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Old 01-23-2022, 04:28 PM   #1
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Hey everyone , New Casita owner here. Has anyone had experience with mounting a roof rack on top of the shell ? Wondering about strength and wind resistance, or any other potential problems ? Thanks !
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Old 01-23-2022, 07:25 PM   #2
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I cannot suggest this for numerous reasons:
-too high to load/unload
-compromises the integrity of the roof
-can make the roof leak
-too high, one drive through and peel whatever you have on the roof

I cannot even think of one single reason to go this route, sorry
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Old 01-23-2022, 09:31 PM   #3
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The axel can only carry 3600 lbs. You have enough space on the inside of the camper to overload the axle without loading a top carrier.
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Old 01-23-2022, 10:02 PM   #4
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It often makes more sense to carry gear on the tow vehicle. They’re typically lower (better aerodynamics and easier loading), they have a much stronger roof structure (designed for rollover crashes), and there are ready-made products designed to fit most vehicles without drilling holes. Having your gear on the tow vehicle also means you can leave your trailer set up in camp and take your equipment to another location.

But that raises the question: what are you wanting to carry?
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It often makes more sense to carry gear on the tow vehicle. But that raises the question: what are you wanting to carry?
Well, you'd have to carry a ladder, for one.
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Old 01-23-2022, 11:19 PM   #6
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Hey everyone , New Casita owner here. Has anyone had experience with mounting a roof rack on top of the shell ? Wondering about strength and wind resistance, or any other potential problems ? Thanks !
Handling issues abound here. Don't ruin the air flow of the trailer. Trailer is not made for roof racks. If it was Casita would install them.
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Old 01-24-2022, 08:54 AM   #7
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Hey everyone , New Casita owner here. Has anyone had experience with mounting a roof rack on top of the shell ? Wondering about strength and wind resistance, or any other potential problems ? Thanks !
I wouldn’t install a roof rack on top of the Casita for 2 reason. 1. It will produce more wind drag and lower MPH. 2. It will be to high get material out of the rack. The height now is 10’ 11”, with a rack and duffels will raise the height above 18”, a total of over 12.5 height. DON’T forget the added weight and pressure on the roof.

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Old 01-24-2022, 12:47 PM   #8
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Hey everyone , New Casita owner here. Has anyone had experience with mounting a roof rack on top of the shell ? Wondering about strength and wind resistance, or any other potential problems ? Thanks !
I anticipate that talking with the factory would be very informative.
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Old 01-29-2022, 11:16 AM   #9
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In the past have fiberglassed brackets onto the roof of Sunrader and Boler, for solar panel, no holes - no leaks. You can bring the wire down inside the sewer vent, or fridge vent'

No way would I put a rack up there except possibly for something very light and aerodynamic.
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Old 01-29-2022, 02:28 PM   #10
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DON’T DO IT - for all reasons already mentioned and more.
You will ruin your camper.

Everything you NEED and more will fit in camper or TV.

We travel as a couple or with our son at least one pet. Generally 3 week trips - sometimes longer.

You will be fine. There is a lot of storage in the camper and more in your TV.
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Old 01-30-2022, 05:55 PM   #11
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I cannot suggest this for numerous reasons:
-too high to load/unload
-compromises the integrity of the roof
-can make the roof leak
-too high, one drive through and peel whatever you have on the roof

I cannot even think of one single reason to go this route, sorry

Exactly



And you also are making it top heavy
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Old 01-31-2022, 07:55 AM   #12
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One thing to realize is that the fiberglass shell is actually kind of flimsy. It depends on the interior for part of its strength. If you gut the entire interior you can have it collapse. If like most do today they put a roof top air conditioner on the unit they have do add strength to that section of the shell.
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Old 01-31-2022, 01:45 PM   #13
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The axel can only carry 3600 lbs. You have enough space on the inside of the camper to overload the axle without loading a top carrier.

5,000 lb axles are available at any trailer shop


Maybe he wants to put a canoe on top. Snow weighs a lot and I've never seen a case of someone's casita roof collapsing.
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It's been said to have happened.

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Maybe he wants to put a canoe on top.
Which requires you to tow the trailer to the put-in, or take it off the trailer and move it to the tow to take it to the put-in. Not a great idea.
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Which requires you to tow the trailer to the put-in, or take it off the trailer and move it to the tow to take it to the put-in. Not a great idea.

It does seem like the TV would be the better place to put canoe and kayaks. But as long as they didn't have anything in them, that might work fairly well. Well until you tried putting them on and taking them off. I have used the brackets for my canopy to hold a kite pole (telescoping fiber glass pole) before. But that is the kind of weight you are talking about. Not much more
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Which requires you to tow the trailer to the put-in, or take it off the trailer and move it to the tow to take it to the put-in. Not a great idea.

What? Try camping next to a lake. It's not like you have to back the trailer into the water to unload it. A canoe isn't a 30' Scarab. Many are under 20lb.



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What? Try camping next to a lake. It's not like you have to back the trailer into the water to unload it. A canoe isn't a 30' Scarab. Many are under 20lb and some even under 10lb.
And, if I want to paddle a river? Give me a list of these boats that are under 10 lbs., and then give me a list of canoes that light that are under $3,000.
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And, if I want to paddle a river?

Vanlife


Google ultralight canoe


Lots of companies make small pack canoes


ok 12 lb not under 10
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Old 02-01-2022, 09:44 AM   #20
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Which requires you to tow the trailer to the put-in, or take it off the trailer and move it to the tow to take it to the put-in. Not a great idea.
Not neccessarily. If you are camped within a comfortable for you distance, you can get wheels to strap onto your canoe or kayak and pull it to the water. I've done that for years with my kayaks. Some people tow with bicycles.
My manly men friends hoist their kayak onto their shoulder, (this is commonly done) and carry the kayak to the lake. The inside of the cockpit is the shoulder balancing point. Insert shoulder into cockpit, hold bottom side of kayak with hand. Canoes are traditionally made to portage.

My heavy plastic kayak is about 50 pounds. I used to have a heavier double boat which I pulled to the water using my little wheels. I use a Paddleboy wheeled carrier.

However, there is no way would I put a kayak on top of my Casita. First of all, it would be too difficult to do. Way too difficult. Getting the boat to the water is a minor issue.
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