Meet Bertha and Cas, the two pieces of equipment that make this lifestyle possible for me.
Bertha is a ’01 Dodge Dakota SLT Club cab truck, with a 4.7 liter V8 engine, 2 wheel drive, and a factory installed tow package.
Her GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) is 4,100 lbs and she has a max towing capacity of 6,500 lbs with the correct hitch. I bought her mid October of 2011 with 87k miles on her from Carmax. She came with the large camper top and I later installed a Tekonsha Prodigy P2 brake controller, and a #66151 Reese dual cam weight distribution hitch.
She’s getting on in miles now, but has proved to be a very reliable tow vehicle.
Cas is a ’99 17′ Casita Spirit Deluxe, a molded fiberglass RV with a single axle, and a GVWR of 3,500 lbs. I bought him in March of 2012.
There is a single 20# propane bottle mounted on the tongue, and he has an awning, a Fantastic Fan w/ Maxx Air cover on top, and six windows if you count the ones in the bathroom and door. I wish I could tell you the capacity of his various tanks, but I’m still not sure.
As far as layout goes, Casitas have a marine style bathroom (toilet and sink located inside the shower) and closet up front. My older model has a wall mounted A/C unit in the entryway, the newer ones have the A/C mounted on top.
The kitchen area is centrally located, and includes a microwave, 2 burner stove, and 3-way refrigerator (meaning it works on propane, shore power, and also off the battery – but not for very long because it drains the battery fast). Across from the kitchen is a small two person dinette that can be converted into a child-size bed. I normally leave it as a dinette. In the rear is a larger four person dinette that turns into a full-size bed. I normally leave it as a bed. Most of the storage space comes in the form of overhead cabinets that run throughout the whole living area of the trailer.
Everything listed up to this point is fairly standard fare for a Casita, but in the 13 years of his existence previous owners have made some modifications. Rather than the standard carpet flooring mine has fake wood laminate, the kitchen sink has a high rise faucet, and the stove has a cover on a hinge that folds back for more counter space. The original overhead vent for the stove was taken out and replaced with a smaller and sleeker homemade one, with wood that matches the valences of the four main windows. Instead of the standard TV shelf it has a metal arm attached to an overhead cabinet that a small flat-screen would mount to, but since I don’t have a small flat-screen TV, Mr. Bobo the stuffed monkey makes his home there.
The video tour:
- For the thought process behind my decision to go with a truck and trailer for full-timing, click here.
- To read about the process of locating my Casita (and how to conduct your own RV hunt), click here.
- To read about the purchase and bringing home of Cas (and how purchasing from a private seller in another state works), click here.
- For more information about my Casita, click here.
- For more information about the Casita factory, click here.
- For the three year review of living in my Casita, click here.