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socks 08-09-2015 07:08 PM

Hi I'm from Ocean Shores, Wa
 
Hi,

Just got on site. Great site with lots of input & info. Just beginning to research & look for a Travel Trailer . Wondering which is rec. between Boler, Scamp & Casitia.

Pro & Cons I should look for? Should I buy new or used?

Thanks for any ideas & pointers,

JQ

bdorman 08-10-2015 09:20 AM

Ocean Shores
 
We live in Ocean Shores and own a Casita if you would like to look at it.

B.D

Casita Greg 08-10-2015 10:47 AM

Wow, this is rare. Two first time posters in the same thread. Where have you folks been hiding? Welcome fellow Washingtonians. There are quite a few fiberglass fanatics in western WA and OR. You guys should think about attending some of our regional get-together events where you can see what everyone else has and do some different brand comparisons first hand.

Here's a link to a few upcoming area events.
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ing-67670.html

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ing-69160.html

Also, we have the Taidnapum (near Morton, WA), the Maryhill State Park (near Goldendale, WA), and the Bullards Beach (Bandon, OR) get-togethers, which are annual meet-ups too. Lots of info in the forum threads.

socks 08-10-2015 02:24 PM

Newbie
 
Hi Greg,

Yea weird & 2 newbies from same little town. I am trying to connect with Bill now to see his Casita. I will mark those date on calendar for the future.
we just retired & are still researching units, but I am leaning toward the Casitas from what I have read.
One question, I drive a 2008 Mercury Mountaineer that came with full Tow package.
Do I still need that Electric Brake Boost thing I keep reading about? They mention like a Brake Controller? Any advice on this

Thanks,

Joseph

Casita Greg 08-10-2015 02:51 PM

Yes Joseph,
You will need to have, (if you don't already have,) a brake controller installed along with the 7 Pin Bargman RV plug on your tow vehicle. The Casita comes standard with electrically actuated brakes, which connects to the tow vehicle (via the blue wire) through the 7 Pin connector. The 17 ft Casitas weigh in at a little over 3,500 lbs dry weight and have a tongue weight in the range of 400 lbs. (The Casita brochure says 350 lbs., but mine and everybody I know that has a 17 footer will tell you they run more towards 400 lb. of tongue weight. I'm not overly familiar with the Mercury Mountaineer, but your vehicle manual should tell you what your towing capacities are listed at.

The trailer brakes are required. Hope this helps somewhat.
Greg

Jon in AZ 08-10-2015 03:00 PM

Boler, Scamp, and Casita share a common design heritage and are very similar in overall concept. There are lots of little differences in execution but no clear "winner." It more often comes down to what becomes available at the right price, location, and condition. Attending a rally and seeing all three in person might help you form some preferences, but when you are ready to purchase, it helps to have an open mind.

I could tell you I like the marine headliner inside my Scamp better than the carpet in a Casita or the ensolite in a Boler, and that I enjoy a few extra inches of headroom. Someone else might tell you they prefer the clean fiberglass underbelly, raised suspension, and great customer service from Casita, and another might extol the full jalousies, frenched taillights, and vintage cachet of their Boler.

But the truth is that anyone who owns any molded fiberglass trailer is the real winner!

stevesiler 08-10-2015 04:21 PM

I have 16 ft Scamp in Astoria if you want to compare to others.
Steve 503-791-7370

socks 08-10-2015 05:25 PM

brakes
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Casita Greg (Post 540972)
Yes Joseph,
You will need to have, (if you don't already have,) a brake controller installed along with the 7 Pin Bargman RV plug on your tow vehicle. The Casita comes standard with electrically actuated brakes, which connects to the tow vehicle (via the blue wire) through the 7 Pin connector. The 17 ft Casitas weigh in at a little over 3,500 lbs dry weight and have a tongue weight in the range of 400 lbs. (The Casita brochure says 350 lbs., but mine and everybody I know that has a 17 footer will tell you they run more towards 400 lb. of tongue weight. I'm not overly familiar with the Mercury Mountaineer, but your vehicle manual should tell you what your towing capacities are listed at.

The trailer brakes are required. Hope this helps somewhat.
Greg


Hi Greg, Thanks for the details. Mu Mountaineer is an 8 cylinder. I just checked; I have a class 3/4 hitch, Max gross distributed wt is 7,300 lbs; carrying is 5,000 lbs. Tongue dist. is 730 lbs, carrying is 500 lbbs. So that 7 Pin Bargman RV plug you are talking about - that is done by an RV store or? And then I would need it before I were to buy even a used one to drive it home or is it just suggested as safety/backup? Also there is a spot where like a big cotter pin would go to hold the trailer - is that something that would come with the trailer or would I need to buy that too?

As an aside I just went to see the Casita down the street & it looks even better in person - and there's is like 13 years old. So Casita for me; But for sure I need the headroom, so I will need to look at the 17 footers I guess.

Later, JQ

socks 08-10-2015 05:27 PM

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the offer - will keep your number. But I just went to see a Casita down the road & I think that is where I am gonna be looking. Just gotta decide whether to buy used or new I guess.

Later
JQ

bdorman 08-10-2015 06:28 PM

Hi All,


It was great to meet Jo today and show off our 'new to us' Casita. We have been following this forum for quite a while and picked up some GREAT tips. We look forward to reading it every day.


Hope to meet up with some of you while traveling in the fall.


Bill and Eleanor

Casita Greg 08-10-2015 08:32 PM

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Originally Posted by socks (Post 541002)
Hi Greg, Thanks for the details. Mu Mountaineer is an 8 cylinder. I just checked; I have a class 3/4 hitch, Max gross distributed wt is 7,300 lbs; carrying is 5,000 lbs. Tongue dist. is 730 lbs, carrying is 500 lbbs. So that 7 Pin Bargman RV plug you are talking about - that is done by an RV store or? And then I would need it before I were to buy even a used one to drive it home or is it just suggested as safety/backup? Also there is a spot where like a big cotter pin would go to hold the trailer - is that something that would come with the trailer or would I need to buy that too?

As an aside I just went to see the Casita down the street & it looks even better in person - and there's is like 13 years old. So Casita for me; But for sure I need the headroom, so I will need to look at the 17 footers I guess.

Later, JQ

JQ,
Are you sure you don't already have the Bargman 7-Pin connection? If not, they can install one for you when you get the brake controller. Any shop that does auto electric or trailer hitches will probably have what you need since they do a lot of them. Below is a picture of the 7-Pin wiring configuration. Remember, the trailer plug is a "mirror image", so be sure to get them on the right terminals.

OneOleMan 08-10-2015 09:25 PM

:welcome2:

Socks, I'll be at Ocean City State Park the 12th and 13th in Loop 3 Site 74 if you'd like to look at my Escape 17B.

socks 08-10-2015 09:34 PM

escape
 
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Originally Posted by OneOleMan (Post 541059)
:welcome2:

Socks, I'll be at Ocean City State Park the 12th and 13th in Loop 3 Site 74 if you'd like to look at my Escape 17B.

Hi Pat,

Dang, Thanks for the invite but will be tied up with Grandkids rest of the week.

Thanks
JQ

socks 08-10-2015 09:47 PM

bargman
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Casita Greg (Post 541052)
JQ,
Are you sure you don't already have the Bargman 7-Pin connection? If not, they can install one for you when you get the brake controller. Any shop that does auto electric or trailer hitches will probably have what you need since they do a lot of them. Below is a picture of the 7-Pin wiring configuration. Remember, the trailer plug is a "mirror image", so be sure to get them on the right terminals.

So that is the Bargman 7pin connection? I have that on the back of car. Then all I need is the Brake Controller to buy & get installed?


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