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Old 10-07-2008, 03:55 PM   #1
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Hello, after looking at Casitas, Scamps, etc. My husband and I have found a 13' Lite House Trailer for Two locally. My husband, hands down, wants to buy it. We have backpacked, car-camped, pop-upped, travel-trailered, and are currently Lazy-Dazers (class C).

There are three of us (11-year-old son) and I am trying to figure out how on earth to pack this thing with food, etc. I used to backpack so can think small but there are camp chairs, etc. How, what and where do you pack these little buggers. We will be using this for remote areas and those that cannot be reached by our Lazy Daze, etc. (I admit I have been spoiled now).

Any suggestions, helpful hints you lovely informed folks can share with me? We will be towing it with a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited so do have a little bit of extra space behind the back seat.

My son will sleep either with us or on the floor of the trailer, we will make it work. As he gets older, he will want to be in a tent anyway.

Blessings, CK
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:32 PM   #2
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Congrats! We've owned a Lite House for a couple years now, gutted & refurbed it, and we've absolutely loved it for its ease of towing with our 4 cyl CRV. I remember how ridiculously small it looked at first, but it's been so practical for the two of us. We add a First Up (Wal-Mart) room and back it right up to the trailer's door (almost perfect fit) to make a very "spacious" setup with screen and/or privacy walls however we want-- if needed the room fits easily on the trailer floor for travel. We never carry or use the stock awning.

For us we only care about electric, so I removed the gas tank & placed an a/c unit there instead. And we don't care about the water storage, so I removed the water tank and that created extra space that the porta potty slides right into. Removed the gas stove, placed a small microwave under that space, above a new elect fridge. We carry a portable stove but we always end up "nuking" something or using an electric skillet outside. To make under-the-seat storage easier, I cut door openings on the face of the benches and laundry baskets will slide through. I've been tempted to build a shelf/cabinet across the front, but we've been okay without it for the extended weekends we do. For more storage, Rubbermaid boxes, etc. fit nicely between the seats for travel, and often go out in the add-on room when parked.

A little tip--if you keep the front window and door curtains pulled back while towing, you can see right through to the traffic behind. Another tip--make sure the latches on the emergency window are snug or they may vibrate loose on the road and the window flap open at 65 mph and scare the willies out of you (ask me how I know).

We're not real big, so lately we've been just sleeping on the benches without packing & using the extra cushions...but the full size bed is nice. Our trailer remains nameless....but loved.

Happy trails!
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Old 01-12-2012, 01:39 PM   #3
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When you put in the electric 'fridge (I'm assuming that it's in the same place as the ice box?), did you put in a vent to allow the heat from the back of the unit to escape? Does the 'fridge stick out more than the old ice box?

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Congrats! We've owned a Lite House for a couple years now, gutted & refurbed it, and we've absolutely loved it for its ease of towing with our 4 cyl CRV. I remember how ridiculously small it looked at first, but it's been so practical for the two of us. We add a First Up (Wal-Mart) room and back it right up to the trailer's door (almost perfect fit) to make a very "spacious" setup with screen and/or privacy walls however we want-- if needed the room fits easily on the trailer floor for travel. We never carry or use the stock awning.

For us we only care about electric, so I removed the gas tank & placed an a/c unit there instead. And we don't care about the water storage, so I removed the water tank and that created extra space that the porta potty slides right into. Removed the gas stove, placed a small microwave under that space, above a new elect fridge. We carry a portable stove but we always end up "nuking" something or using an electric skillet outside. To make under-the-seat storage easier, I cut door openings on the face of the benches and laundry baskets will slide through. I've been tempted to build a shelf/cabinet across the front, but we've been okay without it for the extended weekends we do. For more storage, Rubbermaid boxes, etc. fit nicely between the seats for travel, and often go out in the add-on room when parked.

A little tip--if you keep the front window and door curtains pulled back while towing, you can see right through to the traffic behind. Another tip--make sure the latches on the emergency window are snug or they may vibrate loose on the road and the window flap open at 65 mph and scare the willies out of you (ask me how I know).

We're not real big, so lately we've been just sleeping on the benches without packing & using the extra cushions...but the full size bed is nice. Our trailer remains nameless....but loved.

Happy trails!
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Do you still have your Lite House??? I just purchased mine and am looking for fellow baby camper owners.
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:04 AM   #5
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Hello, after looking at Casitas, Scamps, etc. My husband and I have found a 13' Lite House Trailer for Two locally. My husband, hands down, wants to buy it. We have backpacked, car-camped, pop-upped, travel-trailered, and are currently Lazy-Dazers (class C).

There are three of us (11-year-old son) and I am trying to figure out how on earth to pack this thing with food, etc. I used to backpack so can think small but there are camp chairs, etc. How, what and where do you pack these little buggers. We will be using this for remote areas and those that cannot be reached by our Lazy Daze, etc. (I admit I have been spoiled now).

Any suggestions, helpful hints you lovely informed folks can share with me? We will be towing it with a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited so do have a little bit of extra space behind the back seat.

My son will sleep either with us or on the floor of the trailer, we will make it work. As he gets older, he will want to be in a tent anyway.

Blessings, CK
Are you still owners of a Lite House? I just purchased mine and am making contact with other owners, where possible. Thanks! Dolores
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:34 AM   #6
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Are you still owners of a Lite House? I just purchased mine and am making contact with other owners, where possible. Thanks! Dolores



Dolores, Congrat's on your purchase of your Lite House! Love to see pictures..... This as well as the other "lite house" post are both older post, this one was originally posted in 2008. Doesn't mean that there aren't other lite house owners, just that they haven't seen these old post brought to the surface. And if there aren't a lot of active Lite House owners, remember even if your ownership is a small group, we as glass owners are a large group and your always welcome to hang with us!

Maybe start your own post about your purchase and hopefully "Lite House" owners will see it. But if not, most glass is about the same and there are a lot of knowledgable members here who will be able to guide you to answers to your questions. Again, Welcome! Glad you joined us...............
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:38 AM   #7
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Dolores, I just checked CK Hall's status and they haven't been active since 2008. So I am gonna assssssssssssumne they aren't active members. Sorry! But like I said, hopefully active or semi active Lite House owners will see your post. Good Luck!
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Deloris - I think I saw a post from Bill&Pat selling their LiteHouse. We still have ours and still love it. I was wondering about the AC installation in yours. When I replaced the propane tank with a pair of batteries, my tongue weight went up. I'm wondering how the tongue weight is on yours with the AC instead of the window and how it tows?

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Old 08-25-2012, 12:19 PM   #9
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I am such a newbie, I don't know the answer to your question about how the ac affects tongue weight - I do know towing the baby camper is SO easy, so assume it did not make it any more difficult. Could you give me directions on how to add pics to this thread and I will send along pics of Miss Daisy.
I do have leaking, and think it is around the solar panel and the exhaust fan. What kind of sealant would you suggest to help fix this? Also,could it possibly be leaking where the two pieces are put together (the rim around center of trailer) - I am wondering if water is pooling along that seam and perhaps leaking in. It doesn't seem to have any sealant along that connection around the trailer.
I have no documentation on anything, and have no idea how to use the converter. I accidentally got my little back light above the sink to come on when turning on switches on converter panel, but have no idea what I did and could not make it happen again . .
As you can see, I am just fumbling my way with my new purchase, but LOVE this camper and am determined to master it and get it on the road. I must also get the running lights running - don't know if it is in trailer or my Escape connection. I am waiting for my grandson to come by to work on that, but am determined to do as much"repair" and maintainence as possible on my own since I won't have grandson with me on the road!
Doing this on my own is a new experience and I want to do it right.
Did not mean to "ramble"- am SO glad to find this wonderful site that is a wonderful place to "stop and visit and have questions answered"
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:22 PM   #10
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Robin - thanks for your welcome!
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:17 PM   #11
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Dolores, Start a reply, type what you want in the reply box. When your done, scroll down to this

Under additional options


Click Manage Attactments, a box will open. Click Browse (you can attach up to 4 pics ) When you have attached the pic's, click on Upload. Then scroll back up to, Submit a Reply! Click on it, Walaaaaaaa your pic's will appear in your reply.


Works the same if you start a new forum topic..............
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:10 PM   #12
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Here goes!. First is photo of Miss Daisy when i first brought her home minus her dirty green carpet that I took out first. Next are pics of my work in progress. This is the fun part. Not so fun is trying to find source of leaks and how things work without any manuals...oh well, gotta take it all as a learning experience and look forward to the trips ahead when she is ready to go!
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Btw, do know that things must be "packed" for travel that are not secured!
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Dolores, have you checked the Document Center for manuals? You'll need brand and model numbers: Fiberglass RV - Document Center
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