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Old 05-01-2017, 01:51 PM   #1
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Hi y'all, I'm Laura and I just signed up! I am in the process of purchasing a 13ft Casita. It has been (almost) completely gutted, I'm not even sure what year model it is (80's maybe?), and I have no idea what I've gotten myself into. But I know it is going to be a fantastic journey and I am really looking forward to some great advice from all of you experts. Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-01-2017, 06:05 PM   #2
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Welcome Laura!
Hope you enjoy the site and your new passion!
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Old 05-01-2017, 07:34 PM   #3
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Hi Laura,

Welcome! Congrats on the Casita 13'. Wishing you the best fixing up, camping, and traveling in your egg!

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Old 05-01-2017, 11:06 PM   #4
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welcome, remember 1 step at a time and if you have a question, stop and ask
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Old 05-02-2017, 09:57 AM   #5
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Welcome to the world of molded fiberglass Laura. Once you get it usable you're in for a lot of fun.
Hopefully you got a title with your Casita and I'd hope that should give the date.

We all like pictures here and they'll help with any advice you need as you fix it up.

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Old 05-02-2017, 10:32 AM   #6
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Hi y'all, I'm Laura and I just signed up! I am in the process of purchasing a 13ft Casita. It has been (almost) completely gutted, I'm not even sure what year model it is (80's maybe?), and I have no idea what I've gotten myself into. But I know it is going to be a fantastic journey and I am really looking forward to some great advice from all of you experts. Thanks in advance!
Good luck. Hope you enjoy many safe trips.
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:38 AM   #7
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Welcome Laura. You will sure find a lot of knowledgeable people on this forum when it comes to molded fiberglass trailers. What part of Texas are you from?
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:46 AM   #8
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Thanks for the welcomes, y'all.

This is actually a 'barter' purchase. I'm working on getting the title so I can figure out exactly what year it is. I cannot find any tags on the outside. I'm also working on clearing a spot in the backyard for it, so I have not taken delivery yet. I need to get it on-site so I can really see what I'm dealing with.

Here's a photo of the interior. Let's be honest.. have I lost my mind?
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Old 05-02-2017, 11:03 AM   #9
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On top of the frame, close to the propane tank and on the driver's side, there's a stamped number representing the overall production order of your Casita. If you'll find it and let us know, someone will know the approximate production date. They can be a bit hard to read.

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Old 05-02-2017, 11:11 AM   #10
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Thanks for the picture. It identifies your Casita as an early '80's model. The window mount of the AC and the tilt-out side window were gone by the '90s.

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Old 05-02-2017, 11:42 AM   #11
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Looks great!

As long as you didn't pay more than around $20,000, you will be fine. Darn things hold their value.
Seriously, this venture can generate some of the best memories of your life!
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Old 05-02-2017, 12:42 PM   #12
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Welcome. This site is a great resource. Lost of people willing to help. I'm in the middle of a Burro Resto. Lots of work, but it is really rewarding. The main thing I have learned is everything takes about 3X longer and cost about 3X more than I thought.

Have fun. Good luck.
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Old 05-02-2017, 12:59 PM   #13
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Just realize the upper and lower cabinets provide the structural strength for the unit. Without them, the roof is not adequately supported. Often there is a vertical wall or supports from the lower cabinets to the upper for additional strength.Vertical walls attached to cabinets, such as for a closet provide additional strength.

Make sure the floor is solid, no rot, before building out the interior. Its a lot easier to replace flooring with the cabinets out. Covered parking is very helpful to you during the project time, as jobs always seem to take longer than planned.

The good news is many have gone before you, so you can learn from their mistakes and triumphs too.
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Old 05-02-2017, 03:05 PM   #14
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As long as you didn't pay more than around $20,000, you will be fine. Darn things hold their value.
Seriously, this venture can generate some of the best memories of your life!
IMO, $20,000 for a gutted 13-foot Casita would be way out of line. On could purchase a fully functional trailer for much less. Perhaps this is a typo and you meant $2,000.
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