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#1 Cam

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  • Casita Model/Size:Spirit D / 17
  • Interests:Reading, Downhill Skiing, Fly Fishing and road Trips
  • Gender:Male
  • Trailer Name:Thumper

Posted 22 September 2016 - 02:36 PM

Hi All,

 

My name is Cam and I live in Boulder, CO. I’m looking forward to being a member of this site, getting to know you all and learning about owning a Casita. I’m brand new to this and will likely need all the help I can get!

 

I pick up my new Casita, Spirit Deluxe next week. Thus, my first question - What should I take with me to make the 2 or 3 day trip home with my new Casita more enjoyable. I suspect there are things I haven’t even considered beyond the basics like sheets, TP, etc.

 

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me!

 

Cam



#2 Wally Z

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 03:30 PM

Welcome to the forum from Texas. I'll let others make suggestions on what to take with you.


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2014 17' Casita SD


#3 Cam

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  • Gender:Male
  • Trailer Name:Thumper

Posted 22 September 2016 - 03:37 PM

Hi Wally,

 

Great to meet you! Thanks for the welcome. I’m guessing most things boil down to common sense and - maybe learning by trial and error is a good thing. I just hate when common sense fails me and I have to “learn” things a half dozen times before they sink in !

 

Cam


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#4 Dutchman

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 06:20 PM

Cam - as little as possible. You can "customize" your new Casita at leisure when you are home. Primary is to spend one night near the factory and check all systems, heater, AC, water pumps, frig, etc., as well as the trailer itself. If anything is amiss, Casita is very good at quickly correcting any problems.  Tougher to do once far away.  Be sure to record or note the check-out procedure. Lots of information coming your way when you take delivery, especially when  you are excited with your new rig.

For your way home, basic issues like you mention, TP,  blankets and/or some basic bedding, basic food. Some wheel chocks if you plan to disconnect enroute. Buy a few gallons of water for use.  Casita recommends you clean the fresh water tank, what's the word for it, sterilize? with some clorox before filling. You might want to have the propane tanks filled so you can check your frig on propane while on the road home. BE SURE to fill the hot water tank with water before using the electric water heater.  You can turn off the electric heat with a button outside, have the staff show you.

Then travel home an begin to enjoy your new Casita.  Congrats!

 

Dutchman 


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#5 Ros M

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 08:51 PM

And don't forget a pressure regulator for hook up to water at the campgrounds. You would be surprised hpw many RV parks have a high PSI.
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#6 Wally Z

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  • Casita Club Directory #:69

Posted 22 September 2016 - 08:54 PM

And don't forget a pressure regulator for hook up to water at the campgrounds. You would be surprised hpw many RV parks have a high PSI.

They use to give you a pressure regulator when you pick up the trailer. I assume they still do.


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2014 17' Casita SD


#7 Wally Z

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 08:57 PM

Cam, there are loads of videos on the Casita. Google search, "Casita Orientation" and go through those. Here's a couple to get you started.

 

 


Edited by Wally Z, 22 September 2016 - 08:59 PM.

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2014 17' Casita SD


#8 Wally Z

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 09:11 PM

Those videos are old so some of the things they talk about have changed. Nothing to worry about because they will do a walk around with you when you pick yours up.  They won't let you leave until they have your tow vehicle and trailer set up properly.


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#9 clover

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 04:33 AM

go purchase something to keep the door safe from getting damaged as you exit and a wind gust grabs the door 

 

some use a domed shaped bumper, others like my self chose a flat disk to protect the door.

 

the damage is when the door gets away from your grip and slings open at a high rate of speed and hits the "belly band"  

 

here is what  I use, it is a flat disc that is placed on the door at the potential point of contact.

http://www.homedepot...-9243/100209221

 

the picture is of U.S.M.C. Don's door

 

 

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Happy Trails!
Clover
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2002 F350 Diesel Crew Cab
(I know it is overkill but we live on a real ranch it takes a vacation with the Casita)


#10 highplainsdrifter

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 05:27 AM

Welcome Cam, good to see another Coloradan and a flyfisher! Go with the basics and take a note pad with you to write down ideas, things you decide you'll need in the future. Best way to figure out additions/modifications other than looking on here is by using your Casita.

Good luck!
Bill

Edited by highplainsdrifter, 23 September 2016 - 05:34 AM.

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#11 Cam

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  • Interests:Reading, Downhill Skiing, Fly Fishing and road Trips
  • Gender:Male
  • Trailer Name:Thumper

Posted 23 September 2016 - 10:15 AM

Wow! Thank you everyone! I’m excited to pick up my Casita and excited to be part of this great group! Great advice and things I definitely wouldn’t have considered. I typically am one of those people who learn through mistakes. I’m a little afraid that my new investment might not survive that process!

 

Thanks again!

Cam


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#12 Steamboat

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 08:08 AM

Cam - as little as possible. You can "customize" your new Casita at leisure when you are home. Primary is to spend one night near the factory and check all systems, heater, AC, water pumps, frig, etc., as well as the trailer itself. If anything is amiss, Casita is very good at quickly correcting any problems.  Tougher to do once far away.  Be sure to record or note the check-out procedure. Lots of information coming your way when you take delivery, especially when  you are excited with your new rig.

For your way home, basic issues like you mention, TP,  blankets and/or some basic bedding, basic food. Some wheel chocks if you plan to disconnect enroute. Buy a few gallons of water for use.  Casita recommends you clean the fresh water tank, what's the word for it, sterilize? with some clorox before filling. You might want to have the propane tanks filled so you can check your frig on propane while on the road home. BE SURE to fill the hot water tank with water before using the electric water heater.  You can turn off the electric heat with a button outside, have the staff show you.

Then travel home an begin to enjoy your new Casita.  Congrats!

 

Dutchman 

Shouldn't the propane tanks be "purged" before filling?


Karl & Norma with Scout "The Wonder Dog"

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#13 Steamboat

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 08:10 AM

go purchase something to keep the door safe from getting damaged as you exit and a wind gust grabs the door 

 

some use a domed shaped bumper, others like my self chose a flat disk to protect the door.

 

the damage is when the door gets away from your grip and slings open at a high rate of speed and hits the "belly band"  

 

here is what  I use, it is a flat disc that is placed on the door at the potential point of contact.

http://www.homedepot...-9243/100209221

 

the picture is of U.S.M.C. Don's door

 

 

I thought the door "latch" was now a standard feature on the new Casitas. Am I wrong? Hmmm....


Karl & Norma with Scout "The Wonder Dog"

2013 Honda Pilot AWD - EX-L

 


#14 Steamboat

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 08:15 AM

Hi All,

 

My name is Cam and I live in Boulder, CO. I’m looking forward to being a member of this site, getting to know you all and learning about owning a Casita. I’m brand new to this and will likely need all the help I can get!

 

I pick up my new Casita, Spirit Deluxe next week. Thus, my first question - What should I take with me to make the 2 or 3 day trip home with my new Casita more enjoyable. I suspect there are things I haven’t even considered beyond the basics like sheets, TP, etc.

 

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me!

 

Cam

Cam, what day will you pick up your new Casita SD? We will be there Tuesday...and nearby at Lake Bardwell for a couple of days. It is good advice to camp near the Casita factory for at least a night or two...and Lake Bardwell is close-by and very nice. We visited both camping areas (there are two, but the one on the western side closes Oct.1) both are nice! Maybe we will get to introduce ourselves...we are Norma (She Who Must Be Obeyed) and Karl (the chauffeur) and Scout the WonderDog! Scout knows 28 commands...10 more than the chauffeur!


Karl & Norma with Scout "The Wonder Dog"

2013 Honda Pilot AWD - EX-L

 


#15 Cam

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  • Location:Boulder, CO and West Yellowstone, MT
  • Casita Model/Size:Spirit D / 17
  • Interests:Reading, Downhill Skiing, Fly Fishing and road Trips
  • Gender:Male
  • Trailer Name:Thumper

Posted 24 September 2016 - 09:23 AM

 

Hi All,

 

My name is Cam and I live in Boulder, CO. I’m looking forward to being a member of this site, getting to know you all and learning about owning a Casita. I’m brand new to this and will likely need all the help I can get!

 

I pick up my new Casita, Spirit Deluxe next week. Thus, my first question - What should I take with me to make the 2 or 3 day trip home with my new Casita more enjoyable. I suspect there are things I haven’t even considered beyond the basics like sheets, TP, etc.

 

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me!

 

Cam

Cam, what day will you pick up your new Casita SD? We will be there Tuesday...and nearby at Lake Bardwell for a couple of days. It is good advice to camp near the Casita factory for at least a night or two...and Lake Bardwell is close-by and very nice. We visited both camping areas (there are two, but the one on the western side closes Oct.1) both are nice! Maybe we will get to introduce ourselves...we are Norma (She Who Must Be Obeyed) and Karl (the chauffeur) and Scout the WonderDog! Scout knows 28 commands...10 more than the chauffeur!

 

Hi Norma and Karl and Scout!

I’ll be there on Wednesday and I was planning on staying close by that night. I was just going to stay in Corsicana (where the factory recommended). I’ll check the lake out. It would be great to meet up. I’ll let you know where I land.

Cam







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