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Old 09-28-2012, 08:54 PM   #1
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Hi - We're Casita travelers, honeported in Florida

We just joined, been Casita travelers for two seasons and close to 10,000 miles on our 2011 Freedom Deluxe. Look forward to swapping adventures with everyone - Chuck & Zoila :-)Www.chucksper.tumblr.com

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Old 09-28-2012, 08:56 PM   #2
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Hi Chuck in Florida, from Donna D. in Oregon! Welcome to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here.

Thanks for posting that first pic. Glad you figured it out and we hope to share more camping pics with you in the future
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:22 AM   #3
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Hi Chuck, Iím a new member myself. As refugees from Americaís manned space program in Florida, we are going to be out of work soon after a thirty year careers and are considering buying a Casita to do a 10,000 mile 3 month trip this Spring. Because Casita owners are so proud of their used rigs, we are also considering buying new and maybe starting the trip from Rice, since it is halfway across the country.
I like the Freedom because of the captainís chairs. My wife likes the Liberty because of the larger bed option. On another forum we were advised to get the Liberty and comfortable folding chairs that can be used inside or out.Our tow vehicle is a F150 FWD with the big V8, transmission cooler, tow package, fiberglass bed cover, etc.
We plan on going from the starting point, out West, up to Yellowstone, to the Pacific NW to Banff Canada and down the highway and back home.
After that, if we are still married, we would use the trailer for mostly traveling around the Southeast to ride our recumbent trikes on as many rails to trails bike paths as we can find.
Any comments about these crazy Ideas? Do you pull yours with a vehicle anything like ours? Iím very interested in knowing what kind of mpg we would get. Also, people say they tow at 60 mph. Can you run faster on the long, flat, straight parts of the country?
Anyone is welcome to chime in since I hijacked Chuckís post.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:33 AM   #4
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Welcome Chuck and Rick. We tow a Casita with an F150 also (pretty much the same setup Rick has). Get around 15-16 mpg and have been known to travel at 70 mph on occasion with no problems. Although I will admit we get better mileage at slower speeds.

I would suggest to Rick that you get names of local Casita folks from Casita and look at the different options in person. The reason I say this is because we went from a Scamp 13 to a Casita and at the time we were looking I "discovered" Casitas because they offered the king bed option. Well, after looking at both a SD and LD, we decided on the SD. Go figure.

Happy camping.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:42 AM   #5
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We tow our Egg Camper with our Chevy Silverado. Probably pretty similar to an F150. We have the 5.3 liter V8 and mpg varies from 13 to 17 depending on speed, wind, hills, traffic, etc. Keep in mind that most trailer tires are rated no higher than 65 mph though many people go faster. Personally I can't see what the hurry is. we generally keep to 60 or under when towing and get less tired. The difference in travel time between 60 and 70 is less than you would think. Sounds like a great trip but, if you have the time, why not go farther west? There are some wonderful places out there.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:26 PM   #6
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Hi Rick, I tow mine with a 2005 Nissan Frontier RWD 4 dr crewcab V6 with fiberglass topper (check out my web page at The Vagabond's Travels for more photos). I can pretty much average 13 mpg including mountains and flatlands from Florida to Colorado.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:03 AM   #7
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Welcome Chuck and Rick,

We are picking up our new Casita SD-17 in 3 weeks in Rice, Texas, and will be based in Florida, too. We lived for 13 years in the Sarasota area before retiring and moving to Spain (where we also camp with an RV). We'll be traveling back and forth and spending time both in the US and in Europe.

Our plan is to spend the cold winter months in FL and then head out West in the Spring with the same kind of itinerary as Rick. I was born and raised in the East Coast and have never visited the western part of our country, so this will be a great adventure!

Look forward to seeing trip/camping reports from both of you fellow Floridians.

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Old 10-19-2012, 11:39 AM   #8
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Welcome,
just went thru your blog, very interesting, you like trains I see. Glad you joined, we are a big happy family here.
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:49 PM   #9
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Love your blog! My favorite style: long on photos, short on text. Thanks for introducing me to poet Don Blanding. Perhaps you'd consider starting a new thread "Blogging for Dummies". I'd love to learn some tips as to how to write/post a blog.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:47 PM   #10
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Have learned a lot from this forum, great place, welcome
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:50 AM   #11
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Nice looking Escape cpaharley! I finally find some competition for the Casita and they are even further away with only factory sales. Looks a little rommier with twin axels and about the same weight. What kind of mileage do you get? I'm about to pull the trigger on a Casita 17D. If anyone knows of an fiberglass alternative available, let me know.
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:10 PM   #12
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Seen RPod?

Have you looked at Forest River's RPod? Let me know what you think? Are FB's really worth the premium price over StarCraft, Jay Feather etc?
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Have you looked at Forest River's RPod? Let me know what you think? Are FB's really worth the premium price over StarCraft, Jay Feather etc?
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Ask that same question in 20 years after you owning a SOB and a molded FG together, the FG will still be new and the SOB will probably be non existent.
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Yes, they really are. Unless a fiberglass won't (or can't) meet your needs. If you need a bunkhouse or a toy hauler, for example.
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