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Forum: General Chat 12-22-2009, 06:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,958
Posted By Martin D
Heavy motorized vehicles and/or rvs do not well...

Heavy motorized vehicles and/or rvs do not well tolerate a lack of use. Tires tend to flat spot, engines rust and decay, rubber parts such as hoses, belts and suspension components deteriorate much...
Forum: General Chat 12-15-2009, 07:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,780
Posted By Martin D
John, this is a common complaint about that...

John, this is a common complaint about that site. Way not join the "Casita Forum" a much better organized site tbat is well run by its owner and webmaster. My opinion only but I have been a...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 08-18-2009, 05:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,061
Posted By Martin D
Glenn, each person that owns a particular model...

Glenn, each person that owns a particular model is going to be positively biased toward the one they decided to purchase.

The factors that led us to the Spirit is the storage aspect. The...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 08-01-2009, 06:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,792
Posted By Martin D
There is no story of which I am aware. Scamp...

There is no story of which I am aware. Scamp uses rivets in their construction just as Casita does which is a similar type of molded fiberglass rv. Thousands of products produced today use rivets...
Forum: General Chat 07-30-2009, 08:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,280
Posted By Martin D
Is an Outback trailer mentioned hear molded...

Is an Outback trailer mentioned hear molded fiberglas? I looked at an Outback several years ago and it was another version of a stick built trailer. Perhaps they have improved but the quality of...
Forum: General Chat 07-22-2009, 01:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,065
Posted By Martin D
Steve, possibly the LCD could incur a problem...

Steve, possibly the LCD could incur a problem but despite outside temperature in the low 100's my interior never seems to exceed 112. It never is indicated on my temp device which keeps a record of...
Forum: General Chat 07-22-2009, 11:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,065
Posted By Martin D
South Carolina is not known for moderate...

South Carolina is not known for moderate temperatures in the summer. I have kept our Casita 2005 always covered when not in use since we purchased in 2004. The temperature in the interior is always...
Forum: General Chat 07-22-2009, 11:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,065
Posted By Martin D
See my post below.

See my post below.
Forum: General Chat 07-02-2009, 04:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,452
Posted By Martin D
I guess when one calls anything a piece of junk...

I guess when one calls anything a piece of junk and crap when a majority of the owners of an identical product have had a successful ownership experience is difficult for most to respond with any...
Forum: General Chat 06-16-2009, 05:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,666
Posted By Martin D
I really appreciate all the detailed information...

I really appreciate all the detailed information and input - just the type we were hoping to receive.

Thanks a bunch,

Martin and my Navigator.
Forum: General Chat 06-15-2009, 10:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,666
Posted By Martin D
I am the individual that assisted you with the...

I am the individual that assisted you with the camera and the better half and I remember you guys for sure. Hope you are now a professional grade photographer. We really enjoyed both are trips to...
Forum: General Chat 06-15-2009, 10:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,666
Posted By Martin D
KentI, you are correct I confused Rt 101 with Rt...

KentI, you are correct I confused Rt 101 with Rt 1 - the road difficult scale that I was interested in was the one closest to the coast between Santa Barbara and Monterey. The Rt 1 north of San...
Forum: General Chat 06-15-2009, 05:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,666
Posted By Martin D
We are contemplating visiting Calif. in Sept and...

We are contemplating visiting Calif. in Sept and as part of the visit pulling our Casita form Santa Barbara to the Monterey area. Would like to use Rt 101 as the highway of travel. Is this road...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 04-12-2009, 05:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 11,938
Posted By Martin D
Jim, the Subaru is not capable of "towing" the...

Jim, the Subaru is not capable of "towing" the Casita. There is a huge difference in moving an rv from one spot to another and safely towing it. We evaluate every item we place in our Casita. ...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 03-14-2009, 11:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,383
Posted By Martin D
Fredrick is correct that their are disconnect...

Fredrick is correct that their are disconnect connections available for the 30 amp cord at the Scamp cord input area. They can be purchased at Camping World or most boat and marine supply stores. ...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 03-14-2009, 09:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,383
Posted By Martin D
Parker, to my knowledge the power system on most...

Parker, to my knowledge the power system on most travel trailers including the Scamp is a 30 amp not 50 amp unless someone has replaced it. Not sure what replacing the power cord with a 20 amp...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 02-26-2009, 12:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,792
Posted By Martin D
Having pulled rv trailers from large to small...

Having pulled rv trailers from large to small over 100,000 miles in mountains, hills, and flatland I would say based on my experiences that most tow vehicles are somewhat overrated by the...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 12-01-2008, 06:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,048
Posted By Martin D
All ST trailer rated tires have maximum speed...

All ST trailer rated tires have maximum speed factor of 65 mph - radial or bias is the same.

Martin
Forum: General Chat 11-30-2008, 04:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,046
Posted By Martin D
Appears to be an Airstream produced as a lower...

Appears to be an Airstream produced as a lower priced alternative to the the silver high end units. They were painted aluminum( a light tan/cream color) rather than the coated silver type finish. I...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 11-17-2008, 03:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,047
Posted By Martin D
This entire thread regarding or disregarding tow...

This entire thread regarding or disregarding tow limits and specs reminds me of flying a twin engine airplane on one engine. Most twins are capable of taking off on one engine and navigating...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 09-30-2008, 05:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,872
Posted By Martin D
Roger, I live in SC and it is the mildew capital...

Roger, I live in SC and it is the mildew capital of the world. Have used covers for three and a half years and the Casita looks like new outside and is fresh as a new born on the inside. I leave...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 08-08-2008, 02:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,495
Posted By Martin D
There are special inexpensive scoring/cutting...

There are special inexpensive scoring/cutting tools available for this type of plastic. Available at Home Depot / Lowes in the section where they sell the plastic. I tape a metal ruler / yardstick...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 01-01-2008, 05:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,877
Posted By Martin D
I agree with Donna - it is important to find the...

I agree with Donna - it is important to find the actual leak point. I would mask off the entire vent assy where it is sealed to the roof. I would then take a large cooking baster or syringe and...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 12-31-2007, 01:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,877
Posted By Martin D
Brenda, I had a leak in the same area as...

Brenda, I had a leak in the same area as yourself and tried a number of fixes without success over a period of several months and with much frustration. I finally determined the leak or water was...
Forum: General Chat 06-12-2007, 06:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,221
Posted By Martin D
Matt, I think this dealer or many dealers are in...

Matt, I think this dealer or many dealers are in the business of tranferring your money to their bank account and I would not depend on an unbaised input. In regard to the seal issue I don't...
Forum: General Chat 06-11-2007, 06:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 10,221
Posted By Martin D
Matt, to each his own - but we owned one of these...

Matt, to each his own - but we owned one of these contraptions for several years and one of the best days was the last day when we traded it for something else. Maybe Thor / Hi-Lo has improved their...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 05-17-2007, 06:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,616
Posted By Martin D
Brenda, maybe you should not consider Camping...

Brenda, maybe you should not consider Camping World when you need one of their small and "low cost items" and I use that term tonque in cheek, I used to be a big supporter of CW but I have also...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-16-2007, 05:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,689
Posted By Martin D
I to promoted and stuck by Goodyear on my 17...

I to promoted and stuck by Goodyear on my 17 Casita SD. I upgraded the orginal Goodyear 205 x 14 to 215 x 14 for an extra safety margin. Had the Casita weighed on a certified scale at 3409 lbs ,...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 05-13-2007, 07:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,025
Posted By Martin D
Pete is correct in the reasons rivits are used...

Pete is correct in the reasons rivits are used has nothing to do with a weak link necessity. Having been involved in the marine industry in previoues years and familiar with fiberglas boat and yacht...
Forum: General Chat 04-07-2007, 04:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,196
Posted By Martin D
Glen, we use a Cover Giant cover and I think they...

Glen, we use a Cover Giant cover and I think they are located in CA. They are off the shelf covers and are of two types , we use the Silvertech and have had two of them. They last about a year and...
Forum: General Chat 03-09-2007, 11:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 24,464
Posted By Martin D
I owned a Trail-Lite and they are probably better...

I owned a Trail-Lite and they are probably better than most light weight stick built trailers. That said there is no comparision between them and a quality fiberglas egg trailer if you can live with...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 02-15-2007, 06:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,405
Posted By Martin D
David, you need to make the choice best for you...

David, you need to make the choice best for you but you may want to consider a few other items. Dometic may have a contract with Bigfoot to supply all their appliance needs. I may be mistaken but...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 02-14-2007, 07:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,405
Posted By Martin D
David, Roger is correct about Airstream. I speak...

David, Roger is correct about Airstream. I speak from being a former owner of a wide body 25. The standard Dometic heat pump was working very hard to cool that unit and they used the same heat pump...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 02-14-2007, 01:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,405
Posted By Martin D
Dave, I think you would be just fine with the...

Dave, I think you would be just fine with the smaller Coleman. RV ac's are really very efficient as they sit on the roof and cold air settles toward the floor and ideal situation when cooling. I...
Forum: General Chat 12-29-2006, 07:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,911
Posted By Martin D
I ownd Honda Pilot with same drivetrain engine...

I ownd Honda Pilot with same drivetrain engine /transmission. I pull a Casita 17SD and while the Honda engine is capable the transmission is not. The tranny was constantly searching for the proper...
Forum: General Chat 05-17-2006, 07:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,489
Posted By Martin D
Dan, I think your quest to purchase a five watt...

Dan, I think your quest to purchase a five watt radio with 10 to 15 mile range is very optomistic. You will be lucky to get three miles on a beach with no obstructiuons such as trees etc. Five...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 04-28-2006, 09:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,727
Posted By Martin D
Well, I have to disagree that a polyester based...

Well, I have to disagree that a polyester based resin is not repairable with an epoxy product. Most boat manufactures and Casita / Scamp etc do use epoxy resin as they are cost prohibitive and not...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 04-27-2006, 09:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,727
Posted By Martin D
F. Bishop, if you are going to use anything use...

F. Bishop, if you are going to use anything use the epoxy for dents that penetrate the top gel coat to the underlying layers of fiberglas. Your knowledgeble person does not know what he is talking...
Forum: General Chat 04-25-2006, 10:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,448
Posted By Martin D
Denise, why are you purchasing something you...

Denise, why are you purchasing something you know nothing about. It is no mistake to be un-informed about RV's or anything else but you might want to educate yourself before handing over your...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-12-2006, 12:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,726
Posted By Martin D
Aaron, a light scraping noise is normal on most...

Aaron, a light scraping noise is normal on most drum brakes and especially on a properly adjusted trailer brake. The noise you are hearing is slight dragging of the brake shoes on the high spots on...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-14-2006, 04:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,410
Posted By Martin D
Donna, if you have a steel plate where the thru...

Donna, if you have a steel plate where the thru hole jack normally would be mounted there should be no need to have anything welded. First I would advise you to buy the 2 1/4 inch post jack which...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-10-2006, 08:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,410
Posted By Martin D
Donna, It may seem elementary but be sure to put...

Donna, It may seem elementary but be sure to put blocking or a jack under the tonque before you start to unbolt the hand jack! I have replaced the hand crank on two of my rv's with electric -once...
Forum: General Chat 02-07-2006, 08:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,703
Posted By Martin D
Donna, you THINK the world has fallen into the...

Donna, you THINK the world has fallen into the instant gratification mode. I am convinced it is already there and has been for a number of years. I am a senior citizen and an rv is about the only...
Forum: General Chat 02-07-2006, 07:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,703
Posted By Martin D
Roger. exactly - but I still like those...

Roger. exactly - but I still like those Airstreams - well out to buy the lottery ticket. http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/style_emoticons/default/4.gif Martin
Forum: General Chat 02-07-2006, 07:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,703
Posted By Martin D
Roger, I used to own an Airstream 25 and you are...

Roger, I used to own an Airstream 25 and you are correct about the fuel costs not keeping most people from using their units at least for the short haul. I guess somewhere in the past my partner in...
Forum: General Chat 02-07-2006, 07:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,703
Posted By Martin D
Donna D, I think you hit the proverbial "nail on...

Donna D, I think you hit the proverbial "nail on the head". There are a number of reasons that these companies go out of business but - with so many prospective purchasers thinking that "if it is...
Forum: General Chat 02-02-2006, 09:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,934
Posted By Martin D
Wow, I really like it. Makes you wonder where...

Wow, I really like it. Makes you wonder where the American RV manfacturers have been and where they are going. Except for Scamp and Casita and Bigfoot (Canadian) there is virtually no real...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 02-01-2006, 06:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,135
Posted By Martin D
ChrisZ, my experience with friction type sway...

ChrisZ, my experience with friction type sway bars is - they are basically all the same except for the label on the side. The one illustrated in Camping World should accomplish what you want to do...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 01-10-2006, 08:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,652
Posted By Martin D
Donna, just installed my new Prodigy in my Tahoe...

Donna, just installed my new Prodigy in my Tahoe and the maximum allowed angle is 70 deg not 45 deg. Surprised you cannot find a suitable location for permanent mounting.. I have mounted a bunch...
Forum: Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Archive) 01-02-2006, 02:24 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 10,251
Posted By Martin D
This will be our first time attending a...

This will be our first time attending a fiberglass RV rally. We will be in B-49 if we can make the 3500 miles from South Carolina which we plan to do. ...
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