlined. Lee
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Old 11-23-2015, 04:50 AM   #22
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Congratulations. Great find. Love your new owner enthusiasm. And I promise you that you'll be just as enthusiastic 5 (or 10 or 15) years from now
It's not the size.....
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Old 11-23-2015, 06:44 AM   #23
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Congratulations! Great pictures - thanks for sharing. Have fun!!
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Old 11-23-2015, 06:56 AM   #24
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Very nice!!!!
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“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
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Old 11-23-2015, 06:59 AM   #25
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Congratulations Dean and Laura! I hope when you mention a rally in April you are talking about Townsend. We will not have our trailer yet, but plan on being there anyway and get a chance to meet you and take a tour. And love all the pictures.
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Old 11-23-2015, 09:12 AM   #26
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Way to go guys! You'll be so glad you didn't wait ten years! Looks like a great trailer.
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Old 11-23-2015, 10:05 AM   #27
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If you teenagers are going to get together in there again, put the rear stabilizers down. Congratulations and have fun.
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Old 11-26-2015, 07:46 PM   #28
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Hi All,

LOL! Laura and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone's wonderful comments regarding us joining the FG family. We have had the Casita for six days and have given many tours so far. My oldest daughter is home from college, several of Laura's family are here, and my mom has threatened to move in it. So far we have not even bothered to put the cover on it yet. I am guessing we will put the cover on it on Sunday after everyone goes home. It is also serving as a potential back up bedroom for the holiday weekend.

Thanks to all once again for the well wishes.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Laura and Dean

P.S. - I know some of you will find it hard to believe , but I have also spent my last few evenings researching tugs!!! Given Laura will be driving the tug some as her daily bop around vehicle, we (she) have ruled out pickup trucks. Leaning midsize SUV. Toyota 4 Runners and Kia Borregos are at the top of our list. We did test drive a beautiful 2006 Lexus GX 470 yesterday, but the mileage was high at 167,000. No big rush, so I will stay in research mode!

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