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Old 05-03-2016, 03:08 PM   #1
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Hunter I vs II

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I'm going to look at a Hunter Compact next week. It doesn't have a bathroom but does have the space also only has icebox no fridge or oven. The pop top canvas will need replacing soon too. It's advertised as a II, has the decals and is a 73. caulking round the windows is a bit messy as well
My question is whats the difference between a I and II and what would you think is a fair price for a 6/10?

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Old 05-03-2016, 07:28 PM   #2
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It sure looks an awful lot like our Compact II did when we got it.
They were made with a ton of owner selected options.

This one looks like it may have/ had a heater installed?
Some have a bath most have a closet.
Some have a real fridge, most have an uninsulated icechest.
Some have an oven ( ours doesn't).

Check for a battery. Ours ran on a/c or from the tugs battery (&#128561

There is a checklist of things to look for. And someone else may know the difference between the two Hunters.

At some time during the past 40 some years lots has happened to these little beauties. Things break and get replaced. A little wiring here a little plumbing there. Nothing drastic since they're so small. But it's something to look for, since you'll find it eventually!


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Old 05-03-2016, 09:35 PM   #3
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Thanks Denece. Hows the Compact working out for you? We're two adults and hopefully a small dog by Summer
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The 'messy caulking' may be a signal that a previous owner had trouble stopping a leak or leaks. They may have used silicone, which is not a good product to use with our fiberglass trailers as it does not adhere well and causes everything else you put on later to not adhere well. Read up on silicone threads here; you may have to take out windows, work hard to remove all the silicone and its residue, then re-seal with butyl tape.
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:01 PM   #5
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Compace I and II

I have had both the I and the II. The I has longer benches and less cabinet space. Basically, each has a sink and stove top on the driver's side of the trailer. The I cabinet stops there and the bench length starts at that spot. The II will have about one foot of closet space beyond the stove top and therefore one foot less of bench space.
On the passenger side of the I, you will have a closet and small cabinet or shelf space. The II will have a refrigerator or ice box and a two door closet for the porta potty.
Check out my photos of the builds for my '74 and my '75. Click on my 'SouthwestOregon201' user name.
'Hope this helps.

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Thanks Dave

That helps a lot. Great reno by the way, real home away from home. What's the story with those slide in awnings? Can they go around corners?
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Thanks Mike

I was planning on using it as is this summer then do a reno over winter. Good to know about the silicon as thats what I would have probably used. The was a fiberglass car in the 70's called the Bond Bug, may use that for inspiration
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Most of the trailers that were made by Hunter Structures were called either "Compact Jr" or "Compact II". A few were called "Hunters" but I have no idea how many of each were made. The photo you posted is what I would call a Compact II. The part of the roof that raises differs between them. The Jr has a raised section almost the whole length of the trailer and the II has a raised section about 1/2 the length of the trailer. Because the bench length differs, the bed size also differs. The Jr has a slightly longer bed. The II has a U shaped bench that allows seating on 3 sides of the table. I hope you find what you are searching for in a trailer.

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Thanks Tom
I was labouring under the illusion that the only difference was the bathroom. But that seems to have been an option at the time as well as a lot of other stuff.
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Gagan, here's a thread you may find interesting:
Complete list of Compact style trailers with pictures
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FWIW we are a couple who travel with a rather large cat.
We decided to go with a full time foam mattress ( queen with some of the length removed ) we kept the original cushions in the garage. We seldom spend a lot of time inside unless the weather is bad and then we are likely to curl up with books and coffee.
We put in a battery and solar panels since we rarely stay where there are hook ups.
We probably spend about 30-45 nights a year in it. Other issues keep us home a lot.
It is just perfect for what we like to do. Others might need more stuff.

It's all so dependent on personal preferences that you have to think about your plans; where, when and how long you plan to camp and what you need to be happy.

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Sounds like a great set up. I like the idea of not having to make a bed.

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