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Old 02-21-2009, 12:06 PM   #29
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Yes, I've seen a porch light added near the door. I've not added one, but I don't think it would be very difficult.

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Old 02-22-2009, 02:33 PM   #30
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This is a thread where I can help! YAY! hehe
I have added a porch light to my Compact II, and it's not hard at all. I was a little tense about drilling holes in the skin of my trailer, but as long as you don't use a mile long drill bit and you're careful, it's not tough.
I put my light on the kitchen side of the doorway. Here are some particulars:

1. The inner skin around the kitchen can be gently pried away once you take out the retaining screws, so that you can see what you're doing. There's actually a small space between the outer shell and the kitchen's 'inner skin' in some places, plenty of room for a little wiring here and there...

2. In my trailer, there's already several power sources in that area, with all the lights and the H20 pump, so there are plenty of options for power.

3. I went with a 12V light, since my 12V system is either what I'm running on, or is being charged when I'm plugged in. Its the basic 12V porch light you can buy at just about any RV supply place.

4. I only used one switch, inside, and it is the style that is lit up when the light is on. My switch is right by the door, so if I do need to turn it off/on from the outside, it's not a far stretch...hehe

5. I haven't been on a trip with it since adding the light, but it's stored outside at my folks place, and I have yet to see any evidence of leaks. I sealed it with that same sort of tape/caulk that is used around windows and such.

Sadly I don't have any pics to share, though I'm seeing now from other people's threads that I should ALWAYS take pics for any project I do on my trailer! It's good reference for others down the road...

FYI, other repairs/upgrades I have done to my trailer include:
1. Adding an onboard 12V charger
2. Replacing the breather hat for the bathroom/black water tank
3. Created a tiny 'control panel' area in the kitchen for the porch light & H2O pump switch
4. Replaced fresh water filler
5. Added 12V outlet in bed/dinette area

Any mods/repairs I've done have not been complicated or complex, or I couldn't have done them! hehe Basically, if I could do it, pretty much anybody should be able to handle them. The BIG repair that I'll tackle down the road, when there's a garage for the trailer to be in again, is pulling the pop-top off and getting the canvas replaced. It's workable for now, but the windows don't close anymore, the velcro's all shot, so it's just time...

Anyway, happy modding, and feel free to message me with any questions/comments, K?


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Old 02-23-2009, 07:43 AM   #31
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Here's a porch light I put on my sister's:

Pretty much the same setup as Joseph's.
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Old 02-23-2009, 03:58 PM   #32
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Yep, saw the picture, bought the same porch light to install when the time comes. Pretty soon most of us will have the same porch light, and others will think it was original! ha ha.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:13 PM   #33
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Hey Steve,
That's EXACTLY how my porchlight looks! hehe Well, except that I didn't do the outside switch thing... So basically yours was my inspiration...hehe

I LOVE seeing all the stuff you do to your sister's trailer, gives me ideas for my rig down the road.

Cliff's project is very interesting to watch too. All of you folks doing MAJOR work give inspiration to smaller achievers like me...hehe So keep up the good work, and keep posting the pics, K? Thanks!

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Old 03-02-2009, 01:34 PM   #34
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Here's some food for porch light on-a-Compact Jr thought. I deleted the kitchen fiberglass 'surround' and the driver's side bulkhead during my rebuild. After fooling around with the thing, trying to make it mate with the new kitchen cabinet and bulkhead I had made, I decided I didn't need it and liked the interior better without it.

With no 'in-between' space to route wires, and with the mounting hardware for the light potentially exposed, I built a paper towel holder as the 'counter-mount'

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I routered-out the back plate of the towel holder, so it can serve as a junction box and screw-mount for the light. The light mounting hardware holds them both up.

I epoxied the wires to the wall and roof, coming to and from the towel holder. The power jumps over from the (space behind the) door jam to the towel holder, feeds the porch light, then carries on to the overhead light in the kitchen. Found a great 12V florecent red/white overhead from the marine store ($90 though, but I love using 'night vision red' at camp).
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Old 03-02-2009, 05:36 PM   #35
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Nice work around if you don't have the fiberglass surround. I will install my fiberglass surround, and rebuild the wall. It gives me more options to attach things to.
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:13 PM   #36
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Hello I am new to this site. I have a 1974 Hunter Compact ii that I just purchased in January. Daffie was supposed to be completely restored. I took her camping last week and was in a monsoon rain storm. Every window leaked. I was able to tarp and finish my stay but I want to be able to stop any and all leaks in the future ...can anyone help????
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:32 PM   #37
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You may want to post this as a new thread, this one you posted to has been inactive for 3 years. Re: windows, most fg trailers have similar windows and there are several threads on removing and resealing them. Browse thru the post and threads or use the search function. If you still need some help, contact a moderator.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:08 PM   #38
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:38 AM   #39
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I have a nice 1974 Compact II, we love it!
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:44 PM   #40
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Hi, and welcome to the site. As mentioned, it's better to start a NEW thread rather than jumping onto an old one....

About the windows. They are all sealed with standard RV putty tape, available at all RV parts shops. You take out the screws on the inside frame and tip the window frame out, clean off all the old stuff and put a new ribbon of putty tape around the window frame. Then just refit the inside frame and tighten it down. First snug and then a little more for the next 2-5 days. Trim off what squeezes out with a butter knife. Expect some ooze for a few weeks, just trim it back again.

BTW: DO NOT use any kind of silicone sealer, it will only leak in the near future. Silicone and fiberglass really don't mix very well.
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Old 06-07-2016, 01:58 AM   #41
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Not yet, hopefully soon...

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Just wondering if anyone else has one? I guess there getting pretty scarce, weve had this one for over twenty years.
I fell just a wee bit short of acquiring a Hunter Compact II, last week. I'm still looking!
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Old 06-14-2016, 10:08 AM   #42
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I just bought a Compact II in May. Nice shape, outside white above and red below. My wife is making navy cushions so theme will be red, white, and blue. 1970s green appliances. Don't know yet how everything is plumbed and wired but will little by little. Anxious for my first trip this summer.
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