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Old 10-02-2015, 10:03 PM   #15
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Or in Alamagordo


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Old 10-03-2015, 10:39 AM   #16
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There is a 17 Casita down in Alamagordo (I believe) for 4K. Its been on Abq craigslist for a bit. Its an 84 I think. Garbage pics on the listing.
The first year for Casita 17' was '96, although there may have been a few in '95. Before that only 13' and 16'.
I personally would not want a Casita earlier than about '94 because their plumbing was too primitive for my taste. I've had both a '94 and a '95, both of which were upgradable to modern plumbing.
If weight is an issue and you are not taller than 5' 11", a 16' Casita might work better for you and they aren't all that different than 17' models except for the ceiling height and small extra length. I know the stated height on a 16' is 5' 10", but at 5' 11" I was quite comfortable in mine.

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...If weight is an issue and you are not taller than 5' 11", a 16' Casita might work better for you and they aren't all that different than 17' models except for the ceiling height and small extra length. I know the stated height on a 16' is 5' 10", but at 5' 11" I was quite comfortable in mine.
Bed size is another issue for some: 45" wide in the 16' vs. 54" in the 17' (unless you opt for the Liberty version). Newer 16'ers can also be hard to come by- they seem to be cranking out mostly 17'ers in recent years.
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Old 10-03-2015, 11:21 AM   #18
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NM is a tough place to find anything. I searched for a few years before ending up buying in Co. and I wasn't even all that picky. New Mexicans overvalue their junk for sure. I went back and looked for that listing and couldn't find it. Don't put too much stock in the advice you get on this site when it comes to price. There is tons of great tech info here but there are a lot of pessimistic attitudes as well. Happy hunting.
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Bed size is another issue for some: 45" wide in the 16' vs. 54" in the 17' (unless you opt for the Liberty version). Newer 16'ers can also be hard to come by- they seem to be cranking out mostly 17'ers in recent years.
True, because that's what most people want. All production is from orders. But if you aren't too large for a 16' it's really a good compromise on cost and weight. Essentially a 17' scaled down a little.

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NM is a tough place to find anything. I searched for a few years before ending up buying in Co. and I wasn't even all that picky. New Mexicans overvalue their junk for sure. I went back and looked for that listing and couldn't find it. Don't put too much stock in the advice you get on this site when it comes to price. There is tons of great tech info here but there are a lot of pessimistic attitudes as well. Happy hunting.
About Prices on fiberglassrv.com

One thing that's true, you won't find many bargains from uneducated sellers on this site. Any that are posted are grabbed up faster than a Craigslist ad by the local sharks (including moi). But for the most part I find selling prices posted here to be pretty much in line with the market place. Not to say that I haven't found a few overpriced "fixers" out there.

I have bought, referbed, and sold, a number of fiberglass RV's and anyone that thinks that they are overpriced are shopping for the few uninformed buyers that may be out there.

And I have never had a problem selling at the price I wanted. And my friends Jon and Gail in ID, who referb RV's and sell on eBay, do even better with national exposure and bidding ..... FGRV's are a sellers market and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
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One reason so many people opt for the 17' is likely the bed size, which is why I wanted to point that out. Many newcomers are not aware that a "double" bed is a very loose term in the RV world.

If the smaller bed is not an issue, a Scamp 16 has more headroom than a Casita 16, is a bit lighter, and would likely be easier to find (especially a newer one). Either would be a significant weight savings- about 2600 pounds for a 16'er vs. 3300 pounds for a Casita 17'er. That's a lot of extra pounds for 9" of bed!

But it sounds to me like the OP will take whatever shows up at the right price and condition. Scamp or Casita... Ford or Chevy...
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I've often thought a way to find a used FGRV is to look in people's yards or storage yards where they have stored their RV, knock on the door or leave a note offering to buy it. You would eliminate all competition and you never know if they'd say "yes". You could also approach FGRV owners who you see at campgrounds.
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There is an old Casita near my house that I've thought of doing just that. Only problem is I'm not really in the market, just greedy and in love with fiberglass campers.


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They are sitting around if you look. I found a 13' Scamp w/front bath that has been sitting for years. The owner didn't use it anymore but enjoyed the grandkids using it as a playhouse and didn't want to sell. MMMM, that was a few years ago and it's only 5 miles away and the grandkids may not use it any more...........road trip maybe ?
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That works, but I usually send a letter, aka Snail Mail. (In case it's been forgotten) When you knock on a door the owners has to usually make an immediate decision, a letter gives time to consider, in one case it was almost a month before I was contacted. I bought a Toyota mini-motorhome and my sons most recent tent trailer that way, both turned into super deals.
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That's a great idea Bob. Thanks.
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