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Old 10-31-2013, 06:50 AM   #15
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The meet in Oregon is for all molded fiberglass trailers (RVs) so your Casita is more than welcome, if you are thinking of going you should reserve a campsit soon, it does fill up fast.
I live in Edgemont, just a few km east of Tuscany.
Make sure you join the Casita Forum. In a nutshell there are 2 problems with the grey water tank in Casitas, first the drain pipe is inserted inside the tank, because the pipe slopes up it will not allow the tank to fully drain and can leave several gallons of water in the tank. The second issue is there is no vent on top of the tank, this again limits the capacity of the tank but more importantly greatly slows the time it takes to dump the grey tank.
Larry Gamble has documented the mod in detail here.
http://www.casitaforum.com/invboard/..._hl__fast+grey
You can also buy all the parts from his company, Little House of Custom, if you like.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:04 AM   #16
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What an exciting adventure, Congratulations. We are in the Kootenay's with our Casita which we also brought home through snow when we picked up from Boise in March. Seems to be a Casita rite of passage in Canada!
You are welcome to stop by and see ours if you are ever passing through. it came with quite a few mods recommended on the Casita forum and we have added a shelf under the sink. Like Ian we still need to shelf the closet and the sliding battery tray would be a nice addition.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:23 AM   #17
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Thank you, Ian, I will do this mod in the spring, and buy the parts from Larry soon. Meantime I will read his modification. Yes, I already belong to the Casita Forum, joining when I first started looking for a Casita 17 Spirit or Freedom in Canada. I clicked on the friend thing, Ian, and love your avatar! Wanda and I love wine; I love whites and reds, she the whites, Chardonnay her favourite, Yelllowtail the best buy. IN US. We make our own wine in a micro winery regularly, and drink wine with most suppers. Our Casita will carry on the tradition we have established with the Trillium of drinking AUS and US wines and those fabulous Oregon, Calif. and WA. beers when camping in the State Parks! We are both AUS born, she of a CDN mom,(Montreal) and AUS dad, RAAF/RAF pilot administrating/ teaching the navigation to the ferry pilots flying across the Atlantic after the fall of France. I have three allegiances, British parents, AUS born, CDN naturalization. As I drove across those bloody prairies, I was longing for "Home" Canada, just as we always do when our foreign vacations are over; I was raised, calling England "Home" and when we first came to Canada, AUS was "Home." Wanda calls AUS "Going down to AUS," whereas for me, "AUS" will always be home." Just like most Anglo Aussies, and having nothing to do with Peter Allen's song, other than that we both lived in the same little city, went to the same schools, swam for the same swim club and he was in my younger brother's class. A huge difference is that he was gay and died of AIDS, I am straight and didn't!

Back to the business of the forum: Donna, I believe you made some posts re that chap from I believe the Mid West, who shared his fantastic posts re his constant mods and add-ons, for his trailer, which I hope was a Casita 17. Do you remember his name or know how to access his posts? You have a terrific Trillium, and if you have been inside a Casita 17, must have been very conscious of the lack of convenient storage!
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:36 AM   #18
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... Wanda and I love wine; I love whites and reds, she the whites, Chardonnay her favourite, Yelllowtail the best buy. IN US. We make our own wine in a micro winery regularly, and drink wine with most suppers. Our Casita will carry on the tradition we have established with the Trillium of drinking AUS and US wines and those fabulous Oregon, Calif. and WA. beers when camping in the State Parks!
The picture below is the wine rack in my Boler ... still trying to figure out if I can do something like this in the Casita.
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:20 PM   #19
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Well, we do have a big frig, and we have a Tacoma!
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:23 PM   #20
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Congrats Kenneth on the new trailer! I understand the need to drive to find a Casita in Western Canada .... I had to do a drive for my Scamp as well when I got it as there was only one other registered in the province at the time! Enjoy it!!!

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did not realize Canada was so wide that 10000 kilometer was more than 6000 American miles
well it is the 2nd largest country in the world - but technically its really only 9,206 KM wide coast to coast as the crow flies The US border we share (excluding Alaska portion) is only 5443 km (3,989 miles). Yup its BIG
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:34 PM   #21
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Thanks for your welcome, Kootenaigirl! Yes, a rite of passage, that's what it is for CDNs. My first mods will be a jockey wheel and the under-sink shelf, because I need mobility in our parking area. We push our Trillium around a lot, and until it is sold, we look like an over-crowded RV park. My neighbour has a large shop, and presently has three trailers in it, one almost new, getting weekly mods, an old Triple E getting a new totally different interior for a cross- Canada odyssey and a 50 year old 20' Airstream getting a new life. And me on our half acre with my two trailers. Yes, I may be dropping in on you next summer, if you are home; we haven't been to Alberta via the K's since our children were infants- mid 'seventies! Where do you pack your groceries? The huge under- berth areas are lacking from the Freedom!
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:40 PM   #22
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As the crow flies! Haaaaaaa, wouldn't it be great if we could? Even the prairies have some wiggles.
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:21 PM   #23
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Well, Ian, about three months has gone by since I last posted. We have just returned from two delightful weeks out of country, soaking up the Dominican Republic sun, which, despite (or because of) the heat, was easy to take. We departed and returned in 0 degrees temps. Before we left, well, a week before, it was as much as ten degrees warmer, suitable for working out in the Casita, and I was able to make great progress on my closet shelves project, replacing the rubbish pine hinge support with a two piece floor to ceiling oak 3/4" X 21/2" one. I measured and cut templates in 1/8" masonite and transferred here to 3/8' ply and fitted the first three shelves and measured and cut the template for the fourth shelf but did not transfer to ply because the fourth and fifth shelves are to extend right across the closet, either as one pice or two pice shelves. At this point it was time to toss some stuff in my backpack and at 2AM we headed off in the Tacoma to our Vancouver flight departure. I had periodically imagined myself, while kicking back in the sun, banging out those final two shelves, as soon as we returned, but it was not to be, as I developed a health problem down in the tropics which continued into the flight back home, and additionally, the morning after we returned, temps plummeted somewhat, and I was rather unwell, so no further progress has been made, and I've not felt inclined/well enough to brave the cold and open up the Casita. Also, before we left, sometime after my last post, I'd done two other mods- I installed a shore power marine fitting, and cut off that snake of attached cable that had also bothered me in our Trillium and caused me to wire in a 30 amp marine fitting there. The other much bigger mod, which took at least a week, and which tells you how mild the Dec temps were, was to take off all the doors on the closets and remove the sand coloured satin finish that had been applied either by a previous owner or Casita to all the doors. I used lots of Antique Stripper and scouring pads and it looks incredibly better than the paint, despite the obvious fake Casita wood finish. My choice was to make oak doors, but my wife decreed otherwise. I have yet to do the bathroom door and wardrobe door, but they will get done in the early spring. After the completion of the doors and the shelving, I'll do a quick under sink shelf and the trap removals from the sink plumbing and the shower, and do the grey tank mod, using Larry's kits. Then it will be time to start camping!
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:32 PM   #24
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kootenaigirl, rude of me to ignore you. Sorry about that. Ian and kpootenaigirl, I was just thinking, I will have no use for the masonite templates after I'm done. If you have not yet done the shelving, I could transfer the masonite shapes to an old marathon finish line mylar blanket of my wife's and roll up and post copies to you. Were I sure of our summer plans, I'd offer to meet one/both of you and drop off the originals. Guess i could also post, but CDN post rates are a rip off. Give me your thoughts, OK?
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:14 AM   #25
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kootenaigirl, rude of me to ignore you. Sorry about that. Ian and kpootenaigirl, I was just thinking, I will have no use for the masonite templates after I'm done. If you have not yet done the shelving, I could transfer the masonite shapes to an old marathon finish line mylar blanket of my wife's and roll up and post copies to you. Were I sure of our summer plans, I'd offer to meet one/both of you and drop off the originals. Guess i could also post, but CDN post rates are a rip off. Give me your thoughts, OK?
Hi Kenneth

Thank you very much for the offer, I have already installed shelves in my Casita so don't have a need for templates.

As for meeting somewhere ... lets keep letting each other know where our plans are to travel espacially when close to the others home area. On that note I will be going to the Oregon Gathering in July, my plans are to travel west and drive down the Washington Oregon coast.
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:06 AM   #26
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Ian, our parking space is available for you for an overnight on your way, if we are home when you come through in July. We live on the north side of the Fraser, 23 kms from Sumas, WA, just off Highway 7.When we go south, we drive into USA at Sumas, then south towards Bellingham, gas up and food and wine and beer up at the Safeway just before Bellingham, get onto I -5, and it's an easy drive to Kelso, just off I-5, and the next day, whizz down to Portland and then follow the south bank o the Columbia to Astoria. If you want to do the Route 99 South section of the WA coast to Astoria, you can cut across fro Sumas to a junction. Point is, you are welcome to park in our yard the night before. You probably know the interior routes better than I do. Last time I was in Calgary, stayed in Canmore overnight, and was back in Mission well before nightfall, (last week of Oct) but was towing an empty trailer and very tired of driving from Montreal, so it was a waste no time trip. Two years ago, we stayed overnight in Canmore, overnighted in the KOA in Revelstroke, and home the next afternoon, towing the Trillium. Let me know your plans. Oh, we make superb beer and better than OK wines. . . .
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Congrats on your FD, one of our favorite rigs! You might want to check out Rob's most amazing mods!

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Ian, our parking space is available for you for an overnight on your way. . . .
Awesome, I may take you up on your very generous offer, thank you. The Oregon trip I will be bringing the Boler so won't take up at much room as the Casita LOL.
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