What I learned after my first week in my new SD17 Casita
I learned it is amazingly small with only 14x6.5 ft of space, and looks like a toy when parked between 40ft fifth-wheels. Yet it is enough space to live in.
I learned that no matter what, I will hit my head on every door-frame and open cupboard. Hard. Several times a day.
I learned it was a smart move to take almost every option available, and I should have taken the outside shower option so I could spray off things outside the Casita
. Like sewage things.
I learned the sewer line looks like a steeplechase to the kids in the campground, and if they trip-over the sewer line and pull it out, they will not tell you. They will helpfully push it back in so it looks like it is still connected.
I learned it is wise to dump some grey-water first and make sure your sewer line is really connected.
I learned you don't really need propane
if you are plugged in to 30 amp service and you use the microwave
I learned I don't like the shower (I've never used an RV shower before) The water-hose handle always seems to point in the wrong direction. The ceiling is too low. If you don't open the vent, the vent-handle will jab your head. The door-frame is unpadded aluminum, and head strikes will wound you. It also leaks
in to the living area, around the door frame. The toilet is good.
I learned you can fit three 14qt Roughneck plastic bins under the queen-bed, perfectly.
I learned it doesn't pay to try and put plastic organizers in the cupboards. It is better to just cram everything in to them, to get full use of the curved space.
I learned the Casita
is really easy to tow. I didn't even need my Prodigy brake controller, which I never got properly calibrated. I wasn't going to "lockup the trailers wheels and then ease off on the strength". I started on level 6 like they said, and got up to 13 without locking up the wheels. Then I was on the interstate, and just set it back to 6 for the 20 minute move to the campground.
I learned the rear dinette makes a great computer desk, but the small dinette makes a horrible bed (for an adult). You have to use the rear dinette as the bed, leaving you with a tiny computer desk.
I learned a little Eva-Dry dehumidifier will pull a lot of water out of the air in the Casita.
I learned it is a life-saver to have a TV that can hold any cargo that won't fit in the Casita. I can fit eight 18qt Roughneck bins in the back of my short-bed truck (with Leer cap).
I learned the fridge's AC power cable can fall
out, and you have to open an outside panel to plug it back in. It seems like a design flaw, but it's not a big deal once you know you need to check it.
I learned many of the cupboards have the backsides of electrical
components in them, and could get damaged from cargo flying around during transit. They should have covers in the cupboards to protect the electrical
components. It makes me nervous to store, say socks, in the cupboard. I will not put anything that can burn near the electrical
contacts, and will not put anything heavy in the cupboards that could crush the electrical connections (break wires off, etc).
I learned their is a secret compartment under one of the small dinette chairs.
I learned some other things too, but that is all for now.