Like the Little Engine

Like the Little Engine

Just like the little engine I have been telling myself over the last few months, “I think I can, I think I can.”  I’ve been telling everyone that would stand still long enough to listen all about my plans to travel.  But deep down, in the very dark recesses of my heart, I was so afraid I couldn’t. The doubts would fill my mind. What if I find that it’s too scary to pull a trailer. What if I’m too overwhelmed by learning all these new things? Maybe I’m too good old to embark on new adventures! What if I fail???

But I think I can! I think I can do this. It might not be perfect. Things might go wrong. I might get overwhelmed at times. but, I think I can. And all I have to do is take one step at a time. So the adventure has begun!

The Casita Factory

March 20,2017

The troops and I are up 4:30. We mustn’t be late and I wanted to be sure to give them a good walk and breakfast before we headed to Rice Texas. Well….I allowed for plenty of time so we were stuck watching the news and staring at the clock until it was time to go. We were only about 15 minutes away and arrived at the factory at 6:50. I had read on the Casita forum that it was best to be there by 7 if you wanted to be the first to pick up your trailer.

I wasn’t the first. Another couple, coming from California, beat me by about 30 seconds. That was ok a I knew they would be doing two orientations at the same time. The gentleman was eager to get started so he got out and walked around. The wife and I visited about how excited we were. Their SUV was even filled more to the brim than mine was! No one was in the office yet. The door said they opened at 8:00.  So we waited, and waited, and waited. Finally, at 8:00:30 the door opened and we eagerly went in.

Introductions were done and I was told that Victor would be doing my orientation. At this point I have to tell you that I felt like I already knew Victor. You see, back in 2010 a customer videotaped him doing a Casita orientation. There were eight videos posted and I had watched them all…..several times. Here is a link to the first of those for any of you that are interested.  Victor looked and sounded very much as he did on the videos. By the end of the orientation I felt like I understood everything. Then I met with the salesperson I had been communicating with, signed the paperwork and was ready to go. Victor had already helped me hook up the trailer and tested all the lights to make sure I was hooked up correctly.

So there I was, behind the wheel. My heart was racing. Can I really do this??? Yes, yes, I think I can. And I did!  We were on our way to our first destination, Governor Jim Hogg City Park in Quitman Texas. This destination was chosen because it was a short distance from the Little House Customs shop where I would be getting some modifications to the Casita early the next morning.

When we arrived at at the city park there were several open RV sites to chose from. I took one away from others as I wanted to make sure I didn’t hit anything when I backed into the site. I was really, really, really scared. But, I backed right in like I had been doing it all along. Oh, I thought, maybe this is going to be easier than I thought! Now for the unpacking…..

Our first campsite!

Here are some pictures of the inside, after the unpacking – which exhausted the troops!

Troops On the Bed
Casita Spirit Deluxe
Casita Spirit Deluxe
Casita Spirit Deluxe

20 thoughts on “Like the Little Engine

  1. I suggest you keep a list of your lessons learned. I am a solo inexperienced casita owner with 9 months under my belt. I think I’m on lesson number 124 or so….but who’s counting!

    1. That is such a good idea! I have a journal that I have been using. I think I will add my list of lesson to my journaling.

  2. Congratulations!!! You can do this! At least I hope you can. I’m in the same situation – wondering if I can do it but telling all the nay sayers that I’m good to go. Single woman here who will be full timing with 2 dogs and a cat by June 1st (I hope). Have one long trip under my belt and ready for more. Still scared on the inside but working hard to “cover” all that fear on the outside. Good luck!

    1. Linda, is nice to know there are other beginner travelers out there. I would love to do this full time and am jealous of your plans. I would love to hear more. Do you have a blog or a YouTube channel?

    1. Thanks Rogene! I put a 3 inch foam pad on the cushions. It wasn’t as comfortable as my bed at home, but it worked. I may order a mattress since I plan to leave that area down as a bed all the time. You wouldn’t believe how well Ginger did on the trip. She loved it!

  3. You inspire me! I am also single (widowed) and want to travel with two dogs. I’m test-driving a 19-footer (RV) next Thursday!! I am hoping to rent it first and drive it to Myrtle Beach with just ONE dog for the Blog Paws conference. Not sure I will do it. I think I can, I think I can!

    1. Hi Kathleen. Thanks for coming along on our travels. I just subscribed to your blog! I look forward to reading more.

  4. Hey congrats on your new trailer! We are picking our 17′ SD June 8th. We have a 2010 4Runner. My husband and I are very interested in following your travels! Hopefully learn something along the way! Safe travels!

    1. LaDonna, I am so happy to have you and your husband following our travels. I’ll bet you are excited to get your Casita. The wait was sooo hard, but it was worth it!

  5. Hi Toni,
    I’m the gal from CA you spoke to early Monday morning at Casita. We are the couple that pulled in 30 seconds before you. LOL
    I thought we were excited but you definitely were more excited that morning😀
    We have stopped at four different campgrounds so far on our way home. We are currently at the Caballo State Park in New Mexico, very quiet and a lovely view of the lake.
    I wish you many happy adventures. I’m so very proud of you! I will keep you and your pups in my prayers.

    1. Julie, it was so nice to meet you and your husband. I have heard from others that Caballo State Park was a great place to camp. I hope you are enjoying your Casita!

  6. Just found you and love your blog. I have bought a used TT which I pickup in May. I am so nervous. My husband and I camped a lot but I never handled the trailer “stuff”. Worried about what I need for my hitch, etc. And what I must have for the first trip pulling her. I know I can do it but still nervous. Have fun with your two sweet companions. I am looking at a senior rescue dog so I am not alone. Happy travels. 😊

    1. Mary, I am so glad to have you along. I can tell you that you can do this! Thank you for considering a senior rescue dog. They are so often overlooked and make great companions. Please let me know if I can answer any questions as you get ready for your first trip. How big is your TT?

  7. Toni – I am hoping to get a Casita soon and travel with my dog (lab mix – looks to be about the size of your dog) but am still considering if it is big enough. Stories like yours are encouraging! Congrats to you!

    Do your dogs just hang out on the bed while you’re inside? I toured a SD from a local owner and it doesn’t seem like there is enough room for my dog to walk around in there.

    1. Hi Liz, both of my dogs hang out on the bed when we are inside. You are right, there isn’t a lot of room but it is actually working very well for us. It didn’t take Buddy very long to learn the “dance” of getting around me to move toward the door. It hasn’t been a problem at all. I tend to just carry Ginger in and out. When it is colder outside or in the late evening the dogs are on the bed and I sit up at the side dinette. We just came back from a 4 day weekend and had a delightful time. I didn’t feel cramped at all even though it was chilly the first day and we were inside most of the day.

      The decision of what rig to buy is a hard one. There are so many options out there. When I was trying to decide it felt overwhelming at times as I looked at all the positives and negatives of the options, but I kept coming back to the Casita. So far, I’m very happy with my choice. Keep me posted on what you decide to do!

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