Worlds toughest Casita - Fiberglass RV


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Old 12-13-2019, 05:10 PM   #1
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Worlds toughest Casita

Check out this modified Casita, and specifically, the hitch.

Very cool and ready for action

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Old 12-13-2019, 08:54 PM   #2
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very cool/ I love to have that back platform
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Old 12-14-2019, 04:04 AM   #3
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those tires look way too big for the wheel wells.

indeed thats a neat back platform, but it requires the complete re-framing job they did to support it, the stock Casita frame wouldn't handle that.

I'm kinda surprised they didn't just remove the stock frame, and put the casita 'egg' on an entirely new frame, instead of welding the new frame to the original.

I wonder what the actual gross weight of that thing is now. gotta be way over the original 3500 lbs.
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Old 12-14-2019, 07:45 AM   #4
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I think he said its a 5200# torsion axle with a soft ride, so Id guess 4000-4500#, maybe.
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Old 12-14-2019, 12:15 PM   #5
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Very cool upgrades......just goes to show.....if you have enough money....anything is possible....does it come with a Yeti cooler?
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Old 12-21-2019, 11:48 AM   #6
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I'm kinda surprised they didn't just remove the stock frame, and put the casita 'egg' on an entirely new frame, instead of welding the new frame to the original.
I agree. Probably would have ended up further ahead in the long run to get a heavier trailer frame and either set the Casita body on it and made mounts. Or, cut the casita frame in a way to keep the frame portion that contained all the mounts and then welded or bolted that mounting structure to a new trailer frame. Why waste the time modifying the front A frame to accommodate the new coupler, just to continue the new stretched / heavy duty frame the whole length of the existing frame and then some out the back.

Its nice, dont get me wrong. I feel like the company over complicated the solution though.
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Old 12-21-2019, 12:12 PM   #7
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How long is that AC gonna sit up there going over the terrain shown in the vid,,, let alone all the other stuff hanging off the body? Glass is strong but it will flex, with flex comes cracks and there will be the crack that broke the camel's back,, tough frame though.
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Old 12-21-2019, 12:24 PM   #8
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200 gallon water tank?
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Old 12-21-2019, 12:54 PM   #9
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ok, I'll be the wet blanket, that is the most ridiculous thing I've seen in a while. You want to go off road, a trailer is not the reasonable approach no matter how tough you make it and I'd argue this is toughened in some ways but the weakest aspects are made even worse by some of the mods. Instead, get a truck with a pop-up camper. Trailers by nature are very limiting off road because of clearance, articulation, the inability to back out of a road that gets too tight or narrow or dead ends or whatever. You can make the frame as tough as you want, it won't help much with clearance and the overall length appears longer if anything, another negative for backcountry travel. And, that rear deck, good god, that gives me the eebie jeebies thinking of all the super easy ways to hang up on it, tear it off, or back it into or over things. I went to a 16' Scamp in 2013 from a 1977 Fleet slide-in pop-up camper in a 98 Tacoma and it is luxurious by comparison but a huge step down in terms of backcountry access and it has quite good clearance for a trailer. This project just smacks of somebody wanting to show off and spend lots of money as opposed to something that actually resulted in a really sensible outcome. Flame on!
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Old 12-21-2019, 03:50 PM   #10
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honestly I did not think the terrain in the video was to bad. I had towed my old stock casita down atv trails in upper Michigan.Crossed railroad tracks off road . as long as i went slow i didn't have any problem .
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I tried to watch the video twice, but I can't get past the lousy camera work. Zoom for no reason, stop, reframe, zoom, stop, reframe. Couldn't watch it. If you are going to zoom ( and you shouldn't ), at least know where you are going to end the zoom and why you are zooming.
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Cool. But you have to really get ugly to need that much. Actually have had my scamp behind a bulldozer twice in order to get to a location to do cleanup management of a site.


I actually run on an open frame generator because that way I can be the source for other people at an incident.
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ok, I'll be the wet blanket, that is the most ridiculous thing I've seen in a while. You want to go off road, a trailer is not the reasonable approach no matter how tough you make it and I'd argue this is toughened in some ways but the weakest aspects are made even worse by some of the mods.

Yep. Seemed to add little or no value and just inventing problems to solve. Did almost nothing to address clearance except add bigger tires that don't fit the wheel well.
My biggest issue with "off roading" in the Casita is the waste water plumbing hangs too low.
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He needs to learn from the U-Haul folks. Some of them really take their trailers on rough, muddy roads!
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Old 01-21-2020, 11:12 AM   #16
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Seen this video last year and was blown away by the addition of 12" brakes and 8 bolt wheels?? Seams like overkill since hi high speed tow rig is only 6 bolt! I probably would have chosen to match the hubs for spare usage!

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