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#1 Breckgirl

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 12:49 PM

Hi!
 

I just bought a 2006 16 ft Spirit Deluxe about 2 weeks ago!  I bought it in Indiana while visiting my parents, but plan to take it back to Colorado toward the end of August.

I'm excited to start my travels and to be linked in with other fellow travelers!

 

Also, have questions about a reliable vehicle to tow in the mountains.  Not sure if this is where I post... 

 

Look forward to happy trails!   thanks!  kelly



#2 clairemr1

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 01:45 PM

congratulations on your acquisition, becky, and welcome to the casita family. feel free to ask any questions you may have as you learn about your wonderful trailer
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claire and merlin, excellent schnoodle

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#3 clairemr1

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 01:46 PM

sorry, , kelly, had a senior moment there!

claire and merlin, excellent schnoodle

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#4 Breckgirl

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 06:40 PM

Thanks!  I've been 'perusing' the sight and there seems to be a lot of valuable information!



#5 cmac

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 04:35 AM

Don't forget to purchase your A-Z Casita travel owners guide, From Eileen, www.lovemycasita.com, best money you will ever spend.
Also welcome to the Casita club
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#6 EPFrisco

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 05:31 AM

Hey Breckgirl! We live "down the road" from you. Sent you a Personal Message (PM in Casitaclub jargon). Safe travels home.
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#7 Sue and Sandy

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 08:57 AM

Breckgirl,

We live on the Front Range. Hope to see you somewhere in a Colorado campground.

 

Sue and Sandy


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#8 Gourdamental

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 12:23 PM

You need a vehicle that can tow at least 3500 pounds. Your Casita is about a thousand pounds less than that but you will have hills to climb so you need something with power. I am currently towing with my 06 Toyota Sienna Minivan and did not have any problems but I added an additional transmission cooler to avoid over heating on the hills.  If I planned a fair amount of mountain camping I would recommend something more beefy just to make sure you are not chugging up the hills at 20 mph. What are you driving now? You can Google for information about tow capacity of each vehicle. Many Casita owners drive the mini trucks like Toyota Tacoma, Ford Rangers and the like. Mid -sized SUV's will also tow your trailer.  

 

CasitaForum.com has several threads about tow vehicles. The people on that website are much more informed than I. I have learned a lot from that site.  Also I recommend watch the YouTube video call "Casita Orientation" Part 1 and 2 "official" also the one about hitching your trailer to your TV (tow vehicle).

 

Happy Camping....I love mine.


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Gourdamentally yours,

Shelly 

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#9 annie54

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 01:51 PM

Hi Kelly,  I am also new to exploring in my Casita - purchased late last fall and stored for the winter.  Then I drove it to northern California where I am house sitting.  I will be leaving to travel with my trailer for the months of September & October - the first time to really "try the road".  I am a little anxious about it but also feel capable.  Interestingly I live near you in Salida, Colorado and will land there Nov. 1st or so.  Don't relish the idea of traveling in ice or snow so will then store it.  Perhaps we could meet up sometime and swap stories. 

 

annie

 

p.s.  I purchased  2002 Chevy Silverado with a 5.3 Liter Vortec Engine, crew cab and put a topper on it for additional storage as Casita's really lack in storage.  I love it even though it is a V-8 it is more efficient pulling and towing especially in the mountains.  More efficient means less stress on engine and actually better mileage because of less strain.  I am very happy with my decision, plus the truck with shell offers another place for my dog and I can unhook the trailer and use the truck in so many different ways.  I installed a floor mount bike holder as well in the bed of the truck - has worked great!



#10 annie54

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 02:00 PM

Hi EPFisco,

 

I have also been replying to BrekGirl.  I am also a new owner of a Casita purchased late last fall and then stored for the winter.  Brought it out this spring and drove to northern California on my solo trip to house sit for a friend.  Summer in California and then back in the Casita September and October to really "try out the road" camping experience.  I am also a neighbor living in Salida and will return there November 1.   Perhaps we should form a meet up to connect and learn from each others' experiences.  Perhaps even a group trip is in the future. 

 

My Casita is a Liberty which I tow with a 1500 Chevy Silverado crew cab, 5.3 liter vortec engine with a topper on it for more storage and more options.  I've been happy with it.  Hope to hear back. 

 

Annie



#11 Go Faster

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 03:24 PM

I'm dispered camping west of Salida. Coincidentally there's another Casita camped about 1/4 mile down the road.

- Felix

 

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#12 annie54

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:28 AM

Go Faster:  Give Salida a big hello for me.  Have lived there 9 years and will be back November 1st!  How do you like the town?  Hope you have discovered the Fritz (to eat). 

 

annie

 

p.s.  what type vehicle are you towing with?   Any other hot spots to mention?



#13 Breckgirl

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 05:37 AM

Hi all!

I haven't logged in, in awhile...  I am still in Indiana helping my parents move, but should be on the road in mid to late Aug back to Colorado.

That would be so much fun to meet up locally!

 

Let's stay in touch!  kelly



#14 EPFrisco

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 06:00 AM

Hi back to Annie 54 and Breckgirl,

We agree it would be fun to meet up. We keep our Casita in Grand Junction (easier to get to Utah,AZ in the winter) so a group camp may be challenging for us but not out of the question some time next Spring/Summer. Looks like viable meeting places before then would be in Buena Vista or Fairplay? Any other ideas? Of course if Annie is planning on coming closer to Summit County anytime that would be ideal for us. We sent a PM to Breckgirl and will do the same to Annie since we only visit the Forum every few weeks.

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#15 timeout

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:04 AM

EPFrisco

 

What? Planning a party without me?