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Old 02-09-2015, 11:39 AM   #1
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Casita modifications.... worth it?

Hey folks! Great little forum you've got here I hope I'm not posting something that's been hashed out.... I tried to search.... but we've all heard that before haha.

Anyways, I'm just about to drop a good chunk of change (for me) on a Casita Patriot but there are two things that bother me and I'm wondering if I should continue my search or if I shouldn't worry....

1) The wall carpet. Is it really expensive to swap it out with a more appealing, less allergy inducing material that still provides insulation? Could I get this done for under a grand?

2) The battery. It totally confuses me. It lives directly under where my sleeping head would be.... I worry about all sorts of things from the safety of it being inside and near my head to properly maintaining the battery because it's hard to get to.... is it easily moved to the tongue?

AND..... would you keep looking if you had these concerns or would you consider them easily rectified?

Thanks!
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:57 PM   #2
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We had a Casita for 8 years and loved it - no problem with the carpet which is marine grade BTW. What would you replace it with? It would be a huge project. Have you asked over on the 2 Casita forums? Scamp also has a liner. If you really don't want a carpet or fuzzy liner, you might look at Parkliner - it's 15 feet, or Escape has one 15 left but it's a plan A (no bathroom, but I know Reace can retrofit an outdoor shower).

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Old 02-09-2015, 05:04 PM   #3
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Hi Matthew
I really hated the carpet on the walls of the Casita before we bought one. Now I have one it really isn't an issue. I also have allergies and they haven't been affected. I give it a vacuum now and again. It's actually quite cozy feeling.
If you really hate it I would look at another trailer, it is an enormous job to take off and replace.
I'll let someone else answer the battery question as on the 17 it is accessed from the outside. Under the bench but not open to the inside of the trailer.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:33 PM   #4
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Battery fears are overplayed. Your battery is in a compartment with at least 1 outside vent and the chance of any hydrogen gas collecting is somewhere below the 1%. If by chance it doesn't have any outside vents for the battery, it's a 15 minute job to add two, but I am sure that they are there.


Changing out the wall coverings may be very expensive. You might contact "The Recovery Room" or the "Canned Ham Man" both in Riverside, CA, and ask them about the job. The Recovery Room does a lot of interior work on Airstreams and restoration jobs and the Canned Ham Man restores smaller trailers and, I believe, is currently working on a 13' Scamp project. Either one may have the skill sets needed. Here's some links:
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:57 PM   #5
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Agree. Better to find a different trailer than change out perfectly good wall covering. I prefer Scamp's rat fur liner, but like kootenaigirl, I think I could get used to carpet fairly quickly if the trailer suited me otherwise.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:20 PM   #6
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I really appreciate the replies!

Ok, maybe the carpet won't be so bad, haha..... it's a good point about it being marine grade. I think I can live with that..... or even learn to love it.

The battery, I just kinda wanna be able to get to easily and I have always been told to stay a few feet away from it. But I actually did find a thread on that on the casita forum.... so I think I'm making a good choice!

Appreciate any other feedback and thanks again for the replies so far!
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:24 PM   #7
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I second those that like the carpet on the walls and ceiling. It's soft and dry when you brush up against it. We've had our Casita for 16 years and the carpet has never given us any grief. It's also handy for hanging lightweight things (such as a hat) via drapery hooks.
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We have a 17 ft Casita . I checked my battery today .Open door, loosen one wingnut ,remove bracket and slide out the battery .The wires are long enough to pull the battery completely out of the compartment . I find that accessing the battery is a fairly easy task .We have no problem with the carpeted walls ,they are not an issue
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My trailer is a 1985, and has the battery under the back seat also. Right under my bed. No issues. its in a sealed battery box and vented to the outside.
I've never heard of needing to stay a certain distance from the battery, but if having a battery inside your trailer is going to be a worry to you, then you'd be better off to just purchase a trailer that has the battery on the tongue. There are many that have them mounted outside. Be sure to keep it locked in place, because thieves love to steal them.
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:51 PM   #10
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Well, typically, one would be worried about being too close to a battery indoors because it releases gas that you would then inhale. But the fact that it is sealed and has a vent to the outside pretty much solves that issue.

That said, it seems at least some casita owners have relocated theirs to the tongue for better access. I will probably just wait and see if it becomes a pain. From what I can tell, moving it isn't incredibly difficult but also might not be incredibly necessary!
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I think the only time you need to worry about a battery outgassing to the interior would be an owner mod, where they moved a battery from outside to inside and didn't seal it!

Sounds like you're doing your due-diligence and what will work best for you.

I have a very old Scamp (according to new builds) and have never had a problem with the wall covering (which is a tad bit different than the Casita). Still LOVE it!

Good luck in your decision.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:01 PM   #12
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Thanks, Donna! Yeah, that's kind of why I decided to ask here rather than the Casita forum because I figured I get more points of view. Really good to hear all these opinions!
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Matthew, some of these all-molded towables are decades old and the owners still love them! Moisture is the bane, no matter the build. It's not about dust and dirt, it's about keeping the interior "damp" free. That usually means maintenance. Pay attention to water (leaks) and take care of it as soon as possible.... that doesn't mean months or years... but hours or days.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:10 PM   #14
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We have a '84 Uhaul that has smooth fiberglass interior walls. They are easy to clean but can be cold and sweat. We just bought a Casita 17 that has the carpet on the walls. Warmer and no issues for us with it. We have been in it for 3 months now and really like it.
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