The little/light Camper Trailer Thread...

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Jurgen, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. Road Rash

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    The tongue is straight, what you are seeing is the combination of the angle of the driveway, and the hitch being slightly higher then the tongue, which I may adjust down a notch.


    The 610 or the DRZ will go on the front, and the back might be used for Sue's Ruckus depending on where I'll be with weight once the trailer is loaded. The Colorado is rated for 5K lbs, but I want to keep it under 3.5K. If I get to close to my weight goal, I'll just use the rear receiver for something light like a bicycle rack or small generator.
  2. CodeMonkee

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  3. mattlikesbikes

    mattlikesbikes Been here awhile

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    Interesting to say the least. That is an intense trailer. There is more technology there then all my house and cars combined.

    I was thinking about something similar the other day. Some contractors doing a house near me had converted one of the all in truckbed/tool boxes (like the power company uses) into a trailer. Put a raiseable platform on top with a platform tent and you've got a pretty tranformable trailer. You could even raise the platform and park a bike between the two side tool boxes.
  4. Zapkat

    Zapkat Been here awhile

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    We picked up a new-to-us Kwik Kamp a couple of weeks ago - dragged it home with the car. Just waiting on the hitch for the RT to arrive, then we'll be trying it out at the RA rally at the Biltmore in June. :clap
  5. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    You mean a utility bed?

    http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/expedition-vehicles/1040561-stupid-popup-top-utility-bed.html

    I have thought of using one for my big truck, but most of the ones I have looked at are not very watertight, are heavy, and usually made of steel. The used trucks I looked at with utility beds were rusty.

    So a person would want a higher quality utility bed made from aluminum or stainless, and those cost money.

    My plan is to replace the steel flatbed on my truck (8x8x12) with an aluminum one and put one of these on it:

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    Mil-surplus S280 Command Shelter

    The dimensions are just right; roughly 7' W x 12' long x 7' tall. They cost about $2000, they are somewhat insulated, they are built tougher than any commercial RV camper and they are lighter too (1400#). The only real downside to them is that the paint on them is carcinogenic so you don't want to sand the paint off - you either make do with it as is or paint over it.
  6. AtlantaViking

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  7. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    My neighbor has a Casita 15' that he bought new. He showed it to me the other day. He's had it for several years now. Coolest thing. The clamshell fiberglass construction seems to be bulletproof and I love the inside where the walls are like a boat inside, smooth easy to care for finish. Nice bathroom size too, and just enough comforts to get you by. Says it's 2700 lbs and pulls like a dream with a small vehicle. He uses it hunting when it's cold out and loves it.
  8. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    I don't believe Casita ever made a 15', but a 13' a 16' and a 17'. Either way, I have a 17' myself and love it. Can't pull it safely, IMHO with a really small vehicle but a smallish truck or SUV with a 6 cyl handles it nicely.

    It has everything you need, unless you need a hell of a lot of room. Not for living in, but a fantastic towable hotel room substitute.
  9. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Yeah he must have the 16, it's not the real short one. Towed it with his minivan easy, mostly uses an F150.
  10. Hodag

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    Love the casitas
  11. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    One popped up on Craigslist around here maybe 3 months ago for like 4800 bucks. Gone in the blink of an eye.
  12. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    They don't last long. Casita has a pretty cool referral program too if you're ever interested in checking one out close. Just contact Casita. They only sell out of their place in Texas where they're made, but have a directory of owners so you can check one out anywhere in the country pretty much.

    Also a Casita forum where there are usually a couple for sale.

    Bought mine new and picked it up in Texas, of course you get a tour of the factory. Pretty fascinating.
  13. GerryL

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    We picked up a mint used 17' in FL last year, and brought it back to MA. We love it, I just have to figure out how to bring a bike at some point too.
  14. CptSydor

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    Just picked up a 2008 t@da by Dutchman.

    Decided, after spending too much time and effort looking for hotels close to MTB bike races and riding adventures (and most weren't that close), not to mention most allow on site camping, it was time take the plunge and get a small travel trailer.

    I had read through this thread as a small trailer had always been on my mind.

    Criteria we had. 1) Queen bed (preferably already set up). 2) Dining area (preferably not the bed). 3) Indoor shower/washroom with hot water for post ride/race clean up. 4) Small kitchen/Fridge. 5) Full hard shell trailer so we could essentially pull in/over late at night and be ready to sleep with minimal fuss.

    Really wanted to buy a used trailer to keep that initial cost down (and minimize the damage should we decide we aren't that into RVing, though I doubt it). We also have only 1 vehicle, and while we don't drive much, preferred something that was relatively fuel efficient and smaller, but still capable of towing. (There would be a new vehicle purchase in this process, my ford focus wasn't up to the task).

    That was proving to be tough combination. Many used trailers were available, but it looked as though we would need 4500 - 5000 lbs towing capacity. Most of the small ones meeting our criteria were 18-20 ft with dry weights over 3200 lbs.

    The question was, get a larger SUV (explorer, pathfinder, highlander) or midsize truck (crew cab Frontier/tacoma) and have an easier time getting a used RV? Wasn't happy with the fuel milage and/or purchase costs of these. Second option was to hold out for a light weight camper to come up (few and far between). Decided on this.

    Decided on a 2013 Ford Escape, 2.0 L ecoboost 4WD with tow package. Rated for 3500 lbs. Got super lucky this trailer came up only 5 km down the road. The woman was away, the moment she got back, viewed it, everything looked good, SOLD.

    Only pulled it 10 km to a storage lot, Escape was just fine in the flat lands (which is where it will pull most of the time). Cleaned it out this weekend, got it all set up for the first adventure next weekend.

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  15. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    That's a cool looking trailer. I see the R-Pod things are extremely popular, way backordered at the manufacturer last time I talked to a dealer about them. Makes sense more of that type would be coming onto the market.
  16. Linzi

    Linzi Crazy Plott Lady

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    So, three years later, does anyone ave experience with one of these? 'Cause me likey.
  17. SgtDuster

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    Inside pics would be appreciated if you got spare time... ;)

    Can I ask how much this kind of thing costs used?
  18. CptSydor

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    Here is a brochure.

    http://dutchmen.com/image/data/documents/archives/2008/2008 T@DA Brochure Rev 2.pdf

    Here is a video tour

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSUk7zvQCto

    Heading out on our first adventure in a few hours, so I'll try to snap some real life pics.

    I picked it up for $8,000 Cdn. From the research I was doing, given the limited availability of fully functional travel trailers with dry weights under 2500 lbs, seemed to fair to me. Quick google search shows the used prices are generally around $12,000 US. Seems high to me, but I think the 'cute' factor adds a premium, on top of the ultralight weight.

    Just as a note: The trailer is small (only 6.5' wide and a 5'9 ceiling, with low headers on the entry and bathroom door). It's meant for a short, and not so wide couple.
  19. hppyfngy

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    Interesting to note. I'm 6'1" and I can stand up straight in the Casita. Not to my 'full height' but without bending my neck anyway. My head touches if I stand straight up.
    Neither one made for heavy set folks I'd say, and bathroom hatch is... well it's a hatch. Duck a little and step over. And I can stand up straight in the head, but my head is against the curved ceiling.
  20. Patrick46

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    not a big deal...Casita's cram ALOT of living into a very small space.