1972 Compact Jr. - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-28-2007, 04:46 PM   #1
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I just purchased a very nice CJ.It needs very little done,if anything.
I did notice the gasket seal around the perimeter of the poptop
needs to be replaced.It doesn't look like it would keep water out
when driving in a good rain storm.My old VW camper had same issue.
Can anyone recommend a replacement? Also the new top is just bolted on.What would be
a good way to keep water out.I thought of velcro inbetween bolts.Maybe there is a better way? I have not seen any of these campers and have camped coast to coast and all through Canada and the Maritimes.My rig is ready to go but would like to get it as close
to waterproof as possible as it always rains in the Maritimes where we will be going.
Also.....what is the correct size tire for the CJ?What is best air pressure for roug roads
that I have found going to GrossMorne in my old Scotty a few years back.
Is there a parts place that C-Jers prefer?
Jeff&Bonnie (Monson,Mass)
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Old 05-28-2007, 09:27 PM   #2
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I used to have a CJ, and I don't remember mine having an actual sealing gasket. Just a piece of Trim-Loc to finish off the edge of the fibreglass. The inner opening's lip was high enough that water on the roof would not flow over it.

I used to have constant leaking trouble with the 4 bolts that hold the roof on (and the smaller screws that fasten the hold-down clamps). Today, I might try Butyl tape around the hole and any fender washers. (If I still owned that CJ.)
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Old 05-28-2007, 10:34 PM   #3
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Welcome to another Hunter/Compact owner. Like Fredrick said I have no real seal around the top. When I replaced the boot the trailer had a lip to keep water out. Seal well around the screws holding the boot and the X frame. Good luck you have a great little trailer.


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Welcome to Compact Jr. ownership and to this forum.

The original vinyl collar was bolted and glued in place. The collar should be attached to the inside of the upper, raised portion of the roof and to the outside of the lower, fixed roof. When I installed mine, I ran a bead of Liquid Nails panelling adhesive between the fiberglass and the vinyl. If there is a tight fit on the collar, there is little need for adhesive but I used it anyway. As Frederick said, I don't think it would leak water without glue.

The tires on my Compact Jr. are Goodyear Marathons ST 175/80 R 13 and I run 35 lbs. of air in them. No problems in 3 years of use.

I know of no source for parts other than generic RV suppliers. Most parts are generic to all trailers of the 1970's.

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Many Thanks for the advice on my CJ Top attaching points.This top
ws made without screens but is new.I will get busy on the sealing
before heading out.
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Many Thanks for the advice on my CJ Top attaching points.This top
ws made without screens but is new.I will get busy on the sealing
before heading out.
Hi: Try finding a source for Weather Seal Washers they are rubber bonded to s/s washers I used them on my MaxxFan installation where the roof ring screws thru the roof... took 16 of them @$0.98ea.(Can.Dollars) but it won't leak Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:51 PM   #7
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Does anyone with CJ remember what size or part number for wheel bearings.
I need to get a set before I check ones now in place for wear and grease.
I have always had torsion system on my campers not leaf springs.Is there a
way of telling what size.These are the originals on the CJ I just bought.
The bearings did not seem to heat up on a 800 miles trip back but I like to have spares
on hand. Thanks for the help. Jeff in MA.
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