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Old 06-23-2019, 10:33 AM   #1
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What's the difference between 16' and 17' Casita's

After selling my Oxygen we are looking for a new rig. Until that perfect rig comes along we are considering other trailers that we previously never considered. Not only have I never owned a Casita I don't believe I've ever been in one. I know that the ceiling height of the 16 is lower than the 17 but I understand that the 16 is quite a bit lighter. Is this the case?
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Old 06-23-2019, 02:00 PM   #2
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So we had a 17' FD and our friends had a 16'SD. The biggest differences besides the 6 years were:

Lower roof - pro or con depending on your needs.

Smaller bed - probably an issue.

Front air under the closet instead of on the roof.

I think everything else was about the same and the 12" difference was in the bed. The crawl-over bed was the main reason we sold ours.

Ours weighed in at 3300 # at the Oregon Gathering loaded for travel with bikes on the back. If the Oxygen beds didn't work for your wife, I doubt that either Casita would unless you could find an Independence.
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Dave, the main reason the Oxygen bed didn't work was with the kitchen on one side and the bathroom on the other the opening to the bed was less than 2 feet wide. With the gel mattress topper, although comfortable, you tended to sink and there was nothing to grab onto to pull yourself out lol. Not a lot of room for maneuvering. I think if we were young and skinny and frisky it would have been fine. But two old folks heading for the bathroom in the middle of the night not so much.
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I forgot Dave which trailer did you have at SAFE last year? Was it a casita?
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Steve, one other big difference between the 16 & 17s is all the 17s have the flat door.
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Also I think the 16’ has a smaller frig
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What about weight? Are the 16's that much lighter than the 17'?
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I forgot Dave which trailer did you have at SAFE last year? Was it a casita?
No, that was our Trailswest Campster. It's a lot smaller a less comfortable than the Casita but is easy to hide in the carport. Just used it Friday night dry camping and last week as a guest house.
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No, that was our Trailswest Campster. It's a lot smaller a less comfortable than the Casita but is easy to hide in the carport. Just used it Friday night dry camping and last week as a guest house.
That's right, you pulled in late on the other side of Kai. I just keep seeing Casita on your Avatar.
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we had a 2008 SD 16

indeed, smaller fridge, no freezer. smaller grey tank, smaller water tank. about 5'10 inside, but even tho I'm 6' tall, it didn't bother me much, as the trailer is so small you don't stand around in it. the SD16 dinette is a foot smaller. the front closet is smaller because the AC is in the bottom of it. less kitchen counter space. much lower roof line due to no AC on top == might fit in a garage. 16' trailers are in a different legal catagory in California, and qualify for a PTR, Permanent Trailer Registration, so you save on annual registration (its just a couple $100 for our escape 21, so not that big of a deal).
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John how do you like your Escape 21 as compared to your Casita? I don't mean comforts of home as I'm sure the Escape is a fine trailer, but how does it tow, gas mileage, wind resistance, practical stuff.
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Responding to a post that seems to be deleted now...

Similarly, there is one Casita 16' Standard in Fred's database and it was 1780 pounds. Not 1100 pounds.
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John how do you like your Escape 21 as compared to your Casita? I don't mean comforts of home as I'm sure the Escape is a fine trailer, but how does it tow, gas mileage, wind resistance, practical stuff.
well, after towing the Escape home from Dallas Texas to Santa Cruz California, by way of Reno Nevada, we retired our Tacoma 4x4, and got an F250 diesel. at the elevated speeds of the southern interstates, the Tacoma was getting 9-11 MPG, while the F250 gets 13-15 (its the older 7.3 diesel, the newer 6.7 probably gets much better mileage). Most importantly, the tacoma's payload was only 1200 lbs, which with 500 lbs on the hitch, and 500 lbs of driver+copilot, eeek, not much left for gear, and we tend to bring quite a bit of stuff on our extended road trips, music festivals, astronomy events, and so forth.... also important, the Tacoma only had a 18 gallon gas tank, the F250 has a 38(!) gallon diesel tank. its really nice being able to cruise for 500 miles before thinking about the next fillup.


We love the Escape, the bed is much more comfortable for the two of us, the big fridge with freezer, a dinette large enough that the two of us can lounge, the propane oven under the stove. the dark tinted double-pane windows with pulldown blinds are far superior to the funky venetian blinds on the casita. the escape stays far cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather due to its better insulation. the Carefree awning is larger and more stable than the Fiamma on the Casita. Love that the escape has a big cargo bin on the front for carrying all that trailer junk (blocks, tools, etc). Love the rear hitch point where we mounted a double-bicycle rack.



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One other possible difference worth expanding on.
Back in the early 2010s there was a lot of discussion on Casitaforum regarding the inadequacy of the front mounted, window air conditioner on the 16', and modifications attempting to improve the airflow. I don't know if that's still an issue.

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