I insulated the external top and sides of the Casita’s refrigerator with Reflectix and fiberglass batt insulation today.  I also made a baffle to direct air directly over the cooling fins.  It seems to be helping.  The refrigerator temperature is now running 40 degrees below ambient temperature.

I think if I add a fan to move air over the fins faster, I may get a small additional gain.

I read on an Airstream forum that there is an additional resistor you can get from Dometic that dropped refrigerator temperature from 30 degrees below ambient to 60 for a couple of posters.  I may eventually look into that for my trailer.

And finally, FINALLY, I got the last two valances (for the small windows) sewn last night.  Tonight I’ll sew on the loops, and install them tomorrow.

I’ll take pictures when it’s done.

Ron and I are both excited about the upcoming trip.  It will feel so good to get out again!


  1. kathynik

     /  May 3, 2012

    Your knowledge of all these mechanical things amazes me! I barely know how to turn the ice-cube mechanism on in our fridge at home! And I have trouble just getting the snow off our van! That’s about as ‘involved’ as I get with it. I would never attempt to wax it! The Casita may be a ‘smaller’ camper, but it’s still a big vehicle to shine up! (Have to admit I’ve never heard of ‘Polyglo’) You deserve to have a grand time after all that work! I also applaud your staying with your diet. Then there’s the dogs! I’m still enjoying all your adventures! We DID put the canvas top up on our backyard gazebo today, though! That’s where we live all summer! It was great to have dinner in it this evenng! I look forward to more of your great travelogues!


    • Kathy, I am thrilled that you have the canvas top back on the gazebo! Hope you enjoy many wonderful meals and good times there this summer!

      My knowledge about all these things is pretty puny. I have to research forums, manuals, and every little thing. Then try to put it all together! I am pleased that there was a noticeable improvement with the refrigerator, though.

      Well, starting last Sunday I haven’t done that great on the diet, but will be back on the wagon this morning. I really like eating good foods. It’s mainly when I get tired or stressed that I revert back to my old ways.

      Sheba is a handful, but she is learning so fast. I think she is going to be a wonderful dog once she gets past the excitable puppy phase. I just have to remember not to let all the time I have to spend training her interfere with making Sunny feels special, too. It’s a juggling act! 🙂

      Good to hear from you!


  2. Can’t wait to see the new interior pics. Bet it looks fabulous! Thanks so much, TC, for your comments on my blog. I’m very touched by your kind thoughts and support! Maybe we will meet some day. I’m never going to give up my dream of hitting the road!



  3. Wow! It all looks amazing.


    • Thanks, Sue. I have discovered that a big part of the joy of owning my Casita is doing projects on it. Probably because it keeps me involved in camper-type stuff between trips!


    • Sue, I tried to comment on your blog, and Blogger won’t let me! Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed the flowers in your backyard.

      I bet the awning fabric will look fantastic on your Burro.

      And the Mona Lisa was REALLY funny! 🙂


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