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Old 03-20-2019, 01:51 PM   #15
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Last night we didn't have the bubble on top of the hitch exactly centered and this morning had a difficult time with the door. We leveled up better, yes on wood under the tires and only put the stabilizers down after leveling. The door seems to like a good slam. We have learned about the frig the hard way. The Casita has the same frig as this AS. The Casita was simple because we didn't use all the systems. The sink was too tiny to wash dishes in so instead of using electricity for the water pump we just used gallon jugs to flush & shower. No television, no radio, no oven or microwave. We had a wet bath, AC and propane furnace and two burner stove, full bed and dining seating for two. We loved the Casita, and still do,and used it for 10 years. My DH today commented on how much he has to learn. I reminded him this purchase was what he wanted. The manuals will be our new reading material.

When we purchased the Casita that was all we could afford. We stepped up from tent camping to pop-up to Casita. I tried some backpacking on the AT a couple years ago. So we are used to camping and having it simple. This is now going to be luxury camping for us. DH and grandkids are sitting in the AS watching DVDs (had to make sure that worked
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Old 03-20-2019, 02:20 PM   #16
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My Casita refrigerator was WAY more temperamental than my AS (Airstream) refrigerator. If I didn't have the Casita refrigerator COMPLETELY level, it did not work. I used to level the Casita based on its freezer compartment. My AS refrigerator does not care if its level or not, the refrigerator just works. You don't know how much of a pain it was to have such a temperamental refrigerator.

Do you really want to know the difference between owning a Casita and an Airstream? Let me put it this way, if Casita built an FC25FB size and layout, I'd trade my AS in one minute for the large Casita. I loved the fiberglass body, I loved the quality of craftsmanship, I loved the factory support. But I do love the refrigerator in my AS and the FC25FB layout.
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Old 03-21-2019, 04:17 AM   #17
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AirMiles - I think that is how a lot of Casita owners feel. They just want more room, otherwise they love their Casita. I almost bought an Oliver but it was 23' versus the 20' airstream. The Oliver extra length was mostly taken up by a king size bed, that I didn't want. I feel I have more space and storage in the 20' AS than 23' Oliver. The pricing was comparable.

My frig issue was my fault. I didn't realize about being level and was parked at my daughters for a couple nights and not sleeping in it so I didn't worry about getting real level, until I realized the frig wasn't cooling. The only other time it was a problem was last Sept. in Indiana which may not have been the level but the extreme heat. We leveled up a little better, that and being plugged in after a day of driving did the trick. I keep a thermometer in the frig and just glance at it whenever I open frig.
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I moved from a Casita to a FC20. I'll miss how the girl friend's panties stuck to the Casita's ceiling. But that's about it.
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Old 03-21-2019, 07:43 AM   #19
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Last night we didn't have the bubble on top of the hitch exactly centered and this morning had a difficult time with the door.
Can you describe just what kind of difficulty you had with the door? Do you think your stabilizers were 'cranked down' to the point of distorting the frame/body?

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The door seems to like a good slam. < snip >
The door on your Airstream should close pretty much like the doors on an automobile. If it needs a "good slam," it is probably not adjusted properly. This is a common problem, and there is a good deal of information both here on the forum and on YouTube on how to properly adjust the door yourself.

When my brother took delivery on his brand new FC28, the salesperson gave him a bunch of baloney about how Airstream doors had to be slammed really hard. That, of course, is complete nonsense. Either the salesperson had no idea what he was talking about, or he was just putting up a smokescreen so my brother wouldn't insist that the selling dealer adjust the door properly.

Again, go close the door on your late model car... your Airstream door should close like that.
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Some things are better left to the imagination...and Iím quite sure this is one of them.
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:00 AM   #23
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They will miss you over at Casita forums. I did notice that while the FC 20 is larger, the Casita actually had more capacity for fresh water, grey water, and black water. That does speak well for the folks at Casita. On the flip side, Iíve owned a Casita, and the FC 20 has substantially more kitchen space, along with space in general!
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We went from a 25' AS to a 17' Casita SD for couple years, then back to a 25' AS. Then to a "new" 25' AS and now a 28' AS...next, perhaps a 30' Classic! Casita was nice, but as you found out, pretty small for 2 and if you have a big dog, forget about it! Good thing about TT's is we try to spend most of the time outside anyway, so sleeping and bathroom primary use of the TT's in our case...nice to pull a "bathroom" along on long trips! But, as we have gotten older, more room and storage becomes very nice. Enjoy!
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So for those of you have grown up or down, a few impressions (positive and negative) on the Casitas might be helpful if a newby is looking for a limited risk way to engage the world of RV travel. Pat

Is the Casita a little fibreglass Bambi?
Does a well maintained Casita net most of the purchase price when you sell it?
Is the Casita more or less of a Four Season trailer than a Bambi?
Is the Casita easier than an AS to store?
Is the Casita maintenance less or more than an AS?
Would you buy a Casita or AS if you had it all to do over again?

Or any other viable point you might like to make.
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:03 PM   #26
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We traded our 1999 Scamp 19’ for a 2019 19’ Flying Cloud. The Scamp was a much simpler trailer. No AC, no oven, wet bath, no television, or sound system. I bought the Scamp as a five Y.O. Used trailer, traded it 15 years later, and got the same for it as I paid. Storage is a similar effort, however, I never had an issue with mice in the Scamp. Maintenance cost for the Scamp was very minimal, and my AS is still under warranty. The AS is wider, so we have more room to maneuver in the FC, the brakes are better, and we LOVE the larger shower, and dry toilet space. The only regret that I have is that we did not look a the 20’ AS.
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:26 PM   #27
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Welcome to the Airstream family.

I hear the Airstream 20 has a nice floor plan.

The SNP is one of our favorite places to camp. We will be on the lookout for your Airstream when we camp there.

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So for those of you have grown up or down, a few impressions (positive and negative) on the Casitas might be helpful if a newby is looking for a limited risk way to engage the world of RV travel. Pat

Is the Casita a little fibreglass Bambi?
Does a well maintained Casita net most of the purchase price when you sell it?
Is the Casita more or less of a Four Season trailer than a Bambi?
Is the Casita easier than an AS to store?
Is the Casita maintenance less or more than an AS?
Would you buy a Casita or AS if you had it all to do over again?

Or any other viable point you might like to make.
Casita impressions over the 2 years we owned one, between first 25' AS Safari and second 25' AS Safari... Casita is narrower then the Bambi; bathroom is arguable, but may have a bit more room in the wet bath Casita for shower? Getting around inside however, the Casita is more of a challenge in the layout vs the Bambi. (our opinion)
Casita's typically retain their value "as good or better" then an AS.
AS is not a 4 season travel trailer; neither is a Casita...no double pain windows unless your getting special order...plumbing in both is fine if your using the heater in my opinion if it gets very cold. .
Casita is easy to tow as it is lighter; think parking about equal; easy.
Not sure about maintenance; both need to be cleaned and waxed outside. Fiberglass seems a bit more durable and not susceptible to rock pitting and scratches, like the AS. To us, the AS offers more options for size, which is why we went back to the 25'. The 17' Casita is really small for 2 plus a dog, but it's a nice trailer also.

We were going to order a new Casita, at $18,600 (10 years ago). Went to the factory and the wait was around 5-7 months unless there was going to be a cancelation. We started looking on line for used at the Casita site and also Craigs list...found a 4 year old model for $16K; (they pretty much were all are the same inside/outside; every year) We purchased it used and then used it for 2 years, put it up for sale for same price, $16K and sold it in 2 days...had a few people wanting it! I have had similar experience selling our 3 different year 25' AS's also...broke even after owning them for a couple years...even made a couple K$ on last one. Both great...depends on budget and lifestyle...I will tell you, the larger AS's are much more comfortable; I would think the width of the Bambi would be welcome also over the Casita layout!
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