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Old 02-19-2018, 04:40 PM   #1
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Hunter Compact II curtain rod issues

Can't seem to find any thread addressing this, so starting one. Busy doing light restoration on '73 trailer and curtains/rods funky. Difficulty however in installing new rods via attaching to metal window trim, with side windows also being complicated because of parallelogram shape. Had looked for stretchable coiled spring-like tension rods but no luck. Any suggestions from more experienced DIY folks? Thanks.
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Old 02-19-2018, 10:43 PM   #2
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Your local hardware store should have various length and diameter springs used to close screen doors. I have used several of these hooked together to hang our large curtain that separates the bed area from the living room in our Lil Snoozy.
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:16 AM   #3
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I'm not staying where my Compact is located, and I can't find any photos of what I used, but I recall buying three wrap around black curtain rods and screwing them to the existing window frames. Found the rods at Walmart.

I had taken off the original rectangular aluminum window curtain plates; didn't like the looks of them.

These rods are working fine, they stay put and the wrap around feature keeps more light out.

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Old 02-21-2018, 12:47 PM   #4
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Hunter Compact II curtain rod issues

Thank you both for quick reply. I had gotten some rods from a Walmart and they mostly work but aren't ready for vehicle vibration, causing rod to jump off holding clip/hook. But maybe a good rubber band wrap will fix that. Didn't know what kind of springs to hunt for but took your suggestion and went to three local hardware stores. Unfortunately, none carried anything but the short and stout kind, e.g. 3-4 inches with 1/2 inch diameter. But will keep on the track and see what turns up. Good suggestions.
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Old 02-21-2018, 02:53 PM   #5
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Hi Rod,
Glad to be of assistance. My curtain rods stay put, as well as the cabinet doors in my Compact, with just ordinary hardware. I guess the trailer doesn't bounce around much. But we used to have a Scamp 16 that looked like a ransacked house unless we fastened everything down.

Using a rubber band or small bungee is a good idea to hold your curtain rods in place. I will send you some pictures of my rods when I get back to my trailer in about a month.

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Old 02-23-2018, 06:24 PM   #6
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. . . vehicle vibration, causing rod to jump off holding clip/hook.
Hi Rod, I secured my curtain rods to the holding clips with small zip ties.
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Old 02-24-2018, 06:08 AM   #7
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francene our 13f scamper is a bouncer what pressure are you running your trailer tires I am going to drop mine to 40lb and see if that helps?


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francene our 13f scamper is a bouncer what pressure are you running your trailer tires I am going to drop mine to 40lb and see if that helps?


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The issue is not the tires, Bob, it's the rubber torsion axle. Either it's overrated for the weight of your trailer, or it's nearing the end of its life cycle. Lowering tire pressure might help a little (subject to the manufacturer's load-inflation chart), but it's not the solution.

I believe Compacts have a leaf spring axle, so the issues are somewhat different. There is no rubber to age out and become brittle.
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Jon our 13f scamper has a new frame under it. getting ready to go trouting next week about a 70m trip going to lower tire pressure and see what happens. I haven't looked at any charts but I am thinking a tire pressure of 50lbs is for a peak rating and the scamp is no where near that. I have a feeling this is sort of like everything else a lot of engineering guess work!


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Old 02-26-2018, 01:26 PM   #10
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Seems like this thread got corrupted but again my thanks for all who offered suggestions. Turns out I did finally locate the extension springs for screen doors that would work but gave up after concluding that I'd need about 13 of them that totaled over $40. So I'm using sturdy rubber bands and likely to move to the zip ties Brian mentioned. Spending my money on new curtains instead and for now!
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