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Old 05-22-2017, 11:52 AM   #21
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Hi, Laura! We're neighbors. (I'll send you a PM.) Your Casita looks to me like it's a 16' and I wonder, from the number you found, if it's a 1986 model.

FWIW, our first Casita was a 1989, and its graphics were like yours; plus, it had the back window mounted AC.

Kudos to you for rescuing this guy. There's lots of help available here for your restoration: using the "Google" site search at the bottom of the Search window will pull up more useful results than the regular search that's bundled with this system software. (Or use the link in my signature on this message.)

Plus, our "mods, alterations, updates" forum is a good one to peruse (or search)...while you wait for folks to answer any specific questions you may ask.
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Old 05-22-2017, 11:56 AM   #22
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Are you saying that number is the way they used to label them in prehistoric times? If so thanks for that update.
Looking more carefully that does make sense with the leading 86 and CA standing for Casita. But then I don't know what to make of the 16402. It's certainly not the build number. Can anyone else chime in here?

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Old 05-22-2017, 12:04 PM   #23
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Walt I have no idea; it's just a total guess on my part.

I just know it's very similar to the 1989 we had (although ours was a "liberty" floorplan and Laura's is obviously a "spirit").

Here's a pic of a friend's 1989 "spirit" (I don't think they actually were using those names for the floorplans yet, but that's the equivalent). It's a 16, for sure, and I'm thinking the length looks very much like yours, Laura...although notice the different back/side window!
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Old 05-22-2017, 12:06 PM   #24
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Walt,

That is exactly where the number is stamped, right where you said. The only other numbers are near the hitch and appear to be related to the trailer frame itself.

I'm glad I could stump you!

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Old 05-22-2017, 12:09 PM   #25
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The raised rear floor identifies it as a 16". I once had a '94 16' Spirit and the build number did not include year or date, just the simple build number.

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Old 05-22-2017, 12:10 PM   #26
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Walt,

That is exactly where the number is stamped, right where you said. The only other numbers are near the hitch and appear to be related to the trailer frame itself.

I'm glad I could stump you!

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Old 05-22-2017, 12:13 PM   #27
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Mary, I'm pretty sure it's a 13 footer, and not nearly as pretty as that Liberty. Give me time (probably a whole LOT of time), though, and I'll get her cutened up.
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Old 05-22-2017, 12:24 PM   #28
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Hmmm... I guess I'd better get the tape measure out!

Can y'all tell why the floor is raised in the back?

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Old 05-22-2017, 12:29 PM   #29
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I see the date on the fresh water tank says 1-16-86. Is it another clue? I think so.

The length to height aspect ratio gives it away as a 16 footer, or so.
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Old 05-22-2017, 12:32 PM   #30
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...Can y'all tell why the floor is raised in the back?...
The grey water tank is under there in a Scamp, and they are cousins.
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Old 05-22-2017, 01:01 PM   #31
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Fairly confident now that I have a 1986 16ft'er. Many thanks to all of you for your knowledge, generosity, and patience. I am so glad I found this site!

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Old 05-22-2017, 01:04 PM   #32
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To Mary F

I responded to your PM, but got a strange rejection. I sent it again, but still not sure if it went through. Let me know if you see it. Thanks, neighbor!

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Old 05-22-2017, 01:15 PM   #33
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Yeah, 16 glorious feet of camper coolness! You scored well with this one. Most times you hear folks say, "It's rough but it's got good bones." Well these things don't have bones, they are more like seashells. Soft and malleable on the inside, but fully armored on the outside. Yours has a wonderful shell.
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:23 PM   #34
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At first Casita made only 13' and 16' trailers, adding the 17' in '96 or late '95.
The 13 and 16s both have the bed raised like that, not sure why, The 17 does not. Note that the 16 actually has a 13' cabin, so that can cause some confusion.
The easy way to tell you have a 16' (and you do) is across from the galley, on the driver side, there's a smaller dinette/single bed setup.

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Old 05-22-2017, 09:07 PM   #35
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Hi, Laura. I did not receive your PM reply. If it had a link in it, our spam software intercepted it. Sorry!! It will get better - it's just the way we treat new people.
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Old 05-23-2017, 09:54 AM   #36
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Mystery Solved

It never occurred to me that the length of the tongue would count toward the length of the trailer. It makes sense now. Duh!
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Old 05-24-2017, 08:00 AM   #37
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Bent Frame?

The salvage yard guy told me the trailer had a bent frame. Is there a way to check for sure without removing the whole body from the frame? Is it possible to determine this from looking or measuring from underneath?

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Old 05-24-2017, 08:19 AM   #38
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If I wanted to check the frame, I'd look for a service center with doors that have clearance (probably not too hard) as well as a hydraulic lift that has high enough ceilings to raise the trailer. Anyplace that works on tall roofed vans like Sprinters should be able to accommodate. A place like Camping World that doesn't sell eggs may not be your best choice. If they want payment, offer them $1.00 a minute on the lift. Take a second set of eyeballs. Others may have better ideas.
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Old 05-24-2017, 01:34 PM   #39
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A place that works on horse trailers should be able to inspect the frame. Maybe not too hard to find in TX?
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Old 05-24-2017, 02:19 PM   #40
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$20,000 for a gutted 13-foot Casita would be way out of line. On could purchase a fully functional trailer for much less. Perhaps this is a typo and you meant $2,000.
Glad it was a joke!
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