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We have a 13' 1971 boler one of the firt fiberglass campers on the market these fiberglass campers last forever they are tiny but its a bed off the ground. We sure like ours but then we have a 21'airstream that we use for longer trips.

There is also the "outback"made in Calgary that has the same mould as the Trillium.
https://trilliumtrailers.com/product/the-outback-trillium-trailer/


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Before you buy, make sure there is enough headroom for you -- we looked at Casitas but decided against them for that reason. (I'm 6' 3".)

But the resale value is very significant. Not because of money, per se -- but because it is a "proxy" for quality and durability. To put it another way, markets are generally wise. Taken as a group, folks are willing to pay a lot for a used Casita because they don't depreciate like other types of trailers.


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profdant139 wrote:

Before you buy, make sure there is enough headroom for you -- we looked at Casitas but decided against them for that reason. (I'm 6' 3".)

But the resale value is very significant. Not because of money, per se -- but because it is a "proxy" for quality and durability. To put it another way, markets are generally wise. Taken as a group, folks are willing to pay a lot for a used Casita because they don't depreciate like other types of trailers.


Isn't that circular logic: people are willing to pay more because they don't depreciate... [emoticon]

I suspect you mean people are willing to pay more because they outlast other types of trailers.


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Not sure I am guilty of circularity, but definite problem of ambiguity. In this context, depreciation can mean either a decline in value due to lower demand or a decline in value due to deterioration.

It is the latter sense that I meant!

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By definition, a trailer that depreciates will not have people paying more for it. If people are willing to pay more, then it's not depreciating.

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Toed, I think you are right. I should have said "folks are willing to pay a lot for a used Casita because they don't DETERIORATE like other types of trailers." That avoids the ambiguity in the word "depreciate."

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It's just one of those statements that makes you go "wait a sec..." when you read it a certain way. [emoticon]

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It has been my experience that floor plan trumps all else. The best bomb proof TT will not be as satisfying as a proper floor plan.

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Late to the parade, but we have owned both a Casita and an R-pod. The Casita was small, but trouble free. We took it across country, all the way down Baja, and down the mainland of Mexico to Patzcauro. We ay popped a few rivets as was to be expected and easy to fix with our rivet gun. When we sold it a number of years ago, we almost sold it for what we paid for it.

After a couple of truck campers, we bought an R-pod. Cute little trailer with a lot more room and a dry bathroom and it was a nightmare. We spent so many travel hours at RV repair places. All quality control was absent. Even the electrical outlets were crooked. We kept trying and finally gave up and traded it in for a Nash 17K. If Casita made a trailer a bit bigger, we would have bought it!

Good luck with whatever direction you choose.

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A neighbor of a rental I have has a 5th wheel Scamp behind his gates, he tows it with a Ford Ranger V-6 automatic. I always thought that setup was the way to go
on a much lower budget than a 1-ton diesel with a 40ft cruiser ship in tow.

https://www.scamptrailers.com/showroom/19-deluxe-trailers/19-deluxe-trailer-layout-a.html

Google Escape 5.0 and BigFoot trailers. I seriously am thinking along those lines myself. My Bounder 34ft Class A is too big for me, my tow vehicle for my 19f Mallard is pushing 300k.

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