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Old 09-16-2017, 12:07 PM   #15
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What you suggest alone should not bend the frame.
Maybe flex it a little but it should spring back.
That's nothing like going down an uneven highway for hours on multiple trips.

Just stepping in used to cause the frame to flex by the door and I only weight 155#.
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Old 09-21-2018, 04:55 PM   #16
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Just not very observant, I guess...

I realize that this is a fairly old thread, but I need some direction. I just let myself be flim-flammed ,I think. I'm old enough to know better, but I just let a serious problem get past me in purchasing my first Casita.

I suspect that the damage shown in the attached pics is from a flexing/bent frame at, or near the front of the shell. I've been searching the Inet trying to get an answer for what's going on, and I feel like (after reading this thread) that this is my problem. In the experience of current Casita owners here, is a bent frame the culprit? If so is there any hope of a fix?

I've been absolutely nauseated ever since I noticed it 1 day after I got it home. I"m prepared to live with my blunder, but if something can be repaired,...
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Old 09-23-2018, 02:50 PM   #17
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Get underneath and look at the frame where the frame rails are bent inward.
In that area is a 1.5x3 channel with the flat side up and the shell has many screws into it.
I suspect you'll find a problem in that area.
On the casita forum there is currently a thread about cracked frame and another replied that he had a 2003 that also had a cracked frame. First time I've heard of a 17' broken frame but there have been reports of a few bent ones.
But I can't imagine how the body got like yours is. Here's the link to Casita forum post.
https://www.casitaforum.com/invboard...cracked-frame/

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Old 09-24-2018, 11:45 AM   #18
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I appreciate your response, Joe. I did look underneath at the point you talked about. This one doesn't have a channel iron there. It does have a 1.5" X 1.5" angle iron which I suspect adds little structural strength. Not much more than a spacer, really. A 16' 1991 model.

I also laid a straight edge against the underside of the 3" channel iron frame and let it extend forward of the camper shell. It looks like the framel is bent up at a point about 8" back from the front of the shell (just about where the bend is forming the tongue). Flexing while driving down the road must have accomplished the damage in the pics. Separating the shell from the trailer to straighten it out is just plain out of the question.

The best welding shop I know is 3 miles down the highway from me. That guy has dealt with every kind of trailer imaginable. If he can't figure out a solution, then I guess I'm probably dead in the water.

Do you think that the self tapping screws that attach the shell to the frame could be backed off a bit by gripping them with vise grips and loosening? Just a small gap to pass a welding shield for protection??
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:20 PM   #19
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The self tapping screws are under the carpet and would be very difficult to locate all of them.

Thought you had a 17'. At one point the very early 16's had a very weak frame but as I understand those are from the 1980's.

Looking at your pictures it shows a body problem caused by a frame problem maybe.

So if your welder could straighten the frame then reinforce it in the front the way the front edge of your egg looks it might pull it down straightening it. and then possibly put something crosswise to support the whole front of the egg. Then you could put some fiberglass over the bottom area where it's kind of folded under sealing up any leaks.

Anything is possible. The 16's have a very light tongue weight and it's hard to imagine how yours got to where it is.
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