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Old 11-24-2018, 12:01 PM   #15
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Yes, they are all hollow to save weight and cost. There are very good products specifically designed to protect from internal corrosion like this one:
https://youtu.be/cm7W7Db5vdw

Corrosion protection is critical because the frames are only marginally strong enough to begin with. But manufacturers nearly universally refuse to make the slightest effort to protect the investment consumers make in their product. Caveat Emptor!
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Old 11-24-2018, 04:44 PM   #16
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But manufacturers nearly universally refuse to make the slightest effort to protect the investment consumers make in their product. Caveat Emptor!

How much more money do you want to spend on a trailer? Even the Golden Gate Bridge needs steel parts replaced over time.
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Old 11-24-2018, 05:09 PM   #17
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Well, the cheapest plan for serious users is hourly operating cost. Almost invariably the cheapest acquisition cost produces the highest operating cost and lowest resale value. The frame is a good example. Initial corrosion protection of maybe $100. , and annual servicing of $20 will protect it indefinitely, as opposed to frame replacement of many thousands of dollars every decade or two.
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Old 11-24-2018, 05:49 PM   #18
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Stephen, did you have any problems drilling access holes in your frame when you "rustproofed" it? Any special kind of drill bit? What did you plug the holes with? Thanks!
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Shelby,

The standard Casita frame is made of carbon steel tubing. So, any steel-cutting drill bit should cut the hole you need. Getting rubber plugs to fit the holes should be available from auto corrosion proofers if auto parts stores don't carry them. Of course, you should test everything first to make sure it works.

I'm not speaking from first-hand knowledge because I've hired a firm to build a new frame to mount the existing frame on to strengthen it for the stress of continuous pounding on forest service roads and other boondocking applications like this.
https://youtu.be/zkfaMf4JCUg

It has been well documented that the standard frame flexes so much in boondocking operations that it over-stresses the shell and pops rivets. If a shell ever pops a rivet, it has been over-stressed because the frame is too weak for the application. If a rivet pops, then every attachment point in the trailer is subject to failure due to over-stressing. It is best to carefully consider your application and fit your trailer out for that application to avoid damage, injury and major downtime from failures.
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Old 11-24-2018, 06:22 PM   #20
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Cool, will be waiting to read about the enhanced frame! I've enjoyed the video several times. Are you using that same outfit in TX? I wish they had shown more details.
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Old 11-24-2018, 06:32 PM   #21
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Great. If you anticipate boondocking operations I suggest you contact Chris Moore at Texas Customs who can turn your Casita into a true boondocker in about 30 days with new frame built on a truck chassis, raised axle upgraded to 5,200#, sealed bearings that need no service for 100,000 miles, upgraded, brakes, jack and Australian hitch, SUV rims and tires for starters. He can be reached at: cmooregalaxy@gmail.com. Tell him I sent you. Stephen
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I hope you'll start a thread and ask them to take lots of pics as they do the work!
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