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Forum: Hobbies & Passions Today, 05:59 AM
Replies: 1
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Posted By patrick crawford
the gnome is roaming again...

yeah, i know the gnome has been sorta quiet for a while. we've not been roaming for a variety of reasons (mostly taking care of minor, but ignored, medical issues and issues with my stick and brick...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 01-14-2020, 05:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 791
Posted By patrick crawford
not sure if it will match "scamp white" but i...

not sure if it will match "scamp white" but i used a fiberglass shower/tub repair kit from lowe's/home depot on my casita and it worked great.

p@
Forum: Camping, Campout Reports 01-06-2020, 06:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,072
Posted By patrick crawford
buck hall is a "diamond in the rough" campground....

buck hall is a "diamond in the rough" campground. with only 14 rv sites that are mostly far apart it never is crowded. i know this campground well as i spent 6 years hosting there in march and...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 11-29-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,200
Posted By patrick crawford
walt, make sure your new unit has bluetooth...

walt,
make sure your new unit has bluetooth capability. that will take care of all your connectivity needs. the phone especially since just about every phone i've seen has bluetooth. personally i...
Forum: General Chat 11-06-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,936
Posted By patrick crawford
Red face i would expect that if/when casita builds that...

i would expect that if/when casita builds that often rumored and denied larger trailer the 16'er just might be discontinued as was the 13'er. if so, then all of our 16' trailers will become...
Forum: General Chat 10-28-2019, 07:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,936
Posted By patrick crawford
i beg to differ... p@

i beg to differ...




p@
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 10-27-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,112
Posted By patrick crawford
this is not originally my idea but i've adopted...

this is not originally my idea but i've adopted it and it works great for me. i call it the "2, 4, 6 rule" for travel.

200 miles
4 hours
6 pm.

which ever comes first i find a place to park...
Forum: General Chat 10-19-2019, 09:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,936
Posted By patrick crawford
i've been camping in a 16' spirit deluxe since i...

i've been camping in a 16' spirit deluxe since i purchased it new in 2011. since i was moving up from a 13' patriot i felt i was moving into a spacious mansion. aside from the obvious differences...
Forum: General Chat 10-11-2019, 06:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 847
Posted By patrick crawford
it was a ton 'o fun back in the day with my...

it was a ton 'o fun back in the day with my original mini cooper (the small one). and yes, i did exceed the posted limits...young & dumb and glad to be still alive. today i'd just as soon avoid it...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 09-22-2019, 06:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,481
Posted By patrick crawford
i spoke with renogy regarding that and was told...

i spoke with renogy regarding that and was told the efficiency loss was negligible and he pointed out that the flex panels were made to be mounted on curved surfaces which made the use of a frame...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 09-22-2019, 06:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,132
Posted By patrick crawford
calebjc...one thing you might want to consider is...

calebjc...one thing you might want to consider is relocating the battery. i noticed there is no door for outside battery access (common on early models) and i can tell you getting to that battery...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 09-21-2019, 06:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,481
Posted By patrick crawford
well, i put a 100w renogy flexible panel on the...

well, i put a 100w renogy flexible panel on the roof of my casita attached with vhb tape. i spent a lot of time prepping the surfaces that it was being attached to. after the vhb tape i ran white...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 09-20-2019, 06:39 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,570
Posted By patrick crawford
Lisle says the trailer is a 16'er. the little...

Lisle says the trailer is a 16'er. the little fridges in those trailers do not require 12v to operate unless, of course, you're attempting to run in in 12v mode instead of propane (not a good idea)....
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 09-13-2019, 05:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,202
Posted By patrick crawford
frank is right. the 16'ers are notoriously...

frank is right. the 16'ers are notoriously tongue light. i carry a honda 2000i generator on the tongue of my 16'er and have installed a porcelain toilet (more weight). carrying less than a full...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 08-25-2019, 06:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,036
Posted By patrick crawford
here's another vote for small compressor...

here's another vote for small compressor (danfoss) fridge. i installed a norcold in my casita 16'er (with the smaller fridge). utilizing 2 6v agm golf cart batteries and 2 100w solar panels i've...
Forum: General Chat 08-24-2019, 06:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,048
Posted By patrick crawford
i live in sc also. while the property tax can be...

i live in sc also. while the property tax can be avoided by being vague when you apply for a tag (don't mention that is has a bathroom and kitchen unless you're asked). with my previous 13' casita...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 08-02-2019, 07:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,321
Posted By patrick crawford
i have used a wave3 propane heater for a long...

i have used a wave3 propane heater for a long time. it's the same as the buddy in that it's unvented. i always have the roof vent open a bit along with a window. i also have working alarms...
Forum: General Chat 07-26-2019, 05:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,111
Posted By patrick crawford
sandy, those seats came from west marine. ...

sandy, those seats came from west marine. they're sold as "event seats" and fold in half with backpack straps to carry to the event. that's a feature i never use however. installation was very...
Forum: General Chat 07-24-2019, 06:38 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,111
Posted By patrick crawford
or... if you can live without that annoying...

or... if you can live without that annoying mirror casita puts on the bathroom door you can use that space for a piece of very thin steel and have a magnet board (i use those tiny but insanely strong...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 07-19-2019, 06:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,958
Posted By patrick crawford
not to turn this into a discussion of fans,...

not to turn this into a discussion of fans, but...the 12v breeze box fan from the fantastic fan folks is great, small powerful and doesn't eat up a lot of volts.

p@
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 07-16-2019, 07:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 549
Posted By patrick crawford
or perhaps a battery disconnect switch. you'd be...

or perhaps a battery disconnect switch. you'd be able to connect the battery to the solar panel with no charge coming from the converter. all the usual 12v stuff would still consume shore power...
Forum: Fulltiming in a Molded Fiberglass Trailer 07-15-2019, 05:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,722
Posted By patrick crawford
i'm another of those who appreciate having a home...

i'm another of those who appreciate having a home base. i tend to take long trips lasting 3-4 months. of course i had visions of full timing when i first started seriously wandering. then came the...
Forum: General Chat 07-05-2019, 05:38 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,117
Posted By patrick crawford
you're half right fred. with the 16'er you can...

you're half right fred. with the 16'er you can get a bath and closet in front or you can get bunks, but...not both.

p@
Forum: General Chat 07-05-2019, 05:31 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,779
Posted By patrick crawford
the interior of my little house is my favorite. ...

the interior of my little house is my favorite. i love having everything within easy reach. i suppose that all those many years spent in a photographic darkroom were training for feeling very...
Forum: General Chat 06-30-2019, 05:37 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,117
Posted By patrick crawford
if i may pick at a few nits here... the flat door...

if i may pick at a few nits here... the flat door on the 17'er may be considered an advantage by most but, that curved door is just so darned cool and you can have a screen door, you just have to...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 06-22-2019, 07:58 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,635
Posted By patrick crawford
regarding batteries... once while i was camp...

regarding batteries... once while i was camp hosting i met a guy from canada that had the most amazing solar system i'v seen before or since. i can't begin to offer any technical details except...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 06-20-2019, 07:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 288
Posted By patrick crawford
welcome aboard. you've come to the right place...

welcome aboard. you've come to the right place to learn about fiberglass trailers. one thing you might want to do is find a fiberglass rally nearby and go visit. rest assured those folks will be...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 06-16-2019, 05:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 828
Posted By patrick crawford
i'd first check to see if the thing was properly...

i'd first check to see if the thing was properly plugged into the outlet. they can vibrate loose in some cases. then check the fuses/breakers at the converter (remember, you can't assume a fuse is...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 06-13-2019, 08:09 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,635
Posted By patrick crawford
in that case they're connecting in parallel. the...

in that case they're connecting in parallel. the only issue that i'm aware of is that this wiring really works best with 2 "identical" (age, capacity, etc) batteries. if they are different the...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 06-13-2019, 07:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,432
Posted By patrick crawford
i'm not fond of wheels on the tongue jack either....

i'm not fond of wheels on the tongue jack either. however, when on the road i do carry on in the truck. just in case, god forbid, you need to have the trailer towed. the wheel sure would make it...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 06-12-2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,635
Posted By patrick crawford
jane, how are your batteries wired? are they...

jane, how are your batteries wired? are they connected to each other?

p@
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 06-01-2019, 05:04 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,429
Posted By patrick crawford
Im another convert to the danfoss compressor...

Im another convert to the danfoss compressor fridge (norcold). For years I fought the absorption fridge in my Casita. It was like a hobby I didnt want. I did every mod I came across to coax cold...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 05-19-2019, 05:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,381
Posted By patrick crawford
zach, you're taking a prudent approach. i did...

zach, you're taking a prudent approach. i did pretty much the same over a period of several years. changing one thing at a time made the whole process much simpler and you can evaluate the benefits...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 05-18-2019, 05:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,381
Posted By patrick crawford
i use two 100w panels. one permanently mounted...

i use two 100w panels. one permanently mounted on the roof of my casita which stays connected to it's controller and the other mounted on the truck's topper roof that's connected to it's controller...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-16-2019, 05:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,559
Posted By patrick crawford
15.5 (+ or-) on my SD 16er. P@

15.5 (+ or-) on my SD 16er.

P@
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-04-2019, 05:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,065
Posted By patrick crawford
Alice, There is no inside frame on my door. On...

Alice,
There is no inside frame on my door. On the left (facing from the outside) the door is mounted directly to the fridge wall with a piano hinge. The right side presented issues that ive not...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-02-2019, 05:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,065
Posted By patrick crawford
alice, i looked into using a scamp door but after...

alice, i looked into using a scamp door but after getting prices from scamp i decided to build my own. the $150 (or so) wasn't so bad but the shipping to get it here was crazy. like $250 because it...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-20-2019, 06:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 886
Posted By patrick crawford
i recently removed the fridge from my 16'er. it...

i recently removed the fridge from my 16'er. it was not a big deal. removing as many pieces i could from the unit while still installed and i could take it out the door with no problem. mine is a...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-12-2019, 03:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 831
Posted By patrick crawford
those little water meters are handy for measuring...

those little water meters are handy for measuring how much water you consume while camping with water hookups. gives you a rough idea about how full your waste tanks might be. not sure i'd use the...
Forum: General Chat 03-25-2019, 05:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,687
Posted By patrick crawford
there's a fairly comprehensive list of changes...

there's a fairly comprehensive list of changes and the year they were made on the casita travel trailer forum...
...
Forum: Plumbing | Systems and Fixtures 03-23-2019, 06:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 713
Posted By patrick crawford
i've a couple of suggestions... since you're...

i've a couple of suggestions...

since you're going up on the roof why not replace both vent caps? if one has gone bad, the other can't be far behind.

if you paint those caps before installing...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 03-05-2019, 04:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,206
Posted By patrick crawford
i think the venting issue is mostly for propane...

i think the venting issue is mostly for propane operation. it's a small box and propane creates a lot of heat to cool the ammonia. then the ammonia needs to be cooled before it can be heated again...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-28-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,244
Posted By patrick crawford
thanks for all your comments. my trailer is a...

thanks for all your comments. my trailer is a 2012 and the fridge has been problematic from the beginning and gradually gotten worse. i'm pretty well versed in all those maintenance measures that...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-27-2019, 05:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,244
Posted By patrick crawford
thanks for your responses...after checking the...

thanks for your responses...after checking the pressure with manometer i removed it, replugged the hole it was hooked to and tried the fridge again. more bad news...it will light but when i release...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-23-2019, 06:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,244
Posted By patrick crawford
ok...here's where i am so far...my regulator (at...

ok...here's where i am so far...my regulator (at the tanks) is a marshal megr25h and has a test port. i tested there and got 13.28 wc (it was higher at first but after a few min settled down and...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-20-2019, 09:16 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,244
Posted By patrick crawford
steve, do you have that pin with the rubber or...

steve, do you have that pin with the rubber or plastic tip that fits into the bottom of the door to a matching hole in the fridge door frame? i found inserting that pin is crucial to preventing the...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-18-2019, 09:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,244
Posted By patrick crawford
MANOMETER?

i have a 16' casita with the small fridge. i recently completed a 3 month trip and all but 3 days i was forced to use my trusty coleman cooler to keep a chill on stuff. the flame never went out, ...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 02-14-2019, 08:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,207
Posted By patrick crawford
my casita has an upgrade progressive dynamics 12v...

my casita has an upgrade progressive dynamics 12v portion of the converter. no modification needed to work with 2 6v agm golf cart batteries. i did have to modify the 2 morningstar solar...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 01-30-2019, 08:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,435
Posted By patrick crawford
there's another reason i choose not to have an...

there's another reason i choose not to have an awning. the curb side of the spirit is already the heavy side of the trailer with the kitchen and all. it doesn't make much sense (to me) to add even...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 01-28-2019, 09:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,333
Posted By patrick crawford
this conversation confirms my choice to not...

this conversation confirms my choice to not listen to radio or any other audible stimulation. this towing stuff takes concentration....

p@

this is, i hope, not hijacking the thread....
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