Jump to content


Photo

Help With Finding Affordable Rental Or Beater To Tow Casita Spirit Del

tow truck SUV rental rental with tow rental with hitch hitch

  • Please log in to reply
7 replies to this topic

#1 dmmcelroy

dmmcelroy
  • Casita Club Member
  • 3 posts
  • Local time: 08:56 AM
  • Location:Columbia, Maryland
  • Casita Model/Size:Spirit Deluxe 17
  • Interests:ebay powerseller
    thrifter
    glamper
    personal finance data diva
  • Gender:Female
  • Trailer Name:Glamperista

Posted 18 May 2015 - 01:56 AM

We are in the process of buying a 2000 Casita Spirit Deluxe 17 ft.

 

What do you all suggest as the smallest and most stable tow vehicle? We have an audi and lexus and those will not work (can't put a hitch on them as they are for business)

 

Rentals seems to disallow towing but maybe there are specialty companies?

 

we are in MD near DC. Any input for us rookies is appreciated!


Didi Mac

443-416-4888

Glamperista


#2 vermilye

vermilye
  • Casita Club Member
  • 407 posts
  • Local time: 08:56 AM
  • Location:Upstate NY
  • Interests:Photography, travel
  • Gender:Male

Posted 18 May 2015 - 05:02 AM

If you do find someone that rents a vehicle with a hitch, be sure it is large enough to handle the tongue & trailer weight of the 17. You can check the average weights at Trailer Weights in the Real World (Thread at Fiberglass Trailers Forum) (Excel Spreadsheet).   It also needs a 7 pin connector & brake controller for the trailer brakes.


  • dmmcelroy likes this

#3 NASA42 B

NASA42 B
  • Casita Club Member
  • 504 posts
  • Local time: 08:56 AM
  • Location:Camp Hill, PA
  • Casita Model/Size:Liberty 17 Deluxe
  • Interests:Family, Reading, RVing, History, some community service, and my rescue cat named "Alley" at home...
  • Gender:Male
  • Trailer Name:NASA42 - B

Posted 18 May 2015 - 05:16 AM

dmmcelroy......

 

Vermilye's advice is good and information is spot-on, but you may want to "back up a bit" in deciding how you approach the tow vehicle question.  Many folks start by purchasing a TT that matches the capacity of their existing proposed tow vehicle.   As that isn't an option for you, I encourage you to really work on finding a used vehicle with the capacity to handle a 17' Casita.  If you do locate one, it may have such items as a class III hitch receiver and transmission cooler already installed.

 

While I readily admit that this may require quite a search,  it seems to me that the cost for an "adequate" tow vehicle may actually prove less over time than the search, rental costs, and extra insurance costs entailed if a rental source is found.

 

Either way....good luck.....and welcome to the Casita family!

 

Frank :rolleyes: 


Edited by nasa42a, 18 May 2015 - 05:19 AM.

  • teacher retired and dmmcelroy like this

#4 stratos175

stratos175
  • Casita Club Member
  • 212 posts
  • Local time: 08:56 AM
  • Location:Alpharetta Georgia
  • Casita Model/Size:17' Spirit
  • Interests:hiking, kayaking, disc golf and spending time in in our Casita.
  • Gender:Male
  • Trailer Name:Matilda

Posted 18 May 2015 - 07:24 AM

I would look for older model Nissan Pathfinder, or Toyota 4 runner and yes check the VIN and that vehicle two rating. Not sure what you consider affordable but would think you could find something 6-8 thousand that would work.


  • NASA42 B and dmmcelroy like this

#5 dmmcelroy

dmmcelroy
  • Topic Starter
  • Casita Club Member
  • 3 posts
  • Local time: 08:56 AM
  • Location:Columbia, Maryland
  • Casita Model/Size:Spirit Deluxe 17
  • Interests:ebay powerseller
    thrifter
    glamper
    personal finance data diva
  • Gender:Female
  • Trailer Name:Glamperista

Posted 19 May 2015 - 02:58 AM

Thank you casita amigos. I am going off a 5000 lb toing capacity and already receiver hitch'd. $6k - $8k is out of range for me right now, I was thinking under $2,500 - which means a motivated seller!

In the meantime, my godfather is selling a casita, and I am wondering if you all advise casita club or ebay (or other?) as best marketing forum?

Thanks and be patient as I ramp up - am a newbie1


Didi Mac

443-416-4888

Glamperista


#6 NASA42 B

NASA42 B
  • Casita Club Member
  • 504 posts
  • Local time: 08:56 AM
  • Location:Camp Hill, PA
  • Casita Model/Size:Liberty 17 Deluxe
  • Interests:Family, Reading, RVing, History, some community service, and my rescue cat named "Alley" at home...
  • Gender:Male
  • Trailer Name:NASA42 - B

Posted 19 May 2015 - 04:23 AM

dmmcelroy......

 

 You asked, "In the meantime, my godfather is selling a casita, and I am wondering if you all advise casita club or ebay (or other?) as best marketing forum?".....

 

The four I suggest are Casita Club, Casita Forum, Fiberglass RV, and Ebay.....  In fact, I bought mine from an Ebay listing several years ago.

 

Frank  :rolleyes: 

.

 

 

 


Edited by nasa42a, 19 May 2015 - 04:24 AM.

  • dmmcelroy likes this

#7 SoloMatt

SoloMatt
  • Casita Club Member
  • 273 posts
  • Local time: 05:56 AM
  • Location:Southern California
  • Casita Model/Size:13' PD
  • Gender:Male

Posted 19 May 2015 - 05:04 AM

I found my Casita here on Casita Club... great experience all around!

So is it just gonna be one trip? If so... maybe you could rent a pickup from Uhaul? Pretty sure they allow towing. But it wouldn't be the prettiest truck in the world! Personally, I'd say 'screw work' and add a hitch to the Lexus. I'm sneaky like that. :)

Good luck!

Edited by SoloMatt, 19 May 2015 - 05:05 AM.

  • dmmcelroy likes this

#8 dmmcelroy

dmmcelroy
  • Topic Starter
  • Casita Club Member
  • 3 posts
  • Local time: 08:56 AM
  • Location:Columbia, Maryland
  • Casita Model/Size:Spirit Deluxe 17
  • Interests:ebay powerseller
    thrifter
    glamper
    personal finance data diva
  • Gender:Female
  • Trailer Name:Glamperista

Posted 19 May 2015 - 05:28 AM

LOL Matt! I'm in finance - they just don't understand like Will Smith Prince of BelAir said.

 

and GRACIAS Frank - love your profile pic! I tried to change mine but no haps for 2 days. thought maybe rookies have a waiting period...


Didi Mac

443-416-4888

Glamperista






Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: tow, truck, SUV, rental, rental with tow, rental with hitch, hitch