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Old 06-03-2008, 03:45 PM   #15
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Robin:

I just read a web site that said that UHaul lost 17 million dollars on their fiberglass rental and that the big guys were so mad that they took all the CTs under production and dumped them into Lake Erie. There is supposed to be a picture on the wall at headquarters of the trailers with a comment about never making such a big mistake again.

We do have a sign on the tongue that says it is not property of UHaul. They also covered the large UHaul name on the outside with orange tape, although lots of things inside are still embossed with UHaul. We just put UHaul back on, using reflective tape. So you can see it even in the dark

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Old 06-03-2008, 04:03 PM   #16
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Ok, here are some pic's...... None of the inside shag came out. But will run back over and re=take them a little later. These are two of the outside.


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Thank You Mary for the link. That will be a great start! Thanks again, Bella

Ok Bill, heres the inside........................ LOL. The blue color dosen't come up over my cell phone, But I swear it's really blue! Robin


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Old 06-05-2008, 01:31 AM   #17
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I own a '91 Casita SD that I completely gutted and refurbished in the spring of '05. My camper was in horrible shape, the floor was rotted and the carpeting on the walls was coming off and smelled like mildew. I researched every carpet manufacturer and the foam backed carpet that Casita uses in the new trailers is manufactured by Shaw Industries Carpet Co. My '91 fortunately did not have the blue designer shag, but had the beige foam backed variety. I contacted Shaw Ind. and I was informed that they only manufacture the foam backed carpet for Casita and no one else has it and they told me I would have to buy directly from Casita. I live fairly close to the plant in Rice Tx. so I went by there and they sold me as much carpet as I needed to recarpet the entire trailer front to back. Let me say that recarpeting the walls/ceiling was the hardest part of the refurb. I'm glad I did it, but I don"t think I would ever try it again! The carpet is very hard to cut and work with around the curves inside the trailer and I spent nearly $200 just for the 3M spray adhesive to glue the carpet on. But before I did anything, I scraped every last bit of glue/foam/carpet fibers from the fiberglass and I went to Lowes and purchased the foil faced bubble pack insulation and I covered the entire inside of the trailer with it and used heavy duty construction adhesives to glue the foil bubble pack insulation to the shell. This material not only reflects heat that comes through the fiberglass shell,but it provides a dead airspace between the fiberglass shell and the foam backed carpeting. Once done with the foil insulation I proceeded with the foam backed carpeting and let me tell you, I have probably the best insulated fiberglass trailer there is. I put a 10K BTU Frigidaire to replace the old Emerson unit and I can keep the temps inside the trailer during the day in the texas summer heat in the low 60's. In the winter, I set a small electric bathroom heater on the lowest setting and it keeps the trailer toasty warm. The reason I am stating this is to possibly help you out if you do decide to tackle the job of replacing the carpeting on the walls. Make no mistake, It is a HUGE undertaking if done properly and it is not something that can be done in a few hours. Also if you decide to do this please make sure if you are using any type of spray aerosol adhesive that you have proper ventilation and a respirator on, the fumes nearly overwhelmed me when working in the back of the Casita, I had windows open and a respirator and it was still overpowering. I don't want to scare you away from upgrading your Casita, just wanted to pass along some experience from my refurbishment.
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:32 AM   #18
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Robin,

We bought a '84 Casita with burnt orange shag carpeting everywhere and I was convinced that it HAD TO GO!!! We realized it would be a really big job though, so we put it off and worked on other renovations first. Getting rid of the orange carpet on the floor and the dark brown cabinet doors really transformed our trailer, and we were surprised to discover that the carpeting on the walls that we once hated was now actually perfect for the trailer! So my advice is to wait before tackling this huge job... your other mods may change your mind about your blue carpeting.


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Scott, it sounds like you did a great job on your carpet replacement - I'd love to see photos of your "new" interior!

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Old 06-05-2008, 11:03 AM   #19
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Scott, Thank You for your input. I was afraid it was going to be a big project but I like some of your ideas about extra insulation. I am sure it's going to be a mess. I am not hot on putting carpet back. I would love to come up with an alternative. I was thinking of talking to a custom car restorer and seeing what ideas he might have. But haven't gotten that far. Do you have pic's of your re-do?



Jeanne, Your's is soooooooo cute! I figured that other inprovements would help. But I hate carpet, cause it holds so much dirt. That's why I posted to see if there where others that came up with other options. I may just clean and wait and see. But I may get a wild hair and just go for it. Well see! Robin
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:09 AM   #20
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Just bought a older Casita, Blue Shag........... So not styling! LOL....


So I am wondering if you have changed out the carpet and what you have used when remodeling your Casita as an alternative to the Blue Shag (or what ever color you started with) Do you have to use carpet? Or have you used other options? Any input on what you have done and what you used to create your walls and ceiling would be greatly welcome...... Thanks Robin



Pic's would also be really Welcome!
I don't know how similiar your trailer is to the scamp but, I have a 13' Scamp that had old, ugly carpet in it. I just went to Lowe's and bought indoor/outdoor carpet and a pint of glue made for that paticular carpet and went for it . I pulled out the old stuff, sanded the floor and then did a good cleaning and it looks great. All for about $40. I was told you could put in a wood floor. ??? I wasn't sure how that would do in colder weather.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:24 AM   #21
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Sherry, did you put it on your walls? I would love to see pic's. See with the Casita, the walls are carpeted. That's what I am trying to find an option for. As far as the floor, I am putting in wood or bamboo. For me carpet and camping don't mix. I am just stuck on what to do for the Casita carpeted ceiling and walls. . Thanks, I will just have to go look at the indoor outdoor carpet options. Just might find something that would work. Robin
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:06 PM   #22
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Robin,

You can get the foil insulation and rat fur that Scamp uses from Scamp.
I think the rat fur is a Marine product and you can probably find it at Marine suppliers as well.
It would still be a big job but not too bad.
You could probably take the materials to an installer and they could remove and install.

I like Jeanne's idea of doing the wood floor and some of the mods and cleanup, because you might like the blue once you tone it down and it's not all blue.
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Old 06-05-2008, 03:41 PM   #23
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I apologize, at the time I did the refurb, I did not even own a digital camera, so the only pictures that exist are in my memory, and trust me, I wish now I had taken pictures to share with everyone. I encourage you to take your time and explore every possible means of upgrading your Casita. Once mine was completely gutted I entertained the idea of spraying it with bedliner coating, as I have a good friend that owns a spray in bedliner co. and he would have done it for only the cost of the materials. They can make the bedliner material into a wide variety of colors, and I really considered doing it until I looked at an enclosed utility trailer they had done and I got inside and put my hand up against it and it offered zero insulation from the outside temperatures(the walls were hot). I looked at every conceivable fabric(even auto headliner material) but nothing I researched would offer the insulation capabilities of the foil faced bubble pack and the foam backed Casita carpet. The only drawback to having carpeting on the walls and ceiling is that if you plan to cook in your camper the carpeting will absorb the odors and it will be very hard to get out, but I never cook in mine and therefore I made the decision to go back with the carpet. One thing that I researched and you may want to consider is the antifatigue rubber matting that is used for various applications. It is soft,durable, and would have been easy to cut and glue in, just not very pretty to look at. Once again, I wish you the best of luck in whatever you decide upon and I look forward to seeing the pictures of your mods. If you have any questions, let me know, I have seen every square inch of my trailer, and I also got to watch the production line in Rice Tx. on the several trips I made to get parts, and I saw how they are put together, which greatly helped me during reassembly of my '91SD. Good Luck!
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Jeanne and Steve,

Just now saw your post... Burnt Orange shag carpeting!!!!!!!! Wow, wanna trade campers? I wish they still had that, it would be great down here in Austin(Hook 'em Horns). I guess at the time Casita was trying to show its true Texas UT colors,.....now there's a marketing idea, Casita Collegiate interiors and matching exteriors, I gotta go call Casita now and pitch my new million dollar idea, hmmmm.... maybe they need a new marketing director.
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Problem solved! Instead of yellow curtains go with the silver/white curtains and blue carpeting and call Jerry Jones and tell him you have the official Cowboys tailgate party camper! He may even send you some free tickets to haul it down here and watch Romo and company in their new stadium next season. LOL

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Scott, Thanks for the encourgement! I keep going back and forth. But I think in the end my decor style sense will win out. Even my lazy Daisy side gets overridden by the ewwwwww, it's blue! I am truely thinking the removal of the blue shag will be one of the hardest parts. If I can figure out what to replace it with, keeping in mind the insulation factor first. I will post pics's if I don't screw it up to bad...... LOL







Geeeeeeeee, Great idea Scott ..................LOL But I am from Colorado, major rival with the Cowboys! So actually I could use Jeanne's orange carpet as well. Robin
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Robin,
Don't forget that the carpeting runs behind all the overhead storage areas, and to totally get rid of it you will need to remove the cabinets by drilling out the rivets. In the beginning phases I tried cutting the carpet around the edges of the cabinets/dinette seats/etc., it was a no go, and thats when the decision was made to strip the '91 completely down to the shell. On the plus side if you do this, all interior attached pieces can be reattached to the shell using stainless steel bolts,fender washers and lock nuts, which I believe has been done by others on this forum, and you will never need to worry about broken rivets.

Also, I was just kidding about the Cowboys, I really don't care much for them myself. I am a college football fan first and foremost, because I feel that most of the pro players are overpaid/overhyped prima donna's. just my .02, and incase you're wondering I was born and raised in Dallas, but I used to root for Denver when it was the good old days of Shanahan/Elway/Davis...those were the good 'ol days.



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I still think you should look into dyeing the carpet.. what can it hurt, if you don't like the way it turns out, then you can still yank it out.

Here's one website/information Google turned up: All About Hand Dyeing Q&A > dye & fiber choice

And here's a place that sells bulk fabric dye... once you know what you might need:
Dhama Trading Company
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I feel that most of the pro players are overpaid/overhyped prima donna's. just my .02,



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Scott, I was kidding as well. I am soooooooo not a football fan for exactly what you said. People are weird here, they decorate their Christmas Tree with Bronco stuff. (huh?) LOL...... You sound like a good friend of mine, she's always sayin Hook em Horns and flippen the sign. I so didn't know what that was about till Dh explained it to me. Alrighty then! bul

Donna, years ago I helped my Mom dye carpet in a Class A. It was so lite and she was like it will never stay clean looking, so we dyed it. It was actually really easy. I just don't know what I am doing yet! Thanks for the link to the bulk dye. Heck I may still go retro for this season, and make the carpet a winter project. Who knows! Robin
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