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#1 Ranger100

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Posted 28 November 2014 - 12:56 PM

Hello All,

 

  I'm the "new single, solo, new to RV's, retired, Ham Radio, reading and photography guy".  I will place my order first week of Dec. 

 

Wondering about the following order options:

 

Led lighting or just replacing orignal with Led's?

 

Fridg fan? Is that a good idea?

 

Not a big "TV" guy but enjoy DVD's  (antenna, etc. Worth it down the road?

 

Furnace YES :)

 

Vinal floor Yes :)

 

"D" rated tires/frame lift yes  :)

 

Now that hardest part for me is looking and picking the "horse to pull the Casita?  I'm not looking for to small or to large. This is my diffucult question?  Both cars I have will not pull much of anything: (1987 Porsche 944, 2003 Chevy Cavalier). 

 

Any suggestions on that would be helpful.  Is there a list anywhere on this site of Tow vehicals?

Looking for a reliable used tow vehicle.  Orignally thought about a Crown Vic.... 

 

Thanks All,

 

Ranger100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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#2 Bigefromtx

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Posted 28 November 2014 - 02:28 PM

LED good idea. Long life, Cool burning and Saves battery, Good value with new purchase. 15wheels inch raised axle a must. Better ground clearance and weight capacity. I would recommend the built in antenna and cable ready feature. The fridge fan is good in hot weather it improves the heat transfer in the tubes. Flooring is a personal choice. There are plenty of good tow choices. I tow my new 17' SD with my ford F150 302HP 4.7 V6. It is factory tow package and 6 speed select shift automatic transmission. It gets 22 to 24 MPG solo and 14 to 17.5 towing. Best of all I barley know the trailer is there. Picked mine up Oct 6 2014 and have towed it over 4000 miles.
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Posted 28 November 2014 - 02:36 PM

Hello All,

 

Led lighting or just replacing orignal with Led's?

 

Fridg fan? Is that a good idea?

 

Not a big "TV" guy but enjoy DVD's  (antenna, etc. Worth it down the road?

 

Furnace YES :)

 

Vinal floor Yes :)

 

"D" rated tires/frame lift yes  :)

 

 

Get the LEDs.

 

Antenna, I recommend it. 

 

Furnace YES - research it on the forums - I would not get it if I were buying again - better options out there

 

Vinal floor Yes - definately

 

"D" rated tires/frame lift - definately


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Posted 28 November 2014 - 11:38 PM

The question about which tow vehicle to purchase is asked multiple times a year. The one-size-fits-all answer is...

 

Find a vehicle that 

  • you like and that fits your budget
  • can tow at least 5,000 lbs
  • has a tow package
  • has enough interior room to carry camping equipment

Eileen

 

PS:  If you haven't yet purchased my A-Z Casita Owner's Guide, I recommend it. It will help you make decisions about options.


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#5 Ranger100

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Posted 29 November 2014 - 03:09 PM

The question about which tow vehicle to purchase is asked multiple times a year. The one-size-fits-all answer is...

 

Find a vehicle that 

  • you like and that fits your budget
  • can tow at least 5,000 lbs
  • has a tow package
  • has enough interior room to carry camping equipment

Eileen

 

PS:  If you haven't yet purchased my A-Z Casita Owner's Guide, I recommend it. It will help you make decisions about options.

Eileen, Thank you!  I will, Ranger100


 

Psalm 91: 2 He my Refuge and fortress, my God in whom I am trusting

 

Ranger A life fought for others is a life worth living and that is a noble thing...

 

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3. Always finish what you start

4. Do what has to be done

5. Be tough, but fair

6. When you make a promise, keep it

7. Ride for the brand

8. Talk less and say more

9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale

10. Know where to draw the line


#6 John Craig

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 07:50 AM

Hello,

 

My wife and have owned our 17' SD for two years now. Thoroughly enjoy it.

 

I'll just give you input regarding towing vehicle. (I agree with your previous responder's ideas on other issues.)

 

We originally towed with my 2011 Nissan Frontier KC. The Casita trailed so well you'd forget it was back there, honest!

I have a cap on the bed so that became our traveling storage space: bicycles, grill, lawn chairs, cooler, etc. The Frontier is a 6 cyl with plenty of towing capacity.

 

I still have the truck though as of last Summer we have a new Honda Odyssey with the tow package. It too a 6 cyl. The towing limit on it is 3500 lbs. Not as much as the truck, but still plenty. We got the van just for the convenience of loading/unloading stuff through the rear and both side(sliding) doors.

 

I'd recommend either type vehicle: truck more rugged, van more comfortable.

And my opinion: sway bar NOT a necessity. Save the money.

 

Enjoy,

 

John Craig

 

 



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Posted 30 November 2014 - 03:35 PM

Hi Ranger100

 

I would recommend getting a vehicle heavy enough to be able to control the trailer and one with "enough guts" to be be able to pull up long inclines in hilly or mountainous country.  Struggling up a hill at 30 mph watching the temperature gauge is no fun.  I have been towing with 2003 Durango and it has worked well.  It doesn't need a LDH but I would still recommend getting a sway bar.  $50 or so for a sway bar is cheap insurance if you have to make an evasive maneuver at highway speeds.  

 

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 07:04 PM

Hi Ranger 100

I saw the things you were asking about on your future Casita but I didn't see anything about AC. I don't know where you live but if you are going to explore the south in the summer you will really need it.
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#9 Ranger100

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 09:03 PM

Hi Ranger100

 

I would recommend getting a vehicle heavy enough to be able to control the trailer and one with "enough guts" to be be able to pull up long inclines in hilly or mountainous country.  Struggling up a hill at 30 mph watching the temperature gauge is no fun.  I have been towing with 2003 Durango and it has worked well.  It doesn't need a LDH but I would still recommend getting a sway bar.  $50 or so for a sway bar is cheap insurance if you have to make an evasive maneuver at highway speeds.  

 

Enjoy your Casita.  It makes a great portable Ham Shack.

 

John

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Thanks Guy!!!

 

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Psalm 91: 2 He my Refuge and fortress, my God in whom I am trusting

 

Ranger A life fought for others is a life worth living and that is a noble thing...

 

 The Code of the West

1. Live each day with courage

2. Take pride in your work

3. Always finish what you start

4. Do what has to be done

5. Be tough, but fair

6. When you make a promise, keep it

7. Ride for the brand

8. Talk less and say more

9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale

10. Know where to draw the line


#10 Ranger100

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 09:05 PM

Hi Ranger 100

I saw the things you were asking about on your future Casita but I didn't see anything about AC. I don't know where you live but if you are going to explore the south in the summer you will really need it.

Thank you!  AC Yes!!!!

 

Ranger100


 

Psalm 91: 2 He my Refuge and fortress, my God in whom I am trusting

 

Ranger A life fought for others is a life worth living and that is a noble thing...

 

 The Code of the West

1. Live each day with courage

2. Take pride in your work

3. Always finish what you start

4. Do what has to be done

5. Be tough, but fair

6. When you make a promise, keep it

7. Ride for the brand

8. Talk less and say more

9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale

10. Know where to draw the line


#11 Ranger100

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 09:13 PM

Hello All,

 

 Quick up date:

 

  Having a friend check out a 2006 Crown Vic Police Interceptor, 106,000 miles as a tow vehicle. It's white which is good planning on living in the south west.  Have an estimate from UHaul re: class 3 hitch, 7 pin wiring and trailer brake controller.

 

  Side note, I'm "disabled" but determined to make this work for me.  If any of you are also dealing with "disabilities".  I would appreciate hearing from you.

 

  Sincerely,

  Ranger100

 

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Psalm 91: 2 He my Refuge and fortress, my God in whom I am trusting

 

Ranger A life fought for others is a life worth living and that is a noble thing...

 

 The Code of the West

1. Live each day with courage

2. Take pride in your work

3. Always finish what you start

4. Do what has to be done

5. Be tough, but fair

6. When you make a promise, keep it

7. Ride for the brand

8. Talk less and say more

9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale

10. Know where to draw the line


#12 Ranger100

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 09:15 PM

The question about which tow vehicle to purchase is asked multiple times a year. The one-size-fits-all answer is...

 

Find a vehicle that 

  • you like and that fits your budget
  • can tow at least 5,000 lbs
  • has a tow package
  • has enough interior room to carry camping equipment

Eileen

 

PS:  If you haven't yet purchased my A-Z Casita Owner's Guide, I recommend it. It will help you make decisions about options.

Thank you please review my most recent update post: re a tow vehicle.

 Sincerely,

 Ranger100


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Psalm 91: 2 He my Refuge and fortress, my God in whom I am trusting

 

Ranger A life fought for others is a life worth living and that is a noble thing...

 

 The Code of the West

1. Live each day with courage

2. Take pride in your work

3. Always finish what you start

4. Do what has to be done

5. Be tough, but fair

6. When you make a promise, keep it

7. Ride for the brand

8. Talk less and say more

9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale

10. Know where to draw the line


#13 Ranger100

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 06:04 PM

Hello All,

 

The Spirit Deluxe 17' is ordered.  Out test driving today 2 Crown Vic's - 2007 and 2011 - very interesting experience, one still had the lettering on it.  Will keep looking in that direction.  I noticed a big difference between the "stock interceptor" and the de /"tuned" car...

 

 So the hunt is still on for the affordable tow vehicle.

 

 Take care,

 Ranger 100


 

Psalm 91: 2 He my Refuge and fortress, my God in whom I am trusting

 

Ranger A life fought for others is a life worth living and that is a noble thing...

 

 The Code of the West

1. Live each day with courage

2. Take pride in your work

3. Always finish what you start

4. Do what has to be done

5. Be tough, but fair

6. When you make a promise, keep it

7. Ride for the brand

8. Talk less and say more

9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale

10. Know where to draw the line


#14 Casita-Freak

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 08:44 AM

Hey Ranger 100

 

I have some experience with Crown Vic police cars from my last job at the city radio shop.  The CV should have plenty of horse power to tow a Casita and many of the "police packages" have transmission coolers, upgraded suspension and such.  You will still need a load distribution hitch to keep the "butt end" from dragging. But wait...there's more!  The nifty spotlight is normally left on when  a "squad" is decommissioned.  My main concern is finding a used CV that is not totally worn out.   With tight budgets  most agencies run their fleets several years longer than in the past.    Our vehicles spent the last 2 or 3 year as "pool cars" and they were pretty rough at the end, so look them over carefully so you won't end up with a "money pit".

 

Welcome to Casita-ville.  I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do.

 

73

 

John

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#15 Ranger100

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 04:03 PM

 

The question about which tow vehicle to purchase is asked multiple times a year. The one-size-fits-all answer is...

 

Find a vehicle that 

  • you like and that fits your budget
  • can tow at least 5,000 lbs
  • has a tow package
  • has enough interior room to carry camping equipment

Eileen

 

PS:  If you haven't yet purchased my A-Z Casita Owner's Guide, I recommend it. It will help you make decisions about options.

Thank you please review my most recent update post: re a tow vehicle.

 Sincerely,

 Ranger100

 

Hello All,

 

  I appreciate all of the responses and hope at some point not to be asking these simple and mundane questions and bore you all silly :) But this is all new to me...

 

  Today I was looking at a 2002 Ford Explorer which appears to have a heavy duty hitch and a circular (I think 7 contact electrical connector)  Odd part was (the hitch said "UHaul,") Looked in the window for a trailer brake controller but could not see one. Monday I plan I driving and this.  Any advice or comment regarding this vehicle?  It does have an auto transmission.  The price seems ok, but I'll have to see how it sounds and drives.  It's in my budget range.

 

  Sincerely,

  Ranger100


 

Psalm 91: 2 He my Refuge and fortress, my God in whom I am trusting

 

Ranger A life fought for others is a life worth living and that is a noble thing...

 

 The Code of the West

1. Live each day with courage

2. Take pride in your work

3. Always finish what you start

4. Do what has to be done

5. Be tough, but fair

6. When you make a promise, keep it

7. Ride for the brand

8. Talk less and say more

9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale

10. Know where to draw the line