Personal Cell Phone: 217 281-2066
2004 Casita 17' Spirit Deluxe Travel Trailer
Excellent value at $8000.
I've been the only occupant. Fully documented that I bought it new August 2004.
All the sub-systems - electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, propane, kitchen, bathroom,
hitch, and chassis - work well. It trailers as it did when new.
Factory options: Fantastic Fan (absolutely necessary), furnace (used once -- the Coleman electrical heating
is sufficient for my type of camping), awning (also used only once), microwave, sink and range cover,
25 gallon fresh water tank (very useful), water heater upgrade, high axle, hitch sway bar (don't use - it ruins tires).
Extras: Southern Mattress's custom-made-for-the-Casita-Spirit "home style" 8" deep mattress (you will
positively sleep as well as you do at home), two spare tires on matching rims to the Casita originals,
two year old sealed Interstate Battery AWT 12V battery that has been removed and trickle charged all winters,
30A 120V extension cord identical to the Casita cord, drinking water certified water hose, Calmark Sunbrella
cloth 17' Casita cover (still useful but faded and old now)
All four tires have good rubber. Carefully winterized every fall.
The principal deterioration has been age-related yellowing of some of the plastic and some pitting of the shiny metal.
The gel coat needs yearly buffering now to remove oxidation (not done on the roof).
Welcome to my very mobile home.
The mattress is from Southern Mattress in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. I went there and saw it made.It is custom made and shaped for the 17' Spirit Deluxe. It is absolutely wonderful. You'll sleep like you're at home. After I bought it about two years after getting the Casita, it has been permanently where you see it. I love it. It is included in the purchase. The space below becomes the Casita's "Basement".
I set up the big table so you can see it. The cushions are essentially brand new because they have been in storage since I got the mattress.
If you ever ate my cooking you would know why the stove has been so little used.
You can see where the plastic hook at the bottom of the microwave fascia broke. The microwave works fine, however.
Some rust has appeared on the bottom vent of the microwave's encasement.
The refrigerator works well in all three modes, propane, 120V, and 12V.
Except for the strange yellowing of the sink's plastic, the bathroom is in excellent condition. Everything works like new.
I have no idea what caused the strange yellowing pattern in the sink.
Flush is at full pressure.
This is the table I used regularly. Notice even these cushions look nearly new.
I configured the single bed so you could see it. I never used it this way.
The Coleman overhead 120V Air Conditioner, with integrated heating coil for mildly cold weather.The vanes in front are very fragile.
Blowing very strong and cold. The heating coil also works fine.
I used the awning only once. Usually I was camping in wooded areas and was doing something during the day. I should have saved my money when I bought the Casita.
What a beautiful blue sky.
This is the light above the hitch, with the optional level indicator.
The level indicator near the door. The pink reflection on the aluminum strip is my arm holding the camera.
The propane cover photographs well, but is not as pure white as it appears.The jack, hitch, and safety chains all work fine. The 7-pin electrical connection is in good shape and the Casita's running lights, brake lights, and electric brakes all work well.
The battery is about two years old. It is a premium, sealed, no-maintenance Interstate Battery battery that has been removed and trickle charged both winters. It has been maintained at full charge and has never been fully discharged.
The extension cord is an added extra.
All the plumbing is in good shape.
If you stay for extended periods in National or State parks the 25 gallon water tank is very useful. I'm really glad I got it.
Two spares on rims, both with plenty of rubber remaining.
Good rubber on both running tires.
Right side decal.
The left side decal has some fading.
The screen, locks, and deadbolt are in good shape.
The front step stores properly under the door.
This is one of only two modifications that I've made. I got tired of bumping my head on the top of the door so I got some door rubber from an old car and installed it. It's been there over 12 years and has saved many a swollen bump on my forehead. I did a good installation job, if I do say so myself.
Front side of the head bump guard.
The closet, with the awning and table hardware stored inside.
More interior pictures, this picture and following.
Windows with blinds open. All the blinds are the Casita originals, and are in good condition.
Access to the hot water heater electrical, with the 12 V battery case on the left.
Shower head, like new.
Bathroom vent, off
Bathroom vent, running
Bathroom light, off
Bathroom light, on. It's dark because the camera's automatic iris was fooled by the light.
Range hood. Light and vent work fine.
Microwave running with 120 seconds left.
Furnace control. The furnace is another option which I should have saved my money. I used it only once in an attempt to take the Casita winter camping. It was in the 20's outside and the furnace could easily overheat the interior. It would probably handle 20 below. I decided on that trip I was not going to do any more winter camping, with the Casita or otherwise. After that trip, on the few nights when the temperature was going to go near freezing, I paid for electriciy and used the heating coil in the Coleman roof mount AC. The heating coil easily handled outside temperatures in the 30's and 40's.
Furnace interior vent.
Furnace exterior vent.
This picture and following: Interiors of the overhead storage bins.
Some rust stains from cans I inadvertently left all winter.
The other modification I've made is an 120V Inverter attached to the 12V outlet's back wiring. I installed it to use a Denon Compact Stereo on my trips. I don't watch TV when I camp but I still have to have my music and good speakers. The 120V and audio wiring is still there if you want it, and I'll even negotiate to sell you the Denon stereo if you want.
Audio wires and padding for the Denon Compact Stereo.
The smoke detector and propane detector probably should be replaced, because they are 14 years old. It is a cheap and easy job using parts from the Casita Enterprises web site. I'll do it if you want, but it would delay the sale.
The absolutely fantastic Fantastic Fan. Don't leave home without it. Turned off. The picture is dark because of the camera's automatic iris.
Interior 12V lights, turned on. (This picture and following.) The darkness and yellowish white balance are camera artifacts.
My West Wight Potter 15' Sail Boat is also up for sale (soon). Notice the Casita under its Calmark Cover
in the background. If you're interested in both the Casita and the West Wight Potter we could definitely make a deal.
And, of course, the famous Casita Smiling Fish!
Personal Cell Phone: 217 281-2066