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#1 jazzjunkysue

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 06:41 AM

After the last state park tent thunderrstorm debacle, I was envisioning something tiny, airtight, and off the groud, where I could lock the door and go camping alone. Not having to run out into the woods to use the park facilities in the middle of the night would be great, too. Not always fond of their showers, either. And I'm increasingly turned off by hotels.

 

At first I found the little fiberglass rvs with no bathroom. Then I found the patriot. Perfect. It will fit in my narrow driveway.

 

I just got funding at my credit union. I already own the kayaks and so now I just test drove a jeep grand cherokee at the dealer around the corner. The next problem is finding a storage facility to keep it in.

 

I love the state parks and the woods and lakes. I adore the cape and I'm only about 4 hours away.

 

Just getting out into the park is heaven: The commercialism of the world is gone, it's quiet, and I feel like I can think and just be.

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#2 clairemr1

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 07:09 AM

After the last state park tent thunderrstorm debacle, I was envisioning something tiny, airtight, and off the groud, where I could lock the door and go camping alone. Not having to run out into the woods to use the park facilities in the middle of the night would be great, too. Not always fond of their showers, either. And I'm increasingly turned off by hotels.

 

At first I found the little fiberglass rvs with no bathroom. Then I found the patriot. Perfect. It will fit in my narrow driveway.

 

I just got funding at my credit union. I already own the kayaks and so now I just test drove a jeep grand cherokee at the dealer around the corner. The next problem is finding a storage facility to keep it in.

 

I love the state parks and the woods and lakes. I adore the cape and I'm only about 4 hours away.

 

Just getting out into the park is heaven: The commercialism of the world is gone, it's quiet, and I feel like I can think and just be.

what a joy to read your post, sue. i bought my 2013 patriot deluxe feb 1 in houston, tx and have not regretted my purchase of "Sassie Cassie" for one second! i had the same thoughts as you and the patriot is simply perfect for our needs. easily tows behind my ancient 1995 ford ranger xlt without causing old and beloved "Earl" any stress/easy for me to manage alone/easy to back into the safety of my driveway here in lake dallas, tx for storing/cleaner than the filthy showers/bathrooms/hotels i'm used to having to use/has more space than i actually need, seeing as how i've become much of a minimalist over the years/has enough space to accommodate a dear nurse friend of mine if she ever gets time off from her job at the hospital/easy to fit into parks where the larger rigs cannot go/easy to work on maintenance wise, as soon as i learn how to do that stuff/has everything i need and nothing i don't/in short, absolutely perfect!

    having just retired from a lifelong 40 year nursing career, i now find opportunities at every turn for going out/travelling/seeing what's out there in this beautiful country. i now find myself rushing home to lake dallas/taking care of anything that needs doing in my homes and spending most of my free time researching places to go/places to stay, since i also just acquired the wonderful "geezer pass". at some future time, i plan to take on a couple of online nursing instructor courses, which i can do while travelling, only need wi-fi hotspot. my bird book/binoculars/kayak are always ready for the next peaceful adventure now. in short, please get your patriot now/enjoy it every chance you get and if you're ever in need of a travel companion, just send me a PM, personal message, on this forum and we will certainly be more than willing to join you! safe travels/happy camping, claire and merlin, excellent schnoodle


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#3 teacher retired

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 07:18 AM

Welcome Sue to the club. Do you plan to order or get a used Patriot. There is a 2005 listed in the classifieds on this forum not that far from you in NJ. Your post reminded me of another Patriot owner here in TX who has a kayak too. Good luck with whichever you choose. We enjoy ours a lot. Sandy
Claire you snuck in before me cuz a dog came by to see Sophie!

Edited by teacher retired, 31 May 2014 - 07:20 AM.


#4 clairemr1

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 08:40 AM

Welcome Sue to the club. Do you plan to order or get a used Patriot. There is a 2005 listed in the classifieds on this forum not that far from you in NJ. Your post reminded me of another Patriot owner here in TX who has a kayak too. Good luck with whichever you choose. We enjoy ours a lot. Sandy
Claire you snuck in before me cuz a dog came by to see Sophie!

lol, give sophie a hug from merlin, see you/george/bob and sandy in july, safe trip home, love, claire and merlin, excellent schnoodle


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#5 jazzjunkysue

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 05:17 PM

Thanks, gals.

 

I put down the holding payment on that NJ 2005 this morning! Now, I just need to return with the cash and I'm ready to do battle with the NJ and CT DMV. I'll do that wednesday. I test drove a jeep cherokee today and if the mechanic says it's OK, I'll have my tow vehicle and there's a garage just down the street that specializes in next-day hitches.

 

Today was my first time inside the patriot, and It's so cozy! I can't wait to get it home and really clean it out and figure out how I'll use the little storage bins. I'm thinking about plastic bins that lift right out, so I'll have to do some measuring and shopping.

The water/water heater/ and plumbing will be all new to me, so, I'll be back here with some really dumb questions.

 

I have a queen bed topper so I'll do what some on here have suggested and put the cushions on top of it to cut it to size, and make a cover and hope I can get it in there!

 

But it's such a great feeling that I can go no matter what the weather is, and not have that 3 hour campsite setup. I also like the feeling that I can lock the door and get a great night's sleep.

 

Can't wait!!!!

 

Claire, are you up here in new england? I think Sandy's in texas,  right?

Sue


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 05:41 PM

Sue,
Congratulations! You are absolutely right about your feelings of excitement and your ideas for bins to keep things organized. ( I almost said "corralled".) Claire is down here in TX too. But you have plenty of Casita owners in New England. They even had a nice rally in Maine last fall. Keep an eye on the get together section for announcements. Depending on questions you might have or the manuals that come with your Patriot, you might consider getting a copy of Arizona Eileen's CD called the A-Z Owner's guide. It is a wealth of information. The forum is as well. Ask your questions. They will get answered. And ENJOY the adventure. Sandy
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#7 Gourdamental

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 08:20 PM

Sue,  Go to YouTube and type in "Casita Trailer" and watch the (Official) video on the Casita orientation. There are 2 parts. This will help with the features and functions in your new trailer. The fellow doing the demonstration (I believe his name is Victor) is showing a larger model but you will get the idea of the working on the inside and outside.  

 

Congratulations on your new baby. Make sure the previous owner throughly gives you instructions.  I got Eileen's A-Z CD which is very helpful. There are other checklist for free available but I believe Eileen's are most comprehensive. Don't forget to go to CasitaForum.com for more help if needed.


Gourdamentally yours,

Shelly 

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#8 clairemr1

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 04:03 AM

Thanks, gals.

 

I put down the holding payment on that NJ 2005 this morning! Now, I just need to return with the cash and I'm ready to do battle with the NJ and CT DMV. I'll do that wednesday. I test drove a jeep cherokee today and if the mechanic says it's OK, I'll have my tow vehicle and there's a garage just down the street that specializes in next-day hitches.

 

Today was my first time inside the patriot, and It's so cozy! I can't wait to get it home and really clean it out and figure out how I'll use the little storage bins. I'm thinking about plastic bins that lift right out, so I'll have to do some measuring and shopping.

The water/water heater/ and plumbing will be all new to me, so, I'll be back here with some really dumb questions.

 

I have a queen bed topper so I'll do what some on here have suggested and put the cushions on top of it to cut it to size, and make a cover and hope I can get it in there!

 

But it's such a great feeling that I can go no matter what the weather is, and not have that 3 hour campsite setup. I also like the feeling that I can lock the door and get a great night's sleep.

 

Can't wait!!!!

 

Claire, are you up here in new england? I think Sandy's in texas,  right?

Sue

congratulations, sue, on your 2005 patriot purchase! and, like sandy said, i'm in lake dallas, tx. however, i go back to ohio roots regularly to see remaining family and have a retired sister/brother in law in saratoga springs, ny. i want to do a trip sometime to rice lake, ontario, canada to golden beach resort, where our parents took us as kids. how about a fall trip somewhere up your way around september? i'll PM you in a minute and we can start the planning, which is a lot of fun too!

    like shelly said, have the seller go over every feature before you start out, watch the many helpful youtube videos available, get eileen's helpful cds, watch for and attend as many rallies as you can and ask any and all questions there and on this forum. there really are no dumb questions here, as we were/are all newbies and we all understand this new addiction called casita ownership. in fact, we're known as the "casita cult" in many circles rather than casita club, and that is a very accurate description.

    i'm so excited for you, this is going to be one of the most fun things you've ever done and you'll meet some of the nicest folks. there are some fun things to do with your patriot to increase space and improve function for you, if you find the need. otherwise, your patriot is all set and ready to take you on some really nice trips to see some gorgeous places and visit wonderful people. happy and safe travels to you, claire and merlin, excellent schnoode


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#9 codasmom

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 07:07 AM

Go Sue!!  I have a Patriot and kayak combo too.....

 

Enjoy.

 

Shirley



#10 jazzjunkysue

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 04:44 PM

Dear Sandy and Shirley,

Ok. I found the A-Z owner's guide on amazon. Don't wanna jinx the wednesday purchase/pickup/uhaul/cross-bronx expressway odyssey by getting it today! Little superstitious like that! I'm importing from the Penn border across the Ct boarder, through jersey and NY, across the famed G.W. Bridge. I promise to post any Chris Christie sightings.

 

It's a trial by fire, but I don't think I'll have to back up in the 2+ hour trip! I'll go find an empty shoppingmall lot somewhere sometime and do alot of practicing.

 

I already watched a bunch of the youtubes. It's how I decided I might be able to handle this alone. I'm not naturally mechanically inclined. Ahem. I'll like the cd since you all swear by it.

 

Claire- My parents have an island just east 30 min from Kingston, so it's not hard to talk me into it, as long as I have at least 3 days off from school. I'd love to see that lake, Never been over there. Love Ottawa and Montreal and Quebec City. At some point I want to get back to Niagara Falls, too. Haven't been there in a dozen years and it's changed alot. BTW- I used to live in Saratoga. Delivered my daughter there. The track is beautiful.

 

With all of this help, I don't feel like I'm going it alone anymore. Thanks, everyone! I'll let you know how I did on the Cross Bronx expressway on thursday!

Sue


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 05:46 PM

No Sue, the A-Z Owners guide is a CD that you can get by going to lovemycasita.com which is Arizona Eileen's site. Then click on the CD. It is about $30 and if you printed it all out you would have over 250 pages. You don't need to get it at all and probably not for a while. Just wanted you to know what support is available to you should you find you need it. You can read the testimonials on her site. But there is no hurry or pressure you should feel. Also, take your trip one mile at a time. Pulled mine up through there and know the area. You have an added plus in that you really understand how those drivers drive. And you know the roads more than you realize right now. It will be your first adventure! Just think how much confidence you will have gotten as you pull into your neighborhood!!! Sandy

Edited by teacher retired, 02 June 2014 - 05:58 PM.


#12 clairemr1

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 06:43 PM

Dear Sandy and Shirley,

Ok. I found the A-Z owner's guide on amazon. Don't wanna jinx the wednesday purchase/pickup/uhaul/cross-bronx expressway odyssey by getting it today! Little superstitious like that! I'm importing from the Penn border across the Ct boarder, through jersey and NY, across the famed G.W. Bridge. I promise to post any Chris Christie sightings.

 

It's a trial by fire, but I don't think I'll have to back up in the 2+ hour trip! I'll go find an empty shoppingmall lot somewhere sometime and do alot of practicing.

 

I already watched a bunch of the youtubes. It's how I decided I might be able to handle this alone. I'm not naturally mechanically inclined. Ahem. I'll like the cd since you all swear by it.

 

Claire- My parents have an island just east 30 min from Kingston, so it's not hard to talk me into it, as long as I have at least 3 days off from school. I'd love to see that lake, Never been over there. Love Ottawa and Montreal and Quebec City. At some point I want to get back to Niagara Falls, too. Haven't been there in a dozen years and it's changed alot. BTW- I used to live in Saratoga. Delivered my daughter there. The track is beautiful.

 

With all of this help, I don't feel like I'm going it alone anymore. Thanks, everyone! I'll let you know how I did on the Cross Bronx expressway on thursday!

Sue

sue, be sure and let me know how the first tow back home goes. take your time, you'll do fine. practice backing in a walmart parking lot without your sway bar on, and you'll get good at that too. all things will come to you, i promise. and the joy is well worth it,

    sounds like you and i will be taking a road trip into canada soon via niagara falls. a friend of mine in watkins glen, ny, just sent me a pic of a darling patriot that he followed this morning on the way to work. looks just like my sassie cassie, even the awning. makes me want to hitch up and get out again soon. have a safe trip home with your new patriot treasure, regards, claire and merlin, excellent schnoodle


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#13 jazzjunkysue

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 03:31 AM

Help! My sellers are a little confused. Can anyone check the vin on the frame underneath the patriot propane and tell me the GVWR? I know the GVW is 1400, but is there another number for GVWR???

 

The state of CT needs both numbers plus dry weight. 

 

I want to buy tomorrow, so, I hope someone can tell me today. The owners of mine are old and 3 states away so I need a whole day to go look. 

 

Thanks,

Sue


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#14 clairemr1

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 04:02 AM

Help! My sellers are a little confused. Can anyone check the vin on the frame underneath the patriot propane and tell me the GVWR? I know the GVW is 1400, but is there another number for GVWR???

 

The state of CT needs both numbers plus dry weight. 

 

I want to buy tomorrow, so, I hope someone can tell me today. The owners of mine are old and 3 states away so I need a whole day to go look. 

 

Thanks,

Sue

sue, i looked on the casita factory web site just now. the dry weight on the patriot deluxe is 1880lbs. they did not specify the GVWR, but they would have that info if you call them at 800-442-9986. they are located in rice, texas, so there is a time difference on their hours of operation from you. i'm sure they will have any more info you need to register your new baby, regards, claire and merlin, excellent schnoodle


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#15 Go Faster

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 04:55 AM

When I registered mine in CT, I used the max weight of the trailer for the GVWR - which is determined by the axle weight rating.  In my Liberty's case, it is 3500 lbs.  The current Patriot's are rated at 3500 lbs too..

Good luck with the purchase!. 


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