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Old 07-10-2003, 08:59 PM   #1
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Statistical validity?

Mailman,

As there are, I think, a total of 3 - maybe 4, Compact owners on this BB, I don't think you have large enough of a sample to say what is a common problem for the brand overall. Now, if only 6 Compact Jrs were ever produced, maybe you could extrapolate.

The only thing you can say is those with these vintage beauties seem to be enjoying their trailers and any complementary DIY projects to the max. There is a lot of customizing going on. Maybe that's the result of owners feeling more free to knock out a bench or expand a bed or whatever when the trailer is fully paid for AND 30+ years old. I would not take a hammer to a brand new $15,000 trailer subject to monthly payments and warranties that could be voided - no way. But on a vintage model I'd hit the fabric, carpet, paint and hardware stores and make it all my own. There are actually a few custom FG beauties rolling down the highway with functional jacuzzis.

FWIW: I don't think a vent leak on a 30-year-old FG trailer is a major flaw. A few of the ladies on this BB have remedied such leaks all by themselves with the proper tools and gaskets or silicone caulking.
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Old 07-11-2003, 07:21 AM   #5
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Go for it!:jump-r

Fixin' them up is as much fun (almost as much fun?) as using them!:thumb

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Old 07-11-2003, 07:48 AM   #6
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roof leaks

Hi Mailman -

We own a 1971 Compact Junior. It does not have the roof leak that others described here. FYI - Ours was in mediocre shape when we purchased it last year (see archives and my posts in October/November with photos). It was very dirty, needed a new fabric connector to the pop-up, the cabinets are poor re-builds of the originals (or just shoddy originals), flooring is pretty grungy, etc. Anyhow we got it for $600. I think this was a very good deal - but maybe you can use this number in your negotiations if the asking price is significantly higher!

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Old 07-11-2003, 08:43 AM   #7
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Compact on Ebay

Not sure if this is the one you're looking at, but I've been watching this one.

Compact on ebay

What started out as a very reasonable trailer is climbing rather quickly, eh, MM? It looks to be a cutie, though.
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Hi mailman
As the owner of a 73 Compact II, i can say I have had no leaks in my rig since I put the windows in it. The pop up section overhangs the top opening which will not allow rain to get in. The only place it could leak is at one of the attaching points. This could be fixed by removing the fastener and then applying a little sealer as you reinstall the fastener. Your pop up is longer on the Compact Jr than mine. Mine is only about 6 feet long and I think the one you are looking at may be 7 or 8 feet long. but otherwise they should be the same. Good luck. The one on ebay looks like mine except I see it has a gas Refrigerator and mine is only a Cooler.
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Mine leaks

The entire roof cap section bows toward the center. It curves downward from each outer edge toward the middle, and runs the full length of the top. Water sits in this area (up to a couple of inches deep) and comes in the roof vent. The previous owner had the vent (in closed position) "permanently" sealed by masking off the vent and a few inches out in each direction. He then had a Rhino Linings bedliner dealer spray bedliner coating over it about 3/16" thick. This apparently worked for a while, but now it leaks again! It's just a few drips, but.......

I'll fix it sometime, but for now I simply lower the rear struts holding the top up. This slants the roof and allows rainwater to drain off. It is parked in the garage, so it is only an issue if it rains when camping. Fixing the bowing roof will be a big-time project. I'll probably take it to a bodyshop for major reconstruction. When I do that, I'll have new fabric made for the pop-up section.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:09 PM   #10
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I just bought a 1971 Compact Jr for $900. Needs some work, but I am looking forward to traveling with it. No leaks, yeah, however, I know nothing about it, specifically and in general. Hard to find infoformation.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:05 AM   #11
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A quick search on "Compact Jr" here should get you lots of information!
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:27 PM   #12
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I did, but it just brought me the the main rv type page. Anyhow, I have the "beast" now. Lots of elbow grease to get to the nice color underneath. It had been stored under trees and was covered in needles and gunk. I scrubbed inside and took eveything out, (it was a mess). These is no table. Just a platform bed. Underneath it was the spare tire, still new on a rim. Just to the front of the platform on either side looks like a seat. Just wide enough for one. No cushions, but thats all it could be. I assume there was a drop down little table there at one time. You bring it down for an extended bed. No mattress.

Stove, no oven. Stove has never been used. The owner did not believe in camping that way, It was covered by a board where he had an elaborate crock pot cooker.

Underneath looks like a furnance. There is a vent, very dirty, and outside an exhaust port/fan. But I could not see controls anywhere. Above the stove is a traditional looking vent cover, but no holes or venting. Strange. Pictures on this site later.

Other side, missing fridge. Underneath, a battery in a plastic box, dead. Wires going out to various lights. No way to recharge. So I am going to put in a converter/charger. I don't understand putting in a battery that is hard to get to, unless there was a way to charge it easily.

Anyhow, if anyone knows of these things, esp the furnace, let me know. I have never seen a platform bed model.
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