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Old 07-29-2009, 07:48 PM   #1
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theres one near here for sale..1972 compact jr and I have a few questions maybe some of you more experienced can answer.
are these worth having? so when restored as good as a uhaul or something?
anyone know the weight of this? I wanna pull it with my 67 ranchero
what is the length?....does it have brakes? or will it need a diffferent axle etc to accomodate that.....I'm quite handy with tools and car restoration and repair....will need my son for any interior finish work..rest I can handle......any ideas are appreciated...............Bruce
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:54 AM   #2
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Oh my, where to start. My answers are for an unmodified Compact Jr.

Is a Compact Jr as good as a U-Haul or something?

I would say this depends on what features you want. I bought a Compact Jr (CJ) because I wanted light weight, lots of headroom when set up but short overall height when towing, and a large single bed (my wife insists on it and I agree).
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Generally, though, the quality of materials and workmanship in the original CJs is mediocre. For instance, the interior "woodwork" is contact paper on doorskins. I didn't care because I will eventually replace that stuff.

What is the weight?
I don't know the weight of mine yet, and it's changing as we speak as I'm in the middle of a remodel. I am trying to keep it at about 1200 pounds wet.

What is the length?
13' overall -- the interior is just shy of 10'

Does it have brakes?
No, the axle will have to be replaced in order to get brakes.

Can I tow it with
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I don't know anything about the capabilities of your Ranchero, but big motors were common then. I towed a 27 foot Nomad with my mother's '63 Chevy Bel Aire.

However, I now have a 1993 Toyota Camry 4-cylinder which is rated at something like 150hp, and it struggles with the CJ on steep grades even at sea level. I believe something rated at 200+ hp would be an acceptable tow vehicle for the CJ, but I don't have any experience with that yet.
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:30 PM   #3
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My sister's Compact Jr, loaded for a trip, weighs 1600 lb, with about 60 pounds on the tongue.

No brakes.

She tows hers with a RAV-4, used to tow with a PT Cruiser.
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My sister's Compact Jr, loaded for a trip, weighs 1600 lb, with about 60 pounds on the tongue.

No brakes.

She tows hers with a RAV-4, used to tow with a PT Cruiser.
YUP--- that's what our Compact weighs also -- loaded going down the road... I pull with my 65 El Camino and have to watch that I don't speed towing. No brakes on the trailer and haven't had a problem yet. (cross my fingers) Do have disc brakes on front of El Camino, tho.... Larry
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Old 08-01-2009, 08:35 AM   #5
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the compact was sold before the gal answered me...too bad because it was only a few miles down the road............and yes my Ranchero has newer disc brakes installed also.....I think if i find a light enough camper I'll be okay,...If I have to add braakes I will..........I work for a company that deals in camper parts and installations also.........Bruce
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:03 AM   #6
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Have you checked for the tow rating of your Ranchero? Once you know that you'll have a better idea of where you stand, vis-a-vis what trailers would be options for you.

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Old 08-01-2009, 10:44 AM   #7
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Have you checked for the tow rating of your Ranchero? Once you know that you'll have a better idea of where you stand, vis-a-vis what trailers would be options for you.

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not sure really.but it has more power and brakes and suspension than they ever came with... I just figured after seeing those things tied to alot of smaller cars Id be okay...either way I can do a brake install and axle on one if needed...and I like the squarish looks of the compact, beach comber,surfsides etc......a uhaul vt if one pops up would be my choice for a rounded one
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:49 AM   #8
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not sure really.but it has more power and brakes and suspension than they ever came with... I just figured after seeing those things tied to alot of smaller cars Id be okay...either way I can do a brake install and axle on one if needed...and I like the squarish looks of the compact, beach comber,surfsides etc......a uhaul vt if one pops up would be my choice for a rounded one
Here's one I saw over on Bolerama, it's in Newfoundland:

For SALE 1972 Trillium $3000.00 In 2006 new axle with brakes, rewired running light's, new AC/DC fridge new paint. Thanks Pat 709-256-2834
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Here's one I saw over on Bolerama, it's in Newfoundland:

For SALE 1972 Trillium $3000.00 In 2006 new axle with brakes, rewired running light's, new AC/DC fridge new paint. Thanks Pat 709-256-2834
where's newfoundland?...jk.....Im from conn and dont think i wanna chase down a passsport and travel that far to get one...thankyou though...........Bruce
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where's newfoundland?...jk.....Im from conn and dont think i wanna chase down a passsport and travel that far to get one...thankyou though...........Bruce
It's north of you and east of Quebec. Yeah, you'd need a passport.
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If you're looking for a Boler, there's one for sale on Bolerama... and it's in Massachusetts:
http://forums.delphiforums.com/boler...es/?msg=8102.1
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:04 PM   #12
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Bruce, I can tell you that in this are, east of the big muddy, there are not many of the compact JR. at least not that I have seen. most are out west. We just got ours fall of 08 and have used it only 2 times and love it. planing to do allot of mods to this fun, cheap little camper. and the bed is the biggest I think you can get in one of these fiberglass campers. that is a big plu for me.
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:38 PM   #13
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Bruce, I can tell you that in this are, east of the big muddy, there are not many of the compact JR. at least not that I have seen. most are out west. We just got ours fall of 08 and have used it only 2 times and love it. planing to do allot of mods to this fun, cheap little camper. and the bed is the biggest I think you can get in one of these fiberglass campers. that is a big plu for me.
yeah.even though I contacted the people with the compact as soon as I seen it...it was already sold.too bad because it was only 3-5 miles away......either way I'm now purchasing a uhaul 13 from a fellow and look forward to it alot....my ranchero has discs also so I think it;ll be okay.....those compacts are cool looking too...too bad theyre so scarce out east
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Bruce, Sorry to see you mist the compact but at least it sounds like you found one you like. If you and your U-haul are up for a trip I know of 3 of use that will be at the New York Lake Erie State Park Sept 18th and 19th. I can only make it for the last 2 days of the rallly but others will be there from the 14th on. Not sore where in newengland you are but would love to see you and the new U-haul there. Good luck.
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