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  • gulfcoastgal
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    I realize this is an ancient thread ... but after two years of looking and coming to the decision an airstream is not a reasonable option We decided on a Casita and it fell quickly into place. We looked at quite a few and found a two yr old 17' owned by a guy who waxed it each outing and had made wooden accessories by hand lovingly
    It is in lovely condition and we LOVE it
    Typically we tent camp but as hubs gets older , reality hits and trudging outside to restrooms in rain3-4x a night got old for him.
    Usually it takes us a while to set up camp
    but we pulled it and detached leveled snd that was it We hit the trail as soon as I changed -simple!
    We were at a state park and had a lovely time- rolling green grassy meadows towering green oaks and falling sleep hearing 2 types of owls the temperature was perfect w a light breeze and it rained only at night
    We kept our first trip local and simple and took my swift ,2TT a SE and four LSB.
    Next time I am measuring the storage compartments to match up what we have and we may take an A30 or two (!!)
    I think they may fit below the beds .
    I had to sell my beloved RAV4 as it wasn't strong enough to pull it.
    But I took one for the team and we are having a great time
    Last edited by gulfcoastgal; 12-28-2016, 09:56 PM.

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  • TavaPeak
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    Originally posted by Moose View Post
    can you tie a different colored ribbon on each zipper pull for each family member?
    Maybe dorayme can make color-coded TB "strap harnass" for each packing cube. Sorta like your daughter modeled for us? ;-)

    I use color-coded pairs of Eagle Creek cubes for our family, but the cubes are rather shallow, and stuff falls out. Can't justify new ones...yet. The color-code thing has worked really well for us. No one has noticed yet how nifty my Tristar is for packing. Once they figure that out, they will all want color-coded Tristars and WFs. Can't afford that for a while!

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  • dorayme
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    Oh Moose, no accidents. Just buying an RV in need of TLC with the intention of fixing it up and reselling it for profit. Like flipping real-estate, but the investment of money, and time is significantly less.

    For now we use our eBags packing cubes that I got pre TB. They are in enough colors to diversify for our needs. The ribbon or yarn idea on steel cubes might work if I didn't already have a solution. :) But sometimes my kids need obvious delineation, vs. a subtle one. Actually, sometimes I confuse myself with my organization when I don't have enough differences between the various compartments I choose.

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  • Moose
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    Originally posted by dorayme View Post
    We also have flipped several RV's. This is he first one that we didn't plan to flip.
    dorayme, oh my, when I read you'd flipped several and didn't plan to flip this one, I thought my goodness, how many accidents have you survived? :)

    Until we have access to different colors for each family member, can you tie a different colored ribbon on each zipper pull for each family member? Seems that would make it pretty easy for everyone to spot their own bag. Maybe different colors of your handspun yarn would be nice.
    Take care,
    Moose
    Last edited by Just; 10-14-2011, 02:22 AM. Reason: Added missing ending quote tag

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  • backpack
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    Thanks AVService! Both subjects need their own posts in Not About Bags even if we always find a way to link our experiences and hobbies with Tom Bihn bags.

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  • AVService
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    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    What kind of vehicles are able to tow the Casitas?AVService You say: "I am also a Ham Radio operator and my Niche in that hobby seems to be emergency preparedness and in specific designing and building portable radio stations that can be deployed without notice in almost any location and are self-contained." would you mind keeping us up to date on your design progress?
    I live in a multiple hazards area and this type of radio, might one day, come in handy.
    Mine is the biggest and heaviest of the Casita line and I tow with a 1st Generation Tundra long bed pickup truck.
    People tow these with everything from a Mini Van to a Mid Size SUV like a 4runner or Pathfinder and some with even smaller vehicles but I wouldn't go much lighter myself.

    They also make them in 16' and 13' models which still can be fully self-contained but are considerably lighter.
    I have seen people tow the little ones with a small car.

    Subaru Outback and Forester seem popular for the 16' and one friend uses a Ford Flex with his 16'.

    They are in general lighter than more traditional rigs due to the total Fiberglass construction which requires no additional framing inside to support the interior. Even the interior fixtures and seating and cabinetry are fiberglass.

    There is a lot of new interest in these smaller easier to tow rigs since they tow easier than most and really hold their value too.
    There is also another domestic manufacturer named Scamp that builds similar rigs but there models can be somewhat lighter still and they are nearly identical in design really.




    Talking about the amateur radio thing really deserves its own post which I will have to make later as time permits.
    But I am always eager to talk about it.

    Ed

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  • dorayme
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    We also have flipped several RV's. This is he first one that we didn't plan to flip. It was hard to let the last one, my Avion go, but to have kept it, would have been just keeping it to have it. We had outgrown being comfortable in it. We sold it to a newlywed couple living on the side of a mountain in Asheville just starting their homestead with a baby on the way! I was happy it was going to a couple who were going to make it a home.

    I too am interested in the concept of your emergency radio.

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  • backpack
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    What kind of vehicles are able to tow the Casitas?

    AVService You say: "I am also a Ham Radio operator and my Niche in that hobby seems to be emergency preparedness and in specific designing and building portable radio stations that can be deployed without notice in almost any location and are self-contained." would you mind keeping us up to date on your design progress?
    I live in a multiple hazards area and this type of radio, might one day, come in handy.

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  • Jenne
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    I think the Casitas are adorable! I keep seeing them on the road. Someday...

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  • AVService
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    Interesting isn't it?
    I would even suggest that there is a lot in common with us here and in an RV regarding the efficient use of space and keeping order in our travel lives.
    It has been pointed out to me more than once that my "Hobbies" all have a lot in common and I do think this is one illustration of that.
    I am also a Ham Radio operator and my Niche in that hobby seems to be emergency preparedness and in specific designing and building portable radio stations that can be deployed without notice in almost any location and are self-contained.

    The Casita is one of a handful of Molded Fiberglass RV's in the market that also aspire to present a different kind of value to the camper......Like Bihn of course.
    Using Different materials and construction than most other RV's out there they are built more like a boat really and have very little wood or wood product in them to deteriorate over time. There are 30 year old rigs on the road that are indistinguishable from a new one.
    And the use of space is hotly debated as there is not much there to work with which can lead to user modification and really looking at what is needed vs the all too common"Bring it All!" mentality.

    I really am trying to learn to force myself to pack and camp out of the Casita like it is a home but old habits are tough to break. At least I seem to be evolving somewhat?

    There is an active group of us in that hobby too at www.fiberglassrv.com where we discuss and compare every aspect of the Fiberglass "Egg" and camping in them.

    I actually buy them and Flip them and move up the ladder each time to a nicer one than before and they hold their value better than most RV's too.

    Oh and I am mostly camping alone. When I work down in Florida for extended periods I like to take the Casita down and park at an RV park there and then I get to work and camp which can be fun.
    There are also Fiberglass RV rallies all over the place,it is quite a group!

    Since 9/11 I have a tough time flying to a job with all that I will need to get the work done and figuring this system out has made it easier and more practical for me to work out of town.

    It is also nice to be sleeping in my own bed and not in a hotel so I just bring it along!

    Ahh,Too many interests too little time.

    Ed
    Last edited by AVService; 10-11-2011, 06:50 PM.

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  • dorayme
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    Ed, I've always thought the Casita's are cute. Will you be solo, or do you have a Ms.AVService, or another traveling companion?
    We didn't start RVing until we had kidlets and we wanted plenty of extra room at that point. There actually is adequate room for clothes. That wasn't what I was saying. There just isn't the type of room for how I desire to store my clothes, lol. I found the WF to be perfect, and useful in the space I have! I've never brought a suitcase RVing, even when we were traveling to our TT parked on our seasonal site. I've always brought a duffel bag, previously my non TB versions of course.

    Rocky is of normal height (taller) so he doesn't mind using the overhead compartment for his Brain Bag/packing cubes combination. I keep my leglounger and extra blanket in my overhead compartment. I don't need to access them frequently like I would my clothes so the height isn't an issue.

    I think your comment of thinking outside the box, is very applicable when RVing because it is such a different way of travel. In one respect, you have your home on wheels, so you can bring along things you may not ordinarily bring, on the other hand, storage spaces furniture pieces and layout consists of built in furniture and non standard shapes so creativity is paramount to fit in the things you bring. You also have to use storage to bring along the things you need to live, linen, food, cooking supplies, etc. I have found myself finding solutions in the RV in ways I never would in our home.

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by dorayme View Post
    ♥ thank you Darcy, any idea what time frame that new batch would possibly be in?
    Wish I could venture a guess, but I wouldn't want to be wrong. Probably early 2012 sometime.

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  • dorayme
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    Originally posted by Darcy View Post
    I'm pretty sure we've only made it in Steel, Iberian, and Solar. We'll make it in Ultraviolet next time, most likely.
    ♥ thank you Darcy, any idea what time frame that new batch would possibly be in?

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  • AVService
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    You are killing me here!

    All that room and no place for clothes?

    It's funny that you would post this as I was getting ready to post something similar.

    This is me:

    Casita Travel Trailers - Our Showroom | The Patriot, Spirit Deluxe, Freedom Deluxe, Liberty Deluxe | Call 800-442-9986

    I do have the 17' model and believe me that extra foot does not hurt.
    Traveling by RV does require some creative thinking "Inside" the box but I agree a Bihn or 2 always rides along with me used as a Bin..

    I am going out this weekend actually and am trying to limit myself to the Synapse as my " One Bag" but we will see how that goes?

    I have a tough time loading the trailer like it is my suitcase and instead bring luggage which make little sense as it is mostly in the way.

    Live and Learn.

    Ed

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by dorayme View Post
    Speaking of color in packing cubes, was there ever a WF/TS PCBP in UV? I have only seen Steel, Iberian, and I think Solar, though it's not currently available. I am interested in the PCBP, but only if it's UV. . .
    I'm pretty sure we've only made it in Steel, Iberian, and Solar. We'll make it in Ultraviolet next time, most likely.

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