New Member Needs Advice
Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:59 PM
My name is Bob and I am a new member from Colorado. [ who also spends some time in Naperville, Ill ]
I have a deposit on a new 17' Spirit Deluxe and am on the verge of releasing the order for delivery.....I am excited and have been interested in the Casita for over two years.
The reason that I haven't released the order sooner is that I thought that I might buy a used Casita.
My question is whether the older Casitas have any problems with any of the equipment as it ages....ie: the mechanical systems? I have been totally impressed at how well the older units maintain their value and how close the prices are to a new unit ....thus why buy a used unit. However wouldalso be nice to save a bit of money and it appears that a many of the used units haven't been abused and in many cases kept in covered storage.
I am wondering what members might have experienced with used Casitas?
Would sure appreciate some "words of wisdom"
Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:43 AM
Good luck, you probably won't go wrong buying new or used.
2003 17' SD
2002 F350 Diesel Crew Cab
(I know it is overkill but we live on a real ranch it takes a vacation with the Casita)
Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:00 PM
My husband and I purchased our 2007 17' SD used. It was taken care of v.well. When not
in use, it was stored in a large garage. At home, I don't have that luxury since I live in a
residential neighborhood. However, it has been stored for the winters in a large barn. I
also have a Calmark cover that has been used to protect it.
I agree with Clover and believe most owners take care of their trailers and address issues
quickly if they arrise.
Hope this helps answer your question.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:56 PM
If you plan on keeping the Casita for a long term you might want to consider having a new one the way you want it versus an older one which might not be everything you want.
Also, don't you pay a cancelation fee on a new one.
Tow Vehicle - 2000 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab 4X4-Sport V-6 3.9L, Automatic Sports Plus Package, 31X10.5 tires, Limited Slip Differential, 4.10 gear ratio, Trailer Tow Group pkg(transmission & oil cooler, class IV hitch, wiring), Heavy Duty package (automatic Overdrive, battery upgrade, front & rear anti sway bars) Package
Posted 07 March 2013 - 03:20 PM
We got interested in a Casita about 8 years before we retired. Even with 4 weeks of vacation a year we couldn’t justify buying a new Casita while we were still working. I watched for a good used one for almost 8 years. The closest I came was when one in the KC area came on the market. I called and ask if it would be OK if my son who lived in the area took a look at it. Before I could get in touch with my son (less than an hour) it sold for cash. I did not understand that used Casitas often sell sight unseen.
As we approached retirement we gave up on the idea of buying used and ordered a new one.
To buy used you have to be in the right place at the right time and be ready to buy when one becomes available.
Used or new you won’t go wrong. Welcome to the Casita Club.
2006 17 SD ""Our Roadhouse""
2014 Ram Tradesman
Posted 07 March 2013 - 03:29 PM
We need a larger bed than a double, and the Liberty provides that. Of course,that may not be an issue for you, but I thought I'd mention the drawer and bath updates since they seem to be improvements to the 2012 models.
Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:31 AM
CONGRATS to you both on your decision to join the Casita community. You'll never have any regrets.
With the 'upgrades,' they're calling the new model the Independence. If you search this forum, you'll find the discussion and a few photos.
To put you on the 'fast learning track,' you might be interested in purchasing my A-Z Casita Owner's Guide. Everything you need to know about owning and operating a Casita in 255 pages. It includes far more information than you'll get from the factory pamplets.
A-Z Casita Owners Guide / Store / Rallies: www.LoveMyCasita.com
Photos: Casita Travel Photo Albums
Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:25 PM
Posted 09 March 2013 - 07:32 PM
To Dex. Thank you talking about a new Casita....and yes, they will keep $500 of your deposit if you cancel your order. My theory is if the right used unit was available I would forgo the $500 .....although "ouch! "
To Eileen. I did order and receive your CD and thank you for mentioning it. I will be watching it soon as delivery time gets closer.
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Posted 10 March 2013 - 08:08 AM
So a Casita starts off life equal in many ways but a bit better than others mainly because of its basic design, the molded fiberglass body, and craftsmanship of the assemblers. The condition of a used unit will largely be dependent upon the level of maintenance and repair provided by the previous owner. But, if the trailer is basically sound, fiberglass OK, floor feels solid, frame is not damaged, then anything else can be fixed with an off the shelf part.
New or used? Sometimes the choice is limited by availability (or non-availability) of a used one. Some just enjoy the personal satisfaction of bringing an older thing back to useful working condition at a reasonable cost. Then again there is just something nice about being the first person to sleep in that bed or use that toilet.
A lot of owners have opted to buy used and others to buy new but the one constant is the good times available for all - come on, jump in - buy something and go have some fun
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factory brake controller and anti-sway control. Made in USA. Custom Casita graphics.
07 Casita 17' SD w/HLA (Egg Motel, room for 2 - to go), also made in USA
Photos of our mods and other stuff: http://tinyurl.com/2dz93g
Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:37 PM
Thank you for your thoughts and sharing the wealth of information that you have experienced. I had looked at your website before and revisited it again this evening and all I can say is "Oh my". I come from a life long backround of construction and also a retired father ( now 90 ) who still fixes items better than new so I can understand your labors and improvements.
Your generosity in sharing is amazing.
Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:18 AM
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 07:04 PM