We have had our first fiberglass trailer, a 1971 Boler
, for about 7 years now and have camped regularly in the southeast but not full time. We are planning to take an extended trip in the next year or so and possibly full time at some point. While the Boler
is okay for a weekend trip giving us a place to sleep & shower with our custom interior, it gets crowed with the 3 of us and the dog. Even more so on a week long trip. I recently made our permanent bed back into a convertible dinette using a round table top and U shaped seating which is handy for those rainy days and buggy environments. While we could go on an extended trip in it we all agree it would be much more comfortable to have a roomier trailer. It is almost impossible to pull in for the night somewhere just to sleep as everything we carry (chairs, table, kitchen storage bins, etc) sits in the floor space until we setup camp, so Walmarts and the like are out for now.
So, I have this Casita
16 gutted shell that we have had for a few years now that I had plans to renovate. Since it needs a new frame anyway I have decided to expand the shell and frame to 21' tongue to bumper, taking it to 8' wide and adding 1' of interior height. I also plan to make the frame so that it has storage compartments underneath the body for our chairs, clam, folding table, grill, fishing poles & tackle box, etc. etc. Currently the shell is about 85 square feet of interior living space minus the curves of course. My plans will take it to about 144 square feet of living space giving us room for a permanent bed for all 3 of us, a dry bath, kitchenette, dinette, a tri-fold sleeper sofa. This will also give us plenty of interior storage under the beds, dinette benches and in cabinets as well as the exterior storage under the floor and frame. With the queen bunks, sofa sleeper and dinette bed it could potentially sleep 8.
I am debating on an aluminum frame vs steel frame in cost vs weight
. My intent is to keep the dry weight
under 3000 lbs. Not sure yet if that is obtainable. Other plans include using a 12v compressor chest type refrigerator-freezer, tankless water heater, solar
and lithium batteries. My biggest dilema is water consumption and weight
. I like to boondock and am thinking of using fresh water and gray tanks in the bed of the tow using connections to the trailer as opposed to permanent tanks in the trailer. This will allow me to easily fill fresh water tanks and seek a dump station without having to move the trailer. What I have discovered is on even short trips emptying our rolling portable gray tank is a pain as its heavy when full at 22 gallons. And fetching water in 7 gallons containers is a pain to fill the freshwater tank on the Boler
without some type of manual or electric pump. My favorite USFS campground in NE Georgia has no dump station in the campground so I have to travel to find one.
Anyway, my inspiration for this was seeing the XL Super Scamp
at our rally
the year before. Here is a couple of preliminary drawings I did to get the ball rolling.