Although interesting mods, many of us haven't had a chance to understand some mods made by our Casita
Compatriot in Japan, Mr. Aki. I noted with interest that space is at a premium where he lives and therefore, presents an interesting challenge to store, manage and maneuver the Casita
. I ommitted some for the sake of saving time.
I'll try my luck at translating these mods now...:) (Mind you that machine translation is still in it's infancy so its just going to be sort of show and tell). I used a conversion rate of 100 yen to the dollar.
Oil-filled Panel heater (works at 100v) bought from local home center in his neighborhood. 100V and 350 watts for both. About $30 for the first one, $40.00 for the second
Another oil-filled electric radiator (Bill's note: these are made and sold
by DeLonghi Inc. in the US).
Indicator for OUTSIDE/INSIDE Temperature. Works on 12V. $27.00 about
Small UK-made Fire extinguisher installed next to the A/C indoors. $18.00
Ten inch Funai Brand Combo VCR/TV. $128.00. 5 Kgs or 11 Ibs
Handy way to pack silverware. Came in a package like this. $8.00
Over-priced Barometer/Hygrometer bought from the Tokyu Chain of stores. His words not mine.$78.00
Lever-Implement found, larger wheels swapped. He calls it a monocycle wheel -- to maneuver the hitch tongue by leverage. $23.00 for the wheels .
50ft. Hosereel from Campingworld.com in the USA ($39.98) and also a quickconnect ($6.95) for the waterhose (Japanese hose connections are different from the USA.)
Interesting way to draw up the Casita
onto an inclined driveway using a winch on the bumper and an anchor on the driveway. Winch model T1500 bought from Northerntools.com in the USA $129.00 plus $30.00 shipping to Japan. Winch secured to bumper using a 3mm rubber pad and bolts.
The concrete bolts were driven in using a HILTI (borrowed from work).
The flooring was changed from carpeting to Wood flooring and a heated carpet runner was laid loosely on top of it. Brand is National (of panasonic fame) (100V/200watts). Nice and warm to walk on. $168.00 about.
Last but not least, a quicktime (QTVR) virtual reality show of the whole interior.
Bill's note: When inputting text for the post I noticed weird things happen when you put ! or ? right after a ). This site has some quirks which I'm still trying to figure out. :)