I boughtca 1999 Casita Spirit 16' last fall
. After looking for 18 mos, I chose mine because it did NOT have a bath taking up space but did have gouchos front and side (one with a porto potty under.) They both make into bunks so my 3 nieces and I can each have a bunk and leave the dinette table up for whomever is staying up late or getting up early. I didn't want this big conversion that has to take place twice a day to turn a bed into a table and visa versa.
And when it is just me, the double couches feel like a little living room. And it feels so open and roomy. Here is a picture with 5 people sitting in there with me. I am sitting alone at the dinette talking the photo.
My suggestion is to go to a rally
and get in some. That is how I ruled out a 13' - even just for me. And then, think through the aspects of the lifestyle you want to live in it, make your criteria list, and stick to it.
For decorating, I am going red and white (really cream andcrimson) for IU because I am currently om Indiana and Both my Brother and I went to IU. It is hisdaughters I camp with. Hedied a year ago and made me promisecto keep takijg you s girlscamping. (We havecbeenctent camping and I am 56.) Now my cushions are blue and tan but they are neutral wniugh that I think the red & white will be OK. Eventually I will recover the cushions in fabrics with red & white - probably in a micro-fiber faux suede because it is thick but easy to sew, and you can wipe spots off it so easy. Even without changing the cushions, I have put several red things in there like a clock, coat hooks, tea kettle, baby Keurig, S&P, IU blanket etc and it looks really cute already. I am ordering a black and red IU spare tire cover. Tomorrow I pick up my new Ford Escape
SE 2.0 L w/ tow package and I ordered rucy red. Next year I will replace the blue decals on the outside of rhe Casita with red Indiana decals.
A good decorating tip I heard is to buy pleated curtain hooks to slide into the carpet on the walls and hang things from. I saw one egg with pants pockets hooked to the carpet to store things like a phone, charging cord, flashligjt, things you need to reach while in bed. I am going to use the sticky side of velcro on things I want to stick to the carpet, including clear plastic picture frames and my travel alarm.
I am not doing curtains. My PO replaced the aluminum blinds with vinyl and they are quiet, neat, neutral, and so easy to open and close. Curtains could hang onto the bunk amd I could see the girls pulling the rods right off the wall.
I am going to hang the TV from under the storage compartment that runs along the back - above the dinette. There is a plug up there and I can put the DVD player in the compartment. Eventually I will have an antenna on the roof and a router/modem/digital receiver so I can get free broadcast tv and hot spot internet.
I love movies and so did my brother. Since kids can watch the same movies over and over and still enjoy, I am going to build DVD racks on the sides above the dinette benches since there are no storage compartments there. (Above woman in black jacket sitting at table - my Mom.) That way we can travel with 80 or ao movies from my brother's collection.
That is all I can think of for now. Our first trip is 3/23 to Morenga Cave and I will take some pics of the inside for you.
Welcome to the family, Lynn