Making it Your Own

Once you have found the "perfect" small travel trailer for you, you're likely to start thinking of changes you'd like to make. The photos above show that anything is possible, although for me they are a little "over the top"! We have found a lot of simpler modifications and enhancements that are less about appearance and more about making things a little easier when we travel and making us more comfortable. Here's a sample of changes we've made to get you started thinking:

Shelving

Shelving

Our Casita has a lot of cabinets for storage, but Fay wanted more shelving. The first photo show shelving I added to our hanging closet. We use it for folded clothing. The bungees keep everything in place while we are driving. The second photo shows under the sink, which was originally just a large open area.

Sink Cover

Sink Cover

I made this simple cover to give us some more counter top space when we aren't using the sink. The block on the bottom allows the cover to wedge between the faucets and the sink inside. It always stays in place while we are driving.

Trash Bag Holder

Trash Bag Holder

Fay wanted a good place to keep plastic bags for our trash basket. I used hot glue to mount an empty container from anti-bacterial wipes. We stuff it full of plastic grocery bags, and can pull one out the end when needed, the same way you pull wipes out of a new one.

Bathroom Ventilation

Bathroom Ventilation

We like to keep the bathroom door cracked a bit for ventilation. The problem is that our bathroom door normally tries to stay closed. First I mounted two small pieces of valcro to about a four inch section of foam pipe insulation. Then I mounted a long strip of valcro across the top of the bathroom doorway. We can now stick the foam piece at various places along the door frame to control how wide the door stays open. I also stuck two small piece of valcro to the inside of the door where we keep the foam when we want the door completely closed.

Sewer Parts Storage

Sewer Parts Storage

I hated putting the sewer fittings in the truck bed with other things. I got a marine battery box from Walmart and mounted it to the trailer tongue behind the hitch. I painted the words "Sewer Parts" on it to discourage anyone from thinking it contains a battery and being tempted to make it their own.

You will come across a lot of photos of changes other people have made within the Facebook Groups I listed on my Choosing a Small Travel Trailer page. These groups are also great places to post an idea you have and get suggestions (and often photos) from others who have made similar enhancements.

Here's also a great page on modifications that another Casita owner has. He has posted photos and the steps he went through for the many changes he's made. (Even if you don't have a Casita, check this out for ideas.)