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Old 08-25-2015, 12:33 AM   #1
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Have Casita, looking for AS

Have 2004 17 Casita purchased used 2006. Really enjoy it, but maybe could use a little more room. In-laws sold home and bought big AS (don't know details) to live in full-time. We have seen their AS and were very impressed.

We are looking. Don't really know what we want yet, but so far like Sport 22 and Flying Cloud 20fb. Also, like Flying Cloud 25 with big rear windows. Will probably look for awhile and buy used. We looked for over 1 year before buying our current Casita.

I have been reading forum, appears to be a great resource, so I joined.


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Old 08-25-2015, 04:57 AM   #2
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Welcome Super9,

We are glad to have you with us and best of luck with your Airstream pursuit.



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Old 08-25-2015, 06:14 AM   #3
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Super 9-

We went from a 17' Casita Spirit Dlx. We too were looking at various models and decided on the 25FB last Aug. We looked at the 23FB, similar layout to our Casita just bigger and reversed front to rear. Loved the Bedroom, but wanted more sitting area. 23D had more sitting area, but still had to crawl over each other in B/R with the corner bed. 25FB had larger B/R area and more sitting area. Also the 25 has a much larger fridge and is about 6" wider, making it feel much more spacious. We looked for about a year before deciding, and we are very happy with our final choice
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Old 08-25-2015, 06:36 AM   #4
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We too, are former Casita-ites (17 SD).

Don't make the same mistake we did and listen to bwpaint. Concentrate on the 25 and enjoy the experience.

Got questions? Email me, and I'll try to answer specifics.

Good luck!
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Old 08-25-2015, 07:41 AM   #5
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I agree with Murray and others who have moved larger. We had a Scamp some years ago mostly as a lake lot hut, traveled for years in VW Campers.

The logic is to move a little larger on the next camper, but not a big jump. We made that error and bought a 20' Airstream. Good traveler but we ended up spending six months a year on the road, still do. Traded the 20 for a 25 at some loss of cash.

The 25 is the smallest of the large Airstreams, has the features, tires, brakes, width of the larger models so it is quite comfortable for travel and living, a decent balance of the two. They also lend to seating and sleeping conversions as desired, many put in recliner chairs or convert to twin (or double) beds as desired. The 25 is available as front or rear bed in some recent years, even a dinette and couch a few years back. Look around.
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:34 AM   #6
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Welcome aboard. We were like you about 5 years ago. Found ours on from a private party. It's been the Most Fun Ever! 43 states and 4 provinces so far, and we're not yet retired. Look at 25-30. They all pull great.
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Old 08-25-2015, 09:53 AM   #7
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We had a 2009 Casita 17SD before our AS 25fb. We started to look at the FC 20 then 23d then finally decided the 25 was best compromise in size; not too big or too small.

We had to replace our 2005 Toyota 4Runner 4.7L and went with a 2010 Tundra Double Cab to do the switch from Casita to AS 25. If you do need to switch your tow vehicle find one that has sufficient payload as the AS 25 hitch weight is about 1000lbs give or take 100lbs. While our Tundra towed great it was short on payload for our planned future extensive travels and it didn't have 4x4 so we just upgraded to a Ram 2500 Cummins diesel.

We were able to sell our Casita within a month for a good price.

These AS forums are as equally helpful as the Casita forums.

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Old 08-25-2015, 09:14 PM   #8
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My mom and dad had a Casita as their last travel trailer. They went through a pop-up, a Nomad 19', a Mobile Scout 23" , an Airstream 27'. an Avion 34', a Coachman 23' (don't ask), then a Casita. Now nothing due to age. They LOVED their Casita! For an averaged-sized person, those Casitas are a top-notch trailer. Impressive!
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:10 PM   #9
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Got back from 9 day trip to CO, NM trip in Casita. Still looking, reading about AS. Will be hard to part with Casita. I think the main thing I like about AS is status.

I know enough now to realize AS are not perfect and there are a few things I don't like too. For example: the big windows in the front, would be better in the back IMO, have to get another Honda 2000 gen to run the AC, sheet alum is nice looking, but seems fragile and expensive to repair.

I will probably still get an AS, for more room. I was looking on the web last night and like the FC 23fb best at this time. Cheers
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:31 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Super9 View Post
the big windows in the front, would be better in the back IMO
Check the various floor plans. Some models do have the panoramic windows in the back.
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:39 PM   #11
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Check out the nearly new AS on the Classifieds site!!!
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:48 PM   #12
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We have had 2 Casita 17'ers '99 FD & 2004 LD in 2012 the wife found a '69 AS Tradewind 25'er with front twin beds. Its a great layout very open.

So I tore it apart and replaced the last 4' of the floor (rotted around the edge) installed underlayment and Marmoleum flooring . Then I replaced all the systems and added A/C and Maxxair remote powered vents , digital TV antenna and a curb side outside shower .

Oh and a 17' Casita bathroom in the street side rear corner. Yep, a Casita in a Airstream

I still have to add the washer and dryer to the curb side over the axles where the fold out bed was across from the kitchen. They will be covered with a new counter. Oh and I installed a second 30 amp circuit just for the W/D.

Just got back form our third trip Wednesday . This is a great lay out.

Time to head out the garage and do some more stuff and clean her up for the next trip next month
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:49 PM   #13
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Casita sale price?

My sister's birthday is coming up and I might MIGHT MIGHT just want to blow her sox off. What is the layout of the Casita and how much are you asking?

Oh and would you consider delivering it?

See, this might happen a LOT faster than you think.
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:54 PM   #14
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Another welcome, Super9! I always suggest to people that they prepare a "mission profile" before starting to look at coaches. That "mission profile" includes such things as how many people/pets, how long will you live in the coach (full-time, weekends, something in between), how often will the coach move, how much you will be traveling, etc. You mention that you are looking for a little more room. Give serious thought to how much more room you will need, not only right now, but in a couple of years.

In December 2010 we bought a new mpg as a learner rig. We put it on consignment about a year later, as we had learned what we needed to learn from it. One of the things we learned was that we needed a walk-around bed. Our bed was a permanent one in the front of the trailer, but it had walls on 3 1/2 sides, which made making the bed almost impossible. We finally just used our sleeping bags. Things like that are easy to fix when you are looking. What are your issues? When you know them you will have a better idea of what you want/need.

As far as window location, my suggestion is to find the floor plan that best suits you and then pick a camp site that lets you put the window where the view is. We're in a MH right now, backed into a site that lets us look out the windshield at a lake. If we were in a rear living room coach our view would be of other campsites, not of the lake. However, if we would take the site across the road, we'd have the lake view. In other words, front/rear living is a non-issue as far as view is concerned. Park on whichever side of the road gives you the view.

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