My husband and I started researching travel trailers about 9 months ago. Well, Iím the researcher and he does the heavy lifting. This was obviously pre-Covid.
This is our first ever RV of any kind. We went to Rice in early March, just before the lockdown, to check out the Casita
. (We live about 2.5 hours from the factory). We loved everything about the advantages of fiberglass trailers and the Casita
hit our financial sweet spot.
I spent hours learning about dry weight
, tongue weight
, and how to be confident your TV could really handle the rig. We bought a Nissan Frontier with the larger engine, the 15Ē wheels and a tow package.
I bought the guide by Eileen somebody and read it front to back. Added the stabilizer bar to our Casita
order. Bought the Rhino black tank hoses, water pressure regulator, electric surge protector, and upgraded the size of our fresh water tank. I had no idea that owning, operating, and caring for an RV could be so complex. After reading about care and maintaining the DC battery
, I upgraded to the AMG.
Read about moisture problems and bought a small dehumidifier (we live in a humid area). I made sure to purchase adequate insurance (that also required lots of thought). Then thereís care of the gelcoat, all the crazy stuff about maintaining the correct air pressure in your tires
and not burning up the bearings.
On July 10th I had major back surgery. On July 28th my husband drove to Rice to pick up our brand new 17í Casita Freedom. Because of Covid, they couldnít do the thorough orientation. But I had prepared a check list for my husband and We FaceTimed during the hookup. He left the factory and Victor called me to say my husband had left all the keys in the door! I was able to reach him and he pulled over to retrieve them. Fortunately, that was the only problem.
Iím still unable to travel because of my surgery, but we have planned two short weekend trips to prepare for our first big adventure: a week at Big Bend National Park over thanksgiving.
Currently, we are plugged into shore power here at home (I had a dedicated 30 Amp circuit installed). I plan to get two additional jacks professionally installed so we can keep her a little bit up off the ground.
The only issue I see so far is the condensation from the Dometic AC runs down the side of the gelcoat and drips. Iím pretty sure I can find a solution for that, but it bothers me.
It bothers me because I now appreciate all of those, ďTop Ten Stupid Things We Did Owning Our First RVĒ Utube videos.
I canít drive yet, but Iím taking some cones to the High School parking lot before I go anywhere else.
Hope to see you soon and safely,