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Old 11-22-2013, 09:44 PM   #11
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I think you should get a Casita, Steve. (Just kidding.)
The bed is a big deal so only you can decide.
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:54 PM   #12
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Be sure to look at the tongue weights of typical Casita 17's - I believe the limit on your Odyssey is 350 lbs; most Casitas run more than that. If you haven't found it, Trailer Weights in the Real World at the Fiberglass forum or my downloadable Excel version will give you some information.

As to choice, I decided to go with an Escape because of the better fit & finish, a factory willing to add my unusual options, and because the owners all seemed to love them (of course Casita owners love theirs as well).
I bet is does have that, finding a great condition 17B used could prove difficult. As for towing I've done extensive online research and folks with 17' Casita's and Odyssey Tugs; and they are hands down content. So, if a 17' Casita and an Odyssey work then I'd think a 17B Escape would do even better.

This is a great forum and I am grateful for all of your help.
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:55 PM   #13
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I think you should get a Casita, Steve. (Just kidding.)
The bed is a big deal so only you can decide.
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:21 PM   #14
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Your FWD Honda although fairly new is a bit light in the power department for a 17' trailer of any brand name. You might consider a 15 ' footer or maybe a larger tow.
But thats just because I like to be overpowered rather than under.
A fully loaded 17' can get heavy if you're heading out for a two week trip.
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:22 PM   #15
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Humm, you say a 17' Casita.. welll IMHO that in itself doesn't mean much. What's the LAYOUT? The only 17' Casita I would consider is a FD. But THAT's me...
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:20 AM   #16
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We loved our little Casita. Have to agree with folks on the tongue weight and actually overall weight with a TV rated for 3500 lbs you are pushing it to it's max. Depends on what you are comfortable with. Our Casita's tongue weight ran 410# and the trailer ready to go camping 3300# (weight hitched up). Having just purchased an Escape we are more than pleased. The 17 Escape is lighter and has a lighter tongue weight. For the smaller trailers, the Casita has one of the biggest bathrooms if that's an issue. We had an FD with the captains chairs. Had 8 great yrs of fun, can't wait to take the Escape on the road.

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PS Just noticed you want to sleep with the dog - you might want the Liberty with the king size bed.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:51 AM   #17
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Humm, you say a 17' Casita.. welll IMHO that in itself doesn't mean much. What's the LAYOUT? The only 17' Casita I would consider is a FD. But THAT's me...
It's in the title of the thread: 17SD = Spirit Deluxe.

I had a 16' Casita SD for 10 years and loved it, until I did a 10-week Workamper job for Amazon .com outside Reno, NV. This was during the pre-holiday rush, mid October to basically Christmas Eve. The Casita is not built for cold weather camping...so now I am saving my pennies for a 15' Escape w/ extra insulation and thermal windows.

I figure a 15' Escape will feel as spacious as the Casita did plus have a better layout (for my needs) and more storage.
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:26 PM   #18
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Doesn't the 15 Escape have a bigger bed than the 17?
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:42 PM   #19
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The dinette on the 17 is 49" wide, and in the 15 is 54". Even if you go with the 17A, the bed is only 52" wide.





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Old 11-23-2013, 12:46 PM   #20
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If you were willing to forego a bathroom, the 15A I believe is one of the best layouts out there.
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