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Old 07-25-2015, 09:05 PM   #1
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What I learned after one week in my Casita.

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.
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Old 07-25-2015, 09:35 PM   #2
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What I Learned

Whoot,
With all the schooling going on, I hope you are at least having a little fun.
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:27 AM   #3
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Whoot,
With all the schooling going on, I hope you are at least having a little fun.
It's not all negative, sorry I sounded so harsh. Living in an RV has some big advantages that will manifest later. Right now I am just using it as a tiny apartment. The Casita's mobility and long-life are its two main advantages for me. If I can transition to earning an income online (or remote working), then I will become mobile - and I will be able to live anywhere. I also should not have to worry about Casita rotting and falling apart. It is up to me whether I can become mobile or not, but I am very happy that the Casita can do it when I'm ready. That will outweigh all the negatives. When I am mobile, the Casita's small size will become a big advantage.
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William---sounds like it's been one helluva week!

I can see you in my mind---bumps and bruises all over your noggin. A disconnected sewer hose in one hand and your socks in another.

....all in all....you're settling in to your new home, making memories that you will laugh about around a campfire one day....
....not today---but one day.
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RVs are a lot of work. But it's work that's rewarding and we love to do.
It helps us get off the couch, and getting out of the house. The setup alone is is a workout (unless you're very young. Lol). Hunting, fishing, sailing, tennis, and restoring cars, are all work, if you don't enjoy what you're doing. RVing is something we all love to do. I talk to people about it and some will respond with, "I'd rather get a hotel. It's so much easier." True, but isn't it also easier to go to the store and buy a top choice rib-eye than go hunting? It's easier to buy a new car than to restore on old one. It's all in the love of the hobby.
Our FGRV door is not hitting us on the head, it's a friendly reminder she loves you. It's an FGRV kiss! Some owners sleep in their FGRV in their driveway! Enjoy! Happy travels and happy camping!
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Our FGRV door is not hitting us on the head, it's a friendly reminder she loves you. It's an FGRV kiss! Some owners sleep in their FGRV in their driveway! Enjoy! Happy travels and happy camping!
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Marky,

We slept in our RV in our driveway for months after we bought it, from May until September, to us it was RV college. It was also a chance for friends and family to come buy and wonder about our sanity, both quitting great jobs at the peak of our earning lives.

As I heard from one. "That's Norm (Ginny never gets blame), if he were an Eskimo you could sell him a refrigerator".
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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've learned you don't have to connect the sewer line until you want to empty the tanks, usually when I'm leaving the RV park.
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Old 07-26-2015, 12:26 PM   #10
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Side dinette sleeping: I love it because it's so close to the bathroom. I figured out it seems much wider if I prop the outside edges of the cushions up so I don't feel like I'm going to roll off. Maybe use socks��.
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Hilarious AND informative! Thank you for sharing.
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I also would recommend hooking up the 'stinky slinky' only when dumping, when the tank is getting fairly full. It sounds like you weren't leaving the valve open, which is good; an open valve lets all liquids drain immediately, which allows solids to, um, pile up.

About the brake controller: new brake shoes on trailers often have a protective coating from the factory to keep them looking nice and uncorroded, and this coating takes a few dozen (or more) stops to wear off. In the meantime your brakes won't grab firmly like they will later on. So go ahead and set your controller for max output for now, and later on adjust it downward.
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:37 AM   #13
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Smile It's a learning curve!

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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.
Hello William,
My first RV!

It's a big learning curve, very interesting what you honestly wrote. Many of us have similar experiences - lol!
When I got my Casita Spirit Deluxe 17' (April) I planned on 6 days to unpack my truck and get set up -lol! By day 2 I knew that was not going to happen so I ended up staying in the RV park almost 6 weeks!

I know all about the head scraping 6' tall (started to wear my hat inside for awhile. Now I have little ribbons hanging from the shower curtain rod to remind me to duck...lol.

I picked up in April and the last of the head scrapes/scabs are almost gone. Almost finished arranging the last of the cabinet space in functional order. A new system; putting things used most in functional order and most often used. A "2 hand rule" if I have to move something to get to something else, I make sure one hand can get the thing in the way, the other hand gets the thing I need. No more more 5 things to get to one. All of that is different for everyone - it's another learning curve. I also learned to downsize and throw over board or give away unneeded things.

Still learning all the little things about the Casita', this and that sound, how this works and working on adding/ and did some custom items like a portable 100W Solar Panel. Still a long ways to go.

It's like learning to live on a little yacht, hitching, towing, restocking, checking, rechecking, planning but it's all do able.

It's a good ship, wheels under my bed and a roof over my head. Many people in the world have far far less...I never forget that every night when I lay down to sleep....

We are nimble, easy to tow, and there is a great joy learning and finding contentment in how little a person really needs to live well! Yup it's small, but we are adaptable and "tough"!

Carpi Deim!
Ranger100

It's a good ship and I love the freedom and I think you will also find this to be true the longer you live in it. Safe travels!

PS: Re electrical - more danger out on the road towing than the electrical stuff. If you are really concerned about that buy some "Pool Noodles" $1 each and slice/dice/ tie wrap where you think it's needed....
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