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#1 BillG

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 09:17 AM

13' Patriot. The main trailer frame in the area under the door. Would it be ill-advised for me to drill two 1/4" holes in the flat, horizontal portion of the main trailer frame, about 1 foot apart?

#2 C.FiberglassFreedom

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 09:25 AM

My first question is why?  From everything I've seen on Casita based forums is it depends highly on year of trailer because the newer trailers have molded in wood and fiberglass the inside floor and bottom of our trailers aren't far apart in space so you may very well drill straight through the floor too.     But what I can see is the older Casita's actually had a wood platform built inside the fiberglass shell.

 

 

I mean I think the propane line is visible and bare underneath the trailer so you don't gotta worry about that but your water/misc pipes and what not I'm not 100% on.


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#3 clairemr1

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 09:51 AM

    i have the same question, why? you don't say the year of your patriot either. i think i'd call the rice factory directly and talk to victor. bet he could give you the correct advice. good luck, claire and merlin, excellent schnoodle


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#4 BillG

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 09:59 AM

It's a 2014. It's a steel I-beam type frame. I want two holes to hang a ramp from when the trailer is parked.

#5 clairemr1

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 11:03 AM

It's a 2014. It's a steel I-beam type frame. I want two holes to hang a ramp from when the trailer is parked.

    not sure anyone else has done this "mod" but be sure to post pics of your finished project if you end up doing it. i'd still run it by victor at casita, not sure how much weight the ramp would add to the frame on that side, so can't really give you advice one way or the other.  i've seen a couple of owners who have wheelchair ramps for their spouse, but they are free and do not connect to the trailers in any way. who knows, you might end up starting a trend for us, some of the casita owners are running out of mods to do to theirs and might want to add a ramp. good luck


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Posted 18 August 2015 - 11:39 AM

I wouldn't call the factory for this advice. They wouldn't know since they don't do any mods on their trailers. I'd send an email to Larry Gamble.

 

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 11:50 AM

Perhaps weld two tabs to the frame, drill a hole in each?


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Posted 18 August 2015 - 12:27 PM

Good idea, Felix!

 

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 12:32 PM

Perhaps weld two tabs to the frame, drill a hole in each?

Adding tabs would also allow them to be angled to be a "best fit" to a ramp. Might consider welding hinges instead as there's no guarantee your site would be level for the bottom end of a ramp. Then you could add spacers under the bottom end as needed to support the ramp.


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#10 Tom Haberski

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 08:44 AM

It's safer to weld tabs onto the frame than drill holes.  There are forum topics in this or the other Casita forum of folks drilling holes in the trailer frame to mount jacks and those holes acting as a stress concentrater and the metal frame cracking in that area.



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Posted 19 August 2015 - 10:02 AM

It's safer to weld tabs onto the frame than drill holes.  There are forum topics in this or the other Casita forum of folks drilling holes in the trailer frame to mount jacks and those holes acting as a stress concentrater and the metal frame cracking in that area.

    thanks, tom, you verified my initial thoughts. i doubt that either victor at casita or larry gamble would recommend putting holes in the frame and it sounds like others have experienced a bad result from doing so


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#12 BillG

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 06:11 PM

I built the ramp out of a 5' - 2x10. I covered it with all weather carpet, then put 4 small wooden pieces of lath across it at intervals for added traction.
I put two 5/16" eye bolts in each top corner. I have two small steel C-clamps I attach to the frame. Then I hang the ramp to the clamps using steel carabiners. At the foot of the ramp I drilled a hole and I stick about an 8" nail into the ground which holds the ramp in one spot. The ramp can be used whether the Casita is on level ground or if the door side is higher off the ground than the other side.

It works great, but...the C-clamps have a tendency to work loose.
I think I will just have a couple of steel rings welded to the frame and connect the ramp to them.
Pictures will follow when I bring the trailer home and can get it to a welder. Late September.
Thanks everybody!
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