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Old 12-09-2020, 10:48 PM   #1
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Looking to Buy a 1985 Casita

Hi All! New member but long-time lurker. Hoping for some advice as a prospective first time FGRV owner. My wife and I borrowed a friendís casita last summer and have been looking to buy our own since. This 1985 Casita 16í popped up for sale near us (attached). The description states:

1985 Casita 16í Fiberglass Travel Trailer, Custom Paint, Rock shield/bra, Double bed and Dinette, converts to King Size Bed, toilet, shower, two burner cooktop, 3 way refrigerator, kitchen sink, flat screen tv, hood fan, overhead fan, storage, new battery, 3500 Watt generator, air conditioner (not installed), microwave (not installed), portable waste water tote, two new 20 lb propane tanks, new hard cover for propane tanks, New taillights, new floor and floor covering, custom wheels, almost new tires, awning, receiver hitch on back for bikes or cargo carrier, power inverter, 110 and 12 volt lights and plugs. Sway bar and new receiver hitch, lock for receiver hitch. License plates good until 8/2022, clear title. ~2200 lbs, loaded.

Spoke to the owners- they claim they are the second owners(bought from a friend) and that renovating the trailer was their retirement project. Theyíve since upgraded to an airstream. We are going to look at it on Friday, and Iím wondering if anyone has any advice for us. A few questions that come to mind already:

1) this is the original axle. Even if itís not cracked already, should we plan on replacing ASAP anyways?
2) they are asking $11,500 which seems high. Is that normal pricing considering age and condition?
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Old 12-10-2020, 11:24 AM   #2
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Yes, price is high. One thing I do not like is the lack of upper cabinets on either side above the bed.

Looks like seller has done a lot of work on this trailer. So its all about the quality of that work. In person inspection will be key. Yes, with a 34 year old axle, budget for a replacement.

If the work is top notch, then it is worth it.

What do you get with a 17 footer in comparison to this 16? One more foot obviously, but you also get a significantly higher ceiling height, newer ones can support roof air (and roof air was usually standard). 17 footer heavier of course.
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Old 12-12-2020, 09:43 PM   #3
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Yes, price is high. One thing I do not like is the lack of upper cabinets on either side above the bed.

Looks like seller has done a lot of work on this trailer. So its all about the quality of that work. In person inspection will be key. Yes, with a 34 year old axle, budget for a replacement.

If the work is top notch, then it is worth it.

What do you get with a 17 footer in comparison to this 16? One more foot obviously, but you also get a significantly higher ceiling height, newer ones can support roof air (and roof air was usually standard). 17 footer heavier of course.
Appreciate the advice! Unfortunately we decided this is not the one for us. My wife and the are both tall and while the 17 is only a little higher, the height in the 16 was just not comfortable. Search continues!
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