If you're ever in the Largo area I'd be happy to show off my Casita. I have a 2013 Spirit Deluxe which is almost OEM with a few basic additions/modifications (So far!)
Suggestions for the 'loaded' I looked long and hard and found my Casita finally on craigslist of all places. I decided against a few additions that you find on a lot of sales and my reasoning. I wanted a casita with a gas furnace but without the added 25gal water supply, awning, and outdoor shower. MY reasons are that with the awning I wanted to lose that added weight and I've seen far too many become damaged and damaging the trailer (usually human error) and instead for the fraction of repair/cost I am gonna buy a CLAM enclosure and regular sunshade. I chose against the added water supply since for what I desire to do is boondock as much as I can it just isn't practical to hold that much water behind the axle as I am never gonna be able to fill it up full and go down some bumpy path (or shouldn't) instead I plan on keeping a few added BPA free water safe jugs/containers in my vehicle that way making it easy and ideal to resupply without hauling the whole trailer. The outdoor shower simply doesn't meet my needs, I would have to modify the existing design and I just wouldn't use it! Instead I'd use a solar shower or some gravity fed system.
Tips for buying a new Casita... #1 GET DOWN AND DIRTY! meaning get underneath that trailer and check the copper propane lines (corrosion or damage) and the trailer for rust. Rust is important as some is normal (mine has a few spots i'm painting) but I've seen some trailers almost BRAND new 2010-2012 from places like the great lakes and the weld joints look rusted through or the brakes are a mess etc. #2 Pay the value of the trailer it is to you, now I don't mean pay 20K for a 10k trailer but I paid a little above what I had planned on but ended up with an almost new trailer that had been well taken care of and best yet was right outside my door no traveling 1200 miles to see it and buy it. #3 if you have the option to buy new they really do hold their value but expect that $24k to become $18k a short years later I've seen it happen. I bought used and I have no regrets I figure once I'm ready to sell I'll at least get 80% of what I paid or all even but I do sometimes wish I had bought new from the ground up custom.
Airstream has some decent trailers back in the day, if you find one that's been fully remolded to current day upgrades I say go for it! But the last I checked a 17ft 2015 Bambi was going for $35,000 STOCK and the floor plans are terrible. I've felt less cramped inside B class camper vans than I did inside the Bambi. My opinion mind you but I'm a 5'11 man and did not feel comfortable inside one, besides that everything felt really low grade material wise.
I really do love the fiberglass... you wouldn't believe the attention these things get. I've had 2 buy offers and a dozen random neighbors all over the neighborhood stop by and want to take a tour. Everyone loves the 'cute shape' and 'minimalist' feeling.
I bought my trailer before I bought my truck and I have no regrets on my decision. My plans are to be living full-time and working/traveling across the United States. I too considered all sort of RV's but when it came down to it I wanted to have a small efficient home without toting it around town so that narrowed it down to trailers. Took me a long time to come across Casita's and I am so glad I did.
Edited by C.FiberglassFreedom, 13 July 2015 - 04:29 PM.