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Rzrbrn 02-10-2013 11:37 AM

First time
Hello. I am new here. Just want to introduce myself. My wife and I are just about ready to purchase a new Casita 17 Dlx, probably a Spirit but possibly a Freedom. Just looked at a Freedom for the first time through the company visitation program. The owner was a very friendly and helpful individual, answered our questions before I could ask! I think the Spirit is somewhat more to our liking, although we have not been able to actually see one, because the dinette can be used as a bed But I do like the idea of a comfortable chair to sit in after a day of hiking...

We intend to only stay in an RV park if we have to, and prefer to primitive camp, having spent years backpacking and camping with the Cub Scouts then Boy Scouts.

t I intend to order a mattress from Southern Mattress and soon thereafter a portable composting toilet; an Air head, C head or Nature's Head, not sure which. I expect to take out the standard toilet and put this one in it's place.

I probably will get an Anderson hitch and will have installed an electronic brake controller prior to picking the unit up at Rice, TX and towing it home to Nashville, TN,

I have never towed anything this big but I don't think I will have any problems. I do have a 5x8 utility trailer that I have overloaded and lost a couple of times, so I am at least aware of how it should be loaded and what to expect.

My TV is a 2011 Tundra Dbl cab, 5.7 L 4x4 with the tow package.

Thank you for this forum and for allowing me to participate.

deryk 02-10-2013 12:08 PM

Welcome Aboard Henry!

If your going to be ordering a brand new one, just have them not install the a few dollars and one less thing hanging under your trailer. I have a porta pottie, I might 1 day adda composting toilet as well. Im familiar with the airhead, almost installed one on the sailboat I was living on... it saves on paying for a pumpout lol.

best of luck to you folks


rgrugg 02-10-2013 01:32 PM

I like the idea of a composting toilet but I wonder if the capacity is such that it'll have to be emptied before compost can be expected from it.

deryk 02-10-2013 01:38 PM

Ive heard of people dumping the bin into a 5 gallon bucket with holes drilled in the lid for a month or so till it finished composting.

I guess as a fulltimer your going to be useing it more then a weekender...single vs family. The poop issue is a problem in the marine world as well as the rv world. Never a perfect solution, but we keep trying till we find something that works for us.

but ya cant bucket and chuckit in a campground lol


Donna D. 02-10-2013 02:52 PM

Hi Henry, welcome to FiberglassRV. We're glad you're here :dance

We're all waiting here to see what Casita Trailers is posting this next week. A brand new model!!

Good luck on your model decision, I'm sure you'll pick the perfect one for your use. :yep

Randy Hagen 02-10-2013 06:12 PM

If you ever think you may need a second bed for any reason you better stick with the Spirit but like Donna said Casita is coming out with a new upgraded model in a few days that you might want to look at first.

Donna D. 02-10-2013 06:17 PM

I too like the idea of a comfortable place to sit at the end of the day. So, IF you choose to go with the Freedom, I have some information bookmarked that shows how to change it out to more of an SD... another bed. It may be a bit cumbersome for constantly changing back and forth, but it's doable.

Rzrbrn 02-10-2013 06:22 PM

I caught the new model being put out this week by Casita, the Independence. I am going to hold off purchasing until I see what that is all about.

Deryk, thank you for the idea of ordering a TT without a toilet, I did not know that could be done.

I have no direct experience with the composting toilet but have been doing a bit of research on it. There is no smell, peat moss or sawdust is added each time, two people can use it about 2 to 3 weeks: Solid waste can be emptied into a garbage bag and thrown away in a dumpster (legally), or put in the compost bin at home. Liquid waste has to be emptied a bit sooner but the bottle detaches and can be flushed down a toilet, say at a gas station or dump station etc. They are a bit pricey.

I have been reading, here and in other forums and Amazon, about using an LP catalytic heater instead of a furnace. I am wondering if perhaps it would be better to not order a new Casita with the furnace instead and instead get an Olympian Wave 3.

If you were buying new unit, would you get a furnace or take a chance and rely on the Wave 3?

deryk 02-10-2013 06:28 PM

Yeah Henry, if I bought mine new I would go for either a catalytic style, or preferably a vented marine unit that doesn't "need" the fan to run constantly and deplete your batteries if your boondocking without a generator or solar. - Propane Fireplaces disregard the prices, they retail for alot less.


Rzrbrn 02-10-2013 06:28 PM

Freedon to SD
Donna D
Thank you for responding to my entry. I would very much like to see how to turn that area into a temporary sleeping berth. Drat, I thought I had this figured out....

Donna D. 02-10-2013 06:40 PM

Henry, I have two. They're both on the CasitaForum. If you're not a member there, you'll need to register to view these threads. It's easy to register and it's free just like here. You'll see alot of the same members there as here too: and


Rzrbrn 02-10-2013 07:28 PM

Donna D
I have been trying to register at both the Casita Forum and the Casita Club but my computer messes up occasionally and I can't seem to get it done, I keep getting error messages. I will check it out when I am able to get on the other forum. I am really curious as to how you resolved that issue.

Robin G 02-10-2013 09:42 PM

Welcome, good luck with your future purchase!

Just my opinion, but as a Freedom owner I suggest a Spirit model for a couple of reasons. First off, the captains chairs are not comfortable! #2, the storage under the spirit dinette seats is wonderful.

Ok, then I have to question your desire to install a composting toilet. Are you planning on staying in one place for months/weeks at a time? Reason I ask is, from my knowledge of composting toilets I don't see one being the best option. Personally, draging a full, even a half a tank around while waiting for it to compost doesn't make sense. Unless composting toilets are different than the ones I have experience with I would think it wouldn't be the best option. Again, just my opinion but I would really think about installing one.

Donna D. 02-11-2013 05:02 AM

See that's what it is about opinions... like belly button's everyone has one! :loltu

I think the Freedom chairs are very comfortable. As far as storage, no one says the chairs have to stay on posts bolted to the floor. There are several threads at the CasitaForum, where folks have built cabinets, similar to the SD, cut off the posts and mounted them to the lids of the cabinets for removal. Then you can make a single bed. Best of both worlds!

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