The frame then spent an extended period of time at a trailer shop. Those knuckleheads ended up taking months to do a simple axle
swap and repair. They actually installed the axle
backwards the first time. I would strongly discourage anyone in the VA area from dealing with Commonwealth Trailer Sales in Sandston VA.
Eventually I did get the frame back. A new Torflex Dexter #9 axle
in a zero degree down, leading arm configuration was installed. The axle included trailer brakes
. New 14 inch wheels were installed.
I seem to have misplaced a lot of the interim photos, but we did get the Casita
back together and managed to start using it in March of 2014. A fresh coat of Rustoleum marine paint
was applied to the exterior. New running lights
and break lights
were installed. Here it is on our first trip to Nelson County VA.
The interior is very much simplified from the stock configuration. My wife had zero desire to cook inside so the galley was not replaced. We desired a larger bed, so I rebuild the bed to extended from the rear of the camper to within inches of the door. The size is between king and queen size. Loads of storage under the bed now. Pretty much all that is on the inside is a bed in the back, and a bench up front. The interior has been insulated with single sided Reflectix.
Its hard to get an interior shot, but here is a view through the front window of the bed area. You can also see the redesigned vertical supports I added (the arched things).
Second trip to First Landing State Park.
I also redesigned the door latch to a more modern and secure configuration.
The camper is very much still a work in progress. We are actively working on the inside. We have done some painting
to the interior. I will be installing an electrical
system this weekend based around the Progressive Dynamics PD4045. New curtains and curtain tracks are planned for the following week. New headliner is planned for this winter or next spring.
We had better get moving because we have a 2 week RV trip planned to Nova Scotia that starts in 4 weeks.