We finally took the plunge and ordered a 2009 17'SD from Rice. Should be ready for pickup the last week of April. Tow vehicle will be a 2004 Ford F150 FX4 4x4 with factory installed tow package and a Class III hitch. Two questions resulting from the paperwork received from Casita after making the downpayment are causing us some concern. First, is the electrical plug-in on the Casita compatible with the standard electrical connection on the Ford factory installed hitch? Second, the paperwork from Casita included a "Customers' Acceptance of Vinyl Flooring" release form which reads "During production, the vinyl flooring is subject to minor damage. Casita takes great care to ensure the vinyl flooring is protected during production. For Casita to be able to offer vinyl flooring, customer must agree to accept the unit with the minor damage. Customer agrees to terms disclosed about the vinyl flooring." Is this something new due to problems with the vinyl flooring? We visited Casita's factory in the past and nothing was ever mentioned about problems with the vinyl flooring by our Casita representative. Has anyone experienced any damage on a new trailer from the Casita factory? Casita had a sales special which required us to make a down payment (already done) and to pay the balance in full by the end of March. Since the trailer won't be ready until the end of April, we will not have a chance for an inspection beforehand. We are hoping that this is just a part of the pre-owner jitters and that everything works out okay. Any suggestions?
Also, just a bit of new information. Casita is offering 15" wheels and tires as an option with the high-lift axle. The tires are Goodyear ST225x15 and are D-rated according to our sales representative.
We ordered both options. We have gained invaluable information on which options to order by reading the forums on this site. Thanks for the great site and the wonderful people who post and respond to those posts. Hope to meet some of you on the road!
Bob & Ginny
Edited by schatzie, 05 March 2009 - 06:35 AM.