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Old 06-02-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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Compact Junior information

Hi,
I am a first time poster. I am just about to use a restored Compact Junior, built in 1973, for the first time. It was converted to use propane and not electricity.
On the outside there is an inlet/outlet (I assume inlet) fixture. It says "water only".
It is shaped like a very small half a cup stuck on the side of the trailer.
I do not have an owner's manual.
Can someone tell me what this is for?
Also..The tires were ones bought from W**mart (sorry, can't bring myself to write the full name!), and have fallen apart after sitting for two years, not weight bearing. Les Schwab tell me replacing the two will cost $180. Seems a lot. Thoughts?
Thank you.
Peter
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:50 AM   #2
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Hi,
I am a first time poster. I am just about to use a restored Compact Junior, built in 1973, for the first time. It was converted to use propane and not electricity.
On the outside there is an inlet/outlet (I assume inlet) fixture. It says "water only".
It is shaped like a very small half a cup stuck on the side of the trailer.
I do not have an owner's manual.
Can someone tell me what this is for?
Also..The tires were ones bought from W**mart (sorry, can't bring myself to write the full name!), and have fallen apart after sitting for two years, not weight bearing. Les Schwab tell me replacing the two will cost $180. Seems a lot. Thoughts?
Thank you.
Peter
The device to which you refer is the filler inlet for the fresh water tank. It is designed for water to be poured into it(not hook-ed up)
It has a lid with a latch when complete...look here...

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Old 06-02-2013, 11:15 AM   #3
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Hunter Compact's in general had only very basic electricals. Usually just an outlet or two, a 120 light and two 12 volt lights. There was an option for LP gas lights and I believe that those may not have had any original power connections.

Yep, you need to have trailer service tires and that price sound about right with mounting and balancing. DO NOT be tempted to buy cheaper standard vehicle tires.

Before bashing WM's tires I suggest that you locate the dates they were made on the sidewall. I'll bet that they are a lot more than 2 years old.

Here is my Hunter Compact-II, it may give you some ideas for yours:

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Old 06-02-2013, 06:48 PM   #4
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Hi Peter, to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here,

Yep, check the born on date on the tires. Even though you said they "have fallen apart after sitting for two years, not weight bearing" that's different that when they were first purchased, which may be years ago(?).

Do you have any pictures to share? We love to look at pics
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:55 AM   #5
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Thank you!

Thank you folks for your speedy responses.
I'll try and get some pics when I take the Compact out this weekend.
Going to one of Oregon's beautiful lakes to canoe and fish, and hang out.

I will also check the date of the tires to see how old they are.

The water inlet filter seems like a good idea. I'm guessing the filter itself is washable?

Bye ofr now.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:36 AM   #6
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I dont know if it was mentioned to be sure and check the wheel bearings for grease? It might have been done on another thread and I missed it.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:10 AM   #7
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Filter, Bearings and Tires

Filter? You have a filter on your water filler line???? Can't say I have ever seen one like that.

If so, I suggest tossing it. Anything old and/or unknown can be harboring who knows what. And, at the very least, if you are going to use the water tank and pump you need to sterilize everything before first use. I always cook with bottled water, those tanks are old and make great bug incubators.

As mentioned, check those bearing and repack them before going. If they have been sitting for even two years the grease can cake up and it will be bye-bye to the bearings.

A whole new set of wheel bearings and seals is less than about $30, a good present for your rig.

When I bought my Hunter, as I had a 450 mile tow home, I paid the seller an extra $100 to put in new wheel bearings. He made about $70 for an hours work and I had peace of mind going home.

And, if those tires are really more than about 5-6 years old, you might rethink going very far, especially if you don't have a spare. Aged out tires are well know for sudden side wall failures.

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Thank you folks for your speedy responses.
I'll try and get some pics when I take the Compact out this weekend.
Going to one of Oregon's beautiful lakes to canoe and fish, and hang out.

I will also check the date of the tires to see how old they are.

The water inlet filter seems like a good idea. I'm guessing the filter itself is washable?

Bye ofr now.
Peter
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:45 PM   #8
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Thanks again folks,
I will be getting new tires tonight, so will get them to check the bearings. Good prompt!
I'll probably use bottled water until I see how everything else pans out.
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:59 PM   #9
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Hi Peter
Karen and I are here in Eugene. We have a Hunter 1 and can probably answer most of your questions........
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:28 PM   #10
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Hi!

Hi Allan,
Thanks for your kind message.
I think we may be going to the Country Fair in a few weeks, and we are thinking of bringing the Compact for one night or maybe two. My wife, Nyla, was brought up in Eugene!
If I get more questions after this weekend, I'll be in touch.
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