Starting a Rebuild
Posted 04 September 2004 - 04:17 AM
Now I am home and find that what I bought has really been jerryrigged and not what I could live with. Also, I thought the whole concept of the little "egg" was they could be pulled by anything.
1) With that in mind I have decided to completely dismantle the Casita to bare shell, and replace the undercarriage with an all aluminum frame and axel with aluminum rims. this should pickup at least 500 lbs.
2) The previous owner just put in new carpeting, but the kind with no insulation behind it. From what I have read on the forums for these trailers, that is a mildew catstropy in the making. so, out it comes with the real thing to be reinstalled.
3) Will take out the flooring and add a layer of new fiberglass before putting in the new sheet aluminum floor. This will be covered with overlayment and then Pergo.
4) I intend to go total electric with two Honda 2000 gen sets banked on the tongue. I may have a battery bank on the rear of the trailer, but have not decided for sure yet. Really don't see the need of it, if I want to keep the weight down.
5) Will purchase new interior petitions from Casita for the 16' Spirit floor plan.
6) Will build up the strength of the roof for a rooftop AC/Heat unit and relocate my Fantastic fan forward.
7) Will build in fresh water special built tanks in the undercarriage along with grey water/black water. This will have freeze protection.
8) Build in wiring/piping channels in the undercarriage to keep all of the storage areas free inside the trailer.
9) New custom paint on Casita to make it a real "Casita Grande".
10) Install new porcelain potty in shower.
11) Add many of the inovations found on these Casita forums.
Okay, I would like all the comments and suggestions that you can offer. And will keep you informed as I proceed.
Posted 04 September 2004 - 05:28 AM
That's a big project you're taking on but I'm sure you'll get loads of enjoyment and fulfillment out of it. And, that's the general idea of Casita ownership, isn't it?
Posted 04 September 2004 - 06:31 AM
Posted 04 September 2004 - 12:10 PM
Major Eddie Boxx USAF
Posted 04 September 2004 - 12:32 PM
You might want to do a little more research on trailer design, weights and loads before proceeding further.
2005 17' LD Nova & 2001 Toyota 4Runner
pre-Nova was Ova-the-Rainbow 1999 17' LD (sold)
Don't believe everything you think.
Posted 04 September 2004 - 01:08 PM
Posted 04 September 2004 - 02:08 PM
According to their information your TV is only rated for 1,500 lbs. I would think that your Casita (dry) is over that weight. By the time you would add a new frame and all else you are talking, plus your goods needed for a weekend or longer that you will be way over your TV limit.
I dunno, we still have to pick our 2001 16' Casita SD up in Kansas in two weeks. We will be towing with a Kia Sorrento that has a weight restriction of 3,500. We considered a 17' and talked with Casita and he assured us that we would be okay but we would be right at the limit, we have decided not to do that as we don't want to tax it going through mountains. We have a large V6 4x4.
Barb & Joe
Kiva & Boomer, the Poodles
Kiva's site http://pwdohio.tripod.com/
2001 16' SD The "Ova"
2004 Kia Sorento V6, 3.5 L, 3,500 tow capacity,
4.666:1 drive ratio, Prodigy brake controller, sway bar
Posted 04 September 2004 - 03:18 PM
First of all dry weight now on this 1982 is 1250 lbs. and tongue weight was originally 150. However it has two tanks and two batteries on the tongue. Nothing else has been added. The new undercarriage being aluminum will take off about 400 lbs overall. Then by usining the waste water and fresh water just fore and aft of the axels underneath this will take more tongue weight off. However tongue weight is the out of balance weight ideally. Of course we live with circumstances that are never ideal. But my goal is to have a fully we trailer of less than 1500 lbs and tongue weight of less than 100 lbs.
Two gen sets will allow me to be totally self-contained where-ever I want to go. I don't have to have both running but when I do I will have in excess of 4000 watts available for a/c and what ever cooking appliance I would use. We are vegans and eat a major portian of our food raw, but we do cook some of the veggies.
Bye the way the porcelain potty is made by Sealand a division of Dometic. The model I am using will be the Travel Lite. It is really nice.
Keep the comments and suggestions coming and we'll learn together.
Posted 04 September 2004 - 03:37 PM
How will you fuel the gens? I've seen websites that sell the setup for fueling the EU2000i off propane. I assume you'll go the gasoline route, but will you attach a larger tank, say 3 or 4 gallons?
Also, are you capable of building the chassis yourself? I know aluminum trailers are quite expensive, unless you can find a bargain on a used boat trailer and adapt it.
This Old Trailer. Go for it.
Posted 04 September 2004 - 04:05 PM
I will have the aluminum undercarriage built. I do not have a budget setup for this project, other than not to exceed the cost of a new Casita and the cost of trading up to a larger tow vehicle. And this will not cost anywhere near that amount, and I will have a better that factor built when it is finished.
The one other factor that keeps naging me is that I am to old for this. I am 68 and retired Elec Engineer, so when I have an itch, I generally scratch.
Posted 04 September 2004 - 04:51 PM
Tom and Joan
TV: 2007 Tundra pulling a 2008 17SD
Ham Radio Call sign for Tom - AB5ZJ
Posted 04 September 2004 - 04:59 PM
Posted 04 September 2004 - 05:43 PM
If I were you, before I did anything, I would take the trailer and weigh it without the batteries and LP tanks on it. And then weigh the tongue with a bath scale. This should give you a more realistic weight to start with, I wouldn't believe any of the advertised weights.
Then add the weight of the petitions, bath fixtures, generators, battery, and LP tank that you intend to add. This should give you a total weight of the trailer minus the weight saved with the different frame. I think that you will have a surprise coming. Also check with some experts and see what a tongue weight should be in relation to the trailers total weight. I think it is close to 15%.
Please don't take this wrong because it isn't intended that way. In fact I like your ideal of an aluminum frame. Award trailers in Canada uses a cast aluminum frame with holes in it to make it even lighter. It is even tapered near the ends to cut down on weight. But I have no ideal on how much weight would be saved.
Let us know how much it weights before you start.