Boondocking and Conserving Water

I can't believe that you can boondock on Forestry or BLM land for 14 days at a time and for free!! The downside to that is you have to haul your own food and water in and when you leave haul all your waste and garbage out with you. That takes some skill and planning and I'm working on that right now.

Water is a valuable commodity to any RV'er not hopping from one RV park hookup to another. The boondocker knows that a Gallon of water weighs eight Pounds and there's only so much your tank will hold and the more you carry, the lower to the ground you travel and the lower your gas mileage. So, you pack what you can and you use it wisely. This leads me nicely onto my latest purchase.

If you cook then you have to eventually do the washing up and that takes water, and water is a precious commodity remember so you want to use as little as possible. And if you cook outside a lot as I like to do then wouldn't it be nice to take care of dirty plates and pans out there? Last week I watched a walkthrough of a lady converting an ambulance into a camper, she had what looked like the perfect solution, I found it on Amazon, bought it without knowing if it would fit my Casita sink, well it does and it is awesome. It features an integrated drain plug, collapses, uses much less water and looks very modern. Well pleased!


Upgrading the stock Casita Thermostat

It didn't take long into my Casita ownership to realize that while the frame and body are rock solid, the fitments are low-end and often downright cheap and nasty. A case in point is the analogue heater thermostat, that nasty little bi-metallic thing that seems to cycle the heater way more than it should. Twenty minutes research located a battery powered digital thermostat with a backlit display that would fit over the existing mounting holes of my existing thermostat. The entire swap out took about 15 minutes and requires you remove just two wires, drill out the old rivets, position the backplate of the new thermostat, fix with two new rivets, re-connect the two wires, add the batteries, pop the front cover and you're done. The backlist display only comes on when you tap either an up or down button. The replacement is silent, modern looking, really easy to read in the dark because of the backlighting. Also I don't think my heater now cycles as much as it did before. So cheap at just under $30.

I finally bought a Casita camper!

It started with a rough night in a tent last summer. I told myself I'm too old to be sleeping on the ground in a field! I really do like a comfortable bed and there's a good chance I'll want to get up to use the bathroom during the night, none of which seemed to fit the tent model. Other folk at the overnight event had brought camping trailers of assorted shapes and sizes and that got me thinking.

Upon getting home I researched, oh how I researched! So many horror stories about traditional wood frame cabers literally rotting from the inside out, even owners of well used campers putting their foot through rotten flooring, that wasn't for me. Then fiberglass crossed my radar and it seemed to be a better fit, basically if you don't drill holes in it then it won't leak and it certainly won't rot. Of the available brands I kept landing on the Casita out of Rice Texas. The 17 foot model with an integrated wet shower and toilet was calling to me, but they are few and far between in Oregon but the search was on!

Online scams, the Casita seems to be a target as I kept encountering the same image describing different camera that all seemed way too cheap, and if there's one thing I'd already learned about the Casita is that it keeps it's value like an Airstream. After four months of looking I found a Casita 2015 17' Spirit Deluxe with my name on it, and so I bought her. Let the adventures begin!

CASITA

I went wild buying accessories and add-ons from Amazon, eBay and specialist camping stores. Did I need everything? No, I didn't, and many of the items I couldn't return and so sit in my garden shed unloved and unneeded. And so on this page I'm going to detail all the add-ons, modifications and purchases that have enhanced my Casita life.