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Old 09-07-2015, 10:08 PM   #15
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Hey all,

Yes we ordered a new 17' Casita (independence), because of the extra headroom & used seemed to be pretty pricy, so we figured why not.
So I guess we might have the break away switch you are talking about. I will check with them.
Here is the info on my Tow bar;

Hitch Rate - 5,000 lb
Tongue Load - 400-500 lb
Dist. Trailer wt - 7,300 lb; Tongue - 730 lb
Carrying - Trailer wt - 5,000 lb; Tongue - 500 lb.
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Old 09-08-2015, 12:57 AM   #16
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Hey all,

Yes we ordered a new 17' Casita (independence), because of the extra headroom & used seemed to be pretty pricy, so we figured why not.
So I guess we might have the break away switch you are talking about. I will check with them.
Here is the info on my Tow bar;

Hitch Rate - 5,000 lb
Tongue Load - 400-500 lb
Dist. Trailer wt - 7,300 lb; Tongue - 730 lb
Carrying - Trailer wt - 5,000 lb; Tongue - 500 lb.
Those numbers are probably not the lower numbers of tow vehicle's rating. Those numbers are probably lower.
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Old 09-08-2015, 01:13 AM   #17
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The numbers on the hitch receiver or hitch are not relevant, unless they are lower than the numbers in the manual for your tow vehicle ( unlikely ).
If the tow rating for the vehicle ( per the manual ) is 350 / 3,500 lbs, it doesn't matter that the hitch is rated for 16,000 lbs.
You still have a limit of 350/3,500.
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:03 AM   #18
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Casitas come with the breakaway switch. If you have a tow package with a 7 pin connector installed it's probably wired for the brake controller making installation easy. If it is pre-wired the connector is most likely tucked up under the dash somewhere. You may need an adapter for the connector. Any good hitch store or RV place can help you out. The Prodigy P2 or P3 is a great choice for a controller.
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Old 09-08-2015, 04:55 AM   #19
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I have a 17' SD and use a WDH on my Silverado 4x4.
I am Impressed with your the thoughts and your application of the WDH Joe.
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Old 09-08-2015, 07:39 AM   #20
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The numbers on the hitch receiver or hitch are not relevant, unless they are lower than the numbers in the manual for your tow vehicle ( unlikely ).
If the tow rating for the vehicle ( per the manual ) is 350 / 3,500 lbs, it doesn't matter that the hitch is rated for 16,000 lbs.
You still have a limit of 350/3,500.

The 3500 lb tow limit apparently applies to the V6. There are a number of references on-line indicating that the V8 versions, "When properly equipped", can tow in the range of 7000 lbs. The optional factory hitch is rated as being Class III/IV.

Here is one such "Unofficial" reference.
2008 Mercury Mountaineer Performance | U.S. News Best Cars

As always, the owner should refer to the owners manual for the actual vehicle for towing limits and optional equipment that may be required.
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Old 09-08-2015, 07:54 AM   #21
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Hi all,

Well after many questions, research & looking, we finally did it. We put in an order for a Casita RV.
We have a 2008 Mercury Mountaineer, 8 cylinder with a Tow Package

Joseph Q
Ocean Shores, WA
It's good to see you are looking at a smaller/ rather than larger trailer if you are using the 08 Merc. Also spend some time researching the connection and set up. The thought of using a WDH is a strong consideration too.
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:10 AM   #22
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I have a table that everyone can easily see, which indicates, for each of our regions, provinces or states, at what weight your trailer must have brakes.
I have the French version, but easy to use and understand.

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Old 09-08-2015, 10:13 AM   #23
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I picked up my Casita F.D. 17 six days ago. Have your vehicle checked to see if it is WIRED for a brake controller. Get a pig tail at the dealer and when you go get your trailer Casita will wire it in for you. The orientation at the factory takes about two hours, lots of good info. Very limited storage so when you buy stuff think small. I would advise you to buy as little as possible until you get your new toy. We are traveling and are having fun learning about our new toy.
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Old 09-09-2015, 04:38 AM   #24
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I have had my new Casita SD for 5 months now and have put over 6,000 miles and many nights on it. My first night was spent up in NE Texas having some mods done. The next day I ordered a 8" Gel- Spa sensations mattress from Walmart for just barely over $200. Best investment I've ever made, second only to getting my Casita.

So I vote start researching a mattress if you plan on converting the large dinette into a full-time bed. Your hips and back will appreciate it. There is also some place back east that's makes custom mattresses for the Casitas, but I can't remember who. Can anyone chime in with that name?

As for a brake controller, they recommended the Prodigy P3 to me at Casita, so that's what I got. I ordered the correct connection cable with it for my Jeep and it cost me $10 and 15 minutes to get it installed at a local RV dealership. I also have a WDH because I carry a Honda generator over the tongue and off-set with a small cargo carrier on the back. Everything is level and it tows like a charm.
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Old 09-09-2015, 04:46 AM   #25
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One more thing just thought of. Along with Casita installing your brake controller if you have the correct wiring harness, talk to your "person" there if you decide on a WDH. They are happy to sell you the set-up and all the installation is done at the time of delivery when you show up with your TV. It takes an additional 2 hours on top of your orientation, as they have to do all of the necessary welding onto the trailer frame. They also do all the paint touch-ups and make it pretty and new after the work.
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:06 AM   #26
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I have had my new Casita SD for 5 months now and have put over 6,000 miles and many nights on it. My first night was spent up in NE Texas having some mods done. The next day I ordered a 8" Gel- Spa sensations mattress from Walmart for just barely over $200. Best investment I've ever made, second only to getting my Casita.

So I vote start researching a mattress if you plan on converting the large dinette into a full-time bed. Your hips and back will appreciate it. There is also some place back east that's makes custom mattresses for the Casitas, but I can't remember who. Can anyone chime in with that name?
Hi, Denise. I think the OP is getting the Independence floorplan, which is twin beds. They might want to get a foam mattress and cut it in half - do you think the one you recommend can handle that? I wonder because it is "gel."
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What is WDH?
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