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Old 05-31-2014, 03:21 PM   #1
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Does this part support the structure of the camper? Can it be removed?
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Old 05-31-2014, 04:32 PM   #2
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Do you mean the entire kitchen unit? If so I would guess Yes, it's structural.... but that's just a guess.

That said, the wrought iron looking support that went from the end of the kitchen unit up to the overhead cabinet is necessary so, if you take out the kitchen unit, this support will disappear and your upper cabinets will start to pull out the rivets holding it in place.
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Old 05-31-2014, 04:34 PM   #3
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There is no support running from the cabinets.
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Old 05-31-2014, 04:41 PM   #4
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I stand corrected, I was thinking it was a Scamp, kinda hard to tell them apart when all you have is the bare bones.
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Yea I am not putting the burner or sink back in. So I am thinking about taking the bottom part out but don't know. The room would be nice
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Bob, this is a Casita, not a Scamp, I think. Does Casita also use the twisty metal supports?

Claudia, it is quite possible that somebody removed the supports at some time. You might look for evidence of such - marks or unexplained screw holes in the fiberglass. I don't know about Casitas, but most of the other single-hull manufacturers use some kind of support between the lower and upper kitchen cabinets. Scamp uses the twisty metal pieces, Boler uses a post in the middle of the cabinet,… Without it, not only does the upper cabinet lack support, but the roof itself is weakened. Bottom line, I'm thinking you probably need to restore it to some semblance of original, or start over, making sure that whatever you design includes support for the upper cabinets and/or the roof, but that's my guess. You can always call Casita and ask.
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Claudia, here are a few suggestions:
1.Try looking at the Casita website for interior shots of the Casitas. Not sure if the interior layout/structure has changed over the years or not.
2.Look at some 'for sale' Casitas on this site Casita Fiberglass Trailers - US | Fiberglass RV's For Sale
3. There is a Casita forum, you might also ask your question there. I googled and got this: Home - The Casita ClubThe Casita Club

It's an interesting question. Removing that kitchen would give you more floor space, and you might only need to add more stiffening along the wall.
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The casitaforum.com site has a lot better details about mods and rebuilding Casita than the club forum - just my opinion.

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It's an interesting question. Removing that kitchen would give you more floor space, and you might only need to add more stiffening along the wall.
I think Pam is right. The walls will get pretty floppy without some support on the walls. Eg: closets, kitchens, bath bulkheads. But you should be able to add curved wooden "studs" to supply the stiffening.

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Well I have done a search for pics of the kitchens and haven't seen any supports I. Those pics.

I'm not 100% I want to take it out, but I would love to have the extra room.

So instead I took the old fan out and started working on installing the new fan.

Thanks for all the info. Gonna think about it for a bit and work on the fan and windows, and do some research!!
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Ah ha!!! That looks like a support!! Opinions?
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Odd place for a support. What's it holding up?
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It looks like it's holding the top cabinet. I went out and checked mine, nothing.
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Ah ha!!! That looks like a support!! Opinions?
It looks a lot like a Boler support, except it's on the end of the cabinet (like a Scamp) rather than the middle (like a Boler). And yes, it's supporting the upper cabinet, which is helping support the roof.
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