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Old 10-20-2010, 05:39 AM   #29
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Carpeted walls a reason not to purchase a Casita?

My 2003 Airstream has carpeted walls.
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:10 AM   #30
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I too looked into buying a Casita, but the over head height was a deterent. I thought wow I could pull it with a ranger. I also thought how neat they are but I looked at the prices as well. The Casitas are not cheap. The same money bought me a 22' Argosy barely used for $3000. The interior looks brand new dated , but new. I will spend a couple hundred dollars on cushions and probably $800. on a rock guard for the 360 window. So lets just say for $5000. I have got a trailer about the size of a Bambi with all the anemities, still light enough to pull with a smaller truck. There is no signs of water damage inside or out and this pleases me for a trailer of this many years. I work around auctions used cars and campers. I see the horrible workmanship on all these composite trailers. The walls separate. The roofs leak. The window gaskets shrink. The list goes on and on. I feel as though anyone who has done they're research on RV's would never buy anything but an Airstream of course I'm including Argosy in that statement as well!!! LOL
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:36 AM   #31
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I think if you talk to those who have owned Casita's will tell you they are a quality unit - I used to own one - the company is incredible to work with - they stand behind their product - much better than Airstream. Also when you compare how much a new Casita costs vs Airstream - there is no comparision - Castia is way more value for the dollar - But just like C2 above (hello from Tijeras and welcome to the forums!) there is something about these Airstreams that keeps you coming back - talk about addiction - once you get your first wiff of Aluminum - its all over! LOL

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Old 10-20-2010, 10:31 AM   #32
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I think if you talk to those who have owned Casita's will tell you they are a quality unit - I used to own one - the company is incredible to work with - they stand behind their product - much better than Airstream. Also when you compare how much a new Casita costs vs Airstream - there is no comparision - Castia is way more value for the dollar - But just like C2 above (hello from Tijeras and welcome to the forums!) there is something about these Airstreams that keeps you coming back - talk about addiction - once you get your first wiff of Aluminum - its all over! LOL

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I gotta disagree on Airstream not standing behind their product. Under our warranty, Airstream has and still continues to make me happy. No issues here. I call them and they bend over backwards to make me happy. Even small minor issues, they are on top of it.

Airstream for me was an awesome decision.

opinions vary,
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:08 AM   #33
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We have a local manufacturer, Scamp, in Minnesota that makes a trailer similar to the Casita. I see lots of Scamps. I don't think I've ever seen a Casita in Minnesota.

I never gave Scamp/Casita much thought because the trailers are too small for what I want to do.
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:37 PM   #34
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Our friends bought a gently used Casita. They seem happy with it but did mention not even long after they purchased the Casita that they'd like to get an Airstream Bambi someday. Had they shopped with more patience, they could have bought a used 16 foot Bambi or Sport in the same price range as what they paid for the Casita. The GVWR of the AS 16 Sport or Bambi is also the same 3500 pounds as Casita. But what's important is they enjoy the Casita. It seems solid being in just two fiberglass pieces and they last a long time.

As for getting better mileage than a larger unit, IMO, it depends largely on the efficiency of the tow vehicle's engine, among other things. Their Dodge Dakota is not happy towing the Casita and struggles up hills and the mileage isn't great even with empty water tanks. So much for towing with a smaller vehicle. Sometimes a slightly bigger TV with an engine that's up to the task gets far better mileage than a smaller TV or a grocery-getter that's struggling.
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Old 10-20-2010, 05:45 PM   #35
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I believe there is also a similar unit called a Burro
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:56 PM   #36
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:48 PM   #37
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Hi to Ken J in Tijeras!!! Nice rig.

I have noticed while shopping for an Airstream the owners have said, We are going to get a Casita. Then while shopping for a Casita the owners have all said, We are going to get an Airstream. Both units are made real well and both have the diehard following.

Just last weekend my nose was pressed against the window another total rehab Airstream.....I have been repairing them and rebuilding for 30 years....and when I see one sitting in a field somewhere I get the itch.....I know these units just like a heart surgeon knows the chest....

But we went newer and in totally perfect used Casita....(which we have mod. out completely, yet leaving it in factory shape) and for once it was great to take it out without rebuilding.

We looked at Bambi's and there weights were still to high for my liking. Totally filled ours weight out at 3300. Plus I'm towing without a sway or equalizer hitch.....You don't even feel the trucks. One of the best things is, if we are off in hitching you just pick the trailer up and put it on the hitch.

But like I said.....it's a love affair and another rehab is going to come home with me one day.

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Old 10-20-2010, 09:04 PM   #38
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I looked at the Casita website, and you guys are kidding on wanting one....Right?

But opinions vary.....

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Old 10-20-2010, 09:30 PM   #39
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I love all old campers. We started out camping in my '62 Corvair van...then got our '61 Scotty, then the '64 Bambi II. I have also owned and sold four other Scottys after resurrecting them and a Compact Jr. fiberglass trailer. This trailer is much like a Casita except it has an elevating roof much like a VW bus and a rear entry door. It was tall enough for me to stand in it.

I will be working on the Bambi II after Winter...and it along with the Corvair van and '61 Scotty, is a keeper. If anyone ever offered to GIVE me a 19' Scamp (also fiberglass) fifth wheel trailer to pull with my Corvair pickup truck, you bet I'd take it! What a rig that would be! This "cool" camper thing really is a disease!

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Old 12-08-2010, 09:43 PM   #40
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I love all old campers. We started out camping in my '62 Corvair van...then got our '61 Scotty, then the '64 Bambi II. I have also owned and sold four other Scottys after resurrecting them and a Compact Jr. fiberglass trailer. This trailer is much like a Casita except it has an elevating roof much like a VW bus and a rear entry door. It was tall enough for me to stand in it.

This "cool" camper thing really is a disease!

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I'm with you on this, Ben! I love old campers too. The Compact Jr. is a really cool design. I'd LOVE to get my hands on that Wally Bee. It would satisfy all my trailer needs! We have had 2 fiberglass "egg" trailers. We only have our Boler now. The Boler was the forerunner of the Casita. I help organize rallies every summer and we get 70+ trailers. I think I have "glass" class and aluminitus. They are not mutually exclusive.

Take a look at my website (bolerama.org) to see how cool these little trailers are.

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Old 12-09-2010, 06:36 AM   #41
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Hi Lisa-

I know the Bolers well. My parents-in-law almost got one before they found their Scotty...which leaked, so I think the Boler would have been better for them! The guy who had it for sale locally towed it with and also was selling his VW Westy Vanagon.

The Compact Jr. has been handed over to my brother-in-law and his wife.

What is the Wally Bee you mention?

I have been on your Boler website. VERY NICE! Here is the link to mine with all of my old mobile toys: Ben's Bus +

Enjoy! Happy travels!

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Old 12-09-2010, 07:38 AM   #42
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I think that Casitas are really cute and I love to see them on the road. The bottom line is if you want an Airstream, you want an Airstream.

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Ditto; that is why we never even looked at any other trailer!

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