Originally Posted by Laura Lundgren
The rear portion of the camper had a higher ground clearance than the front portion... Anybody know what's up with that?
It is a vestige of the earlier design that Casita inherited from it's predecessors, Scamp
, that no longer makes sense but would be not be cost effective for Casita to change for the lower production numbers of their 13' and 16' trailers at this late date.
In the beginning, Boler
used a design trick that allowed at least partial stand-up headroom in a trailer short enough to fit in a standard garage. The small 1960's Scotty Sportsman trailers of the aluminum variety pioneered it; a drop floor in front of the axle
. What many mistake for a step up
to the rear dinette is in fact a step down
from the dinette to the center of the kitchen. This is more visible when a frame-off restoration is done, since the bottom of the shell hides this on the outside.
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First Boler, and Later Scamp
used this feature with an exposed wood floor. Casita came along and decided that their improvement would be to enclose the floor in fiberglass, molded into the lower half of the body. Casita did away with the drop floor, and made their frames all on one level raising the kitchen floor, but kept what is now an unnecessary step up to the rear dinette.
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They changed this for the totally redesigned 17'
Spirit/Freedom/Liberty but didn't think it was necessary to change the 13' Patriot or the 16' Spirit/Freedom/Liberty that was basically just lengthened.