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Old 11-10-2014, 08:23 AM   #1
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Hi , My Name is Bob and I am looking to buy a Fiberglass trailer. I have a 2005 Roo expandable but am tired of the set up and tear down. I have pretty much decided on a Casita 17 or an Escape . The Casita is in front because the factory is not far from here in Texarkana(by Texas standards) also the price is better. I looked at the Olivers on line ,beautiful trailers , but I made the mistake of calling about a price. Ouch! You may see me on here asking questions from time to time so I just thought I would say Hi.

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Old 11-10-2014, 08:52 AM   #2
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Welcome Bob. You have made a wise choice to go with a moulded fiberglass trailer. You really can't go wrong with either of your front runners.

The Escape is more expensive, especially to get it to you, but you are given lots more options to customize the trailer to you. Plus, for obvious reasons, I am a wee bit biased here.

There are LOTS of happy Casita owners here though. I have seen a few of them, and for the cost, most definitely a worthy consideration.

I know from the Escape website that lots of Casita owners have moved to an Escape. I would be curious to know if any owners went the other way.

If you have any questions specific to either manufacturer, do not hesitate to ask. You could also go to each trailers respective forums for more information.

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Old 11-10-2014, 09:09 AM   #3
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Welcome Bob, I great way to decide on which fiberglass trailer you like and want is to attend a rally. Nothing beats seeing one first hand to decide. There are a couple of rallies in Texas and AZ in December. It may be worth your time to take a little road trip and check them out.

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Old 11-10-2014, 10:34 AM   #4
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I would like to make one of those but they are a little far for a quick road trip. Yeah I am in Texas but just barely. You can hear Arkansas from here. We are raising an 8 yr old granddaughter so when school is in we are tied up. Plus my wife is still working ,I'm retired,but have to do things around their schedules.
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Old 11-10-2014, 11:02 AM   #5
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Welcome to FGRV Bob, a great place, and one where folks like my wife and I came when we wanted something better than an old Sunline.

Casitas are great trailers Bob. If you're limited for time to go buy one, go buy a Casita. Also, you might find one a year or two old, slightly used and well kept, and get a deal.

By the way, I hope to retire before my wife Gail does...

Best of luck to you,

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Old 11-10-2014, 03:48 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Bobj 616 View Post
I have pretty much decided on a Casita 17 or an Escape.
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:21 PM   #7
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I appreciate the list but weight is the least of my considerations. I have a new F 150 with the 5.0 and tow package , built in brake controller and even the back up camera for hooking up . The hybrid I have been towing is around 5000 lbs loaded and I never had a problem. Although better gas mileage will be nice , I feel like I'm towing a brick sometimes . Either trailer should help with that . I am in no great hurry to find one so I may wait until that perfect , gently used , one comes along . Thanks for the info.
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:33 PM   #8
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Welcome Bob

I currently have a 17' Casita and it is a great trailer, but we find it a little tight on space since the area where we work, either in the kitchen area or the dinnet, we find we are always in each others way. We made the move and have just bought a new 19' Escape, these have the center kitchen and the dinette to the front so lots of room.

Another consideration is sleeping, do you prefer a double bed or queen size? how many do you want to sleep, sounds like your granddaughter will be traveling with you at least on occasion so make sure there is a convenient bed for her that is easy to set-up.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:10 PM   #9
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If you plot and plan and fret, you'll find the perfect trailer for you. It may not even be a Casita or Oliver or Escape! It could very well be a different brand of all molded towable... can't help it, wouldn't buy a stickie!

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Old 11-10-2014, 10:25 PM   #10
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Hi, Bob. You're close enough to the factory to go look at the new ones, so you'll know which model to be on the lookout for. I'm thinking you want a Spirit (probably a Spirit Deluxe, assuming you want the bathroom). Costs nothing (but the gaso to get there) to look at the new ones, and you'll be able to see if you think it will be roomy enough for the three of you. (The Spirit has a small dinette that makes a small bed for your granddaughter. It's pretty narrow, though.)

Our Liberty Deluxe will technically sleep 3, but it's not ideal. (Lots of climbing over!)

If you ran across a good deal on a 19ft. Escape, I think that would work out great for a threesome. A few folks with the 19s are upgrading to the 21 footers, so some of the 19s are becoming more available on the "pre-owned" market.

Good luck with it. I think it's great you're going to get your granddaughter out camping!
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:49 PM   #11
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We had a Casita 17LD we enjoyed for trips of less than 2 weeks, but with wifey retiring (longer trips) and adding 2 Jack Russell terriers plus grandkids now and then we elected to upsize with an Escape 21. Casita is a fine trailer to start with, or stay with if it works for you!

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