Salutations, friends of fiberglass!
I recently purchased a 2004 Casita
Spirit. I saw it on the side of the road and was thoroughly enchanted. For ten years it was lived in by its previous owner and taken to all corners of the continental US. Unfortunately, in ten years, a trailer can become a bit worn, so there is some minor fixing up that needs to be done. The body is sound and was well-maintained, though, and all included appliances still work as designed despite having sat unattended for the last year.
I've never owned an RV but my dad helped me give it a look and make the decision. I manage a haunted amusement park during the Fall
months and it's nice to not have to go all the way home when I'll just need to head back out in a few hours. So, for the price, I just couldn't say no to the Casita
The only modification to my little pod is that the single bed dinette was completely removed and in its place, the previous owner built and upholstered a permanent bed, hinged, with the entire bottom area being usable for storage space. As the double-bed dinette is still in place, this suits me fine.
What doesn't suit me fine is that the man was a chain smoker of little cigars.
I had a carpet cleaner come out and, while it did help, it still wasn't enough. So, an order of foam later and I'm setting down the long and hopefully enjoyable journey of fixing up the interior. First step is to upholster some new cushions. I'm also contemplating pulling up the floor carpet to replace with vinyl wood flooring (I realize there are two very passionate schools of thought on the subject of camper floor choices and several other smaller ones as well!) as that is, as far as I can tell, still the only source of odor, not the walls (thank God). First, though, I fully intend to try an Ozone machine, baking soda, and anything else I can do prior to that. Honestly though, it feels inevitable; I'm just dreading pulling up the carpet to reveal rot in the floor as the source of the sour smell and facing the prospect of a much more complex project or defeat at a lost investment.
However! For now, I can say that the price was unbeatable and I am happy with my purchase and ecstatic to become a part of such a great community.