Below are some responses to the most commonly asked questions about our travel trailer rentals and for staying at the Lake Casitas Recreation Area. Please read all of the questions, as this will help to prepare you for your trip. For additional information about our trailer rentals, policies, campgrounds, and more, please contact us at 805-649-9170.
Travel Trailer Questions
What rooms and amenities do the trailers have?
All of our RV rentals are fully equipped with kitchens, bathrooms, sleeping areas, and dinettes. The kitchens include a refrigerator, freezer, stove, oven, microwave, sink, toaster, and coffee maker. The bathrooms include a shower/tub, toilet, sink, RV toilet paper, and toilet chemicals. Sleeping arrangements vary depending on the type of trailer being reserved.
What do I need to bring for the camper?
We recommend bringing the following supplies:
- Linens: Sheets, blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, towels, and hand towels
- Kitchen supplies: Plates, cups, bowls, flatware, pots, pans, cutting knives, cutting board, cooking utensils, mixing bowls, can and bottle opener, trash bags, drinking water, and food
- Cleaning supplies: Soap, paper towels, and mild cleanser, such as, 409
- Camping supplies: Strike lighter (to light the stove), Ajax powder (to deter ants outside the trailer), flashlights, spare batteries, battery-operated lantern, sunscreen, camping chairs, cooler(s) (to keep food cold until the refrigerator cools down), and an indoor/outdoor mat
Will my trailer have a TV?
Some of our models have TVs and some do not. If the rental RV does not have a TV, we welcome our customers to bring their own. We recommend bringing a 30-foot cable to connect to the campground post.
Once it is running, how long does the refrigerator take to become cold?
It normally takes several hours, but it can take up to five hours on a hot day. To help expedite the process, keep food in a cooler until the refrigerator is cold.
Does Casitas Trailer Rentals rent generators?
No, we do not. Customers may rent a generator somewhere else, but it must have a minimum of 3,500-5,000 watts. Anything less can ruin the trailer’s electrical system. Use of a generator must first be approved by our staff.
Do I have to use a generator?
No, some people prefer to use batteries. Batteries will power the lights, water pump, water heater, thermostat, and refrigerator. However, the air conditioning, microwave oven and 110 V outlets will not work when operating the trailer on batteries. This means that you will not be able to plug anything in to the outlets, such as a cell phone, computer or blow dryer. Additionally, these batteries last approximately 24-72 hours before needing to be replaced. If staying at the Lake Casitas Recreational Area, our customers can ask us to replace batteries for a $20.00 fee. We recommend reserving a campsite with electric and water hook-ups or bringing a generator for first time campers.
Do your trailers have heating and air conditioning?
Yes, our trailer rentals are equipped with heating and air conditioning. However, keep in mind that the air conditioning will not work unless a generator is used or the unit is plugged into an electrical hookup. Also, remember that if the batteries die in the middle of the night, heat will not work until the batteries are recharged or replaced. This is a serious concern in cold weather—which is why we recommend getting a generator or hooking up to electricity.
Can the RVs electrical circuit get overloaded?
Yes, if running the air conditioning and the microwave at the same time, the electrical circuit can overload and will automatically shut off. To avoid automatic shut off, turn off the air conditioning when using the microwave. Also, do not set the air conditioning below 70 degrees, otherwise the unit may freeze, and no cooling will be available.
Does the trailer have to be connected to a sewer hookup?
The trailer doesn’t need to be connected to a sewer hookup, but we recommend booking a sewer hookup campsite if the customer would like to have unlimited use of water or is concerned about being on a limited water campsite. Travel trailers have two holding tanks: one for gray water (kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and shower waste) and one for black water (toilet waste). Each holding tank holds approximately 35 gallons of waste-water before it is full. If a trailer is connected to sewer hook-ups then the customer will have unlimited use of water because the waste-water is continually draining to the sewer.
If the campsite does not have sewer hookups, we recommend using the campground showers to take a shower and conserve water. If using the trailer shower and the water starts to back up into the shower, turn off the water immediately. Since we can not move trailers with full bathtubs, anyone who leaves standing water in the bathtub will be charged a cleaning fee.
What do we do if the toilet becomes plugged?
Clean it out. Paper may be stuck in the drain, so be careful to completely wipe out the drain while holding the seal open. Also, only put RV toilet paper down the toilet. Paper towels, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, or napkins will plug the holding tank.
Do you offer storage for trailers?
We do not, but the Lake Casitas Recreation Area does. Call 805-649-2233 for more information.
Do you sell used trailers?
Yes. Call us at 805-649-9170, and we can discuss the trailers that we have for sale.
Where are you located?
Lake Casitas Recreation Area Questions
Are there any special advantages to camping at Lake Casitas instead of towing the rental to another campground?
Absolutely. If our customer stays at the Lake Casitas Recreation Area, our staff will bring the trailer to their reserved campsite and set it up. When the customer has finished camping, we will remove the trailer, sanitize it, and dump the holding tanks. These services are all included in the nightly rental fee.
What time will my camper be ready?
Check-in is from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We do our best to set the trailers up as early as possible, but during the summer they may not be ready until 5:00 p.m. While waiting, we encourage each customer to explore the beautiful campground. Please let us know if there will be a need to check in after 5:00 p.m.
Is there a specific checkout time?
Checkout is at 11:00 a.m., however, you can stay at your campsite until 12:00 p.m. and you may enjoy the surrounding day camp areas until closing.
Are there different types of campsites at the Lake Casitas Recreation Area?
Yes, the Lake Casitas Recreation Area has four different types of campsites for RVs. For more information, contact the campground at 805-649-1122, or make a reservation online.
- Basic Sites: No hookups, $25-$30 per night.
- Basic Hookup Sites: Electric and water only, $35-$40 per night.
- Deluxe Hookup Sites: Electric, water, concrete pad with grass, $45-$50 per night
- Executive Hookup Sites: Electric, water, sewer, concrete pad with grass, $55-$60 per night.
Group campsites are available; call for more information. Campsites may be booked up to 180 days prior to the reservation date. To ensure a campsite, we encourage booking early for holidays or for the Executive spots. The Lake Casitas Recreation Area will not split Friday and Saturday night reservations. Three-night renting minimums apply for any holiday falling on Thursday-Monday.
Which type of campsite should I choose?
For our customer’s comfort and convenience, we recommend getting the Executive Site.
Is there a Cable TV hookup?
Yes, campgrounds Bass, Egrete and Fox have cable TV hook-ups.
If there are any remaining questions, we always welcome calls. Please contact us at 805-649-9170. We can also provide more information about our renting process at that time.