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Old 04-08-2018, 09:49 AM   #1
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Hello from easten South Dakota.

I'm not an owner yet but doing my research and I'm leaning towards a 17' Casita Spirit. We have been tent camping or using our 77 Chevy Eldorado for years. Both lots of fun but my body dislikes the tent the older I get and the camper van has its limits. I love reading all the info you guys have and the do's and don'ts are great to know. Later...
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Old 04-09-2018, 09:45 AM   #2
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WELCOME to 8LGD--Ryan searcing for rig

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Welcome to FGRV! I so hear you about the tent and the camper van! We've had both and more. Then we got our fiberglass 16' amerigo, Peanut. It may well be our last rig.

Let us know how your search goes, and what you get. We love pics.

Here are a few pics of ours: (post pics by clicking below the message space on "go advanced," then on the little paperclip icon below the title block...then on browse [your photos]. It took some of us quite a while to get the hang of it.)

1. the camper van we gave to our son after 3 years.
2. peanut under a tent (notice it is dark brown--being redone inside and out)
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:59 AM   #3
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From eastern SD, I’d head over to MN and visit the Scamp factory for sure.

I’d also recommend going to a molded trailer rally to check out all the different brands. If you are buying used, you need to be flexible as the “perfect” trailer may never show up.

Pay close attention to floorplan and bed size. RV manufactures are fast and loose with terms. For example we had a Casita with twin beds. Well a twin bed is 39 inches wide and ours were 23 inches wide.
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Old 04-09-2018, 11:29 AM   #4
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Welcome Ryan, I don't know whether you might plan to tow a while with your Eldorado, I expect it depends. I suggest having a vehicle with a 5,000 pound tow capacity, especially if it is a vintage tow vehicle. I think some tow the Casita you are describing with 3,500 lb tow capacity. Others will chime in, but I believe that Casita has a reputation for being tongue heavy.
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Old 04-09-2018, 12:02 PM   #5
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Have you ever heard of New Effington in NE SD? I taught there many moons ago. One of the nicest little towns in the country.
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Old 04-09-2018, 12:06 PM   #6
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Agree bed sizes vary considerably. We chose our two bed sizes and they are neither standard nor the same. Both are "twin," one is 28" and the other is 32 or 34. Paul is thinner and sleeps quieter, so he gets the narrow one. Cot, really. Still a lot better than a sleeping bag on the ground, or even a camp mattress on the ground.

Be wary of trailer weights and tongue weights. Sellers may not be accurate; advertising may not be accurate.

Be wary of using your bathroom scale to weigh your trailer tongue...I got on it a while back and by golly I had lost 100 pounds!

(We had apparently broken the scale weighing Peanut's tongue.) Fastest diet ever. We got accurate weights at a place that the DMV suggested we use to be certified for a permanent trailer license (had to be under 2,000 pounds). We squeaked by at 1997 and Paul got an accurate tongue weight. Our bathroom scale did all right--only a few pounds off--not sure when it broke, but it was working for the tongue weight. Maybe it broke while cranking the tongue up to get it off the block on the scale. Maybe.
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:33 PM   #7
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Thanks for the great feedback. Ill be pulling it with a 2009 Tacoma and seems like it should do the trick from what I have read. Finding a nice used Fiberglass unit around my area wont be easy so I have a feeling a road trip is in my future. It'll be fun shopping.. Here's a pic of my camper to give you something to giggle about. She's a beauty!! lol
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:02 PM   #8
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Welcome and good luck from Northeast Nebraska, I found my 17 after about 3 weeks of craigslist, here, and other searches. Have money ready & possibly ready to travel. I lost a NICE one from someone in Des Moines IA that some one came up from Pennsylvania to get that they beat me by one phone call. (5 minutes) I went to Kanas City for mine. Again..welcome and search a lot. Dave.
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Old 05-09-2018, 09:34 PM   #9
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Well I got lucky and jumped on a Craigslist add four hours away for a 1993 Casita. I was the first caller and showed up the next day to take a look. This thing was beautiful! Appearantly it had sat in a storage shed for 14 years before the guy I bough it from had it. I'm super happy and cant wait to roadtrip.
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Congrats Ryan....we need pics or it's just a fish tale .
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Old 05-10-2018, 07:08 AM   #11
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Ah yes pics. Notice the 13" tires. Seem kind of small. Do you guys recommend bigger. These are like new but cracked on the sides. So they need to be changed out anyways.
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Very nice buy there for sure! I would try some 14 inch wheels, see how they work. Old tires? Change them now! They will let you down, and with a single axle trailer, you can do some serious damage on a sudden tire failure. Don't risk it!
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Money in hand, ready to travel, a firm idea of the floor plans that would work for you and a condition checklist to either estimate renovation or repair costs if needed or hopefully not. A firm go or no go budget, work needed that you can do yourself , and vehicle ready to tow it home with a bag o tools in hand. You will succeed.
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:44 AM   #14
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Hello from easten South Dakota.

I think he already has (succeeded). Nice trailer. Agree- I think there's a good chance 14" wheels and tires will fit. If so, that will be a nice upgrade. I like the flexibility of the Liberty layout. If you plan to use the twin set-up, some people add extensions to make the beds a little wider.

I am curious about the length of the benches in the 16' Liberty. Haven't seen it posted anywhere. Any chance you could take a tape to it?

Welcome, and enjoy your new Casita! A trailer is not as "light on your feet" as a Class B, but it's nice to be able to leave the trailer set up for grocery runs and local exploration in the tow vehicle.
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