Review: 2013 Casita Freedom Deluxe

image Last weekend we drove 8+ hours to Superior, WI and bought our first travel trailer, a 2013 Casita Freedom Deluxe from Superior Campers. It was a trade-in, and the dealer owner said he has not had a Casita on the lot in the 41 years they've been opened. We truly lucked out to have found it there.

And here's the crazy thing: we bought it sight unseen, and it actually worked out. It was not only the first Casita we had ever been in, but also the first small fiberglass camper.  So far we are absolutely in love with it, but like those first few weeks of dating someone, we're still in the honeymoon stage.

But I thought I would go ahead and share our initial opinions in case someone else is considering one.

The pros:

We love that it is a compact, lightweight trailer that we can pull with our 4Runner.

It has every amenity that we wanted in a camper: sleeping space for 4 (after we make one modification), small kitchen and bathroom, and AC with a heat strip. Ours also has solar panels and custom black paint on the front.

The design is very intentional, and we could tell immediately that the quality is superior to many stick built trailers that we've toured.

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The cabinets and doors are wood, the interior is fiberglass with marine-grade carpeted and insulated walls, and the overall construction is incredibly solid as well as fairly soundproof.

Our 2013 has LED lights throughout, pull down sheer and black out shades, and a surprisingly large amount of storage for a 17' trailer. It also has brand new dinette cushions, as the former owners had their set-up as a permanent bed.

Although I wouldn't recommend this, all 4 of us were able to sleep on the over-sized queen dinette bed. However, it will feel incredibly roomy once the girls have their own bed.

The cons:

It's small. The aisle between the little kitchen and the captain's chairs (which will be replaced with a pullout bed or bunks, still deciding) is fairly narrow and two people really cannot pass by one another.

Kirk and I could both stand up in the unit, but someone over 6' could not.

The bathroom is also small and is a wetbath (which could be a cleaning positive), however it's definitely not somewhere you would want to spend much time in.

Overall thoughts:

We are really impressed with Casita, and it reminds us a lot of Airstream quality and design--but on a smaller, lightweight scale.

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It tows nicely with our V6 Toyota 4Runner, and we didn't feel too overwhelmed getting set up at camp. We still need to learn all the systems and get our feet wet (although hopefully not physically though) with dumping black/gray-water. But we'll get it down eventually.

I think Casitas are great for couples, which is probably why they're so popular with retirees. With a little ingenuity, I think we can make this a great camper for our family, and I think other small families could definitely enjoy camping in a Casita as well.