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Old 09-09-2007, 05:53 PM   #1
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We found her on Craig's list...thanks to someone named Chris who'd posted the info and the link about the CJ for sale. Apparently,Chris's wife said,
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no, you already have a trailer.
and we just jumped at the chance!

[b]It's a 1973 Compact Jr and its in really bad shape. My husband and I managed to leave our home in Central Oregon at 6am and make it to Goldendale, Wa 150 miles north by 9am. We purchased it and drove home by noon!

It's now 4pm and we have totally gutted it! She was full of mold and mildew! Nothing a big bucket of bleach and soapy water can't take care of! Funny the previous owner had rattle canned sprayed what was supposed to look like camo. But it is UGLY! We are taking pictures to document the restoration! Fortunately, my husband is a carpenter and super artistic!

We got hooked on CJ's when we were camping at Yellowstone this summer. We met a couple who had a 1971 and they'd done neat things with it!

We are super excited! For a couple of kids in our 30's, whose folks drive a super spendy RV. We are the new generation who are finding ways to still have fun on the cheap~!

Stay tuned to see some images!
WHAT HAVE WE GOTTEN OURSELVES INTO?
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:55 PM   #2
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Yay, Stacy! You are going to love it.

Yeah, those pictures of the "Camo" were truly ugly. I can't wait to see the restoration.

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Old 09-09-2007, 05:59 PM   #3
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Thanks!
We are going to rely heavily on this really cool website to help us out!
Good news! the propane lines are just fine!
The water tank is in great shape!
The camo is still UGLY!

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Old 09-09-2007, 07:40 PM   #4
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Please do not make the mistake that I made when refitting a gutted out Compact Jr..
I furnished my unit out of pre-finished shelving, that had a white laminated surface, but a particle board core.
I wound up taking what was originally a 900 pound trailer (before gutting) and creating a 1400 pound trailer.
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Old 09-09-2007, 09:02 PM   #5
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Please do not make the mistake that I made when refitting a gutted out Compact Jr..
I furnished my unit out of pre-finished shelving, that had a white laminated surface, but a particle board core.
I wound up taking what was originally a 900 pound trailer (before gutting) and creating a 1400 pound trailer.
Thanks Frederick-
We know- NO PARTICAL BOARD! We have some nice maple door skins we are looking at.
Any ideas how to get rid of the "smell" and any idea how to get rid of the adhesive that was used to hold the quilted foam wall covering. Once we peeled the quilted stuff off...we have large chunck of adhesive that still needs to be peeled off.
Thanks!
CJ is now in the garage- completely gutted...no windows, door, pop-top, cabinets, its just an empty smelly shell. An mere mirage of its former self 34 yrs ago.

HEY- DOES ANYONE HAVE AN ORIGNAL CJ OWNERS MANUAL?
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Old 09-10-2007, 01:58 AM   #6
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Wellcome to the Compact/Hunter world. Send lots of pictures, we like to follow your progress. Mine is a Hunter I (red), just like the Compact II. We love our "cracked eggs". I wonder what the original color was?


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Old 09-10-2007, 09:35 AM   #7
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My sister has a CJ that I've done some work on--mostly sprucing-up, but there was one big project you might consider. The roof of the pop-up part tends to sag, and as long as you've got the top off, this might be an opportune time to add some roof braces. It makes it a lot easier to get a decent deal around the roof vent.

In this thread, I posted some pictures and an explanation of the top braces I added to Sis' trailer.
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I think the "Mystery Camper" has found a good and loving home
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YUP- - --sure sounds like "The Mystery Camper" found and a good home--- and THANK YOU for buying it.... It saves Carrie and me a trip to look at it and quaver about purchasing it.... Larry
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Old 09-10-2007, 01:44 PM   #10
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My sister has a CJ that I've done some work on--mostly sprucing-up, but there was one big project you might consider. The roof of the pop-up part tends to sag, and as long as you've got the top off, this might be an opportune time to add some roof braces. It makes it a lot easier to get a decent deal around the roof vent.

In this thread, I posted some pictures and an explanation of the top braces I added to Sis' trailer.
YES- We are the PROUD owners of a gutted fiberglass SHELL! That needs a dowsing of "kilz" from home depot!

IS THERE ANYWAY of please taking the pic you have of the MYSTERY CAMPER and putting it on my login?

All the pics we took are too big!
We can't get them to load for everyone to see.

The camper was not worth $1000, there was mold and rot! The roof and the mechnism is working perfectly. The roof is off and it has a sag. We are having a new canvas vent made at the local marine supply store.

A little concered about the bolts that are attached to the floorboard. Thinking they need to be replaced. Though, not sure!

The owner- DID NOT know what he had and did not even know about the year, length, or the fact that there was a fire about to happen...with some exposed wires.

The original color was green...that awful 70's green that is something between avacado and lime.

The camo paint comes of easily...though someone took a sander to the whole thing..
We are going to diamond plate the bottom and paint the top to match out tow a 2002 Toyota Tacoma.
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IS THERE ANYWAY of please taking the pic you have of the MYSTERY CAMPER and putting it on my login?
All the pics we took are too big!
We can't get them to load for everyone to see.
The picture under your name is called an Avatar. See this post for more info on size requirements and how to post it:
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Old 09-10-2007, 08:09 PM   #12
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YUP- - --sure sounds like "The Mystery Camper" found and a good home--- and THANK YOU for buying it.... It saves Carrie and me a trip to look at it and quaver about purchasing it.... Larry
Glad to help!
We will have to stay in touch and watch the progress.
This is seriously the mystery camper...forgot to mention what we found when we gutted it!
Nevermind, I will post pics later!
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:48 PM   #13
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I repainted mine when i had it.I sanded it down,then using a foam paint roller painted it.It came out real nice.
Have fun redoing it.
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