Looking at buying a used casita 16 LD - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-31-2013, 09:45 PM   #1
Member
 
Name: outdoorman
Trailer: Casita
Georgia
Posts: 43
Looking at buying a used casita 16 LD

After several years of thinking about casitas and scamps, I am going this weekend to see a 98 16 ft casita LD. The camper dealership is holding it for me with a refundable credit card deposit. I'm hoping everything is nice as the photos so I can drive away with it.
Any advice on inspecting for defects in this vintage is appreciated.
Thanks

From Savannah, GA
outdoorman
__________________

__________________
outdoorman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 12:41 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Borrego Dave's Avatar
 
Name: Dave
Trailer: Casita SD17 2006
California
Posts: 2,916
Print out the buyers check list from the files
__________________

__________________
Borrego Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 04:51 AM   #3
Member
 
Name: Richard
Trailer: Casita
Massachusetts
Posts: 86
Hi EJ,

Good luck on the purchase! We have a 1995 16' FD and it is a really nice trailer.

Some things I would check:
1. Make sure all appliances work. Not sure what your trailer has, but within reason make sure everything seems to at least light/turn on etc. The fridge (if present) will not be easily testable.

2. Have a propane safety test done.

3. Have the electric brakes checked.

I am sure others will chime in with more.

Rick
__________________
kb1flr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 07:25 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Bob Miller's Avatar
 
Name: Bob
Trailer: 1973 Hunter Compact II
California
Posts: 7,912
Contact the dealer asap and tell them to turn the refrigerator on with LP at least 6 hours before you are due to get there. Although your Casita is fairly new, refrigerators can be vey expensive to fix/replace. Ya gotta see everything actually work before you take it.

BTW: What are you going to tow it home with? Is it set up for towing?
__________________
Bob Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2013, 12:48 AM   #5
Member
 
Name: outdoorman
Trailer: Casita
Georgia
Posts: 43
I called the dealership today and was told the trailer was checked over by their technicians but I won't take assurance on their word so how is a propane safety test done and how are the electric brakes tested (if they are present).
I am driving my 96 Ford Bronco V8 351 with tow package. Its a 2 1/2 hr interstate drive back home. The casita does not have a sway bar so will I need one?
__________________
outdoorman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2013, 02:13 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Borrego Dave's Avatar
 
Name: Dave
Trailer: Casita SD17 2006
California
Posts: 2,916
EJ, first you need to have a controller in the TV to really test the brakes out as far as I know. With your Bronco as your TV you sure won't be doing the "tail wagging the dog" towing a 16 footer or any of the Scamp or Casita models. You won't need brakes to get it home, just be aware that you need to be looking farther ahead than normal for anything that may cause you to have to brake. When I bought my Casita 17 SD I towed it from the west coast over the mountains and down into the desert where I live. My TV is an '02 Ranger with a 4.0 V6 and I had no problems even though I didn't have a contoller installed yet. Yup, I knew it was behind me in braking but I knew I had to be ahead of it. Contoller is in now...perfect. As far as your LP question, I would think that any reputable RV sales company would be fine saying the unit has been checked out. Anyway, congrats on your new egg.
__________________
Borrego Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2013, 10:59 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Bob Miller's Avatar
 
Name: Bob
Trailer: 1973 Hunter Compact II
California
Posts: 7,912
A propane test is usually done by putting a pressure gauge on-line after the regulator and applying pressure. Then the tank is turned off and the residual pressure is observed. There is a specification for how soon it can leak down to "0" pressure. If it leaks down to fast it means that there is a leak. I have seen them hold pressure for days on end so I have no idea what the minimum leak down time might be.
__________________

__________________
Bob Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
casita


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Casita Buying Assistance bobcaldwell Money Matters 14 02-24-2015 11:15 PM
Buying a Casita 17 ft. SD very soon! Jo Agrafojo Hi, I am.... 7 09-01-2012 03:55 AM
Any issues things to look out for in buying used Casita? Meredith General Chat 9 07-27-2008 08:04 AM
Questions on buying a used casita Riz O General Chat 9 05-29-2008 01:21 AM
Buying a Casita General Chat 0 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.