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Old 03-22-2007, 11:32 PM   #15
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I am surprised nobody is concerned with adding too much weight onto that part of the trailer.
As a 13 ft Boler owner I know that the weakes part of the frame is just behind where the front of the fiberglass comes down and the frame bends from the angle to straight.
All I can imagine is the force generated with the extra wieght on this weakest link going down a rural road hitting pot holes or going down a rough road and not to mention those camp-ground speed bumps.....
Speed bumps?
"I SAID NOT TO MENTION THOSE SPEED BUMPS"
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YUP- - --that's one of the 5 places our Scamp frame broke..... Larry
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:14 AM   #16
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Have any of you built something like this? I'd hoping to see some photos and read some ideas on contruction method, materials, etc.
I used a plastic A frame box from Pricess Auto, it sits over 2 x 11 lb. propane tanks and a battery case, hinged in a locking cab over design. I'll post pics after I find them on the other computer and post them with suggested design changes.

The design caught a lot of interest at last years Glass with Class meet in PEI. A lot of people took pictures, I'm sure someone has come up with an improved design by now.
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Old 03-29-2007, 05:14 PM   #17
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I used a plastic A frame box from Pricess Auto, it sits over 2 x 11 lb. propane tanks and a battery case, hinged in a locking cab over design. I'll post pics after I find them on the other computer and post them with suggested design changes.

The design caught a lot of interest at last years Glass with Class meet in PEI. A lot of people took pictures, I'm sure someone has come up with an improved design by now.
I may not have close up pictures of the specifics and the trailer is still in storage, but here is a shot that will give you an idea of what it looks like. If you are interested I can sketch out the basics and post them as well.


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Old 03-29-2007, 06:05 PM   #18
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Iíve have made three boxes, one for my first Casita and again for my second Casita. Then I made one for my brotherís Casita.

Each time they have gotten better. The goal was to have both a propane tank and a Honda generator which could be started easily in place.

My first one was made by welding together a angle iron frame and filling the walls with aluminum diamond plate.

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The second & third were made by having the aluminum diamond plate bent to create the sides. The top was heliarced on by the metal supplier for $35. On these last two, we lengthened the trailer tongue which gives greater leverage (less tongue weight) and more room for bicycles.

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The aluminum and bending was pricy though.

PS: I now have an 18í Casita
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:26 PM   #19
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Iíve have made three boxes, one for my first Casita and again for my second Casita. Then I made one for my brotherís Casita."
Thanks Mike, and to all who have posted replies. Mike's box is pretty much what I had in mind. I'll be checking with the local aluminum fabricators to see how economically feasable this deluxe route is.

The other real possiblity is a plastic garden-bench/storage thingy I found at Target. It's light, sturdy, water-tight and is just about the dimensions I had in mind. It would take a little modifying and I'd need to add a locking latch.

Whichever way I go, I'll need to take off the existing tank-bracket and battery mount. That's what the good lord made angle-grinders for.

Thanks too to those who cautioned me on adding tongue weight. Luckily our TrailMite is already a little light overall (no shower, no toilet, no jacuzzi, no beer tap) so I'm thinking that a ten pound box, ten pounds of jacks, an extension cord, clothes-line, water-hose, our little propane grill and perhaps a little more, won't put the lil thing too out of balance toward the front. But if Mike's set-up, with all his stuff and a couple of 30-pound+ bikes is okay, I think ours will be just fine. But worst case, I'd use it just for the lightest, bulkiest to free up some inside space.

I'll post pics and descriptions once I've got it done, whichever way I go.

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