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Old 05-18-2008, 07:40 PM   #1
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Casita vs. Oliver vs Airstream ?

New to this forum. Can someone tell me why the Airstream would be a better choice than the Casita or Oliver?

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Old 05-18-2008, 07:46 PM   #2
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If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.....

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Old 05-18-2008, 08:00 PM   #3
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Great, thanks. Take a seat please. Anyone else?
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Old 05-18-2008, 08:19 PM   #4
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I think it depends on what you are looking for and your budget. All three are well made as far as I can tell and will last many years if cared for. All three have an enthusiastic following of great folks. All three will be fun to camp in. If you are considering new, both the Casita and the Oliver are less expensive than a new Airstream. New fibreglass eggs may also be less expensive than the purchase of a vintage unit with the restoration costs added in. New eggs would certainly be less work than the restoration of a vintage Airstream. The Airstream is better insulated than the Casita. I can stand up in any Airstream made but the Casitas are a little short on head room. For me the choice was easy, when a '77' Minuet came available. It was usable the first year with some work and each year I will improve it more. The 6 metre Minuet is about the same weight as the 17' Casita and is tow able with my Wrangler. I really enjoy working on the old girl and get great satisfaction from the improvements. In addition, I have wanted an Airstream for many years. I expect the first one to be the beginning and if I am allowed to remain on this earth, will undoubtedly own other Airstreams as time passes.
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Old 05-18-2008, 08:21 PM   #5
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Good question, but remember this is a biased audience.

Longevity would be my answer. Over 70% of all the Airstreams ever made are still on the road today. We have members on the forums with trailers built in the 40's. The aluminum construction was meant to last and had proved itself over time.

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Old 05-18-2008, 08:34 PM   #6
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to to your question about Airstream vs Casita vs Oliver, I can only speak from first hand knowledge regarding the Airstream. I have looked at both new Casitas and Olivers. I think that they are nicely made, but not to the level of fit and finish of an Airstream.

I guess that your choice would depend on how you plan to use the unit. Yes, an Airstream costs more, but is made for heavy use over a long period of time.

We have had our 2005 Airstream for two years now. We have given it extensive use. We have spent 240+ nights in her, and have towed her almost 30,000 miles. We are planning a lot more heavy use. Our Airstream has held up very well with very few problems. I'm not sure that the Casita or Oliver could withstand our style of travel.

The one other feature of our Airstream that we greatly appreciate is the fact that it is an Airstream with its iconic appearance and history. We really like have the coolest RV on the planet.

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Old 05-18-2008, 08:39 PM   #7
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As a new owner, we looked at the Casita prior to choosing A/S. We did not look at Oliver. Casita's largest plan just wasn't quite large enough for us, even as a weekender. Casita's quality and features, and towability seem quite solid, but the previously noted durability/longevity, and availability of just a bit bigger floor plans made us decide to go Airstream.
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Originally Posted by gc24
Great, thanks. Take a seat please. Anyone else?
Perfect response to a non-answer.

I frankly know much more about Airstream than Casita, and I know nothing about the other brand you mention.

I have several friends who have the Casita and are happy with them. They are all older couples who are past the kid stage, so the small size works for them.

A question in return - Do you know what the wall framing is made of in the other brands?

The aluminum ribs ("studs") in the Airstream is one of the main things that got me looking at A/S. I was tired of dryrot in the wood.

A/S has a MUCH larger selection in floorplans.
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Old 05-18-2008, 08:51 PM   #9
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Here is a reason I haven't seen mentioned yet...

I bet the Casita and Oliver (never heard of it by the way...) don't have nearly the great online forum venue that we have here! You will find answers to just about everything Airstream! This is a great group of people, we have wonderful forum rallies and the WBCCI has a lot to offer many folks!

Besides the Airstream trailer itself is made in America! (I don't know about Casita or Oliver...)

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Old 05-18-2008, 08:59 PM   #10
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Great thread by the way, I've never seen these trailers compared directly.
Anyone with direct experience with 2 or more of these brands?
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Old 05-18-2008, 09:59 PM   #11
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Sorry about that sarcastic first response you asked a valid question. Don't know anything about Olivers, but we have looked at Casitas, and have friends who had one and liked it very much, but eventually traded up to something larger (not an AS or a larger Casita, BTW). One thing is that Casitas are lighter, so your tow vehicle comes into play. We appeciated the cleverness of the Casita design, and the fiberglas construction, but felt a little cramped...even the 19' Bambi feels far more roomy...not to mention the level of AS design, and its anticipated longevity. The Casita crowd is a tight group like the AS crowd and they love their trailers...and that's great... Chose what makes sense for you and your style...what's important is that it works for you! If you do decide on something other than an AS, it doesn't mean that down the road you can't trade for one! (We used to have a small Motor home, and eventually went with an AS, for instance.)
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Originally Posted by TBRich
...We appeciated the cleverness of the Casita design, and the fiberglas construction, but felt a little cramped...
That was the exact impression I had when I walked into my first Casita a couple years ago. Really nice layout but I wanted a little more room. I'd say the thing to do is go check out the Casita, sit down in it with the family and see if there will be enough room. Then take them to check out the different size Airsteams. I can't comment on the Oliver because I have not seen one that I can remember.

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Old 05-18-2008, 10:19 PM   #13
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Whatever your choice that is best for you, hang around, lurk, or whatever. There is a wealth of information here that is not limited to just airstreams and many good people that are willing to share their knowledge. If you choose a Casita I want to know more about them.
I hang around here because I have an airstream, but I have or have had 2 Boles Aeros (aluminum framed) and a 1958 Gem. I have always liked the Casita and if I find the right one it will be mine.

My wife and I have differing opinions of just what a trailer is for, what amenities it should have, and how far off the road it should be expected to go. She has this silly idea that dead fish have no place in a trailer.

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Old 05-18-2008, 10:40 PM   #14
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Great answers from all of you. I really appreciate the input. I like the floorplan to have a nice size bed in it. Nice sure which model to choose. The newer models seem very expensive, but I guess you get what you pay for. I see that there is more room inside of the AS for head and width. It looks like if you get an older model AS, there may be some work involved with it. I have seen vintage models on EBay that look tempting. I guess I am undecided on the right model. Leaning towards the Bambi , Safari or Sport. Any opinions on those? I am not a tall person, it's me my G/F and a dog, and I have a Dodge Ram Hemi Quad Cab to pull it. Looking to spend time in it during some of the long winter months in wamer climates.

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