Hi, Greg. Welcome aboard!
I'm a newbie solo traveler, not too strong, so, I knew I didn't want a pop up. It turns out that the Casita
Patriot is as easy to tow as a popup, but I also get my bathroom, and no seams/canvas/vinyl to leak. No swaying at all. I guess it's the rounded corners, I don't really know. I kind of knew to skip the pop-up stage and go right to eggs.
I bought a 2005 fCasita Patriot or about half what a new one would cost, and it only needed new tires
. So, effectively, it's like new to me. If the new prices are more than you want to pay (like me!) I suggest you wait until the end of the season and see what comes up used for sale
. The Fiberglass eggs don't deteriorate, so, buying used is no problem.
I suggest you also check out these forums for eggs sales:
Casitaclub.com and Casitaforum.com.
Unless you routinely work with fiberglass, and small rv parts, the factory may actually come in less $$ than if you buy all of the furnishings yourself. The trick is to keep everything light
for towing, so, maybe let the new eggs go for a while, and see what you can find used. Having used my 2005 on 3 trips, there's nothing about the new ones that I miss.
But, anyway, you're in love, so, we'll be seeing pics of your egg pretty soon, I'm sure!