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Old 09-20-2018, 12:22 AM   #1
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Why did you buy or sell your Fiberglass RV?

I follow this forum and I see a number of folks that buy a Casita, Boler, or Scamp (and others) and turn around and sell within a short time? Maybe 2 to 3 years or less.

Why did you buy?

Were you the first owner?

Did the purchase meet your expectations?

If you sold, what caused the sale?

Lack of use?
Age?
Health?
Too much work?
Family growing larger?
Not as much fun as you thought it would be?
Etc.?

If you sold and are still here I would like your thoughts. It will help me with my decision to buy.
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Old 09-20-2018, 03:40 AM   #2
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I follow this forum and I see a number of folks that buy a Casita, Boler, or Scamp (and others) and turn around and sell within a short time? Maybe 2 to 3 years or less.
Why did you buy?
Were you the first owner?
Did the purchase meet your expectations?
If you sold, what caused the sale?
Lack of use?
Age?
Health?
Too much work?
Family growing larger?
Not as much fun as you thought it would be?
Etc.?
If you sold and are still here I would like your thoughts. It will help me with my decision to buy.
Interesting question Kerry, don't think I've seen it before. I'm sure there will be many answers. You don't say your age, kids ect which would probably get you more direct answers. Example, I bought a bunkhouse class C so my young girls had a "room" to call their own, worked well. As empty nesters, I bought the SD 17 used because I liked the layout and wanted the flat door. It has worked fine but being around and in many other eggs, there is another egg in the same size with a layout that would work better for me if and when the time comes. The layout/floor plan is probably why most folks move up or down along with how/where they camp or travel. I've had everything but a 5er and popup in over 30+ years, none were perfect but did the job. Experiencing different layouts and rigs is how you learn what works best for you. The one thing about FG is they hold their value so well and if/when you decide to try a different one it a can be pretty much a wash to the wallet . As to the last few questions, none are a concern to me. Even if it should only get used once a year it is always ready to go and makes a great bug out or emergency shelter. I live in the desert, our central air was out for a week....guess where we slept . It will be interesting to see what others have to say.
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:14 AM   #3
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Why did you buy?

Casita Liberty Deluxe

Were you the first owner?

No.

Did the purchase meet your expectations?

No. See below.

If you sold, what caused the sale?

Floorplan did not work for us, mainly the lack of an adequate spot to sit down. Had I been solo, or had our trips been shorter (week long) it would have worked. We tend to take month long trips. In general, I think newbies focus too much on size and brand, and not enough on floorplan. Now for weekend campers, I don't think floorplan matters as much.

Depending on how important camping is to your lifestyle, I think people should also be more open to buying a new tow vehicle, rather than picking a trailer that their current vehicle can handle (or wishing it can handle based on dreamland dry weights). We have two vehicles right now. If I picked a camper based on what my one car (Honda Element) could handle, perhaps the only trailer I could buy would be a basic, no options/no plumbing Scamp 13. Its a fine trailer, but would not fit our camping plans. Fortunately, our V8 F150 can handle almost any molded FG trailer.
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:30 AM   #4
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Bought a Uhaul CT13 that we just happened to see at a little RV place. Obviously we are not the first owners. Worked OK for us for a few years after many repairs and mods. Next bought a Casita SD17 from friends that were selling it. Again obviously we are not the first owners and they weren't either. Works better than the Uhaul, which we still own and use. No plans or desire to sell either one. The Casita needed nothing but I did do the bearings and a few minor mods.
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:28 AM   #5
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We bought our Casita, NEW, from the factory and picked up there. No issues, we got what we paid for and expected. Still have it and hope to for a long time. Only reason to sell would be to upgrade to a larger FG, assuming our health remains.
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:42 AM   #6
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I bough my Casita new and added all upgrades. I love it but because of my COPD I need to sell. Ive had 2 trailers, 2 5th wheels and now the Casita. Perfect for a solo or couple. I LOVE the lifestyle.
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:57 AM   #7
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Great question and I'll be eager to see the answers!

We bought a Casita 17 LD as an upgrade to our teardrop because we were tired of having to do so much outside in bad weather. Plus we could tow it with our Tacoma and we aren't willing to go to a bigger truck. And fiberglass trailers are just so darned cool!

We love the comfort of having a bit more space without it being overwhelming to tow, and don't feel the need or desire for anything larger. We love having a full bathroom and kitchen indoors. But we aren't sure it is a good match.

The learning curve from the simple teardrop to the fully equipped Casita is huge and it seems that small errors have large consequences. We blew out the city water intake because we didn't know you need to moderate the pressure. We blew out our battery because we forgot to switch the fridge from DC to propane during a lunch stop...spent our whole vacation without hookups, therefore no running water or lights. We've bent the weight distribution hitch hinges because we didn't know that 4 chains is unacceptable, needs to be at least 5. I dodged a bullet when I ran both the fridge and the AC plugged in to 110. OK, so we're learning all these things that won't happen again, but...

Also, we find we are driving past places that would be fun to stop but we choose not to because of the hassle of finding parking. Plus, we live in central OR where the season is very short. It's only mid September and we're already dipping below freezing at night and feel we need to winterize soon.

We're coming to the conclusion that we may really be van people and are thinking of buying a tall van and converting it ourselves into a functional and simple rig we can park in a regular parking spot. Also, we really like to tour more than we like to camp, so not towing sounds good. But it's a big decision, as we'll also need to sell one of our cars to swing it financially. Round and round our brains go!
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:07 AM   #8
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We've bent the weight distribution hitch hinges because we didn't know that 4 chains is unacceptable, needs to be at least 5.

Not sure what you are saying here, and in any event, what's required would depend on the WDH and the installation.
If by "chains" you mean "links", my ProSeries WDH, installed as it is installed, is correct with three links left hanging.
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:38 AM   #9
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I follow this forum and I see a number of folks that buy a Casita, Boler, or Scamp (and others) and turn around and sell within a short time? Maybe 2 to 3 years or less.

Why did you buy?

Were you the first owner?

Did the purchase meet your expectations?

If you sold, what caused the sale?

Lack of use?
Age?
Health?
Too much work?
Family growing larger?
Not as much fun as you thought it would be?
Etc.?

If you sold and are still here I would like your thoughts. It will help me with my decision to buy.
We have had everything in an RV. We've had class A's, class C's, truck slide in campers, van camper, 5th wheel, 2 Casita's, etc. We've liked them all depending on our situation. The class A's are harder to drive. They like to wander on the road and catch the semi's winds. Truck campers can go most places but you need a large truck to handle them. Our 5th wheel my husband couldn't back up good enough and was always cutting corners in gas stations. So I got tired of yelling at him to not hit stuff. I could drive it and park it but he just couldn't. We drove some of our class C's for a long time and just wanted more in them such as A/C. Our first Casita was a 1985 and was a test to see if we wanted to tow a trailer. It was cheap and we did a lot of fixing on it. Got our money back when we sold it. The floor plan had a gaucho couch which we hated. No grey water holding tank and a 5 gallon black water tank. But we didn't mind towing it so we sold it and bought a new 2007 17ft Casita in the floor plan we liked. We still have it and just got home from a 3,316 mile trip in it yesterday. We like the captains chairs instead of the bench seats because they are more comfortable and we use things under the chairs for storage so we don't really lose much storage. We leave the bed made up all the time with a sleep number mattress. Just have to remember if going up a lot in altitude to let air out so it won't overfill and split the seam. We liked having the tow vehicle to run around in on this trip. We also have a 2012 21.5 ft class C motorhome and use it for most long trips when we know we can drive it everywhere. We usually don't stay in one place for more than one or two days so the motorhome works real good. We liked the Casita because it seemed to be of higher quality inside and out. It also seems to have more amenities included in the price than the Scamp. We hit a lot of wind on our trip and it didn't bother the Casita at all. It bothered the tow vehicle more. We tow with a 2013 GMC Yukon XL. So it has plenty of power and space for passengers and needed gear. We only use a small sway bar and receiver hitch. Our vehicle doesn't need a heavy sway control system. Hope this helps with your decision. Fiberglass trailers get their investments returned usually.
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:42 AM   #10
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Bought new 2013 Casita 17 SD loaded. Took it to Little House for additional mods. Did even more mods myself.

Expect to sell next year. Too small. Need to seat at least 4 adults at table.

May get Airstream 25 or 28. Or class c prob not class a but wife likes the class a. I like the Oliver but she says too similar to Casita in size.

We like to go into remote areas, so Casita fits that very nicely.

Darn it, talking myself back into Casita. Maybe wont sell.
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Old 09-20-2018, 11:10 AM   #11
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Why did you buy? Retired and could not afford to travel as much as we'd like, staying in motels and eating out. Camping in the Pacific NW can be rainy much of the year. Cheapest alternative was a used tent trailer, which we realized would only see summer use (would be put away wet, then have to be opened under cover somewhere). Next up were A-frame trailers (Chalet, Aliner, etc.). They were expensive, did not have much storage, not sure they would seal completely in driving rain. Then we reviewed stick/tin and fiberglass composite trailers, discovered the maintenance and quality issues. Finally arrived at fiberglass; our neighbor has a Casita, which we looked at and fell in love with. We wanted to use a 4Runner for towing, to get reasonable mileage; the conventional trailers, while roomier, had too much surface area for our liking.

Were you the first owner? No. We looked for a used Casita for a couple of months. We found an older one, but the owner had recently bought it, and could not vouch for its condition. We were new to trailering, and wanted something we could count on. So we bought a 4-year old 17' Liberty Deluxe, from about 250 miles north of us.

Did the purchase meet your expectations? Yes, with minor exceptions. The frame was already a bit rusty, which I used converter on, then painted (trailer lived near salt water); the spare tire had rubbed onto the body and damaged the gelcoat, the toilet flush stuck, a couple little things broke. I would expect this in a 4-year-old trailer.

If you sold, what caused the sale? We have NOT sold. Sometimes we think we want something bigger, but realize the tradeoffs in expense and accessibility. If for some reason we did sell, we might get something the same size or 2' longer, probably Escape or Bigfoot. Our Casita was well-optioned, though, and in our first year of ownership, we've dialed many things in to our liking.
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:06 PM   #12
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We bought our 13' Scamp after missing out on several small tent trailers and the Scamp turned up locally. I was open to anything under 2000# with beds for 4. Molded fiberglass was not a requirement, but it turned out to be a big plus.

Six years and no plans to sell or trade up. Use has declined somewhat as kids are teens and have a busy calendar, but I'm expecting it to pick up again as they leave the nest.

Why did we buy? Motels had become too expensive in our preferred vacation spot. Tenting was okay, but we wanted to get off the ground, and I wanted something with less set-up.

Were you the first buyers? No. Our budget at the time limited us to used units.

Did the purchase meet your expectations? Yes. It has held up well, much better than several other RV's I had owned in the past. It is far more comfortable than a tent trailer would have been, though not as roomy. The wiring has been troublesome, but it has not inconvenienced us much. Resale value was the unexpected bonus. I have no plans to sell, but it is nice to know if the need arose I could sell it easily and get back every penny I paid.
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Old 09-20-2018, 03:24 PM   #13
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Escape 17B. First fiberglass TT.
Personally matches our list of required features. Great pricing, plus can to USA conversion.
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Old 09-20-2018, 04:02 PM   #14
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I will be selling my U-Haul CT-13 about a year after I bought it, simply due to a desire for a bigger bed as I am 6'3". I'm not giving up on camping, in fact I have already purchased a different camper (Lite House TfT) with a bed that suites my needs a little better. I could have lived with the U-Haul as there are many things I like about it, but I figure why not get it right.
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