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#1 Dex

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Posted 13 February 2021 - 03:26 PM

http://www.casitaclu...years-this-may/

 

I purchased my Casita in 2006,  I think for 13,000 or 14,000.  I sold it in 2016 for, I think12,500.  

 

I bought a 30 foot travel trailer for 32,000 (ORV 23RKS) since I wanted to full time in it.

 

In 2006 there were not many well constructed small RVs out there.  Now there are.

 

I guess Casita's business is working well.  I just wouldn't buy one in today's market.

 

Take care.

 


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#2 Euphoria

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Posted 14 February 2021 - 01:46 AM

I paid a bit over $16,500.00 for my 2008 17' SD when I bought it new at the factory. That was with all the "bells and whistles" options they offered. Since then I've probably added another $7,000.00, (without exaggeration,) in mods, upgrades and additions over the past 13 years I've had it, but those were just my "wants." Not that it needed them, I just wanted them. Will I ever recoup my investments? I doubt it, but then it's not going to be up for sale anyway. It will be passed along within the family when I'm gone, along with all my other toys.


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#3 cottons

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Posted 14 February 2021 - 07:56 AM

It's certainly a different market than it was in 2014.  I think they are not the bargain that they were.



#4 Jerrybob

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Posted 14 February 2021 - 09:24 AM

What has not gone up in price over the years?   I bought a 74 Chevy van new for $3400.....I once paid 29.9 for a gallon of gas.....the house I bought in 1978 for $19,000 in So Calif is currently on the market for $650,000.......just the way it is.....I am sure Casita has higher expenses now then when they first started....I bet their production costs are significantly higher than they use to be.....heck....it cost $40 bucks now to park your trailer in a state park.....sign of the times.   



#5 Jim&Clare

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Posted 14 February 2021 - 10:30 AM

I paid a bit over $16,500.00 for my 2008 17' SD when I bought it new at the factory.......

..which would be $23,411 in todays money

 

Add a bit for all of Larry's stolen mods that they now incorporate, and nothing has really changed.

 

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#6 Carol Christensen

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Posted 14 February 2021 - 12:35 PM

Our 1999 17' LD cost $12,980 from the factory with all the extras available at the time.  Our current 2005 LD was $14,930 new with most of the extras (left out some of the more expensive extras that we didn't need or want).  It would have been about $600 more with everything.

 

Considering the price of a new Casita today, I would think the market for a good used one would have increased too.  Not that we are planning to sell our beloved Nova any time soon. 


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#7 Dutchman

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Posted 14 February 2021 - 01:37 PM

 Hmmm, I wonder if there still is a waiting list to buy a new Casita at the factory.

 

Dutchman


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#8 Euphoria

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Posted 14 February 2021 - 03:01 PM

 

Add a bit for all of Larry's stolen mods that they now incorporate, and nothing has really changed.

 

Jim

 

In acknowledgement to Larry, who I admire greatly, and not at all meant to steal his thunder, (and he has certainly been very creative and innovative in "Making Casita Great Again,") but I will say that not all of those "mods" were inherently Larry's alone. A good many other Casita owners have, over the years, made significant changes and alterations that "Casita Travel Trailers" have finally "adopted" over the years, despite their seeming reluctance to change anything. Not that it's a bad thing. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.


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#9 Barb Dwyer

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Posted 14 February 2021 - 03:56 PM

Resale value alone is reason enough for me to stick with a Casita.

Edited by Barb Dwyer, 14 February 2021 - 03:58 PM.

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#10 West Texan

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Posted 14 February 2021 - 04:40 PM

My friends that I camp with, bought a stick and aluminum camper for a little over $26k. Nine months later, they decided the trailer was not built right (creaked, groaned, noisy, and so on). He went back to the salesman (old friend that sold it to him) and wanted to sell or trade it in on another brand. His friend told him that it was worth only $12k!
I sure bet that my Casita does not depreciate like that!

Edited by West Texan, 14 February 2021 - 04:42 PM.

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#11 Meadowlark

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Posted 15 February 2021 - 08:39 AM

We paid (if memory serves) a little over $17K for our 2011 SD. I saw, just recently the same year and model (with all the bells and whistles, something we didn't get)  for sale at...18K or thereabouts. So my ten year old camper hasn't depreciated much.

 

My neighbors next door have a big stick built 5th wheel. It's less than two years old and right now has a bright blue tarp over the front end of the flat roof.  I am assuming (they're too nice a bunch of folks to sneer at) it's because the flat roof is leaking.

 

My Casita is "cozy" (a real estate agent's term for 'cramped'). When it's two of us inside, we do the Tiny Camper Tango, one sits, the other moves around. Add in one yowling Siamese and it can get pretty close in there.

My Casita doesn't have all the bells and whistles that a bigger, aluminum camper has...no slide out, no full sized refrigerator, no generator. No TV, no microwave, no oven.

My Casita didn't cost an arm and a leg, and it has maintained its value all these years.

 

 I'm what my father used to say: "If you're happy with what you have, you got a good deal."


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#12 Jerrybob

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Posted 15 February 2021 - 10:18 AM

I bought our 2011 Casita used in Jan. 2013.....I paid $14K for it.....the guy I bought it from took delivery of it in Florida and pulled it one time across the country to his home in Vancouver Wa.....he never use the stove....the heater.....or the frig.......I was lucky....when he put it on Craiglist....I was the first caller.....bought it the next day......we have no plans to sell...we love our Casita but....I bet it would sell for at least what I paid for it......not bad!   Safe travels to all.


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#13 Dutchman

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Posted 15 February 2021 - 11:37 AM

I think I paid $13.500 for my new 17SD in March 2003. It had all the bells and whistles. Noisy critter.

 

Dutchman


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Edouard Trautwein, #1372  

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#14 Linda & Bob, K4TAX

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Posted 20 February 2021 - 06:23 AM

We purchased a 1999 17' SD in 2009.   Paid $6500 for it.   Did a little work on it and used it for 10 years.  Other than tires and  battery, spent less than $1000 on it.   Sold it last year for $10,500, no questions asked.   Yes they are hot items today and the prices reflect such.  


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#15 Carol Christensen

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Posted 20 February 2021 - 05:32 PM

We purchased a 1999 17' SD in 2009.   Paid $6500 for it.   Did a little work on it and used it for 10 years.  Other than tires and  battery, spent less than $1000 on it.   Sold it last year for $10,500, no questions asked.   Yes they are hot items today and the prices reflect such.  

That's great.  When we sold our 1999 in 2005, (if my memory is working) it sold for $11,500.  Nice to see that even a 1999 is holding it's value.


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