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Old 01-09-2019, 10:17 PM   #1
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Keep or sell?

I am a 10 year full timer and have been meticulous in keeping my 17í Casita 2013 in good condition. Wear and tear does happen, however. I love my trailer and am in no hurry to change my shelter/home. My question is...should I try and get my money back out of it while it is still sound (maybe 16,500) and get another one that hasnít been used so much. Iím hardcore but Iíd say most only go camping. Or just keep this for the duration and since Iím 72, the duration isnít decades plural. Any thoughts? Make sense? In in California and people love these Texas Casitas. Jodi
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:42 PM   #2
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Short of getting one brand new, I wouldn't. You know all the issues (if there are any) on your current trailer. You may buy one that is somewhat newer, only to find unpleasant surprises later. Finding a good used and fairly new Casita is no simple task.

As we all get older, life changes quickly. I lost several friends in 2018, a couple were sudden and a total surprise to everyone.

Get "your money out of it" is best accomplished by continuing to use the trailer. You really don't save anything selling what you have and buying a replacement, unless you score some incredible deal. Selling stuff takes time, do you want to invest your time in such an endeavor just to maybe save a little? Not me.
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:44 PM   #3
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I am a 10 year full timer and have been meticulous in keeping my 17’ Casita 2013 in good condition. Wear and tear does happen, however. I love my trailer and am in no hurry to change my shelter/home. My question is...should I try and get my money back out of it while it is still sound (maybe 16,500) and get another one that hasn’t been used so much. I’m hardcore but I’d say most only go camping. Or just keep this for the duration and since I’m 72, the duration isn’t decades plural. Any thoughts? Make sense? In in California and people love these Texas Casitas. Jodi
I have spent a lot of years around these trailers and have seen some over thirty years old in great shape. They are solid, well made and simple, normal maintenance would yield a lifetime of service from your trailer for much younger owners than you.
If you love it, keep it... With normal care you will lose no more value.
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:32 AM   #4
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SELL IT!
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:37 AM   #5
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I agree that the best way to get your money out of it is to use it.

If there's an underlying reason, even one like "I just want a change; something different" and you're trying to justify it in other ways, that's a whole different issue. You want what you want and you should do what you want to do.

But I'd say if you're trying to look at it completely rationally and your question is meant to be taken at face value, then unless your trailer isn't providing something you need, the best thing to do is continue to treat it well and get as much use out of it as possible.
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:28 AM   #6
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Keep it.

Economists call it marginal utility. What extra or additional utility will a new Casita get you? Compare this new utility to what the current trailer provides. The difference in value is what only you can determine.

The shell will not be much of an improvement, if any at all. Unless it has too many spider cracks, or leaks. The AC, refrigerator, and furnace might be in need of replacement, also maybe the converter, and LED lights. All of which you might be able to do yourself, for minimal cost.

However, you want a different floor plan, and the new LED outside stop and turn signal lights.

Also don't forget there will be bugs to work out in a new trailer.

You are in a great position: You have a great unit and don't NEED to buy something else.
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:29 AM   #7
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Well said, Zach.
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Old 01-10-2019, 12:22 PM   #8
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If you love it, keep it. Plus, you know where everything goes in the trailer. Less stress than when you start using a new one and can't figure out where everything is.
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Old 01-10-2019, 12:58 PM   #9
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life's too short for wishes. there's no harm in keeping your eyes open. if you see a great deal, grab it. you KNOW your current camper has resale value so you won't be sitting on 2 for more than a minute!
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:30 PM   #10
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I think the price you are considering is very optimistic if you reveal that it's been lived in full time. Not many years left to be traveling with the trailer so what are the plans for after? If you plan to continue use it as a "tiny house" and not tow it from place to place, maybe something larger would be more comfortable.
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I think the price you are considering is very optimistic if you reveal that it's been lived in full time. Not many years left to be traveling with the trailer so what are the plans for after? If you plan to continue use it as a "tiny house" and not tow it from place to place, maybe something larger would be more comfortable.
+10 Assuming it has been outside this entire time, its going to show signs of age, wear and tear. Unless it is spotless, shiny and new looking, with no smells inside, I think estimated price is very optimistic.

Trailers that bring top dollar tend to spend most of their time stored under cover (carport or garage). Just being out in the sun can really age a trailer. Some five year old trailers look brand new, others look 20 years old.
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Old 01-10-2019, 05:30 PM   #12
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Keep it if your camping style has not changed. It's paid for. Why not invest in a change of pace...such as by foreign travel every other year. It's a big world out there....try Patagonia.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:10 PM   #13
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We bought our 2013 Casita second-hand last year, our first (and maybe last) trailer. It was in great shape and cost us $16K. I guess we could sell it for close to that if we wanted something bigger, but we don't. I'm reasonably handy, and we think we have 10-20 years remaining that we would enjoy using our Casita. So our plan is to keep it that long, then sell it. That probably works out to $500 a year cost of ownership, and that's hard to beat.
Before we bought it, we studied carefully, and decided that it provided the best longevity and value. So we're just getting started!
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:28 AM   #14
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I am a 10 year full timer and have been meticulous in keeping my 17í Casita 2013 in good condition. Wear and tear does happen, however. I love my trailer and am in no hurry to change my shelter/home. My question is...should I try and get my money back out of it while it is still sound (maybe 16,500) and get another one that hasnít been used so much. Iím hardcore but Iíd say most only go camping. Or just keep this for the duration and since Iím 72, the duration isnít decades plural. Any thoughts? Make sense? In in California and people love these Texas Casitas. Jodi
Keep it unless you have really put a lot of wear and tear on it and have massive problems. Or unless it just is not working for you any more. We have a 2007 and it still looks new since we keep it garaged and don't use it a lot. The seats are new since they have been wrapped in plastic and in storage since day one. We put in a mattress and leave the big dinette as a bed. We have wrestled with keeping or selling and only using our motor home. But there are times we like the trailer to have a vehicle to drive around. We know our trailer and if something goes wrong we'll fix it. Cheaper to fix than sell and buy another one. So far only maintenance like tires and batteries mostly.
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