Camp-Inn Teardrop Factory Tour

camp-inn-tour1Last month, while Julie and I were volunteering in Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in TX, a couple pulled into the park with the neatest teardrop trailer I’d ever seen.

It was aluminum skinned like an Airstream, had panoramic windows in front and old-fashioned white-wall tires and fancy curved fenders. I pulled the golf cart over and assaulted them with politely asked them questions which they were happy to answer.

The maker was Camp-Inn, their model was the 560 “Raindrop”, and the factory for these distinctive teardrops was located…. get this…. in Necedah, WI, only 45 minutes away from my parent’s house. My parents whom I was planning on visiting next month. To not tour the factory while I was visiting would have been a crime.

So I made an appointment and went out last Thursday (the 16th) and see the place.

Much like the Casita factory, when you enter there are two models on display in a showroom that you are welcome to crawl inside and poke and prod.

Pulled from the Camp-Inn website: the 550 is on the left, 560 on the right - was hard to get photos of the whole trailer in the showroom

Pulled from the Camp-Inn website: the 550 is on the left, 560 on the right – was hard to get photos of the whole trailer in the showroom

Casitas are well designed and built little travel trailers that hold their value and yet are still reasonably affordable. The quality is pretty good, but they can’t be considered top-of-the-line or luxury (like Oliver for instance).

While I haven’t looked into teardrops as thoroughly as I have molded fiberglass trailers, from inspecting the models I feel like Camp-Inn fits into that top-of-the-line category. These little guys look made to last. Casita won’t let visitors into their actual factory which made me a bit sad when I visited three weeks ago, the folks at Camp-Inn on the other hand were eager to show me what went on behind their doors. In fact Cary, the gentleman who led my parents and I on the tour, is co-owner of the company. Talk about getting information straight from the horse’s mouth.

Not much to look at from the outside, but what a surprise inside!

Not much to look at from the outside, but what a surprise inside!

Like Casita, Camp-Inns are more or less made to order, there is one RV store out in Maine that stocks some. Unlike Casita, there is a lot of flexibility and room for customization. There are three body shapes: the 500, which is a 8 foot teardrop shaped with square undercarriage corners, and come with only the essentials: no propane, or water, no front storage box, no front windows, and only one door. What many people think of, when they think of a teardrop.

The 550 adds the two front windows, rounded corners, a second door, and the capacity for electricity, propane, and water depending on which model you want (there are four: Base, Special, Classic, and Ultra). The 560 is called a raindrop instead of a traditional teardrop. It’s 10 feet long and has a different shape in front, adding a couch with panoramic windows to yield a bit more living space inside when the weather isn’t so good outside. All three have the kitchen galley in back that you access from outside and are not tall enough to stand up in inside.

Galley of an Ultra - all have professional grade stainless steel countertop with storage underneath, you can see the heavy-duty stove behind the open counter door, the stove slides to the left under that left cabinet when traveling.

Galley of an Ultra – all have a professional grade stainless steel counter top with storage underneath, you can see the commercial stove behind the open counter door, the stove slides to the left under that left cabinet when traveling.

While you get different options and amenities with each of the four models, you’re welcome to pick and choose options outside of them. For instance the 550 Special comes with electricity (battery, 120V and 12V outlets, and shore power capability), a top row of open cabinets without doors, and no front storage box. The 550 Classic comes with electricity, propane (11lb bottle and stove w/ backsplash in the galley), water (fresh tank, grey tank, and a sink), doors on the upper cabinets, and the front storage box. You can say you want the Special, but with the storage box and cabinet doors added, or you can say you want the Classic, but without the plumbing, and the price will be adjusted accordingly to give you exactly what features you want.

Camp-Inn sources out the metal work from other specialized businesses, but does all of the wood-working in house. Cary shows us with pride the machine they obtained in the past few years that cuts the wood pieces out with exacting precision. Camp-Inns have a yellow birch (looks like red maple) interior with three different paneling options to choose from to compliment it – no particle board to be found here. The factory is clean and organized with speakers chiming out an eclectic and amusing mix of music while we get shown around.

Sitting crosswise on the couch of a 560, panoramic windows curve to the left, this one has mahogany paneling.

Sitting crosswise on the couch of a 560, panoramic windows curve to the left, this one has mahogany paneling.

After the wood parts are cut out, it gets put together and starts looking like a RV. I see a room with the wood frame mounted on something that looks like a giant rotisserie spit. Here the wood pieces get sanded down and inspected. Three workers stand in the room, one of them is Craig – the other co-owner. He’s looking closely at one corner and having a intense discussion with the workers about some detail. Cary tells me he’s something of a perfectionist and personally inspects each trailer at this point in construction. He seems like the back-end man who makes sure the quality is in place, where Cary does more of the front-end work.

The operation isn’t very big and it’s a tight-nit group. The employees seem happy with what they’re doing, and have a good relationship with Cary and Craig. A former employee stops in and Cary and him have a quick friendly chat. I’ve found over the years that the employees can tell you a lot about how good a company is, and if what I’ve seen in the workshop is any indication, Camp-Inn does right by it’s employees.

Yellow birch interior, this one has doors on the upper and lower cabinets so it's also a Classic or Ultra. The optional A/C unit is in the top right corner of this pic, the TV is below it.

Yellow birch interior, this one has doors on the upper and lower cabinets so it’s also a Classic or Ultra. The optional A/C unit is in the top right corner of this pic, the TV is below it.

After the rotisserie room comes the big floor. Five rows of teardrops are lined up, the row at the back of the room being little more than a shell, and the row at the front looking nearly complete. Employees are assigned to one or two rows, getting specifics jobs done. Again, we are welcome to inspect the trailers in their various stages of completion, and ask questions.

At the front of the big floor lies a smaller storage room, lined with finished teardrops waiting to be picked up. Tucked away in a far corner of this room are two trailers that look different from the others, and I ask Cary about them.

The first is #0, the first teardrop prototype Cary and Craig put together by hand in ’00/’01. It’s part aluminum, and part wooden exterior, and the door isn’t evenly cut. They’ve come a long way since then, actual production started in earnest in 2005.

Sitting in the 550 demo.

Sitting in the 550 demo.

The second is #500, the 500th teardrop Camp-Inn made, which wasn’t an order for a customer but an experiment to try different things. It has a beautiful wooden inlay in the galley cabinets, mahogany paneling, and the front sofa is leather bound – all features customers can order today. Some things didn’t work out so well and weren’t made into options, like the curved cabinets in the body of the trailer.

Camp-Inn celebrated its 700th trailer last November. Today, about 50% of teardrops they manufacture are 550’s, and half are 560’s. It takes about 5-7 weeks to build each teardrop, and builds are usually scheduled 6 months in advance (business is good).

After the tour, I shake hands with Cary and thank him for the two hours he spent showing us around. What a neat operation!

* * *

I bet I know the question on many of your minds now: am I thinking of selling Cas and buying a Camp-Inn?

The short answer is: possibly, but if so, it wouldn’t happen for a while yet.

As I’ve mentioned briefly on a few different occasions, I am entertaining the idea of downsizing to a smaller RV, but I still think the decision I made three years ago when I bought my Casita was (and continues to be) the best decision I could have made, for the way I currently full-time.

As long as I’m work-camping for a living, I’m going to want a vehicle separate from my living quarters so that I can commute to and from my job, and run errands and take trips without having to pack up everything (a small towable instead of a small motorhome). Work-camping places also usually want you for a whole season, the beginning and end of which are not likely to have the best of weather, so having enough space inside to perform daily tasks is key – I wouldn’t want to be cooking outdoors in a teardrop kitchen up in Yellowstone this spring and fall for instance, because there’s the real possibility I’d have to do it in the snow.

That being said, I believe Camp-Inns would make good full-time RVs for people in the right circumstance. In fact, I joined the unofficial Camp-Inn forum and found four people (two individuals, one couple) that do full-time in their Camp-Inn teardrop.

The second question you have likely revolves around the cost, which is tricky to pin down when there are so many different options to choose from. The 500 starts at $9,000, and if you want a 560 with everything, you could probably get up to $25,000 (the cost of a new 17′ Casita with everything). That being said, you’re getting a teardrop with unheard of build quality and more features and options (Furnace, air conditioning, TV, solar capability, roof rack, torsion flex axle, spare tire, screen doors, hitch for a bike rack, custom designed side tent, commercial grade stove, fully dim-able lights with an amber setting) than any other teardrop manufacturer out there that I know of. From what I saw in the factory I’d say the price is plenty fair, although of course it isn’t the right option for every potential full-timer.

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Becky

At IO I teach people how to ditch the status quo and travel full-time before retirement, and share stories of my adventures (and misadventures) to inspire future nomads and armchair travelers alike. Included at no additional charge: seizing your dreams, living boldly, and making a difference.

51 Comments

  1. Tim waterhouse on November 14, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you for your posts. I enjoy each and every one of them. I hope once you get your new teardrop you will post and keep us updated on many of the things that are different. Questions like preparing food in bad weather situations. I am guesing from some of your videos you have not used the bathroom in your current casita so that will not be much different for you. I wish you all the best and hope it works out better then you could have dreamed.
    Tim



    • Becky on November 15, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Tim! You bet I’ll be writing about those things.



  2. Jessi on August 26, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    you have done seasonal work at parks where an RV spot is provided, do those places discriminate against certain types of campers? For instance, if I was living in a teardrop full time and wanted one of those positions, would they allow me to live in my teardrop? I ask because I’m trying to decide between a teardrop (which I really want) or buying a much more expensive traditional camper. It would depend entirely on if I would be allowed to work and live at those seasonal places which supplies rv spots. Any advice would be much appreciated!!



    • Becky on August 27, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Jessi, some places require RVs to be self-contained and some don’t (and that’s usually the word they’ll use – self-contained – meaning that you have your own toilet, shower, kitchen… everything you need to live). I know a full-timer in a teardrop (Jackie of http://www.jhblueroad.com/) who work-camps for a living and she’s been able to find jobs that’ll take her without a bathroom. The RV park I stayed in last year while working in CamperForce for instance had several vandwellers staying there, they had a bathroom with shower that they could use.

      It’ll reduce your options (same way being solo reduces options as some work-camping places want a couple so they get two workers for one spot) but from Jackie’s example it’s certainly doable. And she doesn’t even have a car, she pulls her tiny teardrop with her motorcycle.



      • Jessi on August 27, 2016 at 2:57 pm

        Thanks for the advice! I’m stoked now that my dream of teardrop living hasn’t been crushed. lol. Thanks again!



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  4. Amber on April 27, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    These little campers are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I don’t think I personally could full-time in one, but I love the look, the style and the quality.
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    • Becky on April 28, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Glad you enjoyed this Amber.



  5. Dawn on April 26, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Excellent information!



    • Becky on April 28, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      You’re welcome Dawn. 🙂



  6. YMGISME on April 24, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Well, after reading your article I have been looking at tear drops for 2 days now! lol. Thanks for the mini vacation 🙂



    • Becky on April 26, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Hehe, you’re welcome YMGISME!



  7. Jill on April 23, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    That was sure fun to see your tour. I really like the look of those little guys. You can see they are good quality. Wouldn’t be for me but I love to see them. Thanks.



    • Becky on April 24, 2015 at 12:43 am

      Glad you enjoyed it Jill, mom and dad liked it too. 🙂



  8. Kylene on April 23, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Hey, Becky!

    I absolutely *adore* the shape of teardrop trailers. 🙂 I think if I could ever convince Justin to consider a weekend-er RV, then I’d try to talk him into that style. Goodness knows we’re happy enough being settled into one spot most of the time, but something compact like those darling little things would be awesome to just pop out somewhere for a short little trip. Like drive up to Wisconsin and see a few people before driving back home again! 😉

    Take care!
    Kylene



    • Julie on April 23, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      I fully support this plan!



    • Becky on April 24, 2015 at 12:42 am

      Heee, glad you enjoyed this Kylene! Maybe next time you guys visit up north you could get a tour of the factory, it’s good fun. 🙂

      Did you notice the curtains over the windows? When you order one, you can choose to get the curtain tracks installed but keep the attachments yourself, so you can sew your own curtains to put on. When I learned this on the tour I thought of you!

      Hope everything is well in Georgia, you take care too!



  9. Royce Fine on April 23, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Becky. Hi. I just have an inkling that you will remember Eve and I. You bought Cas from us and we hope you have enjoyed it as much as we did.

    We have a request. We are looking for a Casita now and was wondering if you were thinking about trading or selling, we would like to purchase Cas from you. Of course we could come to you.

    Please let us know your thoughts. We really love getting your emails and hearing about your travels.

    Thanks , Royce & Eve



    • Becky on April 24, 2015 at 12:39 am

      Oh yes of course I remember, hello!

      Yes, I have enjoyed Cas immensely, I was so fortunate to find your ad on Craigslist that day, it’s made a fine little home for me. 🙂

      If I do sell Cas, it won’t be until sometime in 2016 at the earliest. I like the idea of downsizing to a teardrop or some other smaller RV, but can’t do it while I’m still taking seasonal jobs, and I have seasonal jobs lined up until just before Christmas this year.

      I imagine if you’re looking for a Casita now you’ll find one before then, but if you like I can contact you first before anyone else when I decide to sell?

      I hope things are going well for you down there and that you’re getting a lot of time with your grandson. Take care!



  10. Jay T. on April 23, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Nice write up for the tour Becky. As you know from the forum, we own a 560 Ultra and love it. It works perfect for us but as you point out, each person has their own needs so teardrops are not for everyone.

    I would imagine if I were full timing, I probably would not do it in our 560, however, I think I could comfortably spend 2 or more months in it without difficulty.

    For those that would like to see a camp inn 560 up close, I do have a detailed video tour of our trailer on youtube. Just do a search for CampInn 560 and it should be at or near the top of the list. You can also find it on our first blog post (see link above).
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    • Becky on April 24, 2015 at 12:24 am

      Heya Jay T, thanks for stopping over, and thanks for sharing that video. 🙂

      I’m not ruling a Camp-Inn out altogether, just as long as I’m doing seasonal jobs. I will keep dreaming though, they’re so…. cute.



  11. Janett on April 23, 2015 at 6:40 am

    How Cool! I (like you) fell in love with the Teardrop trailers. While doing my ‘painstaking’ trailer research, I was looking for alternatives to them due to pricing but only found lil’ guys.
    Good job getting the word out there Becky, those who are still in the research phase look for information from RVing blogs an appreciate it…that’s how I found IO. Just think about all those weekenders, race fans an football tailgaters, the little travel trailers are a great way to test the waters…so to speak and if constructed well they retain their value. Mmm…I wonder if a motorcycle could tow one?
    Great right up!



    • Becky on April 24, 2015 at 12:19 am

      Glad you enjoyed this Janett. I actually found Teardrops NW first, and if they were closer I’d probably enjoy looking at them too. Not the same quality level, but I love how you can get them in every exterior color imaginable. 🙂 http://teardropsnw.com/

      I kind of doubt a motorcycle could, they start at 900 lbs dry weight for the smallest one. Some 4 cylinder vehicles could though I bet.



  12. Ed @ Chasing Sunrises and Sunsets. on April 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks so much for the “tour”. I know these Camp-Inn trailers will not be for everyone. But, as the company name implies, they are for the “camping” side of the RV community. And if one leans toward true camping and truly being outdoors by choice as much as possible, these would absolutely fit the bill in style and craftsmanship. I’m a sucker every time for top-quality woodwork. And the “professional” grade stainless and aluminum all combine to make this top of the line if a teardrop/raindrop works for you. I’m IMPRESSED.

    Thanks for sharing.



    • Becky on April 22, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      I was impressed too Ed, glad you enjoyed this. Not this year, but maybe some year. 🙂



  13. outwestbound on April 22, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Coolest little drop I’ve seen. Wow, expensive but what quality! This would last 30 years. Thanks for the post.



    • Becky on April 22, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      I’m curious to see what the early ones look like in 20 years outwest, at 10 they’re still going strong and like you I think they’ll be around a good long time. You’re welcome, thanks for reading.



  14. Pete W on April 22, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Becky,
    good post. I love seeing what you’re up to. Keep up the good work.

    Pete W



    • Becky on April 22, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Glad you enjoyed this Pete.



  15. Rosemary on April 22, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Thanks Becky for a wonderful post about these cute little rigs. I always thought they would make a great RV for people that fish and take just short trips from home. Pulling into a campground would solve the bathroom/shower issue. I like the aluminum look, like baby AirStreams. It is so nice to have a company that opens its doors and shows off its products. I have been fortunate to work for good companies and it makes getting up in the morning much easier.
    We will be in Wisconsin next year (Baraboo) to start the journey of following my Great- Grand -Fathers adventures in the Civil War. He and a friend wrote a book in 1909 and with my copy in hand will make the same journey.
    Keep up the good work.



    • Becky on April 22, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Glad you enjoyed this post Rosemary. Most of Camp-Inn’s customers are that type, especially the couples. I’ll agree with you on the Airstream thing, looks great and if they hold up as long as Airstreams do, they’ll practically last forever.

      That sounds like a great trip, enjoy!



  16. Jim at Growing Faith on April 22, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Thanks for showing us this tour. I love the photo of you sitting in the 550 demo, you look so happy! My dad just bought a 5th wheel in Montello Wisconsin, and I am slowly making my way back to Wisconsin from Florida. Maybe I will check out Camp-Inn this summer.
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    • Becky on April 22, 2015 at 10:18 am

      It’s a neat place to see Jim, even if you aren’t in the market for one.



  17. claire on April 22, 2015 at 8:35 am

    personally, i would never consider rving overnight, let alone full timing, in a teardrop. i want to be able to stand up inside, shower and toilet in comfort and cook/eat/watch tv/surf the internet/set up a table for 4 friends for wine/cheese during inclement weather. i would encourage you to check out the casita patriot deluxe, incredibly comfortable inside for a solo, as well as a couple, if you like each other a whole lot. i looked at everything out there for years before i decided on my “sassie cassie” and could not be happier with this trailer. it has everything i need and nothing i don’t. i also don’t understand why casita refused you a tour of the factory. they routinely do tours and were happy to give my friend from colorado and i an extensive tour when we visited in march. we learned a ton about how the casita is put together from shell to finish. we called and emailed several days in advance of our arrival so they would expect us and have the personnel available to show us everything.
    happy travelling no matter what rv you decide to purchase.



    • Becky on April 22, 2015 at 10:17 am

      To each their own Claire, sounds like we have very different needs. I’ve lived without a TV for over 7 years now. I’ve lived in my Spirit Deluxe for nearly 3 years and have never, not once, used the shower. I love spending time outdoors, and if the weather is good I spend little time inside. And I’m not the kind of person who entertains. One of the beautiful things about RVing is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. 🙂

      Alas, there was no model of the Patriot at Casita’s factory when I visited 3 weeks ago, because as I said then I did want to look closer at one. I’m sure I’ll get a chance. As for the tour, it might have been a personnel issue – at first the maintenance folks were telling me my water heater replacement (that they assured me ahead of time was a 1 day job) wasn’t going to be finished until the next day because there weren’t enough people. But I’ve heard of others who didn’t get the option of a tour too, who knows.



      • Cathy P. of KS on April 22, 2015 at 2:33 pm

        Becky: I totally understand where you are coming from. We started out with tenting, had 8 RVs, 4 of those were tent campers and currently have a tent camper but looking for something more secure. Love the outdoors, don’t intent to sit inside unless absolutely necessary. And, that 560 Camp Inn? Definitely a work of art like you don’t see with any other unit out there. So, I think we are on the same page, “Less is more.” It is so fun to explore the many options and figure how they would fit into your future.

        We once spent 5 1/2 months straight in a tent camper. It was one of the best times of our life! It is the differences that make us all interesting!



        • Becky on April 22, 2015 at 10:09 pm

          You’re right Cathy, life would be awfully boring if we were all the same. I try to approach “how-to” articles about full-timing from a wider perspective because of that – I never say “here’s how to full-time”, I just say “here is what’s worked for me and why”. 🙂

          I love window shopping for RVs, even though I’m not really in the market right now, it is a lot of fun!

          Keep getting out there and enjoying your camper, here’s to fair weather!



      • claire on April 23, 2015 at 9:17 am

        yes, becky, i’m wondering if they could not give you a tour because of staff shortage the day you were there. that’s a shame, because the tour is very nice, and he happily answered so many of our production questions as well as the more mundane ones, like how many of these do you produce in a month?
        hope you don’t think i was submitting negative comments about the teardrop, but i would find it way too cramped and inconvenient, especially when full timing. the beauty of my casita is that i, like you, spend nearly all of my time outside as well, i also love the outdoors, but i especially appreciate the casita because i can do everything inside that i would do at home in the event of inclement weather. a few days of bad weather has me and my friends grateful that we can be inside the casita to chat/eat, etc. in addition, i avoid public showers/restrooms like the plague and much prefer the amenities that my patriot deluxe offers. it’s also great to be able to pull off to fix lunch or use the toilet/nap/shower while travelling.
        again, for me, the casita patriot deluxe is the perfect fit and i am finally, truly, totally satisfied with my purchase. now i can focus on seeing the country!!! happy camping



        • Becky on April 24, 2015 at 12:16 am

          Not at all Claire. I just much prefer using campground facilities, no tank dumping or cleaning required, haha!

          Glad you’re happy with your Patriot, I hope I get the chance someday to look at one closer. Safe travels and happy trails!



  18. Jodee Gravel on April 22, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I too pay attention to the employee moral when visiting a company – it speaks volumes about the company, and whether I want to do business with them. Having an owner with so much pride in the product doesn’t hurt either 🙂 The trailers are beautiful, and although I’m not a fan of the outdoor kitchen for full-time, the options are great! Thanks for sharing the tour 🙂
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    • Becky on April 22, 2015 at 10:04 am

      I’ve worked for companies that make me feel happy, and I’ve worked for companies that I’ve despised. That’s probably why I look for signs of it in the employees of other companies. Glad you enjoyed this Jodee!



  19. Jim@HiTek on April 22, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Great tour, Becky. Thanks!
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    • Becky on April 22, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Glad you enjoyed it Jim!



  20. Matt on April 22, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Hi Becky,

    I had a 560 ultra and sold it to get our Casita spirit deluxe 17. It’s hard to imagine going back to the camp Inn. It is truly a work of art with over the top quality, and very clever indeed. But, the outside kitchen, no bathroom, knee bumping bed (under kitchen counter), no ability to stand inside, and the relentless looky loos all make me grateful for Casita. The best thing though about a teardrop is the ability to tow it easily with a four cylinder, the raindrop weighs right about 1500, whereas the Casita is more than double that.



    • Becky on April 22, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Yep, pluses and minuses to every choice Matt.

      A Camp-Inn is closer to traditional tent camping, which is fun (I’ve always thought) but not as convenient as an RV. for most full-timers, convenience wins out in the long run. For me, convenience will win out as long as I’m working 40 hours a week for a good portion of the year and having to stay in places where bad weather makes an outdoor kitchen and little indoor living space impractical. The bathroom and shower thing bother me less – I’ve still never used the shower in my Casita and I use campground bathrooms when I can.



      • Ann on April 23, 2015 at 9:37 pm

        Great post Becky. I love the little teardrop tour. What a cute rig. If you don’t mind me asking, why haven’t you ever showered in the Casita? Does your shower work? If you are interested in a smaller trailer but would still like the conveniences that you have maybe you should consider a Casita Patriot or 13″ Scamp. The Casita Patriot would be my 1st choice if I didn’t have so many furry family members and hence why I am strongly leaning toward the Casita Freedom. So that I may remove the captain chairs and table to create room for a litter box and cat condo. 🙂



        • Becky on April 24, 2015 at 12:13 am

          For about a year in there the hot water heater was busted Ann, but before and after fixing it I still had no inclination to shower in there. It’s cramped, only a 6 gallon water heater, and because shower and the bathroom are all together I’d have to wipe down everything after use. Too much hassle when I can get a campground shower that’s kept clean for me and unlimited (more or less) hot water. 😛

          Tip: If you’re going to keep the back dinette as a bed full-time, you can put a litter box under there quite easily and it’ll be out of the way – that’s what we did with Chance’s box. 🙂



  21. Marsha on April 22, 2015 at 5:34 am

    They’re adorable little trailers with almost a retro look to them. Not sure if I could fulltime in one, though.

    We did an Oliver factory tour and they take you into the production area. No secrets there, and the build quality is amazing. They will also work with you on customization. We were so impressed we’re picking up ours on June 3 and then heading out to Alaska.



    • Becky on April 22, 2015 at 9:53 am

      I was first introduced to Oliver through Technomadia’s blog and all the pictures they put up looked very nice, I liked how there are no rivets to leak. Was never an option for me though because of the price. I hope you enjoy yours!



  22. Frank on April 21, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Oh, good, you got through the tour…
    Nice…



    • Becky on April 21, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Yep, fun times Frank.



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