I found a 1991 16' Casita
fairly close to me for sale
. It needs a little work, but overall seems to be in pretty good shape. It has the front bath and captain's chairs for the side dinette - same floorplan as the current Freedom model on their website. I noticed a few things, though...
Where is the coach battery
in a Casita
? There was a small box directly behind the coupler, but it seemed to be too small for a coach battery
, I'm thinking it might have been for a small one to operate an electric tongue jack or maybe for a breakaway switch to activate the trailer brakes
. There is a pair of 20# tanks on the tongue but the space between the tanks and the front of the trailer is taken up by the sewer hose storage. I think I saw a converter on the street side cubby under the rear dinette bench - did they stuff the battery
back there, too?
This one has A/C but no furnace
. I need a furnace
. Where did Casita
put them - under the sink? I wouldn't have a problem installing one, it looks like there would be room for one there. You'd lose one cabinet door, though.
The frame shows signs of being repaired at the bend right under the street side front. it looks like an old repair. Is this a common trouble spot? The rest of the frame looks pretty good, with just some surface rust. There is a small patch where the body settled down onto the frame at that spot.
seems to have a decent amount of bounce. It's set up with the arms maybe at a 20° up angle. The axle
is bolted on, and seems to have a small spacer like a thick washer under the bolt on the front edge on each side. Why? I was thinking it might have been for alignment purposes, but both sides look to be about the same.
The sink leaked at some point in the past and the drain is now disconnected. There is a soft spot in the floor - I bet the water that leaked rotted the plywood. Casitas have an encapsulated floor which would hold the water in in a case like that. Is the plywood relatively easy to replace if you pull the carpet up? It's not all too bad as-is, but I'm trying to think ahead.
Definitely needs a set of tires
. The spare is a bare rim, one tire is a bias-ply in relatively decent shape, and the other is a radial with an obviously bad case of broken belts; the tread is all rounded out and you can see cords through the rips in the tread. Yikes.
It's a fixer-upper, but I think the price is right.