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Old 01-16-2016, 05:44 PM   #1
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Battery position on a Compact Jr..

I am redoing a 72 jr and was wondering where the original battery position was for these rigs. The previous owner had it by the hitch but I have heard that it was inside some where.. Any feedback I could get would be appreciated..
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Old 01-16-2016, 09:14 PM   #2
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I am redoing a 72 jr and was wondering where the original battery position was for these rigs. The previous owner had it by the hitch but I have heard that it was inside some where.. Any feedback I could get would be appreciated..
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That trailer is naturally light in the front, I think you would find that the extra weight on the tongue would be an asset.
The apparent original location on both of the ones I have owned was all the way aft inside the port side (curbside) bench.
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Old 01-16-2016, 10:55 PM   #3
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I have a 73 Compact II, they have a U shaped gaucho dining area and the battery is inside under the front dinette bench under the front window, basically as far forward and in the middle. I find it is helpful to weigh down the front tongue weight. These little guys have a tendency to be light on the hitch.
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Old 01-16-2016, 11:23 PM   #4
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Nobody has mentioned that if the battery is placed inside, it needs to be in a sealed battery box that is vented to the outside.
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Old 01-16-2016, 11:27 PM   #5
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I can see already with my first post you are going to become my friend!! I just began tear down of my 72' Compact Jr this week. I am uncertain if the battery in mine was in the original location but before I gutted the interior it was located directly underneath the "ice box" in the cabinet directly in front of the wheel well.


I joined this site tonight looking for pointers when I begin recreating the interior after restoring the frame.
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Old 01-16-2016, 11:32 PM   #6
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You are going to become a forum friend hopefully as I began a frame up restoration of my 72' Compact Jr this week. I am uncertain if the battery in my camper was in the original location but it was located directly under the "ice box" in the cabinet directly in front of the wheel well.


Not sure where I will relocate it as I just started this project and am unsure of a layout just yet. I joined this forum to get ideas and pointers for the resurrection.
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Old 01-17-2016, 09:50 AM   #7
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I am redoing a 72 jr and was wondering where the original battery position was for these rigs. The previous owner had it by the hitch but I have heard that it was inside some where.. Any feedback I could get would be appreciated..
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Compact Jr is different from Compact 11. My 1972 Compact Jr had the battery located inside the kitchen cabinet below the sink. I have relocated it outside on the tongue for 2 reasons:
1 Battery was located inside (not even in a battery box!) with no venting to outside!)
2. Wanted to increase tongue weight.
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Old 01-17-2016, 10:28 AM   #8
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Thanks for the info

My Compact Jr has been worked over a couple of times by previous owners the last one put a big steel box on the hitch and put the propane tank and battery up there so the hitch weight , with the trailer empty, was over 200 pounds.. I am going to get rid of the metal box but I was wondering about moving the battery.. so the info you guys gave me let me know where it was placed originally..
I am completely redoing, almost done, the inside of the rig including the top canvas and all the soft goods in the trailer plus I reconfigured the cabinet area into a bathroom, added an airconditioner and compressor type refrigerator so I know that this has added some weight to the rig and I do not want to overload the hitch..
You guys that have owned one of these before can you tell me if the battery had any special venting for it.
Thanks guys..
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Old 01-17-2016, 11:10 AM   #9
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My battery is on the tongue also.

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Old 01-17-2016, 03:36 PM   #10
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My Compact Jr has no battery and I see no evidence that it ever had one.
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Old 01-17-2016, 03:52 PM   #11
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Like Tom, my '71 Compact Jr has no battery, and I bought it from the original owner, and saw no evidence it ever had one. Have considered adding one, but haven't done it yet...
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Our Compact II had no battery. Like others have said, a great spot is that forwardmost locker. We put in a battery box and group 27 gel cell. Gel does not gas like lead acid.

We are still light on the tongue


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...I reconfigured the cabinet area into a bathroom, added an airconditioner and compressor type refrigerator so I know that this has added some weight to the rig and I do not want to overload the hitch...
Given that most of your modifications are over and behind the axle, you may actually end up too light on the hitch. Might be a good idea to weigh your trailer before making final decisions about where to put the battery, and what to put on the tongue.
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Old 01-19-2016, 07:47 AM   #14
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I would leave it out side
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