Take an RV Tour of our Casita Travel Trailer – 2019 Freedom Deluxe 17′

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Take a tour of our new little Casita camper as we show you the inside and out. It’s a 2019 Casita Freedom Deluxe 17′ travel trailer that we tow with our Jeep Cherokee – and yes it even comes with a bathroom. In this video and post, we’ll show you what it came optioned with, as well as the specs and tank capacities. 

In our last blog post and video we shared the big news of our recent purchase, this being a second/additional RV to our motorhome. You can catch the backstory of why we decided to buy this little Casita here in this post with video.

You can watch the related video for a more visual tour, but we recommend still reading the full post below to get additional details and information.

RV Tour of the Outside of our Casita Camper

As you can see, this camper is pretty small. It is not much longer than the Jeep we tow it with. Our Casita is 17 feet long, under 9 feet tall, and under 7 feet wide. The smaller 16’ version of this trailer is only 7’8” feet tall since it does not have a rooftop air conditioner and has a lower interior height. Our 17’ trailer only weighs 2,500 pounds empty, and can carry a maximum of about 1,000 pounds of water and cargo when fully loaded. 

By comparison, our Country Coach motorhome is 40 feet long, 12 feet tall, and 8.5’ wide, weighing in at 32,000 pounds. And is quite luxurious and spacious especially after doing our Ultimate RV Makeover.

The Fiberglass Construction Style

One of the best things about these little fiberglass shell trailers is their construction style. It is basically made up of two shells attached at the center and attached to a base frame. This virtually eliminates seams/seals which makes it virtually leak proof, pest proof, and super easy to maintain. 

Some fiberglass shell trailers (like Oliver) take a step further and build double hull shells which provide even better insulation. These Casita are single hulls and are lined with carpet inside. The shells create the structure, so there is no need for internal framing with wood or metals. In fact, most of the internal cabinetry and internal walls are also made of large molded fiberglass pieces.

It is put together with rivets, like Airstreams, but since there are so few pieces, it doesn’t need nearly as many. We love that this model has many large windows considering it’s small size, which makes for a light and bright interior and lots of ability to take in the views surrounding your campsite.

Walking Around The Exterior

Up front there are two 20 pound propane tanks. Ours also has the upgraded electric tongue jack for even easier connecting and disconnecting to our tow vehicle. We also have the high lift package and aluminum wheels.

On the street side, there is a city water connection, outside shower, and the sewer connections are located toward the front of the camper.

There is also a 6 gallon water heater, and a small storage area for the power cord with enough room to include an extension cord, and an adapter in case you don’t park where there is a 30amp power supply.  

Speaking of power, we are pretty impressed that this little camper can run really well off of a regular 20amp 120 outlet. It can even run the air conditioner because it only needs a small air conditioning unit to keep it cool. There is also a battery bay that currently houses a single 44 usable amp hour lead acid battery. But we can see some changes in that area in the coming months.

Back and Curb Side of Exterior

Around back there is a bumper that houses a sewer hose, and our unit has two stabilizer jacks. There is also a fresh water tank fill. But most of the back of the trailer is taken up by the huge window. There are big windows on three sides toward the rear of the camper.

On the curb/patio side of the camper there is a small storage area and the ability to check the water level of your fresh water tank.  There is no fresh water gauge.  If you want to see how much water you have, you just open this bay and look at the tank.  Our little camper has the upgraded 23 gallon fresh water tank. Standard size is 16 gallons. The large 32 gallon grey tank is located on the belly of the trailer, and the 15 gallon black tank is at the front under the toilet of course. Exterior storage is extremely limited. 

Our Casita also has the upgraded awning, outside shower, furnace, and a huge of interior upgrades.  The original owners order this little camper loaded up with just about every option, even a Casita cover (which has never been used).

What is it like Inside our Casita Freedom Deluxe?

Though this is a pre-owned, one year old RV, it is in like new condition because the first owners only used it three times. They never used the toilet, shower, furnace or many of the other features because they stayed at campgrounds and used campground facilities.

Being just 17 in total length, as you would expect, it is pretty compact inside. The living area is less than 14 feet long, and Marc can literally stand in the middle and touch both side walls with his arms outstretched. Total square feet is probably around 80-90. The interior height is a bit over 6’ tall which is totally fine for us because we are not tall people. That said, at only 5’8”, Marc has hit his head quite a few times on the low spots in doorways.

The general layout of our Freedom Deluxe is a bathroom and small closet up front, to the right as you enter the trailer.  There are two swivel chairs at a small table and a kitchen area in the middle. At the rear of our camper, there is a bed that could be converted into a dinette area, but we leave it set up as a bed at all times. The interior walls are either fiberglass or carpet lined for insulation, sound reduction. Yep, carpet on the walls, but the flooring is a wood look vinyl.

Let's dive into more details of the interior

Starting at the front, the closet right as you enter is larger than it first appears because it is quite deep. We chose to hang a few clothes, but felt the space was better utilized by using a hanging shoe rack and rolling our clothes and using the cubbies for other storage. The base of the closet is good for bulky items like leveling blocks and tools. We’ll get better organized soon and share more about that in a future post and video.

The Middle / Main Cabin Living Area

On the patio side of the main area there is a kitchen. It has a 3 way fridge at the bottom, an optional microwave and storage at the top. It is all built into a fiberglass mold which makes it really clean looking, and solid. Cabinet doors on ours are all light gray. Previous years often had brown wood grain cabinet doors. We really like the more modern look of the gray cabinets in the 2019 model. Also, all the cabinets have locking handles to keep everything in place while in motion. And they really do work well.

The Freedom model has two swivel chairs at a small table. The chairs are quite comfy, and the swivel is nice because you feel like you aren’t locked into a small rigid space of other units. But, unlike those models with the fixed seats, this dining area will not convert to an extra sleeping area. One of the fun things about a small camper is that nothing is ever far away. For example, I could be sitting at the dining table, and get something out of the fridge or microwave, or set my dishes in the sink, grab some silverware from the drawer, or grab something off the bed. All of which without leaving my seat.

The kitchen area also has a small sink, and a two burner stove top. You can use the lid of the stove top, a sink cover, or the dining table for prep space, as there isn’t any other counter space. We really like how the lid for the stove serves as a splash/splatter guard to protect the bed area from getting messy. 

The Bedroom / Dinette

The bedroom area can also be used for dining if you had a family and make it up as a bed each night. But we leave it permanently set up as a bed. It’s about a double size mattress of around 54″ x 76″ with two rounded edges. So if you wanted your own replacement mattress, you’d need to get one custom made to fit

This model came with a TV which is mounted to the wall, but we’ll likely end up removing that. It also has a 12-volt charging outlet and a power outlet up near the TV (and another down under the dinette.)

There are 3 storage cabinets above the bed. The largest cabinet (other than the closet up front) is at the very back above the bed. You could probably stuff most of your bed linens or sleeping bags in there if you were converting the space back to a dinette. 

There are cabinets all along the upper part of the interior. Depending on how you option a Casita, you might end up with even more storage. For example, if you choose not to order a microwave, or furnace, both of those areas become storage.

By leaving ours in the bed position at all times, we also have a huge storage area underneath the middle of the bed.  Just the middle though because one side is the fresh water tank and the other is the hot water heater, battery and other mechanicals. It is big enough to slide a large laundry basket in there with room to spare.

Our bed is actually quite comfortable because the previous owner bought a bed ‘case’ that you stuff the original cushions in, zip it up, and it has a built in pillow top.  It feels like a real mattress, not just a few cushions laid down to pretend to be a bed.  It works well for people our size but would be a bit cramped for taller folks. 

For perspective, Marc is 5’8” tall, and Julie is about 4’8” tall.  Julie sleeps at the very back because that part of the bed is curved on the ends, reducing the length.  When Marc lays in the bed with the pillow touching the wall, his toes can touch the opposite wall. So if you are much taller, you might need to bend your knees, or consider one of the other models that come with the 6” longer beds, like the Independence or Liberty.

The Bathroom

The trailer has a small wet bath at the front. I say small, but it is actually bigger than some other wet baths I have been in. There is actually quite a bit of room to have a shower and you don’t need to straddle the toilet to do so. It is great that it is all one piece white fiberglass inside the wet bath which makes it super easy to wipe down and keep clean. Also, with a small window and fan, it can air out and dry out pretty efficiently. There is storage for bottles in shelves, and also some water tight cubbies down low that have a marine like feel. There is a simple plastic gravity flush toilet that drops straight into the black tank. There isn’t a gauge for the tank, so if you want to know how much is in there, you need to grab a flashlight and look down the hole.

There’s a tall mirror on the outside o the bathroom door, facing into the living area, which tends to get in the way a bit. So we’re considering removing that and replacing with a curtain.

How Does it Tow?

The Casita’s egg like shape is great for aerodynamic efficiency whether from the head winds of being towed, or with cross winds.  It tows amazingly well behind our 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk with the V6 and towing package. Our Jeep is rated to tow 4500 pounds. But FYI, most Jeep Cherokees are only rated for 2000, which is a great reminder to always be aware of your vehicle ratings before towing. We were impressed that we were able to average 20mpg towing the camper from Texas back up to Colorado.

Our Overall Thoughts So Far

We really do love how efficiently laid out it is. There is a lot of RV goodness packed into this little space, and we think it is very well thought out. Casita offers four different floor plans in the 17 foot length. Each is offered in standard or deluxe. The deluxe models include a bathroom in the area that is normally just storage or a bunk bed in the standard model. Ours is the 17 foot Freedom Deluxe.

We have also been loving our trips in the Casita. It is so fun having a smaller, more nimble camper that we can park just about anywhere. Whether boondocking on a remote rough road, squeezing into a tiny campsite, or parked in a friend or family members driveway are all easy. Especially compared to when we are used to trying to find places to put our 40’ Class A motorhome. 

The floorplan works great for us, and there are a few little changes we plan to make as we get more organized, and start personalizing it for our needs. But so far, we are super happy with how easy it is to tow, park, set up, and maintain.  

We’ll be sharing more about our new Casita – plus more content on our 40′ motorhome – in upcoming articles and videos. What else would you like to know and see?

Specifications of our 2019 Casita Freedom Deluxe 17'

Here’s how our 2019 Casita Freedom Deluxe 17′ came optioned, as ordered by the original owners, along with specs:

Standard Inclusions

  • 4 cu ft Dometic refrigerator with freezer
  • Flat entrance door with screen
  • Large rear window (slides open with screen)
  • Roof mounted Air Conditioner with Heating Element
  • Rear dinette/bed
  • Pull out trailer step at entrance
  • 32 Gallon Grey Water Tank
 Optional Extras of our Casita
  • Furnace
  • Aluminum Cased Patio Awning
  • 23 (25?) Fresh Water Tank Upgrade
  • Microwave Oven
  • LED Interior and Exterior Lights
  • 15″ Aluminum Alloy Wheels
  • Electric Tongue Jack
  • Friction Anti-Sway Control
  • Casita Trailer Cover
  • High Lift Suspension Package with High Lift Axle and 15″ D Range Tire Upgrade
  • Flat Screen 22″ HD Television with DVD Player
  • Air Conditioner Roof Mount
  • Water Heater 6 Gallon, Gas, Electric, Electronic Ignition with By-Pass Kit
  • Outside Shower/Wash Station

Funnily enough, we recently discovered that we have had the 2019 model brochure for over a year and that’s the exact model we ended up buying, albeit lightly used!

How to Buy a Casita

We found ours via an ad listing on RVTrader.com, and you can often find them on Craigs’ List or in Owner’s Groups. Casitas are not sold through dealers. Instead, they sell directly to consumers from the Manufacturing and Sales Facility in Rice Texas. If you want to learn more, their website is www.casitatraveltrailers.com; phone 1-800-442-9986.

You can order the base Casita in 16′ and 17′, as a Standard or Deluxe (with bathroom) and choose from 4 floor plans. You can option it pretty much however you like, which will impact the price. We bought ours a year old for $25,000 which wasn’t a huge saving on buying new, but it did mean we were able to get it now instead of waiting several months for a new delivery.

Finally, this is NOT a sponsored post or video. We have NO affiliation with Casita. But if you do happen to buy one, let them know if our blog post / video was helpful to you. Maybe they’ll share some of our posts.

Are you a Casita or fiberglass camper owner, too? Let us know in the comments below. And give us a wave if you see us out and about!

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26 thoughts on “Take an RV Tour of our Casita Travel Trailer – 2019 Freedom Deluxe 17′”

  1. Hi there from Rio Rancho, NM near Albuquerque. We ordered a 17ft Freedom Deluxe Casita from the factory in January and expect to receive it early June. We saw a real one owned by a couple near us and tried the chairs and before ordering. Unlike you, we are moving UP from an Aliner, so it will seem palatial, and ditching the “luggable loo” bucket for a bathroom—woohoo!!! We have a new ‘21 Subaru Ascent for towing. We bought many of the same options you have, plus solar and the upgraded battery. We own 13.5 acres of land in the Jemez mountains where we plan to camp, as well as hitting the road to explore. LOVED your video and YES…PLEASE do post more about your Casita, ESPECIALLY your storage tips and any other “hacks” you discover.

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    • Hi there! Congrats on your new soon-to-be-yours Casita! You will love it! It WILL feel palatial by comparison to your Aliner LOL What a beautiful area you have to camp on! So glad you enjoyed the video and we definitely have more Casita videos and RV storage/organization tips we want to share. Been busy working on our next book for the last few weeks (you will love it based on what you have shared) but we hope to getting caught up on our other content soon! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. At 6’4″ tall I slept many nights in the 2002 Casita that we owned using a smaller pillow. I towed it with a V6 Nissan Xterra which they discontinued in 2014. It did an excellent job of towing it. There are 2 Casita web sites which are quite good.

    If you are in the area of Rice TX, south of Dallas you can visit the factory. They are friendly folks and will give you a tour so that you can see how they are built.

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    • HI Herb! Thanks for sharing. Wow 6’4″ and you still made it work sleeping in the Casita – which floor plan did you have? Great to hear your Nissan Xterra towed it well, we have been surprised at how well it tows behind our Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk (6 cylinder). We have joined some of the Casita Facebook groups, and planned to do a tour of the factory while we were down there, but they are not doing tours right now due to COVID. No doubt we will get down there at some point! Safe travels to you!

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  3. HI
    Thanks for the video, very helpful to me as I make plans to buy my first FG RV. I am torn between the Casita 17 deluxe and the Scamp. I would travel on my own with occasional guests so either would work. Do you have any pros and cons when comparing the scamp 16(option 6) and the Casita 17 deluxe ? Especially in the areas of value vs. cost, quality and durability. tow ease and clearance from the ground are important to me as well, since I see a little off road time in my future. I will tow with a 2020 honda ridgeline.
    Thanks
    Teresa
    teresa421@hotmail.com

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    • Hello Teresa, As you know, the Casita and Scamp are very similar products. Personally, we just feel that the styling and the fit and finish is higher in the Casita. Also… my brother had a Scamp a few years ago, and had a few issues with it. I think that in general, they are both really good quality little campers, but we like the Casita better in terms of quality. That extra foot longer Casita gains quite a bit over the 16 foot versions (whether Scamp or Casita 16). Weight is similar on both, and both are WELL within the towing capacity of your 2020 Ridgeline. If optioned with the high lift package (like ours) you will get much more clearance, larger wheels, and more durable tires for any off road adventures. At the end of the day, you will likely be happy with either one, but as evidenced by our choice in getting the Casita, it was a better fit for what was important to us. Thank you and wishing you great travels ahead. -M

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  4. Do you plan to take the Casita along on your travels? That will require that both of you drive. That is the main thing keeping us from adding a small trailer to our current Motorhome + Jeep TH w Towing Package setup.

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    • HI David, to be honest we’re still working out the longer term plan… but we have spent the past 6+ months in Colorado (where Marc’s family is) to ride out COVID, and so we haven’t done much travel with both at all. Just stayed regional. Mainly the motorhome has been a base and we like to take the Casita on smaller trips – like over to Denver with the Jeep where we can park it in family’s driveway and have our own space, or to Ouray and Telluride. Mostly Marc drives the motorhome while Julie tows the Casita with the Jeep, which we don’t mind, but like we said, we have not traveled extensively with both. Fortunately we have already visited all 50 states already, and with the pandemic, we’re happy to slow our travel pace for a while and lay low. We have considered getting an annual site for the motorhome as a base then bouncing out with the Jeep and Casita for trips, but the Casita isn’t really set up for long term extended travel as it’s not as good for working from. We’re just wanting to stay fairly close to family for a while, so we can be close by in case anyone (like Marc’s mom) needs us, we can get there quickly. Funny you are also considering a similar setup! Hope that helps!

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  5. My husband is 6’ 1” and we just purchased a Tesla model Y with 3500 towing capacity. The Casita seems like a good fit-do any of their models have a bigger bed and more headroom?

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    • Congrats on your new Tesla. Casita does offer two other floor plans that have longer beds (Independence is probably best). At 6’1″ you will definitely want a 17′ not a 16′ length as they have the taller ceiling heights. Also at that height, don’t plan on ever wearing shoes inside or walking tall, as he is right at the limit. -M

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  6. Hi! I can’t believe y’all purchased the Casita Freedom Deluxe. My husband and I took delivery of ours in Mid-July of this year (it is a 2020). It’s our first ever RV and we love her (named her The Desert Rose because our first big trip was to Big Bend National Park). We got most of your upgrades, but opted for the anti-sway bar and passed on the cover.
    Our TV is a 2019 Nissan Frontier V6 with the bigger engine, 15” wheels and tow package. We didn’t get nearly the mpg’s you did with the Jeep, but we didn’t expect to.
    We also enjoy our Desert Rose as our guest quarters and my she-shed.
    Tons of information, modifications, etc in the fiberglass RV forum and the Casita ‘Bible’ by Eileen Glick. I look forward to reading about the modifications you make for yourself. (First Suggestion: water cut off valve for the toilet). If you figure out how to install the Lagun table in the small dinette area – please post it!! The flexibility it provides would be marvelous, but the support requirements make it challenging without the box dinette.
    You were lucky to find your Freedom. I hope you love her as much as we do.
    Travel Well,
    Texas Rose

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    • How fun that you have virtually the same unit as us, and even similar towing capacity. Great choice in our opinion. LOL.. Thank you for the suggestions on where to get more information and your first suggestions on improvements. So happy that you love yours so much. Looking forward to sharing more with you. Thanks again, -M

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    • Hi Peter,
      There is enough room for a small scale solar install. Probably with flexible panels on the roof. Lithium would allow for substantial power increases with limited space and weight. We will definitely be looking into multiple stages of power improvements on this Casita over time, including considering a generator since many of the onboard systems could run on a low wattage genny. We will definitely be sharing upgrades we make as time goes on. -M

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  7. The tow vehicle is a jeep trailhawk. Do not get one ever. Those have so many mechanical problems it is not funny. I ended up with a ton of recalls and even after trading it in? I never received my refund from Chrysler. Anything but a trailhawk. Buy be forewarned.

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    • Knock on wood, but ours has been absolutely flawless for the two years+ we have owned it (and it is currently 5 years old with a bit over 50K miles. Sorry you had such challenges with yours. -M

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  8. I too pull a 17′ Casita with a Jeep TH. I looked and planned for a year before junping in with both feet. Photos from several trips are on the website but I haven’t posted the most recent trips. For me, I could not imagine a better rig.

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  9. Suggestion ( we have an 09 Spirit Deluxe, has a dinette instead of the chairs .
    Move the paper towel rack to the outset of the cabinet over the microwave, secure the roll with a small bunjee . If attach it just right, the cabinet will still open up all the way. Congratulations ! We are kinda backwards , our Ram 2500 is 2’ longer than the Casita. Congrats! Stay safe.

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    • Cool that you have a 2009 Spirit Deluxe. Very similar floor plan. Thanks for the suggestion on the paper towel rack.Wow… your Ram would make VERY easy work of towing the Casita. Similar to the folks we bought from. They had a 3/4 ton GMC. -M

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  10. We started with a Casita and really loved it. Ours was 2005. We have since upsized to a larger but still Fiberglass molded trailer. ENJOY your Casita, they are great little campers.

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  11. Greetings. We pull a nuCamp t@b 400 Boon Dock Lite with a Jeep Grand Cherokee V6. Love the smaller trailer aspect and we are fortunate that our 400 as a bed/sleeping area and a separate eating area for two. I did notice you have a portable fridge sat out by the door. We do as well in the form an an ARB 50qt. It rides in the back of our Jeep Grand Cherokee and is powered by a DC port in the jeep but when we park, we switch over to AC To haul our chairs, small table, outdoor rug and removable awning, we have a Thule installed on the Jeep Roof. I’m curious where you store all those leveling blocks? Don’t the stabilizers go down further? We have just six for our t@b, one under each of the four stabilizers with two spares. On the tongue we keep the wheel and use a yellow plastic jack wheel. The weight dry of your trailer is 2500lbs with a max of 3500lbs. If your Jeep Cherokee has the V6 you have a towing capacity of 4500lbs max and a payload capacity of 1,250 to 1,790 lbs. Have you had any issues with this tow configuration in the mountains?

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    • Hello John, Yes, we have a lot in common with you. Towing with a V6 Cherokee (though yours is a Grand), and very similar trailers as far as weights and capacities. We do the same as you with our Dometic cooler. plugged into 12V (in the Jeep or in the Casita) while driving, then out next to the camper when we park. Rugs and camp chairs often ride in the camper, but we also have a Thule rack like you and now keep many light bulky items up top so we have them wherever we go. Stabilizers do go down further, but since we have the extra blocks, it is less movement for the stabilizers. We have been super impressed with how well our Jeep (yes V6 rated at 4500 lbs and 9 speed transmission) does towing in the mountains. We have gone over multiple Colorado passes at 10,000 ft elevation and it performed amazingly well. We have a brake controller to help out on the descending, and of course downshift to use engine braking as well. -M

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