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Old 03-15-2012, 06:38 PM   #1
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Wa-hoooooo!


We picked up our Casita today.
About a month ago melissab posted about a Casita she saw while camping, I think in Sebring, FL. The couple that owned it had bought it new 6 years ago, and were now deciding that it was time to stop camping. They were going to sell their beloved Casita FD. While the price was more than we initially planned on spending, the trailer sure looked nice in the photos, and in talking to the owners I could tell they took care of it like we would. There were also a lot of extras included, as they were not getting another camper; many accessories were going with the trailer. We were a bit nervous buying a trailer at a distance, but everything felt good about this one. We commited to the purchase, as we had a trip planned to FL in March...although we were going to fly initially. As it worked out, Robin drove down earlier, and I flew down when I got off work this week. Today was the day, and we drove the final 120 miles with great anticipation. Well, we are absolutely thrilled with this Casita. It is PERFECT for us. And the condition; well, it's hard to tell it's not new. We're towing with a 1999 Grand Cherokee; it got 17-18mpg from MA to FL. Towing today we went 120mi and got 12-13mpg. Not too bad. I expect with steady driving on highway it might get close to 14. The GC has the 4.7 V8. The Casita towed like a dream. It came with a complete WDH. In the photos you'll see the trailer is a bit high up front; we've since adjusted the hitch after reading the instructions and measuring vehicle sag, etc. It's now level and still tows fine. We've got some estate business to handle here for a few days, then we'll be heading north; maybe on Monday. We planned a nice leisurely ride north, taking 4 nights and 5 days. Maybe we'll work on a trip report showing our experience on the first trip. This will be new for us; when younger we were avid backpackers and tent campers, but we've never had a camping trailer or RV. A new adventure begins!
One of the photos shows the previous owners, Bob & Judy on the left; Robin & I are on the right (yup, we'd be the ones with the big grins). Other photos are from when we stopped for a stroll at Lake Parker.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:48 PM   #2
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Congratulations Gerry & Robin , let the memories begin!

And thanks for posting the pictures, I especially like the one with the big ole grins

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Old 03-15-2012, 08:00 PM   #3
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Hey, that's just great. I'm sure Bob & Judy are relieved to have found their beloved Casita a good home. What an absolute delight! Best wishes for the 2012 camping season!!
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:13 PM   #5
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Oh yes, it's got the bath. We wanted to get one with it as we will do some boondocking. There's more room than I expected in there. How the heck do they fit it all in? Reminds me of the Tardis, but better lookin'!
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Gerry, that's a real beauty! Nice photos. You are on your way to big adventures for sure.
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YEAH!!! So happy it all worked out and a member here was able to get this beautiful trailer from such wonderful people! Congrats again and lets the memories begin!

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Wonderful! I'm sure you will make many happy memories in this beautiful camper. Keep us posted.......
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Congratulations!

In one of your pictures, it looks like the trailer sits a bit high in front when hooked to your tow vehicle. You might get a bit better mileage and handling if you can adjust your hitch height with a slight drop in the ball hitch. They make a lot of different size drops, so put a jack under the tongue of the trailer and get it level. Measure how much it is below your current ball hitch and get the appropriate new piece. These are available at lots of places, like WalMart, PepBoys, etc.

Have fun!
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:56 PM   #11
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Kevin,
Already done. I explained in my first post that it was high from the PO's vehicle. After reading all the hitch directions yesterday I adjusted and lowered it. It looks nice now.
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Congratulations!

In one of your pictures, it looks like the trailer sits a bit high in front when hooked to your tow vehicle. You might get a bit better mileage and handling if you can adjust your hitch height with a slight drop in the ball hitch. They make a lot of different size drops, so put a jack under the tongue of the trailer and get it level. Measure how much it is below your current ball hitch and get the appropriate new piece. These are available at lots of places, like WalMart, PepBoys, etc.

Have fun!
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:01 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone!
We stopped in at a Camping World today to get a new vent cap. Bob (PO) mentioned that it was weakened from the sun. He was right, it easily cracked when I took it off. So how does a stop for a $5 part at Camping World turn into $200+?
I bet it's not that unusual. Robin had to get a *few* items to stock the trailer for our trip north.
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Congratulations! It is always good to hear a story with a happy ending and these days, they are hard to come by so thank you!
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So how does a stop for a $5 part at Camping World turn into $200+?
-Gerry
Yeah, drat those RV candy stores!
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Congratulations Gerry & Robin and welcome to Fiberglass
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Congratulations Gerry & Robin
Hope you have many happy memories on the road. I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee and get the same MPG. Dont be afraid to ask questions here as everyone loves to help. Especially about different campgrounds/RV parks.
Keep the photos coming.
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nice rig....nice photos...

welcome!
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:30 PM   #19
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Congrats on your new egg. I am so happy for you, it wasn't long ago I was in your shoes all totally excited. Mine needed a little tlc but its looking great and it so much fun. Although the day it was about 40 degrees and spent 2 hours picking the old stickers off was not so fun....anyway I totally understand the camping store situation. Happens to us every time we go!
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