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Old 07-13-2021, 02:06 PM   #1
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Casita Newbie Questions

Hello all,

Iím excited to be purchasing a used casita. I looked around the forum but had trouble finding a checklist to go through when purchasing a used casita. Any links on a checklist or advice on what to look for to make sure itís a good trailer?

Also will I need any towing equipment like an anti sway bar or weight distribution hitch for my tow vehicle? It is a 2008 Crewmax Toyota Tundra 4x4 with a 5.7 V8.

I appreciate the guidance. Iíll have more questions
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Old 07-13-2021, 06:33 PM   #2
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We (Bonnie and I) have a 17 footer. It was purchased used with a friction type anti-sway bar. I tow with her Audi Q5 2.0 liter. I purchased a weight distributing hitch. I personally recommend both due to our combination of trailer and tow vehicle.
I like the ability to not have tongue weight pushing down behind the rear axle take weight off the steering wheels. The WDH allows that.
We had a deer dart out from the brush on an interstate and run into the side of the truck. I swerved when I realized something large was coming, but the deer still hit the side. I don't think the recovery from my swerve would have been as controlled without an anti-sway device.

Your situation is a bit different. Your tow vehicle is more suited with a longer wheelbase and a perimeter frame. You might not realize a similar benefit from a WDH that we do. I'd still suggest that you seriously consider an anti sway device.


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p.s.: No sign of the deer was found when we stopped less than 1/4 mile after to assess any damage. Nothing in the road, no marks on the truck. Mass hallucination for the both of us?
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Old 07-13-2021, 06:59 PM   #3
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Towed my 17LD with a Tacoma, wdh only, with no problems. Your Tundra is more than adequate. I've used the Andersen WDH fine with big and small trailers. True test for WDH is how much your tow rear end drops after hooking up the trailer loaded for the road. If your headlights point skyward and oncoming traffic starts blinking lights at you because you're blinding them, you need a WDH. Andersen does both wdh and sway without the heavy spring bars and greasy mess.
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Old 07-13-2021, 07:13 PM   #4
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When I had my Casita I bought the A-Z Owners guide from lovemycasita.com. I thought it was great tool in learning everything about the Casita.

I don't remember too many issues with mine. The back window did have a tendency to come open in transit. Check for indications of leaks or water damage. Make sure you open and close every door and test everything so that there are no surprises.
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Old 07-13-2021, 07:41 PM   #5
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Not that this site isn't a wealth of information on all things fiberglass
https://www.casitaforum.com/invboard/ here us a Casita specific site full of knowledge and experience.
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Old 07-14-2021, 11:08 AM   #6
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I tow a Casita 17 FD with a Honda Ridgeline using the friction anti-sway bar that Casita installs. I have never experienced any issues towing, and I am confident that a full-size, 4WD truck like yours would ever need a WD hitch.

Sure, you might need one if you tow with an Audi, or any small vehicle, but that is a totally different story.
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Old 07-15-2021, 10:02 AM   #7
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When I picked up my Casita they told me all I needed was an anti-sway bar. They installed it for me. I have towed over 20,000 miles and it works great.
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Old 07-16-2021, 06:40 AM   #8
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In the “More” tab, go to the Document Center and look for the Buyer Checklist. Download and print.

I doubt you’ll need a WDH with your Tundra, but as others have said, a friction anti-sway device could help in an emergency maneuver.
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Old 07-17-2021, 07:14 PM   #9
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I join in agreement that a WD would be of little value to you.
However, I would suggest you measure the height of you hitch. Most Casita hitches are level at about 20Ē. You could estimate a 2Ē drop of your hitch when hooked to the trailer. Of course this would depend on the stiffness of your tow vehicleís suspension. Ideally you would want your trailer to be close to level when towing.
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Old 07-19-2021, 03:19 PM   #10
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I pull my 2001 SD 17 Casita with a 2019 F150 4x4 without a weight distribution hitch or sway bar but added a Roadmaster Active Suspension and it pulls fine with no issues. The Roadmaster Active Suspension stiffens the rear end when towing and prevents sway.
Excellent addition and something that stays installed 24/7 so nothing to add or remove when hooking up to the trailer.

https://activesuspension.com/pages/ras
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Old 07-19-2021, 04:21 PM   #11
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On buying ANY brand used, I highly recommend clicking on the manufacturers tab, then select the manufacturer you are interested in. There you will find hundreds of threads on a common brand like Casita. Start reading the repair threads. You can quickly become an "expert" on Casitas.

In any financial transaction, the person with the most knowledge, WINS. Be that person!

Many sellers know very little about the possible shortcomings of their brand.
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Old 08-18-2021, 01:06 PM   #12
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I tow a Casita 17 FD with a Honda Ridgeline using the friction anti-sway bar that Casita installs. I have never experienced any issues towing, and I am confident that a full-size, 4WD truck like yours would ever need a WD hitch.

Sure, you might need one if you tow with an Audi, or any small vehicle, but that is a totally different story.
Did you install a brake controller?
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Old 08-18-2021, 08:46 PM   #13
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Yes, I bought my Casita from the factory, and they suggest and installed a brake controller when we picked the Casita up. So far, the controller seems to work perfectly, with little or no indication that we have a trailer hooked up when braking. Based on that, I would strongly recommend doing what Casita recommends
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