1972 Compact Jr. rebuild - Fiberglass RV

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Old 04-28-2012, 02:45 PM   #1
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1972 Compact Jr. rebuild

One week after bringing her home I’ve got the interior gutted and off the frame.

Wow what a light weight frame! trying to decide whether to build a heavier duty frame or beef up the original. Either way the axle will be replaced.

I need some options. I would like to have the option for off-road within reason

!. Straight vs. torsion? Is it worth the price difference?
2. 2000 lbs. or 3500 lbs. rated axle?
3. If I go with torsion what degree of start angle?

As you can see the top need some work, I plan on glassing some ribs in.

The PO painted the exterior with latex house paint so we have tried several different paint strippers primarily marine grade, think we will try something a little stronger.
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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My sister's Compact Jr, loaded and ready to go, weighs about 1700 pounds--so a 2000 pound axle ought to suffice.

Her popup had a sag in the middle, so I bolted in some support arches made from electrical conduit. To get the right arch to the roof, I supported it upside down along the long edges and put bricks inside until I had a nice curve, then bent and cut the conduit to fit. Worked pretty well.

If you're going to build a new frame, you ought to think about a mount for a spare tire. Hers didn't have one; the tire was just sitting inside the trailer.

Every winter I work on her trailer, fixing mishaps and making little changes that she requests. I've posted a couple threads here about those winter rework sessions:

Compact Jr. Winter rework session

Sis' Compact Jr Rework Fall 08

Sis' Compact Jr. winter rework/repair 2011

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Old 09-10-2013, 12:16 AM   #3
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Mr. Hilby, where is the Compact II icebox drain hose? I know where the hole is inside the icebox but can't find outlet outside. Thanks,
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:39 AM   #4
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I seem to recall that Sis' drain hose was connected to the icebox at the rear of the bottom, and then the hose goes straight down and out of the trailer through a hole in the floor. The hole in the floor is very near the side wall, and about about two feet aft of the wheelwell.

But Sis' trailer is a Compact Jr. Your Compact II may be different.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:49 AM   #5
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Yes, drain at back of icebox. Now I know better where to look on outside. Thank you
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