hi, sheree, congrats on your purchase! hope you enjoy many trouble-free years with your casita. as far as what to check, i'd have someone qualified go over the entire trailer, checking out all components. i would look especially at your tires, including the spare (how old are they?), wheel bearings/brakes (when did they last do a full service?), axle and frame. if this is the original axle, it may need to be replaced at 20 yrs of age, as that is well beyond it's expected life.i'd have them check the frame for cracks as well, so you don't have a failure somewhere on the road.
i'd also pay particular attention to the propane system, check for leaks anywhere, old regulator at the tanks, are the tanks outdated? canada often checks for dates on the tanks and won't allow entry if they are expired (or i guess you could also leave the old tanks at the border and purchase new ones once inside canada). make sure you have the trailer and tow vehicle registrations up to date (canada looked at mine on the casita rear license plate when i entered last year) and that your tow vehicle has a current inspection sticker if required in your state.
camp locally for awhile to familiarize yourself with your systems and practice "boondocking" before you head out on such a long trip. make sure fridge/water heater/furnace run well on propane and decide if solar or a generator would make life easier for you ( generator is the only way to run your ac if needed while boondocking, otherwise, a solar system will do the job of recharging your battery). get everything repaired before heading out to ensure a headache free trip.have fun!
Edited by clairemr1, 29 April 2018 - 09:14 AM.