Frankly, I’ve been reluctant to do so before now because I don‘t want to imply that my choice is the best choice and that anyone who doesn’t want a small fiberglass trailer is either uninformed or misguided in some way. I support both intellectual diversity and recreational vehicle diversity!
Size - Weight - Appearance
The Casita has a sleek, compact exterior design at only 17’ long, 8’11” tall and 6’8” wide. The relatively narrow width eliminates the need for side extension mirrors. These dimensions also mean that the trailer can go where most others cannot. It also means that the trailer is about as maneuverable as a towable can be. I also love the shiny eggshell and the minimalist exterior graphics. And, yes, I must use the “c-word”.................................
The trailer is small enough for one but large enough for two. Though the living area is only 7'x14’, the interior is well-designed with no wasted space. I will be traveling alone mostly but on occasion (at least I hope) my husband will come along. And, of course,
Doris the Exploress.
The small package has everything I need: kitchen, dining room, bath, permanent bed. I’m a minimalist and have always enjoyed the challenge of traveling light. I’m pretty good at it. Our previous Casita was a 16-footer and we never maxed out the storage space.
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The published dry weight for this model is 2,480 pounds. Owners of the 17’ models report typical loaded weights of 3,200 pounds. This relatively light weight translates to better mileage both because 1) the tow vehicle engine can be smaller and thus more fuel efficient and 2) there is just less weight to pull. Many owners come to Casitas because they want something that their existing everyday driver can pull with ease.
The interior design also appeals to me with sleek, clean lines and surfaces that beg to remain clutter-free. But if one should choose to spiff up the décor, the interior is a blank canvas on which to do so. The trailers are unique inside and out and they don’t look like anything else on the road. Although that particular trait could be a double-edged sword if you get too many curious visitors when you’re not in loner mode and not in the mood to entertain.
[Update 2015: years after posting this, it's obvious I did not get a Casita. I found the lean mean road machine of my dreams and decided I would rather not tow after all. However, I stand by my admiring assessment of these wonderful fiberglass eggs.]