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#1 huckleberrybound

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 08:24 AM

Hello!

 

We are an adventurous family of three (plus a small dog) who are planning to order a new Spirit Deluxe 17 very soon. We are currently full-timing in a class A, but are looking to go smaller. Much smaller, it seems. We understand many will think we've lost our marbles, but we are up for the challenge and understand nothing is permanent. If, after a year, it doesn't fit for us, we'll figure out what's next. We look forward to the freedom downsizing to a Casita will give us: the freedom to get off the beaten path and the freedom to camp in more places. We'll be spending more time outdoors than we currently do, but that's nothing but positive in our book. Our daughter is currently sixteen months old, and we have a tiny dog that will travel along. We're looking to make the change later this year. We look forward to going smaller and joining the Casita community.


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#2 clairemr1

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 08:40 AM

    welcome to the casita family. many others have downsized from very large rigs as they've learned the joys of easy set-up/break-down/travels in the small fiberglass trailers. you don't list your location, but i'd encourage you to camp with as many casita owners as possible, especially at the beginning. they are a wealth of information plus some of the nicest people you'll meet.

    take it easy, learn your camping style then make any or none of the many mods others have done to their trailers. safe travels and hope to meet/camp with you somewhere/sometime...............


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#3 Jerrybob

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 10:32 AM

Welcome.......what tow rig will you be using?   Claire is absolutly correct.....Casita folks are very nice and.....I might add.....good looking too!   Safe travels!   


Edited by Jerrybob, 12 January 2016 - 10:32 AM.


#4 huckleberrybound

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  • Trailer Name:Betty White

Posted 12 January 2016 - 01:32 PM

As for our location, we are currently in the DFW area for another week before heading down to Austin for a month or so. We went to Rice last week to give things a thorough look and were pleased with what we saw. It was good to get some "seat time" in both the Independence and the Spirit as they were both layouts we were considering. I expected the Independence to feel more open and airy, but honestly, the greater "floor space" of the Spirit felt more accommodating to our needs and the two seating areas will serve us better as I work from my computer during the day. It seemed a better use of space for the ways we would use it, though I'm bummed to be missing out on the additional storage space the Independence offered down low.

 

As for tow vehicle, that is up in the air as we will need to make a change once we transition from class A with toad (Subaru Forester) to a towable. I'm leaning toward a Tacoma, but I'm lured by additional payload of 1/2 and 3/4 ton trucks. Adding up tongue wait, vehicle occupants, etc doesn't leave a whole lot of room for other stuff (or additional water, etc) with the Tacoma. So, jury is still out on this subject.


Family of 3 + mutt living and traveling full time in their Casita camper named Betty White!

2016 Casita 17 Spirit Standard with lots of upgrades

2016 Ram Power Wagon Tradesman

http://tinyasscamper.com


#5 Plainsman

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 03:55 PM

Welcome. Glad to have you with us. I love my Spirit Deluxe and think it about the perfect rig— but I am a solo traveler, with my two dogs. I tow with a 1-1/4 ton diesel and find I cannot easily overload it, and never have. I like the muscular flexibility that gives me to keep the Casita as light as possible. As you select a TV, try not to get too close to 'limits.' Keep a broad margin on the up-side. My TV has a tow limit of 15,600# and I sure do like the way it pulls the trailer as if it weren't there!

 

You have a great adventure ahead of you! Enjoy...


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#6 stratos175

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 05:01 PM

Welcome to a fine group of people (at least the ones I've meet LOL) and I don't think you could make a wiser investment then a Casita.

 

All the best and safe travels.

 

Steve and Patty



#7 C.FiberglassFreedom

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 11:13 AM

  I like the beard.   Welcome to the group!  You'll enjoy your time I have no doubts as this community will do their best to help with any knowledge they have to offer.  

 

Work has made me knock my departure date back to 2017 but as a 24 y/o guy it's one heck of a accomplishment to get this far and I'm so close to being free from my lease and out exploring these great United States.



#8 clover

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 01:13 PM

Huckleberrybound (Adam)

 

Welcome! I have traveled (not full timed) with my son for the past 9 years in our Casita. It feels like home to him. He is now 14 and recounting all of the adventures we've experienced using our Casita as a gateway. As well as all of the new friends and interesting people we have met. What a great adventures await you baby!!

 

I enjoyed reading some of your travel blog. Great Christmas greeting. I plan on reading more about your travels, hoping to get additional ideas from you blog. I think I understand where your catchy screen name came from............

 

Hope to cross paths with y'all someday. If you get in the area of Dinosaur Valley State Park (Texas) drop us not and we'll buy y'all pie at the Best Pie Shop in Texas (as voted on by Texas Country Reporter viewers) Pie Peddlers here in Glen Rose, TX  However, I don't think they have huckleberry pie.

http://piepeddlers.com/

 

Clover & her pup


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#9 U.S.M.C. Don

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 01:32 PM

It really is GOOD pie!!!



#10 Dutchman

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 06:26 PM

As I replied to a class A big box who questioned my sanity traveling in my Casita: "I can go where you can go but you can't go where I can go".   :dncinban: 

 

On that note, welcome and "Happy Trail(er)s to You"

 

Dutchman


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#11 LHCAZ

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 05:36 AM

We had a one ton van as a tow vehicle at one point and I'd have another if I could find the right one at the right price. In your situation you might want to add a van to the think about list.

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#12 huckleberrybound

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  • Trailer Name:Betty White

Posted 14 January 2016 - 07:19 AM

Thank you, everyone, for such a warm welcome! We are pretty excited to downsize and gain the freedom to go just about anywhere we wish. That will be excellent. If you've seen our blog, you know we are coming from a rather large coach (42ft), but it is simply more space than we could possibly want. In fact, the big reason we went with it as our first full-time rig is because of our big Irish Wolfhound. He requires a bit of floor space to stretch out, but he's an old man (over 8.5) and slowing down considerably. We'll be ready to downsize once we say goodbye to him. Coming from a house, we simply didn't know how much space we would want or need when living on the road. It turns out that we don't require very much to be happy. There's more to this realization and we will certainly blog about it once we are closer to making it happen.

 

We are trying to keep the options wide open when considering tow vehicles, and they have all crossed my mind at one time or another. I'll be curious to see what we actually end up with!

 

Clover, sounds like we need to make a plan to come through Glen Rose for pie! Thanks for taking a look at our blog. We haven't told our friends at Winnebago about our plans to leave the family quite so soon, so this is a secret we are only sharing with our Casita friends for now :) I'll be sure to reach out to you once we plan on passing through town!


Family of 3 + mutt living and traveling full time in their Casita camper named Betty White!

2016 Casita 17 Spirit Standard with lots of upgrades

2016 Ram Power Wagon Tradesman

http://tinyasscamper.com


#13 debandsue

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 09:25 PM

Hey there and welcome. We fulltime in a 17' SD withour 65 lb dog. We tow her with a Dodge pickup. If there was one change I would make it would be to have a van as a tow vehicle. Our truck is comfortable and has a topper so we have all the storage space we need. But a van would allow easier access to the stuff! We also travel with a Clam screen room and cannot praise it enough. Everybody is different and there is more than one way to fulltime. Sending you good wishes on finding your way.

Deborah and Sue

#14 clairemr1

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 06:50 AM

    adam, after you pick up your casita, you may want to camp at lake bardwell. many new casita owners come here from the factory for a day or 2 to test the systems, make sure all is well before they continue on their "maiden voyage". i accepted a volunteer administrative assistant position with the COE out here til march 31, and would love to meet/camp with you if you pick up your casita before then. safe travels.................


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#15 Hot Toddy

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 05:19 AM

That is great advice Claire. I wish I would have thought of it myself. ;-)

Depending on the weekend, we will join you Huckleberry. Lake Bardwell COE is only about 40 miles from where we live in Dallas so an easy excuse to get outdoors for the weekend. Ennis is just across the bridge and a great little town with all of the amenities in the event you need to pick up any provisions. Besides, you will need someone to keep Claire from giving you bad advice. (I joke because I love.) With as many Casita owners as there are in North Texas, you may get more company than you planned for. Ha! Keep us posted on your pick-up date and we will try and coordinate schedules.

Happy camping!

Toddy
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