Most Common Casita Solutions and Upgrades
OMW Receiver Hitch Allows you to transport a bike rack, storage trunk, portable grill, or anything else compatible with a 2” standard towing receiver. Because the hitch is bolted directly to the Casita’s rear frame, it eliminates the annoying bouncing and flexing that occur with racks attached to the Casita’s rear factory bumper. And, it won’t interfere with your spare tire. Made with U.S. steel and powder-coated, it’s built to last.
Scissor Jacks from BAL Add extra support to enhance leveling and stability for a rock-steady trailer. Bonus: they’re strong enough to lift the whole Casita off the ground so that a tire can be changed without use of additional jacks. Installed in sets of 2 or 4, to fit your needs.
OMW Shock Absorbers for Dexter #10 Axle (a.k.a the "shock kit") Reduces the bouncing and jostling your Casita (and all your carefully packed provisions) endure as you travel over dips, ruts, and bumps in the road. Because it provides a dampening effect, it also makes for a smoother towing experience.
OMW 3" Lift Kit Raises your trailer a full 3” for extra road clearance.
Jack Relocation Moves the jack back a few inches so you can lower your truck’s tailgate, or open the back door, without banging into the jack. Note: Your service tech can confirm whether the jack is compatible with your towing vehicle. Supplies of this product are limited.
Double Steps Replaces the single step with two steps, reducing the distance you need to step up or down when getting into and out of your Casita. Great for those with 15” tires, a lift kit, or mobility issues. This is one of the most frequently requested modifications.
Dometic Refrigerator Hinge Replacement Unobtrusive laser cut stainless steel brackets prevent (or fix) the problem of broken refrigerator door hinges. To put it bluntly: Dometic hinges are made from a brittle plastic that just doesn’t hold up. If you have a Casita, at some point, you'll be faced with a door that won’t close. Reinforcing or replacing the mechanism is, from what we’ve seen and heard, the most common repair.
Solar Power Setup All that you need to charge your batteries with solar panels. We’ll make sure you have the right panels for your needs, add the necessary electrical connections, and explain how the system works (it’s very straightforward). If you plan to harness solar power, you might also be interested the Easy Battery Cutoff Switch.
One Touch Climate Control Keeps your Casita at the temperature you want. You set the Honeywell thermostat and our integrated system will take care of the rest. This makes your heating, cooling, and air circulation appliances function like a conventional central air and heat (HVAC) system.
Easy Battery Cutoff Switch Disconnect your battery from the system with the flip of a single switch. This takes some of the hassle out of swapping out batteries and is ideal for those who boondock and/or use multiple batteries. The components are made to withstand the elements—we use only marine grade connectors.
Lighted Water Pump and Lighted Water Heater Switches Removes the guesswork about whether your water heater is on or off and reminds you to turn it off, just in case you’ve forgotten. The easily visible light gives you one less thing to remember, and helps you save propane.
Maintenance and Repairs
Weight And Balance There are three components to this service. First, we’ll weigh your trailer using our digital scales. Next, using your exact tongue weight (also known as “hitch weight” and “pin weight”), we’ll calculate the stability of your trailer. Finally, we'll give you a sticker with the information that you can affix to your frame or a printout that you can file for future reference. Knowing these figures makes for better handling and safer towing. We highly recommend this service for all owners. (If you want to know more about tongue weight, check out this easy to understand discussion from the folks at HowStuffWorks.com
Wheel Bearing and Brake Service This one is all about safety. We’ll thoroughly inspect your wheel bearings and braking system, perform routine maintenance, and repair or replace any worn or damaged components. We use genuine Dexter parts. To ensure quality, we only perform this service in our shop.
Water Heater Service Properly maintaining your water heater can extend its life. We’ll drain it, flush it, and inspect the anode. If needed, we can replace the anode (the part that keeps the water heater from rusting).
Axle Replacement The Dexter axle does, eventually, wear out. There’s no way to know exactly how much life you can expect to get out of yours, but once it’s 5 years old, you should make a point of checking it annually for signs of wear to the torsion rubber. If you’re ready for a new one, we can install it. We only offer the bolt-on axle.
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