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Old 07-19-2007, 10:07 AM   #1
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I am interested in looking closer at a compact junior or Trails west campster as a trailer that might meet my needs. Pictures in the referrals forum of a unit for sale, identified as a Family Wagon Camper, looks like a Compact, show that there is no wall at the edge of the galley. It makes the trailer look open and spacious but I am wondering whether that wall is needed to provide structural strength and rigidity.

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Old 07-19-2007, 10:49 AM   #2
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The Campster has a T-shaped reinforcement in the front (beyond the pop top). But the Compact shown has the longer pop-top, so I don't know if it could have reinforcement at that middle wall by the stove. I think you'd have to look at it or at least inquire about whether they reinforced it when they cut those walls down. I agree, it does look good that way.

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I am interested in looking closer at a compact junior or Trails west campster as a trailer that might meet my needs. Pictures in the referrals forum of a unit for sale, identified as a Family Wagon Camper, looks like a Compact, show that [b]there is no wall at the edge of the galley. It makes the trailer look open and spacious but I am wondering whether that wall is needed to provide structural strength and rigidity.

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The original factory design placed a wall there to support the roof structure, especially the pop-up which causes extra stress. My Compact Jr. had that wall removed, and I found that the main roof sagged severely (4") in the middle, when the top was up without it. I added a steel "L" joist 8' long to the lip of the roof opening, joining and supporting the lifting mechanisms on both sides to correct the problem while maintaining the open space between the galley and bunk.
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