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#1 WeWantOne

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 03:15 AM

Good morning,

 

We are hunting for information so we may purchase either a new or almost new Casita Freedom Deluxe 17 ft.

 

We are located in Knoxville TN.

 

Are there any dealers near us or does everyone have to go to TX to get a new one?

 

What is the approximate time between ordering a Casita from the factory until it is ready to ship?

 

What do you like the best about your Casita?

 

What are features that can be improved upon or missing?

 

 

 

Thank you.



#2 Mark Watson

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 03:26 AM

There are no Casita dealers. You buy new only from the Casita factory in Rice Texas. 

Order to pick up time is about 3 months, but could be more, or could be less. 

My Casita 17 footer is light weight, easy to tow, and has everything.

What I like best is everything.. Awning, Air conditioner, heater, large refrigerator with freezer, shower, .... everything. 


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#3 Mark Watson

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 03:46 AM

By the way, you might check with Casita and see if there are any order cancellations. If the unit is being built and near completion, Casita will go ahead and finish it and wait for a new buyer. In 2008 I took advantage of that situation. Paid for the Casita on a Saturday, had a brake controller installed by Camping World on a Monday, took a vacation day on Wednesday and brought my Casita home on Wednesday. That was the longest 4 day wait I've ever had to go through. 


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#4 Tampa Rick

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 04:08 AM

I've only owned a second-hand Casita for a week or two, but I like the Casita because it seems to hold its value (visit the classified section of this forum and see asking price for 5-10 yr old trailers). I like the fiberglass exterior and interior - looks sharp and easy to maintain.  I like that it's self contained (shower, toilet, ac, stove, TV connection)  - but lightweight and easy to maneuver in traffic (had to do it in the heart of downtown Cleveland during rush hour recently).   It seems durable - those old Casitas seem to have functioning systems that don't fall apart quickly and last.  They are relatively expensive compared to a few of those other non-fiberglass travel trailers out there, but as I said, they hold their value. 

 

I'm a single traveler and can't imagine trying to live in the trailer with another person, though. It is a "one-butt" galley - no much room for moving around and the initial time I was in one actually felt claustrophobic, but got over it quickly and it hasn't been a problem since.  Biggest pet peeve about the vehicle is that they used cheap plastic that turns yellow under sunlight in some of the external fixtures.


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#5 fella10

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 04:12 AM

WeWantOne,.....if you folks would like to see a few Casitas up close and personal, ..........the Egg Camping Club is having their Fall Creek Falls Rally next week,  Aug. 8-10,  just down the road from y'all in Pikeville, Tn.......located in sites 91-105 (I'm sure there are more than that now, but that was the target area for the rally),.......you'll find almost everyone there willing to open, show and discuss their Eggs with you,........and there's always a chance there could be one for sale, or someone there could know of one for sale,........


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#6 WeWantOne

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 01:18 PM

Thanks for the responses!

 

I joined here and it wouldn't let me post.

I entered this before I had permission.

Glad to see it posted afterall. Life is good.

Sorry for the inconvenience of 3 messages.

 

Would really like to join the TN Rallies.

 

3 month wait? Oh my.

 

Now only question is where we can get camper storage. :glare:

 

Best,

 

~ WWOne



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Posted 29 July 2014 - 04:47 AM

I would suggest that if you're really interested in learning about all things Casita, that you consider purchasing my A-Z Casita Owner's Guide.

 

Everything you want to know, all in one place, including how to find a resale or order new. Be sure to check out the Table of Contents and the Testimonials.

 

Eileen


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#8 WeWantOne

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 05:34 AM

I most would like to know this right now:

 

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Can I Buy A Casita Off Of The Factory Lot?

 

Thank you Eileen for the response.



#9 clover

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:17 AM

I most would like to know this right now:

 

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Can I Buy A Casita Off Of The Factory Lot?

 

Thank you Eileen for the response.

WeWantOne

 

As Mark Watson pointed out in post #4...........if there is a cancelation you might be able to purchase one that is on the lot. Casita Industries does not start building a Casita until it is ordered with a down payment. Rarely is one canceled, so you can check with them to see if there is one setting there needing a new home because someone changed their mind and was willing to flush their deposit away.

 

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#10 WeWantOne

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:27 AM

As Mark Watson pointed out in post #4...........if there is a cancelation you might be able to purchase one that is on the lot.

 

 

Be gentle with us please folks.

We are new to the Casita fever.

 

Why doesn't Casita make some up and have them available for people to buy and not have to order?

 

Seems rather self-serving, modus operandi.

Apparently the consumer demand must be in effect.

 

Also wondering why they don't have any dealerships any where. :blink:

 

Life must be mighty good to them.

 

Anyone know what they charge per mile to deliver?

 

Sent off for the brochure and price list yesterday.



#11 clover

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 08:08 AM

As Mark Watson pointed out in post #4...........if there is a cancelation you might be able to purchase one that is on the lot.

 

 

Be gentle with us please folks.

We are new to the Casita fever.

 

Why doesn't Casita make some up and have them available for people to buy and not have to order?

 

Seems rather self-serving, modus operandi.

Apparently the consumer demand must be in effect.

 

Also wondering why they don't have any dealerships any where. :blink:

 

Life must be mighty good to them.

 

Anyone know what they charge per mile to deliver?

 

Sent off for the brochure and price list yesterday.

Their business model works well for them. Hence you found out about the 3-4 month wait, very big demand for their product. If you add dealerships the consumer will be paying significantly more for the product, mark up.

 

You will find the best part of the Casita is the "Casita family" that is the folks on this forum and on www.casitaforum.com. Very helpful group. You will also find if you search the forums using the search box above you will probably find the answer to almost anything Casita. If you can not find it, by all means ask. But it would be good to read a response thoroughly or look at the available online info from Casita closely. I think that is was Harold (USBurros) was trying to imply and that is what I was trying to imply. Sorry if you felt a bit "abused" that was not either of our intentions. I understand this is all new to you and I would encourage you to continue in your pursuit of a Casita.

 

You might consider buying used. There are a far number of Casitas in TN, KY, AL, FL. But you will need to have in your collective head which model you want and what features. That is why someone suggested you attend a rally to help settle that in your mind. It is very typical for a used Casita to sell within hours of being put on craigslist or one of the forums. So if you want it you will need to move fast and be willing to travel a reasonable distance in your mind.

 

On the charge Casita has for delivery I have seen it talked about on the forums. Not too long ago a lady from Montana wanted one delivered and she felt the price was high. When others on the forum pointed out the cost of fuel and wear/tear on the tow vehicle bringing it the price was very reasonable. So you might search for "delivery cost" or some other combo to find that thread.

 

Good Luck!

 

Clover


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#12 clover

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 08:12 AM

here is one thread on delivery cost

 

http://www.casitaclu...up/?hl=delivery


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#13 WeWantOne

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 09:06 AM

Thanks again Clover.

 

OK based on the pointer link it appears to be .42 per mile.

 

TN to TX and back would be $737.88.

 

Which seems well worth it to us.

 

Been to TX many times on business and not wanting to go back.

Nothing scenic to recommend the drive.

Give us green and yes even humidity of TN anytime. :mellow:

 

Going to look at DD's Casita Spirit  tonight.

Cousin has the Freedom.

 

We are leaning at the moment... may change getting the new Independence.

Seeking info on it.

 

Just saw the thread on the announcement and posted there.

No responses yet.

 

Independence DX 17

  • Anyone bought one?
     
  • Or even one yet?
     
  • How does it compare with the Spirit and Freedom 17 ftrs as far as customer satisfaction and meeting utilitarian needs?
     
  • Bathrooms and kitchen bigger somehow?
     
  • Any pictures for comparison's sake on the bathrooms and kitchens?

Not clear on the thread the difference between older styles and this new configuration.

 

Looking forward to getting the price list and brochure hopefully with lots of pictures.

Casita site not long on detailed pictures.

  • Any extensive interior shots in a large album somewhere?

An aside... anyone ever seen an Oliver?

Now those sure are a fancy fiberglass egg.

Large. Looks like real quality and appointed very well.

 

I note some people were hoping Casita would build an egg more than 17' long.

They do have a few dealers so not necessary to drive clear to Hovenwald, TN where they are made.

Price is steep.

 

If price is not a problem there is the solution to more egg.

We'd be glad to take a Casita off of anyone's hands in our area that wants to trade up to an Oliver. ^_^



#14 wildfire

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 10:32 AM

I have a 2000 17' Spirit Deluxe that I purchsed in 2003 that I would like to sell.  It has A/C, easy peasy awning, all the frills.  I am in North Carolina .. email wildfire@pinehurst.net


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#15 WeWantOne

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 11:31 AM

Thanks wildfire.

I emailed you.

 

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Called Casita for a brochure and price list. (Even tho. I emailed a request yesterday :blush:)   

 

Brochure and Price List supposed to include Independence DX.

 

Wait presently on an order to completion about 2 months.

 

$1.25 per mile (round trip).

 

ETN to TX 1 way 878.20 miles =

 

$1,097.75

 

Still say that would be better than driving to TX.

 

Only way to make it justifiable to drive is go to FL from Rice and cook our egg. :o