Hi All - Still working on my '84 Scamp
13, converting the rear dinette to a full time bed, & the front bunk/couch to a 2-person dinette/porta potti cabinet.
Couple of days ago I was offered a chance at a 2001 Casita
17' Spirit Deluxe. I wouldn't have selected the 17' Casita
due to the hitch weight
but, this one kinda 'fell into my lap' as it were. Trailer has been used but well cared for & price was what I consider excellent, so I 'pulled the trigger' on it. It of course has brakes
but since my '08 Toyota Tacoma 4dr, V-6 4x4 doesn't have a controller installed, I decided to see how it would do pulling the trailer home (300 miles) without a brake controller. If I'd noticed anything untoward or if it had given me ANY indication I might have a problem, I'd have taken it to the nearest U-Haul
or RV dealer & had 'em install a controller before continuing. That thing followed my truck like a puppydog & brakes
on the Toyota worked like a champ. 'Course I kept a very close eye on traffic & allowed plenty of time to react to developing problems/situations. Driving at 55mph it was a pleasant 6 hr trip home, & surprisingly my fuel mileage only dropped less'n a mile per gallon over towing the Scamp
. Apparently the original owner was a 'packrat & a neatness nut' (meant in the nicest, kindest possible way). I think every piece of paper, he ever got on the trailer was kept. Owner manual(s), instructions, invoices, etc., are all in acetate sleeves in a 3-ring binder, & passed on to me by the 2nd owner.
Only problem is there was no battery
in the outside access compartment at the left rear. Guy I bought from provided a new battery
but when I went to install it today, I can't find any directions/instructions on what wire goes where. I'm pretty familiar with 12 RV wiring & I'm pretty sure the black wire is 'hot' & the white 'ground', but there's a green wire about same gauge as the 'hot' wire in the compartment & the way it is tied off (with ZIP ties) it appears to go to the same lug as the ground (black hot wire is loose in the compartment much longer than the other two. I can't access the rear of the power converter (without almost dismantling the rear dinette) so I'm hoping someone on here with a similar year 17' Casita
Spirit Deluxe may be able to at least give me some idea of what the wire is for & where it goes. I first thought of possible power to the brakes
for a 'break away' switch but there's no break away switch. May install one of those after I get a brake controller for my truck. Oh yeah, ALL the wire lugs in the comparment have same size hole & none are large enough to fit even the smallest battery