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Old 08-04-2003, 01:30 AM   #15
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Michael

As you might already be aware, the Scamps use long piano hinges to attach the bathroom doors. There are no see-thru gaps between the framing and the door. Would this work on your trailer?

Dianne
I think that may be a much better fastener. If I change to that, I would have to move the door latch and that inturn would leave a big hole. I would consider a piano hinge if I had a new clean door with no holes in it.
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Old 08-08-2003, 11:14 AM   #16
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gap can be good

I'd always assumed that the gap on the bathroom door was intentional. We've got it on our 2001 17LD, so it's not a new issue.

If you've got the bathroom power exhaust on, the crack helps ventilate humidity or odors away from the cabin. Negative air pressure and all.

After a brief period, the door can be opened without a burst of humidity or odors entering the cabin area. The tiny window alone will do the same thing, but not as fast.

The shower curtain serves to keep the towels on the towel rack dry but also covers the gap area to prevent leaks.

Michael, I'll be disappointed if it turns out Casita just didn't pick the best hinge and the gap was a really dumb mistake. Have they said anything about that yet? Suppose it will be discussed on the 11th.

Either way, it works for us.

But those brake and awning problems are not easily excusable, Casita. :nono
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Old 08-08-2003, 12:23 PM   #17
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On our 2001 17' Freedom, I don't remember any gap. Now there could have been one. If there was is was so minor I didn't notice.

On my new one it seems very pronounced to me. We put some water proof weatherstipping down the edge and it solved the problem. (just seems mickey mouse to me)

The piano hinge on Scamps sounds like a stronger better strategy.

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Old 08-09-2003, 10:48 AM   #18
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On our 2001 17' Freedom, I don't remember any gap. Now there could have been one. If there was is was so minor I didn't notice.
Hi Michael

When Patti and I picked up our 17' Liberty we also noticed the gap while camped at Bardwell Lake and jotted it down along with our other 'nit-picky' (and a couple not so nit-picky) things we intended to ask about at the factory before heading home to SoCal. When we went back to the factory, Jay was with another customer doing their new trailer orientation. While we were waiting, I checked the Casitas in the showroom and noticed they all had a gap on the hinge side of the bathroom door. I figured there probably was a flaw in the molds that affected all Casitas and nothing could be done about it, and since it wasn't that big a deal decided not to bring it up. It never occured to me it might be intentional.

FWIW, our gray tank drain pipe goes slightly uphill at the fitting that attaches to the drain for both tanks. I hadn't noticed it until you mentioned it. The gray tank drains slowly, but it does drain. And, sometimes I have to fuss with the awning to get it in and latched. I'd say having to fuss with the awning is the most annoying thing between the two.

I Haven't had problems with the brakes. That seems to be the most serious issue that Casita needs to take care of for you. We did have trouble with the water heater...pilot kept blowing out. Jay adjusted the flame and all seemed to work on our way home, but the next couple times we took La Casita out, we again had problems keeping the pilot lit. That seems to have resolved itself and we don't have a problem with the water heater anymore, other than the initial, first time lighting.

Hope you get it all taken care of to your satisfaction so you can get down to just enjoying your new Casita.

Rich
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Old 08-09-2003, 12:04 PM   #19
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Rich,

Everyone with the standard WH have the problem of the pilot blowing out. That is why I bought the upgraded one on my new Casita. Plus you can turn it on from the inside.
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Old 08-09-2003, 12:45 PM   #20
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Rich,

Everyone with the standard WH have the problem of the pilot blowing out. That is why I bought the upgraded one on my new Casita. Plus you can turn it on from the inside.
As I understand, we could have ordered the upgraded water heater, along with other things we weren't aware of and not told about by our sales rep, who was very new to the company. If I had it to do over...
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Old 08-09-2003, 05:33 PM   #21
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Hot Water Tank/electronic 're-ignitor'

For those of us with the manual hot water tank:

..... an add-on electronic 're-ingitor' might make life more enjoyable.

Not as nifty as the fully automatic heater, BUT it does take the strain of holding the flame in place while waiting for propane to get thru the line.....and if the flame blows out, it'll automatically re-spark, til it lights.

About $80. There's a thread on the installation with photos 'somewhere'.

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I installed a re-ignitor on my little manual fridge, and love it. :)

We don't use the hot water tank enough (yet) to bother with the $80. expense.
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Didn't find the instructions, but found the frig installed picture. :)
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f00e4551c239Casita fridge ignitor 2.jpg/>
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Old 08-11-2003, 10:06 AM   #23
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Hot Water Tank/electronic 're-ignitor'

Here's the photo of the re-ignitor for the water tank. I think this was Teds installation?!

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f37b0eee580cwater heater 12v igniter (teds).jpg/>
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Old 08-11-2003, 12:42 PM   #24
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Dropped off the Casita today. I took the service tech for a ride to demonstrate the braking problem. Very interesting ride. :o

Driving down the road about 15 mph, I applied the brakes. The trailer brakes came on normal, then grabbed (chunk, chunk, chunk), then the right brake locked causing the Tahoe to pull left.

Next test the tech said let me adjust the controller while you brake. “You have the controller set too high.” I said OK. We did the test. He played with the controller. OK, there that should do it.

We did the test again. He tested the hand lever and confirmed the trailer bakes are getting electricity. Then he played with the controller. The trailer came to a smooth stop. I said, Let me go a little faster this time. I got up to about 35 mph. I hit the brakes. The rig came to a smooth STOP. (he was so proud of himself)

I said to him, “THE TRAILER BRAKES ARE NOT COMING ON! LOOK, THE CONTROLLER LIGHT STAYS GREEN PERIOD. THE ORANGE AND RED LIGHTS SHOWING BRAKING DOES NOT LIGHT. THE TAHOE IS DOING ALL THE BRAKING.” He agreed.

He said the trailer will be ready late to day.

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:bh Doesn't it drive you nuts when you have to do the tech's job for him? Man. I hate that.

I don't know very much, but many times I have known more than the person I was talking to and they were suppose to be the expert. :o

Glad you were able to point him in the right direction. Hope they're fixed soon!
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Well I think I have 2 of the same "problems" as you do with our 2000 16 SD. We have a gap in our bath door also, but never have noticed it untail you did. I thought that was how they should be and never gave it a second thought. I also think that when using the shower or what ever it does offer a little air flow. To me it's not a big deal, ok it may be a good thing this way Julie can hand me the local newspaper without venturing in. (just kidding)

Second is that our grey water also drains painfully slow. OK so I wait an extra 5 minutes before I leave. Again, when using the Casita I am "on vacation" and 5 minutes is not a big whoop.

So to end up I do see what you are talking about but in the grand scheme of things these 2 items are not a bid deal for a great trailer such as ours.

Now if I had your break problem that is another story. As a matter of fact when we bought our Casita we had our break controller installed and we thought that it really wasn't working right. Well guess what the break controller was fried before it was ever used. Got a new on and now the breaks work great. Point being are you sure it is the Casita's breaks and not the fault of the break controllers? Just an idea.
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I missed your above post regarding the breaks. I hope all works out well.
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Old 08-11-2003, 05:31 PM   #28
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Things I need fixed.
*****1.**Brakes don’t work. One side locks up and the other does nothing.
*****2.**Awning does not close and latch.
I got a call from my local service and the Casita is ready to pick up (sort of).

[b]The brakes were way out of adjustment, and not seating. (I don’t know what that all means)

[b]The Awning is bent and they have a call into Dometic. It will have to be replaced.
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