Buying a New Casita

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Are you primarily interested in weekend getaway camping, either with just your spouse or with your children? Want an affordable travel trailer that's easy to tow - and lightweight so it's easy on gas mileage?

You've just described a Casita travel trailer. Here are some helpful tips on how to buy a new Casita camper.

Usually, the most important aspect of buying any new RV is working with a reputable dealer. However, Casita doesn't sell new travel trailers through a dealer network. Rather, the company sells directly to you. That's one way Casita keeps its travel trailers affordable. In fact, you can purchase a new Casita for just $10,000. But let's not get the Casita before the horse.

Before you start shopping for a new Casita travel trailer, you need to determine what type of RV is right for you. Recreational vehicles basically fall into two categories: self-propelled and towable. Casita makes lightweight conventional travel trailers. You can get information on all RV types simply by visiting RV dealers and looking at a lot of units. You can also log on to industry websites, such as, or follow these links in order to help decide which type of RV is right for you.

Even though Casita doesn't sell its RVs through dealers, visiting dealerships will help you get a good idea of the range of RVs available and their prices. Budget is a major consideration when it comes to buying a new RV. Experts recommend that you consider how often you'll be using your new RV when you create your budget. As a rule of thumb, the more often you'll use it, the more you should consider spending. It doesn't make sense to spend top dollar on an RV if you're only planning to use it once or twice a year. Because Casita makes such an affordable travel trailer, it meets the budget needs of many types of owners.

When comparing RV types at a dealership, ask your sales person about the "total cost of ownership" for specific units. This figure will include items like sales tax, registration, rough insurance costs, expected routine maintenance costs, and so on. Also, don't forget to factor in the cost of storage if you're unable to store your new Casita motorhome or travel trailer at home. If you're going to need to purchase a new tow vehicle, don't forget to include that cost in the total price of a travel trailer.

Once you've narrowed your choice to a handful of models, start looking at individual units with an eye for livability. Does the floor plan accommodate your needs? Is the galley large enough? Is the bed comfortable? Can you close the door when you're inside the bathroom? Can you fit comfortably inside the shower?

Casita campers are designed for those who want maximum livability on a tight budget. For their size, Casita campers come with a surprising range of available options, including an air conditioner and porta-potti with gray water tank. However, the fact remains that these compact fiberglass units offer only a limited set of floor plans and aren't truly designed for long-term living. Before buying a Casita, ask yourself if you can be comfortable in a very small living space. Compare the quality of materials and workmanship of a Casita to other brands of conventional travel trailers, and then consider your budget. Remember that a Casita can be pulled with nearly any type of vehicle, which will save you the expense of a new truck.

Casita offers a unique sales plan for their campers. Instead of visiting an RV dealer, you contact the company directly. They maintain a nationwide network of loyal Casita customers who are willing to show off their own units to prospective buyers. Casita will put you in touch with one of these satisfied owners, and you will make arrangements with that person to view their travel trailer and hear about their experiences. Of course, you can also visit Casita's manufacturing plant near Dallas in order to view brand new models. Your Casita sales person will be able to give you all the information you need to decide whether a new Casita is right for you.

Buying a new RV can be a wonderful experience. Just remember to do some research on RV types, visit a dealer to compare types and prices, and perform a rigorous livability analysis on your top three models. If you do, you're certain to discover a new Casita that will meet your RVing needs for years to come.