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Old 07-25-2016, 07:23 PM   #127
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Doors are such a drag to align and the shape of your door takes it way beyond the normal into a quantum number.

As far as the look of the exterior I think it is approaching the look some avant garde artist deliberatly try to create. Just think, you could roll it into a gallery in Soho and it would not look out of place! You might think I am joking but it is actually true. Now you just need to stage an "event" on the inside, films showing on the walls, some music, crates to sit on.

Just enjoy it for what it is in its current condition. Not so much ugly as transitionally interesting with layers of history.
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:19 AM   #128
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We are going through much of the same with our 1984-5 Casita SD. We have an active thread on a different Casita forum under the title Crusty Casita. We bought ours in a gutted condition, working along at a slightly slower pace than you, but making gains. Thanks for the thorough posts with pics. Excellent stuff.
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Old 07-28-2016, 06:40 PM   #129
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We have an active thread on a different Casita forum under the title Crusty Casita.
I can use all the ideas and inspiration I can get so will try and find your thread so I can follow along!

In terms of my old camper, my work schedule has kept my available project time pretty low since Tuesday. As much as it pained me to do it, I made a kerf cut in the door and played around with a number of different angles to ratchet it, finally landing on this which had the best result of anything as it got the bottom of the door completely flush and tight all the way across:



Unfortunately despite all of the angles I tried there remains a big gap in the one spot:



After staring at said big gap for probably ten minutes I started to wonder if the problem is in the contour of shell itself and not the door, so something I'm going to look at more closely next.

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Old 07-29-2016, 05:51 AM   #130
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I hate to say it, but I think that any further attempt to eliminate the gap should be stopped until you have the interior installed. I know on mine the cabinet next to the door pushes up on the roof a bit when put in place without the carpet installed. The pressure will only increase when we install the Kangaback. I think things will change. I hope, because my door looks about the same right now, without any of the interior installed.
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:36 AM   #131
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Door issue.

I agree with Graeme. Larry of Little House Customs once observed a gutted Casita being towed down the road to his workshop. He described it as a large egg shaped piece of jello on wheels. It's not hard to imagine that what is inside is important to stiffening and shaping the structure. How you will get your shell back to its original shape is the biggest question. All that interior furniture including the bathroom shower is important to the strength of the structure. Hopefully you didn't junk it all. For what it's worth, a lot of 16's have doors that don't fit and seal perfectly.
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Old 07-29-2016, 09:00 AM   #132
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We are going through much of the same with our 1984-5 Casita SD. We have an active thread on a different Casita forum under the title Crusty Casita. We bought ours in a gutted condition, working along at a slightly slower pace than you, but making gains. Thanks for the thorough posts with pics. Excellent stuff.
Direct link to the Crusty Casita on the Casita Club forum: Crusty Casita - Casita Trailer Modifications Forum - The Casita Club Forums
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Old 07-29-2016, 09:08 AM   #133
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Thank you Donna. I didn't want to cross an boundaries by posting a link to another forum.
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:30 AM   #134
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Thank you very much for the input, and what you mention about the shell losing its shape due to the lack of the interior structural pieces makes perfect sense. The good news is that I retained everything that was salvageable with the intent of reinstalling it slowly over time, what I may need to do is accelerate this process or at least install some temporary pieces so I can solve for the shape issue, yet also actually use the camper which I'm really eager to do.

Also, thanks for the link Donna, I'm off to check out "Crusty"!

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Old 07-30-2016, 09:45 AM   #135
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<start sidetrack>

I got out of work early yesterday and had every intention of coming home and diving into things, but ended up wandering aimlessly in and around the camper for probably an hour before I found myself sitting inside on the computer staring blankly at my collection of notes, tasks and links in Evernote... basically paralyzed with both hands on the Rubik's Cube, a reference "Keith2000" made which I think is brilliant, unable or perhaps unwilling to make a turn in any direction.

I walked away from the project with a wide array of thoughts and emotions, and must admit frustration and discouragement were probably the highest two. Why are there so many $*&#ing dependencies? What if I screw something up? What if the camper doesn't come out as well as it should?

Sure enough, some time away to reflect answered all of these questions. The dependencies are there because the project is complex, if I screw something up I will figure out a way fix it and in the end my goal is not to have the camper showcased in publications, but to have a clean, easy and functional solution for living while on adventures in the great outdoors, if it ends up having its quirks or shortcomings so be it.

While technically I lost several hours going through this mental and emotional exercise, it gave me the fresh perspective I needed to become unparalyzed and excited again about moving forward.

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Old 07-30-2016, 10:27 AM   #136
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Don't stop believing:)

I am astounded at the amount you have accomplished with something that didn't immediately appear to be that bad. Obviously your work inspires others as I quickly glance over comments. Many would have given up long before now and as they say, it is always darkest before the dawn.

I sincerely hope that you take a well deserved rest and then continue - I am sure that many others are eager to see the results of your skill, problem-solving and determination.
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Old 07-30-2016, 10:34 AM   #137
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Right there

Good post. I am right there with you.
I had to take a few days off this week for the same reason. I had realized that the summer is slipping away and that I had better stop working on the inside and get the outside patched and painted and the new door made and windows in before the fall, The I read the posts here about the inside build effecting the door fitting and started to rethink my plan which lead to overthinking...
We, or at least I, think that because the trailer is little, the job is straightforward but you are right, it is complex. I have been trying to figure out heating, water system, lighting and solar and batteries etc in minute detail because I want to get it right. But I realized on my time away that at least some of these things can be added later and that I do not have to have the perfect plan before I can go on.
I take your acceptance that your camper will have its quirks and be uniquely yours as a lesson in keeping my eyes on the goal as well.
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Old 07-30-2016, 03:18 PM   #138
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I don't consider time sitting there staring at the project to be totally wasted time. You do need to stop and evaluate and think and absorb the visual space. Your brain is busy recording and working even if your hands are not. Day dreaming is important, you know how you wake up in the morning knowing solutions? Day dreaming is part of that mental processing time.
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Old 07-30-2016, 05:51 PM   #139
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I can't thank you all enough for your kind and supportive words, they mean more to me than you may ever know.

As for today, with a renewed sense of purpose and direction, I decided to bite the bullet and tackle one of the big items that was causing a lot of the bottleneck......... the dreaded task of getting the interior walls and ceiling cleaned up. Being covered up head to toe in protective gear in 90 degree weather while being pelted with globs of adhesive and shards of fiberglass is admittedly not the most ideal way to spend a Saturday, but about four hours and three clothing changes later I was able to mark the task off as being done!



The surface was/is far from perfectly smooth and flawless, and my original thought was to do a coat of gelcoat paint in order to get a more finished look, although my interior designer (aka my wife) helped come up with a completely different concept for the interior which should allow any imperfections to be minimized.

First off, while said interior designer's first choice was to have the camper done in a palette of pastels, she realized the necessity of having it appropriately reflective of her client... me. Not too long ago we landed on an exterior color scheme which will be a creamy off-white color on the top half, and what is known as "limestone green poly" for the lower half, a classic Ford Bronco color seen here:



For the interior we determined we could carry on the more retro-rustic theme, and while we haven't selected the exact materials and colors I anticipate the end result will be along the lines of a modern cabin - taupe walls, with some exposed wood and maybe some burnt orange accents.

This design adjustment meant full steam ahead, so I spent the remainder of the day getting things primed with Kilz, here's how things look as of now:



More updates to come!

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Old 07-30-2016, 08:33 PM   #140
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Now that's progress! Amazing what a renewed sense of purpose, a vision and a can of Kilz can do.
Great colour choices for the outside.
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