How to remodel a 1985 13' Casita
1. Ask around for advice
2. Start gathering components and drawing schematics
3. Arrange to borrow somebody's covered driveway for 2 weeks
4. Look at calendar, contemplating upcoming camping opportunities
5. Contemplate other unfinished projects
6. Buy a nicely-restored 1988 13' Casita
Patriot Deluxe for less than aggregate cost of initial price of trailer #1, plus estimated repairs (but not counting marriage counseling bills).
Yep, I now have two trailers in my driveway. Still haven't completely decided if I'm going to sell the '85 right away, though I have offered it to a friend and will sell it to him if he wants it. Part of me wants to tackle the renovations, now that I have a working trailer in which to camp in the meantime...I have a lot of ideas for #1 (Esther Egg) and I think I could send her out for some of the finish work after following Robert Johan's advice and doing all the tear-out myself.
Having the two trailers side-by-side really gives me ideas on how hard (or easy) certain repair jobs might be.
The "new" trailer was recently restored...in great condition, obviously much-loved. It was kind of a "surprise" find, and a great deal, so I had a nice big fat grin on my face the whole ride home.
And yes, got the usual "ooohs" and "aaaahs" at every stop.
So unless I go for a Three Egg Omelette and find myself a 17', I'll have a different trailer at the April NOG than I had at the Fall rally
...both, if I can con my buddy into buying Esther and bringing it along!