Sunday, August 31, 2014


This morning we successfully stashed our little project at the parents-in-laws' place, where she'll rest until we get our house sold and find another place to live. We were not surprised, and you won't be either, to know that a 1999 Chevrolet Tracker is not a suitable tow vehicle. We were able to tow the trailer and all her bits with no problems, but at highway speed or on anything but a flat road we wouldn't have nearly enough power. We have a lot of other stuff on our to-do list before we get to purchasing a tow vehicle, though!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

On the road, sort of

The temporary subfloor has been installed and, as promised, here is a picture of our Casita getting ready for the big move from our driveway to Philip's parents' place in Leander. Hard to believe all these parts will one day make a little house! Luna looks dubious.

Unfortunately, that's probably going to be the last progress for awhile. Our house will go on the market soon, and once it's sold we'll have to find a place to light. It'll likely be a temporary situation and most of what we own will be in storage, including the Casita. Hate to do it, but our lives sort of unravelled right after we bought the Casita so there are other priorities to be addressed before we can play again. At least we'll have plenty of time to plan and dream!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Well, don't we feel silly!

We bought our Casita in pieces, and there's been (and still is) way too much foundation work to be done to worry about interior layouts, etc. The work has gone very slowly due to a rather daunting list of life experiences that have been handed to us since we bought her. We hadn't really spent much time looking at layouts but we took a closer look this evening and what do you know? We thought we had a 1987 16' Liberty but now we're not really sure what we have. The VIN plate is missing, but the title says she is a 1986, model unspecified, 16' trailer. We should have a better idea of the original floor plan once we haul the partitions down from the loft and start figuring out where they would fit. If that doesn't work, we have the VIN from the title so maybe the Casita factory can tell us.

That said, we're fine with whatever she turns out to be, and find the tiny space charming. Our Casita is a giant jigsaw puzzle, and the advantage that offers is that we can arrange things however we want. It may be that once we finish restoring our Casita, we'll decide we want to sell it and buy a larger one. On the other hand, by then we'll have a 100% custom trailer and we may not want to part with it!

We're getting ready to sell our home and we don't know where we're going from there, so work continues on getting the plywood subfloor temporarily installed so we can fill the Casita with all her worldly possessions (partitions, shower stall, bed cushions, galley, and miscellaneous spare parts) and haul her off to the parents' place until we have a place for her. No new pictures yet, but next time I'll have photos of the completed flooring and all the stuff we have yet to install!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Exploring resources

Our friend Thomas the boatbuilder has been sharing lots of resources on power generation, storage design, and other boatbuilding challenges. I think they're going to be really helpful, since our little fiberglass egg probably has more in common with boats than most RVs. In particular, we've started perusing Bruce Bingham's The Sailor's Sketchbook.

Another great resource was shared today by someone on the Facebook Casita group. The Boat Galley has a wealth of information about living and efficiently using space on a boat.

Our Casita is being prepared for a short trip to parents' property so she'll be out of the way while we put our house on the market. We recently ordered a great set of LED tail lights, which we'll need to get wired up for the move. More on that next time!