Last weekend I picked up a new to me 1982 Casita
13' trailer. As expected with a trailer of this vintage there are a few issues that need worked out. My initial plan of attack is to
1) Pull the frame and have it professionally inspected / repaired. Worse case build new frame.
2) Fix any structural issues with the cabin. It has a few wonky sections of shell.
3) Reseal any shell penetrations. Fiberglass and butyl tape time. Includes pulling all windows
and vents for a reseal.
exterior while all the windows
My questions are as follows:
On the driver's side, near the stove, is a strange nautical looking window. Is this original or was it installed by the previous owner? At this point I should note that the previous owner was a fairly handy boat owner who did several alterations to the Casita
- typically quite good alterations.
The area around this window has a strange inward bulge on the shell. It is hard to see in photos but apparent in person. I somewhat suspect that the cabinet and shelving changes by the PO may have structurally weakened this area, which was then complicated by the addition of a window. Unless someone can point out why this window is critical, I will probably just fiberglass over it. Then the important step is to add a support to the stove side of the galley for stability.
As you can see in the photos, both the front and rear windows
are solid non-sliding plexiglass windows. Is this factory equipment? Is it possible to get an off the shelf window that will drop in here. Minor sizing issues are not a problem, I am already doing some fiberglass work.
Also, the PO installed dual roof vents in the Casita
. I plan to install a Maxx Fan or Fantastic fan during my renovation. Is there any reason to have 2 vents? This just looks like an opportunity to leak.
The last photo above also is a good external view of the small oval window. If you look closely you can see the numerous fiberglass patches all over the exterior. Hence the plans for a new paint
Thank you for your feedback.