Our Wonderful Little Casita

I had thought that I might be able to hold off on winterizing the Casita by keeping the heater running in it since this winter has been so mild.  But tonight, winter is finally here.  So today we got the winterizing done.

It was so easy with the Camco winterizing kit!  It took exactly one gallon to do the whole system.  Since I had bought two gallons, I divided the other gallon between the black and gray tanks.  That should prevent any damage to the valves.

As I worked in the Casita today, I was again struck with the rock solid quality of the build.  That is one company who still cares about giving their customers the very best.

There are only two things I would change about the trailer.  First, I would prefer washable walls and ceilings to the carpet.  And secondly, I would like drain holes in the bottom so when the inevitable water system accidents occur, the water would have somewhere to go.  I have been planning to drill some carefully placed drain holes, but just haven’t gotten to it yet.

While I was working in the trailer, I decided to go ahead and do a thorough cleaning.  I pulled the back bed and cushions, vacuumed the wall carpet, washed the fiberglass seat bases, and mopped the floor.  The vacuuming took a while.  I would do short sections, then rest.  But I’m satisfied that the rear of the trailer is as clean as I can get it.

Tomorrow I plan to do the front of the trailer.  And when that is done, I will vacuum the ceiling and maybe shampoo around the air conditioner vents.  I also need to clean the front carpet near the floor where Sheba keeps depositing dog hair.  I am trying to devise an attractive barrier to put in front of that part of the carpet so it won’t need such frequent cleaning.  Maybe plexiglass?

Our trailer is a 2005 and we have had it a little over a year now.  It is as beautiful as new.  There are a few little tweaks that need to be done when you get the trailer.  Most importantly, you need to make a drip tray for the upper refrigerator vent.  Otherwise rain will seep in and get to the floor behind the refrigerator.  The other essential is modifying the gray water plumbing so the gray water drains instead of trickles out.

But once those things are taken care of, I don’t think there is a better built trailer on the market.  If you like small campers, you will fall madly in love with the Casita!






  1. barbara young

     /  December 27, 2012

    Can you tell me how much your camper weighs and what you tow it with?


    • Barbara, dry weight is approximately 2500 lbs. It varies depending on which options you get; Fully loaded, ours is probably around 3200 lbs., although I have never had it weighed. Tongue weight is 365 dry, but will probably be around 450 loaded, if you pack like we do.

      We tow with a 2007 6 cylinder Chevy Silverado.

      I believe that Casita recommends that a tow vehicle should be rated for a 5000 lb. trailer and a 500 lb. tongue weight.

      You can find answers to any questions you might have about it at http://www.casitaforum.com/invboard/ 🙂


  2. chucksper

     /  December 28, 2012

    Can’t wait to head north and west in our Casita this spring and summer. It’s winterized at home right now with pink antifreeze and covered with a tarp while we’re traveling overseas.


    • Wow! You really are a vagabond! Overseas in the winter and Casita travel in the summer!

      Hope you are having a wonderful time!


  3. Sure are cute little guys …. I’m going to try to make the 5th wheel work … dreading the maintenance and such … BUT … I don’t know… I know nothing… you make me want a Casita… sigh


    • Carolyn, Casitas are a niche market. They definitely are not for everyone. Some people get claustrophobic and feel like they are in a sardine can in them. If you feel you need the space of a 5th wheel, you probably do! 🙂


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