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Old 12-08-2012, 11:04 AM   #15
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I have seen the posts where the top of the trailer is crushed into the living area. My BigFoot had mold covering the top all over, it was covered with a tarp, when we bought it. Every time it snows I push off the heavy snow with an 18" wide push broom. I also have a 2x4 support inside from floor to the ceiling. My sisters Boler has a 2x4 inside, but it can impress into the soft ceiling insulation: It can be made resilient, by use of a hair drier; a piece of plywood 12"s square with the corners rounded into the face of the surface, and edges rounded will make a better contact, against the ceiling; Not too much upward pressure; clean snow off with regularity!!!

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Old 12-08-2012, 01:53 PM   #16
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Well mine will be stored at my parents house, so I guess when I go there to do their driveway/walkways I will be clearin off the trailer.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:57 PM   #17
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John, how much frost have you got already. Could you break through it, get some poles in, and do a pole building thing, a roof at least. Nice steep pitch with metal roofing would be the best. If nothing else, keep the snow swept off. I've discovered that with a light powdery snow I can get it off vehicles with a leaf blower. I also have a push broom with soft bristles that works good.
Hi All..... Sorry I did not respond earlier, been away. I decided to build a pole barn type shelter(just poles & roof). Frost about 4", not too bad but overall between picking up the lumber , 10 bags of Quick setting cement , driving 80 miles round trip(made
two trips) unloading, digging the holes in ground( I need 6) , poring the cement with 2 more holes to do before I can even attempt to put up the frame & roof. Iam beat ! Iam not a big guy, never did manual labor for a living but was always willing to tackle a small job. Having said all this I will be glad just to get the frame done, finish the roof in the spring. Iam now 62 years old & would have gladly paid a local to do this but being 50 miles to a big city with no local help for at least 2 month's I will see what I can get finished before it gets to cold to work. Just finished digging the forth hole in ground I call dirt from hell, all rocks. Just to give you a idea how the rest of the day went .... my casita trailer arrived , good news it looks undamaged ... bad news the electronic jack crapped out( blows the fuses), no manual jackcame with trailer . Now I can't raise or lower the hitch to move the trailer. The people at casita aren't going be to happy when I call on Mon. Now on to a hot bath, 4 shots of whiskey & hopefully in the am I can move to dig that last hole .... John & Gwen
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:04 PM   #18
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Well relax and enjoy the new trailer... 4 down 2 to go!

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Old 12-09-2012, 08:15 PM   #19
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Well relax and enjoy the new trailer... 4 down 2 to go!

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I will try & hopefully I won't have any more problems .... John & Gwen
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:19 AM   #20
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Hi John, congratulations on the new Casita. December delivery. Wow. I'm due east of you on the eastern side of the Green Mountains. I thought about a pole barn but the cost with taxes made me think twice. The trailer gets a good coat of wax. Like Kenny, I use a push broom. I brush when I do the vehicles. This time of year when we can get 6" of snow and then heavy rain is the worst. I get the snow off before it rains. Once it gets colder, a foot of fluff is nothing to worry about. Still I don't let it sit there.

To get the trailer ready we drain the water system and add RV antifreeze. I put a piece of aluminum screen in the refridgerator access. We remove just about every thing from the trailer including all the cushions and leave the fridge door open. I pull the battery and the propane tank. We leave the trailer level side to side and slightly elevated in the front. I stick my head in once in a while, just to check on things.

Keep it brushed and you'll be fine. Your biggest problem will be having to look at it and not be able to use it. Raz
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:50 AM   #21
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Well Raz, it depends on the weather! I realize you guys are much more north of me then central NJ, but if the weather is clear enough I will tow it down to my buddies house for a weekend in the pine barrens just to hang out and have my own place to sleep in. Could be a mild winter again...Im always optimistic lol


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Old 12-10-2012, 03:11 PM   #22
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Something we forgot to mention, John. The Pullman-style roof on a Casita is in effect a big u-section beam. It will take a lot of snow and ice to collapse that roof. If you don't have a roof AC so much the better. The pole barn seems preferable to tarps or a cover. I wouldn't lose any sleep if you don't finish before spring. Keep you eye on it, try to remove the snow load, and pay a visit inside every week. A pound of prevention is the best but an ounce of timely cure is also worth a lot to head off damage.

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Old 12-11-2012, 05:46 AM   #23
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A pound of prevention is the best but an ounce of timely cure is also worth a lot to head off damage.

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There is snow, then there's snow. The light fluffy stuff is one thing, but the heavy WET snow can add a lot of weight.

Jack's right... we don't want this to happen to you! Advice repairing caved in Scamp 13 roof
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Tell your wife you have a very important job for her and sit her on the roof with a broom to defend the trailer! lol
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:55 PM   #25
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Regarding the shrink wrap method. I live next to a few large marinas and have seen this trend from start to present. I saw many more boats go this route the first few years and it has sharply declined since. Better for me because in the evening I like to walk and look at boats. A marina full shrinkies was an eye sore. The few that are still using this method have solar powered boat vents mounted in the shrink wrap. My guess is that many quit due to moisture trap and mold.

As a side note. When looking to install a fan in my Boler I didn't want to cut a new hole and looked at those solar powered fans. With advice from here I went with something else with more CFM's. However those fans are designed for minimal air flow to prevent mold. They work great on boats in this environment and wonder why they haven't caught on in the RV world for the same purpose. They're small, inexpensive and need very little light to run. Though they probably don't function well under a foot of snow
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Hi all , I need some advise on what protection I will have to take when my new 17" Casita arrives in a few days. I planned on building some kind of shelter with a roof to keep the ice & snow off but due to the frost setting in now I ran out of time. I now have to wait til the spring. Here in the adirondack mts of NY we can get many feet of snow that stays on the ground til the end of april, not too mention the thick layers of ice. Would it be ok just to jack up the trailer to take the stress of the axle or does it need some type of covering also. I have seen other trailers with tarps covering the roof ? Thanks ..... John & Gwen
I had a chance to finish with the help of a friend .... finished this just before we recieved almost 3 feet of snow these past 3 weeks, with bitter cold Temps. Final roof to be completed in the spring. Casita when called said the trailer was 8-11" high with airconditioning & the high axle, so I went with 10' but I could have gone with 9-2' to 9'- 6" ..... John & Gwen
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