What about a Casita? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 10-17-2012, 11:16 PM   #1
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What about a Casita?

There do not seem to be many Casitas for sale up here in scampland (MN)....found a 1997 Casita Spirit Deluxe 17' for $7500....bigger than we had been looking at, but a still have a few small nagging thoughts that a 13' will not be big enough....can't hurt to look I guess huh? How is $7500 for one of these? TV is a trailblazer....anyone here tow a 17' with a V6 Chevy (or anything else)?

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Old 10-18-2012, 07:42 AM   #2
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According to the post here on the forum Trailer Weights in the Real World
most Casita's are heavier than Scamps but all appear to be under the 3500# thresh hold for single axles. Your owner's manual will tell your vehicles capacity.

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Old 10-18-2012, 10:53 AM   #3
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Here's one in Wisconsin.

or this one...
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:49 PM   #4
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How is $7500 for one of these?
Check out Fiberglass-rv-4sale.com for comparable units currently listed or past sales in the area you are looking to get feel for the pricing. Pricing is subject to many factors including the location of the unit. What may be a fairly rare trailer sighting in certain areas might be pretty common in another area, which will impact pricing.
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Old 10-18-2012, 01:52 PM   #5
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We tow our 16' UHaul VT (fully loaded with roof AC and exterior camping gear) with our VR6 engine VW Eurovan. The dry weight is listed at 1850 but we are probably actually hauling around 2800 lbs. We have surge brakes on the unit.
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:43 PM   #6
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Your Trailblazer has one of the most powerful I6 in Suv's available, so I dont think it would be a problem pulling a Casita ( proper hitch, brakes, cooling ) I have pulled my 16ft Scamp with our old Blazer with the 4.3 litre v6, wouldnt have problem hooking up a 17 footer to it....IMO our 16 ft Scamp is a bit cramped and that is with 2 people, Think a foot might make a big difference if even it is the bed size
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:22 PM   #7
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The price seems reasonable, if in good condition.

A 17 will only cut your mpg's a bit, maybe 2 or 3. Wind resistance is about the same as a 13.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:06 PM   #8
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Lots of Casitas down south. Makes sense since they're made in Texas. We have run into several couples hosting in Casita 17's The extra height, large bed ( up to a king I think) and flat door are the pluses. The deluxe includes the bathroom which is in the front of the trailer. This does increase the tongue weight. We looked at them when we were shopping but lack of jalousie windows was a deal breaker for us.. Spend some time on the Casita forum. Very devoted owners. Raz
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:01 PM   #9
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Did you see the two 2002 Casita's that were for sale on this site the other day? Both with lots of options and extra's- one for $8900 and the other for $9000. I tow my 17' Casita with an older 6 cyl Jeep GC and most trips have been out west in the mountains without any problems. That big 6 cyl you have will tow almost as well as a V8 and much better than my Jeep. Here in Minnesota it's a very easy tow!
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:19 PM   #10
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If I were you I would definately consider it. I would take a Casita over a Scamp anyday and there are not many around in Mn. Make them an offer if it looks good to you. If in good condition it should go quickly. I sold 2000 for $7800 two years ago, and am so sorry I did so. I miss my Casita but can not buy right now.
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:08 AM   #11
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There are two for sale in MN right now...both spirit deluxes...one is a 97 and one a 2002...supposed to look at one tomorrow am.....the other is closer but way more than i want to spend until i know if we are actually going to use it enough to justify the cost.....

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