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Old 05-04-2003, 01:52 AM   #1
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70mph and dinner seating for 9

There I was holding on to the sunshelter for dear life. The wind had picked up and was gusting. My wife and I were trying to dismantle the sunshelter before one of us went airborne. A sudden intense squall line was moving across Lake Lanier on Friday evening about 21:00. I was on the cellphone (modern camping at its best) when I felt the wind freshening and looked across the lake to the northeast, there was a solid line of low black clouds. I said storm four times to my wife and started clearing up the campsite. Within 10 minutes we had gone from a relaxed but cool and slightly drizzly campout to a howling thunderstorm. Since we were in the middle of cooking dinner... Steaks Broccoli Potatoes and Roast corn , we secured everything and went in for dinner. With four adults and 5 kids we simply gathered around the tables and ate warm and dry inside as the weather howled outside. For its maiden campout with us the casita kept us warm, dry and safe as the weather howled around us. Later on after the storm subsided we slept 4 with 2 head to toe on the smaller bed. An indoor bathroom while raining, a microwave to finish the steaks as needed, a stove for the pressure cooker for the potatoes , no t.v. and quiet night's rest ...Yup its good. Everyone's safe except for my wife's twisted ankle and the next day the weather was whole lot better.

Now for the bonehead list
1) getting more water out of the blackwater tank than the grey (huhh??)
2) finding out after the dump that the sewer outlet swivels down !!!(dohh)
3)breaking the plastic freshwater drain handle (it was kinda soft)
4)Damp toilet paper
5)an unlevel fridge
6)2 hrs packing and leaving (will cut it shorter next time)

One giant campers grin :lol

Paddlevan 1997 Casita Spirit Deluxe (currently unnamed)
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Old 05-04-2003, 02:25 AM   #2
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Hi Paddlevan
We live and learn.I bet it was nice when all of you were dry and warm.Somtimes it can be cozy with a small crowd.As for TV, I have two.A 5 inch one . $29.00 Cdn. Wallmart.For the fast news and such.A 13 Inch for the longer stays.You all enjoy. Thanks for photo.:wave

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Old 05-04-2003, 07:18 AM   #3
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Gotta love those trailers! Is that cool or what?

Does't that make you want to
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Old 05-04-2003, 08:00 AM   #4
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Howdy, Paddlevan

Four adults and five kids having dinner in a Casita SD? Wow. You have my total admiration!

I've had the same problem with my gray tank (even with the valve swung down!). It seems to drain VERY slowly and then stop when I know there is still water in there. To me it looks like the plumbing could use a little more downward slant out of the gray tank.

I could be mistaken, but I think that drain valve is a notorious weak spot on a Casita. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.

Toilet paper. Try not to leave it outside in a rain storm. :r This is a topic that seems to invite endless speculation and amazing ingenuity on this forum. My solution is that when I am going to use the shower I put the toilet paper on that little ledge in front of the microwave cabinet. Works for me.

I think the "rule" about the fridge is that if the trailer is level enough for you to be comfortable, the fridge will be comfy, too.

I'd say that if you can organise 4+5 to get out in 2 hours you're doing just fine!

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Old 05-04-2003, 08:10 AM   #5
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Toilet paper

I put mine on the door. Using facilities, door closed and toilet paper handy. Using shower? Door open, shower curtain closed, toilet paper dry. Not enough? Hang a baggy over it.

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Sounds like you had a good time!

Some times a storm makes the trip more memorable!

Slow gray drain ... check to see the gray water stand pipe vent (through the top of the trailer) isn't clogged with a mud dauber's nest.

Broken fresh water plastic drain valve ... it's an easy fix. Call Casita for a replacement (ask for Chuck or Jay, they might have to call you back).

To remove the broken valve stem, grab the top, center, of the valve with a pair of pliers, pull straight up, the stem will pull straight up (might have to give a slight twisting motion). Lube the new stem liberally with vasoline before reinserting.

The trick with the drain valve is to regularly (twice a year or so) relube the valve stem with vasoline by removing (as above) and reinserting. The valve will turn as easily as a hot knife through butter.

Other caveat is to NEVER try to turn the valve by grabbing the end of the handle. Always turn it off/on by grabbing directly over the center.

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