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#1 SkyJean

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 05:25 PM

Im just curious why people choose the 13 ft . Is it that much easier to tow than 16ft or 17ft? I cant get a Casita until I retire but looking towards 13ft now...at one time I thought larger
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#2 Joe Z

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 06:45 PM

I've had the 16' and now the 13'........ they are almost identical (almost) in weight and both have a fairly light tongue weight of about 260 lbs on the bath/shower models. I could easily pull a 17' with my tow vehicle but personally just like the lightweight of either the 13' or 16'
The reason i have the 13' is that it fits in my garage better. I do miss the side dinette of the 16' and if i had a deeper garage i would prefer the 16' model. I'm only 5'8" tall but if i was over 6' i would prefer the 17' model which is about 1,000 lbs heavier.
The 13' tows really easy and fills my needs just fine
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#3 borderbrae

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 07:36 PM

A really good way to get a "real life" idea of the Casitas, various sizes & floor plans is to go to a rally. Find one or 2 near you and try to drop in for a day or so. For some folks the size trailer they get is ruled by their tow vehicle or pocketbook or a combo of both. Others start small and move up in size as they can. My truck easily handles my 17 SD, and I can't imagine any other combo for myself. With the right tow vehicle the size of the trailer doesn't matter, with the wrong TV you can be asking for trouble.
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#4 f_stop

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:36 AM

Im just curious why people choose the 13 ft


well...they're just so darned cute! that and they take up so much less space in the wal marts.

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#5 Louise

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 03:49 PM

We got our 13' Casita in 2006 (used) and have never regretted it for a moment. We've been around the US 2.5 times and across Canada as well, pulling it with a Toyota Highlander (4 cylinders). A little slow on the uphills, but great otherwise and can barely feel it back there. After having had a camper van for a few years, the trailer feels so much larger and roomier. We're not tall people so it works fine for us. We've made several changes to the interior over the years, the best of which was to change the front bunk to a small dinette thereby never needing to undo the bed into an eating area. Our Casita (a '98) was old enough to have come with an ice box and no ceiling vent either. We added a 3-way refrigerator and a ceiling fan vent. Also added an awning. Now it's like the Ritz!!!!!!

Our reason buying the 13' Patriot was because we didn't want to have to buy a big vehicle to tow it. We made the right decision.
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#6 Brad P

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 04:52 PM

We got our 13' Casita in 2006 (used) and have never regretted it for a moment. We've been around the US 2.5 times and across Canada as well, pulling it with a Toyota Highlander (4 cylinders). A little slow on the uphills, but great otherwise and can barely feel it back there. After having had a camper van for a few years, the trailer feels so much larger and roomier. We're not tall people so it works fine for us. We've made several changes to the interior over the years, the best of which was to change the front bunk to a small dinette thereby never needing to undo the bed into an eating area. Our Casita (a '98) was old enough to have come with an ice box and no ceiling vent either. We added a 3-way refrigerator and a ceiling fan vent. Also added an awning. Now it's like the Ritz!!!!!!

Our reason buying the 13' Patriot was because we didn't want to have to buy a big vehicle to tow it. We made the right decision.
Louise

Louise I like the idea fo the small dinette can you post a picture of that. thanks

#7 sparky1

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 05:01 PM

I love my 2000 13 footer, it has everything ,I love camping, Bought it because my van is comfortable, I just wanted to be able to stand up to cook,& other things. I still tow it some, which  allows me to carry more (Stuff) & possible stay longer.

right now Cassie is up in my Grassed field with power on, yet I'm down in the house. wishing I was up there. but internet only in the house.

& snow coming tonight or in the morning in wonderful southern Va.

reason #2 to be in the house.

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#8 NASA42 B

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 05:19 AM

SkyJean.....

 

Each person or couple tend to become most comfortable with what works best for the type of rving they're doing or going to do.   Over 43 years of rving, we've had everything from popups, to U-Haul, to Hi-Lows & more. Sharon & I now savor being on the road for several weeks (minimum) at a time, and keeping things as simple as possible.  whether a 13' Casita or a 17' SD, one doesn't need a big tow vehicle (altho ours is a paid-for leftover from a prior stickbuilt).  A Toyota Tacoma V6 with a tow package is rated for over 10,000 lbs., for example.

 

As a couple, we now find the 17' "luxurious"  in terms of space compared to the 13' -equivalent U-Haul we once enjoyed.  But then, we enjoyed the heck out of the small unit.  Another time, another type of preferred rving.

 

Enjoy!

 

Frank

 

 

 

 


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