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Old 02-28-2014, 11:51 AM   #1
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Trading up to a 21(Casagrande)

Well, it finally happened. Spurred by the prospect of a 2015 price hike and a desire to spend more time on the road we decided that we will be selling our 2012 17b (The Lark), and purchasing a 21 (tentatively named "Casagrande"). We did two 4-6 week trips last year and we hope to do even more trips of that length in the near future. We pick Casagrande up on Sept. 24 Of course this opens up several cans of worms:
  • When do we want to sell the Lark? We are leaving in March for about 6 weeks on the road, so not until after that. We had also planned on going to the Escape Rally in June, but if we get an offer before then, we might cancel the rally this year ;-(
  • We need a new tow vehicle. The 2008 Sienna is a fine tow vehicle for a 17B, but we need at least a Highlander for a 21. We like using a van to tow because then the bikes (even a recumbent tandem) can fit inside the van, with room left over. But the GMC / Chevy / Ford full size vans don't appeal much to me.
  • And of course we need to figure out the build sheet.

I will ask questions about towing under the towing topic, and eventually post the lark for sale in the classifieds. But this seems like a reasonable place to discuss the build sheet and the timing of the sale. Forum moderators (like Jim and Glen), do you agree?

Oh what fun is to be had!
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:53 AM   #2
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Congratulations Leon!
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:56 AM   #3
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Eric, you know this is all your fault? ;-) If we hadn't liked Blue so much, we probably would have bought a Casita and been blissfully ignorant of the possibility of a 21....
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Eric, you know this is all your fault? ;-) If we hadn't liked Blue so much, we probably would have bought a Casita and been blissfully ignorant of the possibility of a 21....
LOL - for that I will gladly take the blame. I hope you will come visit us with the 21 so we can see it!! But then.....
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:08 PM   #5
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We would be happy to come see you. It would be easy enough to stop by on way south next winter. and, of course, you are always welcome in the Twin Cities.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:26 PM   #6
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We have a build date of Sept 8th for our 19 and face the same question of when to sell our current 17 ft Casita. We like to camp in the Spring so we're thinking a June sale date which will give the new buyer some camping time. We'll spend ta nice hot Summer around the pool with the grandkids and hit the road to Chilliwack as soon as we have the new Escape. We are spending far too much time pouring over these discussions and adding and deleting items to the build list.

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I've got no problem where you post the thread. I use the "Recent Discussions" list on the right. If it's in bold, I've not read it.
Easier to use than the list of forums and fewer keystrokes. Takes you to the first unread post in a thread automatically.
When you decide to sell though, it makes sense to use the for sale forum.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:01 PM   #8
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We have a build date of Sept 8th for our 19 and face the same question of when to sell our current 17 ft Casita. We like to camp in the Spring so we're thinking a June sale date which will give the new buyer some camping time. We'll spend ta nice hot Summer around the pool with the grandkids and hit the road to Chilliwack as soon as we have the new Escape. We are spending far too much time pouring over these discussions and adding and deleting items to the build list.

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We had this same dilemma as we don't pick up our 2012 Escape 19' until May 28th. We sold our Casita in January and I've almost been regretting selling it so soon - 4 months without a trailer and without camping to too long! In a perfect world, selling one trailer and picking up another should happen much closer together!
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As for the bikes, you can mount them on the rear of the trailer with the hitch mount option. The tandem can go on the roof of your vehicle. I realize it's nicer to keep them inside of a vehicle as I've had mine caked with bugs (roof rack) and tar (hitch mounted rack).

If you need a roof rack for your tandem, I love my Tandem Topper from Atoc - Draftmaster - Topper Racks and recommend it whole-heartedly.
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For carrying bikes in the vehicle, I find that using a front fork mount with the front tire off keeps the height to a minimum. If you have a high seat post, you can use the quick disconnect to remove that. I feel safer with the bicycle inside the vehicle than outside.
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