Casita’s Patriot is a 13ft long all-fiberglass small travel trailer; durable, easy to tow and store in a garage, with features offering comfort and coziness, it’s an ideal weekender camper….
Since 1983, Casita Enterprises Inc. located in Rice, TX dedicated its resources to the design and manufacturing of fiberglass travel trailers.
Currently they offer five models of travel trailers from the smallest one – 13ft long Patriot Deluxe, correspondingly 16ft (Standard) and 17ft long (Deluxe) versions of Spirt, Freedom and Liberty and the largest member of the family – Independence (both versions Standard and Deluxe are 17ft long).
All mentioned models belong to the class of Lightweight Travel Trailers.
Standard versions of Casita’s travel trailers have extra sleeping space, while versions Deluxe offer wet-bath with toilet, sink and shower.
The Patriot is the only one Casita’s trailer that is offered just in version Deluxe, but that is what makes it may be the most interesting on the list. Thanks to small dimensions and weight, it is easy to tow and may be as important – easy to store in the garage, but at the same time is equipped with all essential features including wet-bath.
Although nothing prevents it from use on longer vacation trips, it is rather designed for shorter, weekend adventures. But even this classification may not reflect reality – being easy to tow, lite, with narrow aerodynamic body (so fuel efficient), it can successfully be used for longer trips provided you do not expect luxurious vacations.
Casita Patriot travel trailer
The kitchen is equipped with 2-burner range and sink (both w/optional covers), microwave-ready package, 3-way 1.9 cu ft refrigerator, power range hood w/light and cabinetry provides modest conditions for preparation of food. The rear-end dinette serves as a main living and eating area. For night it converts to full-size (46” x 78”) bed. The front-end wet-bath includes the toilet, lavatory, shower but also small, opening and screened obscure glass window as well as roof vent. Next to the bat and entrance door there is a wardrobe/closet providing some storage space (on top of small overhead storage throughout the camper). Summarizing – the Patriot offers good bangs for bucks manufacturer asks for.
Casita's Patriot camper: floor-plan
But what sets Casita’s campers apart from others is their construction. All these trailers have fiberglass shells on steel frame. During the manufacturing process the top and bottom part of the fiberglass shell are bonded pretty much the same way as the sailboats are made (BTW – the company uses the marine-grade fiberglass). In other words, instead of assembling four walls, roof and floor as in the case of typical campers, the Casita’s shell is built from just two pieces of molded fiberglass.
The outcome is obvious – Casita’s travel trailers have much better durability as the probability of leaks (main reason of deterioration) is much lower than in traditional campers. That can be seen (and confirmed) when checking prices for second-hand Casita’s campers.
A little bit more controversial may be interior finishing. Storage compartments and side overhead storage is lined with plush carpet. On the positive side – it prevents condensation and provide some extra thermal insulation helping to keep camper cool in summer and warm in colder seasons. It also reduces the outside noise. On the negative side – it is more difficult to clean….
Fresh water tank
Grey water tank
Black water tank
2 x 20 lbs bottles
Patriot camper - interior
Patriot: kitchen and dinette converted to bed
Standard Interior features
Standard Exterior features
Safety (standard features):
Patriot: wet bath w/ toilet, lavatory and shower