A couple of years back I bought a beautiful '96 32ft Kit Road Ranger w/ a 14ft slide-out and every option know to man in new condition (the husband had passed away after buying it, but before using it, and the wife put it in enclosed indoor storage for 5 years before selling it to me) for $12,500. It had never been slept in, or even been outside except at the dealer's. I see this same trailer now sports a $10,500 NADA value, which is what I sold it for a year after buying it (we had to move and I had no place to store it there).
The 2002 Casita, on the other hand, cost about $13,200 new in 2002, and I gave about the same $10,500 I sold the Kit for, after seeing many other Casita 17s for sale around this price range ($9500-$11,500). The NADA book on a 2002 Casita is only $7500. I looked at new 2007 models at Rice, and equipped like mine, they ago about $15,500.
While a functionally new Casita for 30% less than new is a considerable saving, paying that much for something so small (and old) compared to a larger one as I quoted above seems somehow illogical.
Of course, the size and weight of the Kit kept me from actually USING the 32ft monster, and I am sure I will use the heck out of the Casita, so maybe the Casita has greater "use value," and hence the price.
Help me rationalize this otherwise irrational purchase, or is it just "a Casita thing?"
P.S. One can also buy some very nice looking brand new 17-19ft lightweight travel trailers for about $10,000. It MUST be an egg thing, right?
Edited by Bobinyelm, 07 September 2006 - 09:18 PM.