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Old 07-13-2003, 05:47 AM   #1
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Door sag?

I posted this in the fix it forum also

Door sag?
I found a 16 Casita yesterday that had been just sittting out in a mans yard for a while. He's willimg to sell were just working on the price.
My question is the trailer is in good shape except the door is sagging where the latch won't catch and its leaking it looks like the hinges might be bent and there's a spiderweb looking crack in the top corner of the door opening. So where can I get more hinges and door seals, and how hard is it to fix the spiderweb crack.

Please help this future Egg owner Phillip Hight
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Old 07-13-2003, 10:27 AM   #2
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Hello Phillip :wave

You didn't say what year the trailer is but if you phone Casita Enterprises (800) 442 9986, that might turn out to be an easy fix for you. Casita is very willing to help with parts.

This is their website.
http://www.casitatraveltrailers.com/home.html

OR if you go to the website below and look under RV Parts and Accessories, you might find the parts you need.

http://casitatrailer.com/

Sorry, I can't help you with the spiderweb crack.
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Old 08-16-2003, 11:26 AM   #3
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Phillip,

Your assessment that the hinges may be bent is a logical one. I bent the lower hinge on my Casita on the very first outing. Did not have the door latched properly and it popped open at the first stop sign. Casita hinges do have a factory bend in them and the angle of that bend is critical for door alignment. If one of the door hinges looks flatter than the other, it is probably bent.

The surface cracks at stress points are common in fiberglass. West Marine has a product called Gel Coat Quick Fix that should solve that problem.
http://www.westmarine.com/
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Old 08-16-2003, 03:49 PM   #4
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Phillip:

Click here for photos of 16' Casita door hinges. They are made with a bend in em. Top hinge is different from the bottom to compensate for the door curvature.

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/read.php...12&page=1#20829
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Old 08-16-2003, 04:05 PM   #5
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The door gasket looks like this. Someone posted this drawing and I think they purchased the gasket online. However, Casita should be a good source.
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f3e9c4886482Door gasket.jpg/>
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Old 08-19-2003, 07:23 AM   #6
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Most gelcoat spiderweb cracking is a "cosmetic" problem, not a "structural" problem.

How do you tell a structural problem from a cosmetic problem? Well, usually the crack is wider than your fingernail ... and runs deeper than the gelcoating. Not only is the crack wider, but crack gets wider with time and bouncing down the road.

Spiderwebbing just looks ugly ... and like Craig said, any boating store will have products to fix the gelcoat.

But it's not usually something you have to even worry about, unless big chunks (jigsaw size pieces) are falling out.
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..unless you park your trailer in an area where it's likely to freeze/thaw/freeze/thaw throughout the winter... The water can get into the tiny cracks, then freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw, etc, and eventually you end up with little pieces lifting their corners up, or falling right out.

Been there, Done that.
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Hello all,
The previous owner of my Boler had put a piece of aluminum angle on the door and a piece on the body. They are about 2" long with 1" legs, 1/8" thick, and are mounted in the vertical position. With the door closed there is about a 1/8" gap between them. There were 3 holes drilled in the vertical legs and he used the center hole for a small padlock. At first I did not use the holes and padlock but after about 100 miles of travel on my first trip I found the standard door lock jammed. I inserted the padlock and have had no further problems with the door lock. Now it makes perfect sense. With the padlock inserted into the hole the door was effectively pinned so that the door was not pounding/bouncing on the hinges. This appears to be a beneficial modification. Previously I also had redrilled my upper door hinge holes to get better alignment.
good luck,
Rick D.
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