Got a new camper extension for my van..

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Got a new camper extension for my van..

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Well it is an extension..

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Figured when I'm solo, most of the year the van is great but here in West Texas if I want to do any local trips in the summer, something with some climate control would be a big bonus. Wife likes the idea of a shower and potty too.

Figure the van should pull it ok for local trips and for long hauls I'll just pull it with the Dodge/Cummins..
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Nice little camper! The van will pull it no problem. The Dodge on the other hand... :muhaha: It'll do it and get 15+ mpg! :muhaha: :muhaha:
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Hey Dean,as the snowflakes start to leave the nest,maybe you should start looking for one like it for yourself. :yawinkle:
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Sweet.

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1Gary wrote:Hey Dean,as the snowflakes start to leave the nest,maybe you should start looking for one like it for yourself. :yawinkle:
Way ahead of you Gary. :yawinkle: :D We are actually thinking of downsizing but not necessarily to that small of one. Although a size I can pull with the Astro may be an option.
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2008 Dodge Nitro 4x4
2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S Special Edition

Mileage spreadsheet

Vans owned:
1986 Safari 2.5L 4 speed manual - scrapped
1995 Astro 2WD conversion 4.11 posi, shift kit, DHC rock rails - sold to Skippy
1998 Astro 4x4 D44, D60, NP231, full hydraulic system with 9k# Milemarker winch and snow plow - sold to Lockdoc
2003 Astro AWD all stock - traded for a 3/4 ton truck
2005 AWD, 4.10's - sold to skippy
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We had a 28ft 5th wheel but it was just over kill. We never spent much time in it, it was just a place to sleep. It was also a storage problem and after moving to Midland we sold it. After using the van solo so much lately I decided that more isn't always better and when a good deal on a decent condition used Casita fell in our laps, we grabbed it. Fully loaded it should be under 3000lbs. Hopefully it will tow ok with the van. I plan on some larger tires and raising the axle a little too. They have decent clearance but I think it could be improved. Add some E tires and it should go about anywhere the van will.. Dodge will get the most towing duty though. It used to get 15mpg pulling a 10k lb 5th wheel, I bet it will get closer to 20 mpg pulling the Casita.

Only have one shot of the insides. It a "bunk" model, wouldn't be my choice if we were getting a new one. We plan to do some mods on the inside too.

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arlon wrote:Dodge will get the most towing duty though. It used to get 15mpg pulling a 10k lb 5th wheel, I bet it will get closer to 20 mpg pulling the Casita.
Yeah, but come on, pulling the Casita with a Cummins is just going to look silly...... :muhaha:
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We were at Nehalem Bay State Park a few weeks ago and there was a Scamp/Casita club camping trip that weekend. It was cool seeing so many of those little campers at one time. The van should pull it with no problem. There were a couple of Astros and even several small cars pulling them and they said they had no problems at all.
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Very Nice...
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Well, visiting this old post I was reflecting on the van vs casita usage last year. It seems about even. Wife and casita or me and van. I did a lot of solo trips last year in the van as wife was tied up with other duties. This year I expect to see a shift towards more Casita use and longer trips as a career winds down towards retirement and I start using accumulated vacation time. I'll still use the van a lot I suspect. I'm actually planning some changes for the van to make it more camper and less van.

When I got the van I expected to be hauling people a lot more than I have. It hasn't had more than two people in it since I got it. The rear seats going into storage and the interior is going to get an overhaul. Need to add a little roof storage (mostly for propane tanks), swivel for the passenger seat and a few other minor changes but that will be it. Hopefully I can start getting even more use out of it than I already have. Love to go from 3.73 to 4.11 gears and hi-lo transfer case but will probably just leave it like it is and just use it.

Still haven't pulled the Casita with the van but the old Dodge is getting 20-22mpg pulling the Casita and I can run 70 and pass 18 wheelers on the 2 lane. Doubt the van will ever have to pull that trailer.

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2004 AWD Astro 2" lift, overnight-able
2003 Dodge/Cummins Quad cab
2006 Nissan X-terra MT
1985 LTD LX 5.0 HO
Plus wife's and kid's cars to take care of...
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