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Old 04-15-2019, 01:55 PM   #43
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The way my house is set up, an 8' wide motorjome has literally 2" of clearance at the roof eaves. Way too hard to back in, even getting it out is terrifying. Husband could do it, but I wouldn't trust anyone else. Class Bs too expensive or too old, so TT it is ifi want to RV camp
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Old 04-15-2019, 03:12 PM   #44
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We bought our used 2013 Casita two years ago precisely for its durability, ease of maintenance, flexibility, and long-term value. We did not have space for a full-size truck to tow with, nor did we have space to store a larger trailer. We invested about $18K total into the trailer and accessories. This was our first trailer, and I was not sure we would get the use out of it. So far, we have put on 12,000 miles and probably 100 nights' use. We've had only minor issues which are common to any RV - sticking toilet, learning to pack the fridge properly, stuff like that. We don't need any special mirrors for towing; I did add air bags and heavy-duty shocks, but that was it.
In our case, we use the trailer for three seasons; much below 30 and we stay home.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:56 PM   #45
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Debit, if you're not aware f RV bootcamp, you may want to consider it. Escapees does it both in person (a 3 day event at a campground) and online. It's a complete set of classes n every aspect of your trailer -- water, electrical, heating, etc. etc. As a solo woman, embarking soon on trailer adventures, I'm planning to put in the time to do the online course now, and go to one of the camps once I have my rig (and can't figure out where everything is). May be helpful to give you confidence that you know what you're doing.
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:15 PM   #46
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Also, I don't think anyone has mentioned attending a fiberglass trailer rally. That's a great place to see a wide variety of trailers, along with friendly people who will describe them to you and give you their honest assessments.
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:51 PM   #47
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Im not a solo traveler, but backing in is best done alone. I find out where my wife wants the trailer (skip that step if solo), then I send them all off to check out the bathroom or the beach... anything.

I put a folding chair right where I want the back corner of the trailer to end up (on the side I can see in my mirror) and use it as a target. It does not move, nor make any unintelligible hand-wavings. It does not tell me to hurry up or slow down, or turn left and then turn right... but just sits there patiently until a gentle nudge against the chair lets me know Im done.
I once saw a guy wearing a T-shirt that had I APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT I SAID WHEN I WAS BACKING UP
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:59 PM   #48
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Love the boot camp idea, esp online to start with. Saw a Casita rally at Lake Casitas which is near me, in October
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Up our way (northwest Oregon) I recently saw a sign that said, "I'm sorry for all those things I said when it was Winter."
Currently 43, showery, humidity 75%
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:10 PM   #50
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Love the boot camp idea, esp online to start with. Saw a Casita rally at Lake Casitas which is near me, in October
Pretty sure that rally draws other molded fiberglass brands, too. Have you found the Rally Map in the More tab at the top right corner?
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:16 PM   #51
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Not yet. Still stuck in tow vehicle that is not a truck cycle
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Could you elaborate?
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:47 PM   #53
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This is off topic for this thread, but here's the "search for tow vehicle" summary to date. Am going to buy tow vehicle new, to minimize my stress. Have pretty much decided on Casita Spirit Deluxe 17', 2500 lbs dry (not including awning and furnace) , 365 tongue weight.

I want an SUV, not a pickup truck, because I just do not want to drive a pickup truck full time. So there's that. Started off thinking I wanted a Hyundai Santa Fe XL or Kia Sorento, largely because of reliability ratings and long warranty. Learned via this site and others that these are likely not best for towing, not really designed for it. Looked into Honda Pilot and Toyota 4Runner. Pilot sounds good, but has a ridiculous flaw -- roof rails only available on trim that has apparently problematic 9 speed transmission. 4Runner seems to not have reliability that I thought it would, and really lackluster technology, including safety tech.

So now we are at Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, and I am corresponding with a very helpful gentleman on one of the forums about these two. I'm not over-joyed because again reliability ratings not superb according to Consumer Reports. But a purchased extended warranty will calm my fears. This is the one time in my life I am going to spend some money to buy myself peace of mind.

You asked for elaboration, so there it is. Apparently this is what happens when you don't want to drive a truck. I am only half-joking here.
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Brilliant Jon.
Much better than looking in the mirror and finding your better half is watching eagles flying overhead or in deep discussion with another camper.
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In case you want to reconsider, I don't consider today's "trucks" to be trucks. Depending on the brand, some are like cars with a small deck to put things in. I tow my Spirit Deluxe with a 2011 6 cylinder Ford Ranger. It goes and isn't too rough riding. I'd rather have a Subaru, but that isn't going to happen.
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This is off topic for this thread, but here's the "search for tow vehicle" summary to date. Am going to buy tow vehicle new, to minimize my stress. Have pretty much decided on Casita Spirit Deluxe 17', 2500 lbs dry (not including awning and furnace) , 365 tongue weight.

I want an SUV, not a pickup truck, because I just do not want to drive a pickup truck full time. So there's that. Started off thinking I wanted a Hyundai Santa Fe XL or Kia Sorento, largely because of reliability ratings and long warranty. Learned via this site and others that these are likely not best for towing, not really designed for it. Looked into Honda Pilot and Toyota 4Runner. Pilot sounds good, but has a ridiculous flaw -- roof rails only available on trim that has apparently problematic 9 speed transmission. 4Runner seems to not have reliability that I thought it would, and really lackluster technology, including safety tech.

So now we are at Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, and I am corresponding with a very helpful gentleman on one of the forums about these two. I'm not over-joyed because again reliability ratings not superb according to Consumer Reports. But a purchased extended warranty will calm my fears. This is the one time in my life I am going to spend some money to buy myself peace of mind.

You asked for elaboration, so there it is. Apparently this is what happens when you don't want to drive a truck. I am only half-joking here.
I feel your frustration. No choice is perfect. "Just get a truck" is the majority view here.

Just a heads-up on the Casita 17. It tends to be somewhat more tongue heavy than other molded trailers in that size range. Typical loaded tongue weights are in the 400-425# range. You may experience enough sagging of the rear suspension to warrant use of a weight distribution hitch. Not a deal-breaker, but it will complicate hitching and unhitching. Some are pretty heavy to put on and take off.

A Casita or Scamp 16 would avoid that complication with the vehicles on your short list.

Regarding the Pilot, have you looked into aftermarket roof systems (Yakima, Thule) that could be added to models that lack factory rails? What are you planning to carry?

With the Grand Cherokee, make sure you're looking at a configuration with a tow rating of at least 5000#. Some are as low as 3500#.

There is also one "truck" that's not really a truck and drives and parks like a car: the Honda Ridgeline. Depending on what you want to carry, it might be worth a look. It has a tongue weight rating of 600#, so it's better suited to a Casita 17.
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