I just sold my house in NC, have moved my earthly goods into storage, and am living temporarily with my daughter in Houston. I'm excited about buying my first Casita, having studied them and taken notes on full-time RV life for the past two years.
The major question I have is with regard to the age Casita I purchase. Since I plan to spend money to renovate both inside and out to fit my particular lifestyle and needs, I tend to lean toward the less expensive, older models, but I don’t want to cheap out if it’s going to cost me a bundle down the line. As a retired (not particularly handy) woman who hopes to live in the Casita in all but the winter months for the next 10+ years, I’m a bit concerned about the wear and tear the structure, pipes, and overall systems that older Casitas may have endured. That said, I know that Casitas hold up better than most. Could you tell me what your own experience with older Casitas has been? Is there an age below which I should not go if I am to be relatively free of major repairs for the next ten years or so? Do you know of places in Houston, Texas (my home base) and in others states who can check the Casita out before I buy it? Others throughout the US who specialize in assessing/maintaining Casitas?
If possible, I’d like to purchase a Casita already outfitted with a shock kit, anti-sway bar, scissor jacks, etc. and items needed for boondocking (solar power, battery and shore power connects, vent cover, anti-rodent/bug devices, screens, outdoor shower, etc.) On the other hand, such items force the price of the Casita up, so if the initial cost of the Casita is relatively low, I can afford to have someone install these and other such additions. What are your own thoughts about Casita age, additions, and the initial purchase?
I'll mostly be traveling solo but am looking forward to joining up with others who enjoy God's wonderful creation. Thanks in advance for whatever advice you might offer!