1972 Compact Jr. Restoration - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-13-2016, 09:40 PM   #15
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John other than the light above the tv and the wood on the pop top, the only other thing that I reused was the canvas! It had been recently replaced and was in great shape. I will take some pictures of it for you on Monday. On the interior support, I used a double bulb vinyl weatherstipping where the cabinets meet the wall. Then fastened the frame solidly to the floor and a few fasteners through the top where it had been attached from the factory. On the counter side I use a removable post while traveling and then take it down while camping.

Ludley, I wish I had a great story on how cheap it was...but I don't. 3500 purchase price. Honestly it was serviceable just the way it was. I was the one to make a project out of it.
It had three coats of paint on top of the original lime green. I had it professionally sand blasted and painted. Even doing the rest myself I still ended up with another 3500 in it. I am VERY happy I didn't short cut it. Looks, and smells, like a new camper.
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Old 08-13-2016, 10:11 PM   #16
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real nice work Wade

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OK, I have lurked a great deal over the past year, and have finally completed my camper and wanted to share a few pics. I won't bore everyone with the "progress photos" as they look pretty much like all the other tired Hunter campers! It was brought home, gutted and painted. Here are a few of the finished pictures.

Thanks to everyone who has posted on this forum and shared their ideas, it was very helpful.
: biw get iyt tgere abd enjoy it with the rest of moldies.
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Old 08-14-2016, 08:16 PM   #17
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You're an inspiration. I bought a '72 in June, and while it was serviceable and campable, I've gutted it and plan to start the rebuild this week. I'm looking forward to spending the fall and winter on this project, getting it ready to go for next year.

Oh, could you explain what you did to the seam on the outside? Did you put some sort of trim or tape over it, or did you just sand it down and leave it be?
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Old 08-14-2016, 08:57 PM   #18
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Thanks Talia it really was a fun project. Small enough not to be overwhelming. The front seam on mine had been poorly filled and painted over by a previous owner. The body shop used a resin filler he said they used on fiberglass corvettes to fill the seam. Then he sanded and painted.
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Old 08-19-2016, 09:22 PM   #19
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Well, I've got mine gutted and removed the door, windows, floor, and pop top. Unfortunately I found the front frame crossmember that goes under the bed/table area was only attached to the plywood floor, and completely broken off the frame. Means a frame-off reno for me, which I was hoping not to do. But on the bright side, I'll know my trailer from the tread up.
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Old 08-20-2016, 10:02 PM   #20
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Talia I wouldn't worry too much. In retrospect I wish I had went down to the frame as well. Just not that much trouble to do once it is gutted. Let us know how it turns out.
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:44 PM   #21
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Do you have more pictures of the passenger side kitchen area?

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Old 08-23-2016, 11:27 PM   #22
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Talia I wouldn't worry too much. In retrospect I wish I had went down to the frame as well. Just not that much trouble to do once it is gutted. Let us know how it turns out.
Yeah, I'll be glad I did it. After I got the box off the frame, I found more damage that needed to be fixed. Nothing catastrophic, but apparently very typical for these trailers. Got the frame dropped off at the trailer repair shop yesterday, and they're going to replace the broken front cross-member, add reinforcement to the A-frame hitch, repair the outriggers on either side of the passenger tire, and add brake flanges for 7" electric brakes which I'll install sometime in the future. About $300 worth of work, but it should add every penny of that in value to the trailer since nobody will ever have to worry about this frame again.

Then when I get it home, it's going to be time to get after it with a wire brush and some good quality paint before I put the box back on it.
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Old 08-24-2016, 08:26 AM   #23
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Jeremy, here are a couple more of the kitchen unit. The previous owner had already removed all of the curb side cabinets except for some pieces and cut a hole for the AC. I wanted upper cabinets...so I flipped the galley.
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Old 09-27-2016, 02:51 PM   #24
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Batteries

Are your batteries under the back lounge and do you have an inverter installed somewhere?
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Old 09-27-2016, 02:57 PM   #25
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Jeremy, here are a couple more of the kitchen unit. The previous owner had already removed all of the curb side cabinets except for some pieces and cut a hole for the AC. I wanted upper cabinets...so I flipped the galley.
Question...it appears as if you've removed any support for the roof?
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:12 PM   #26
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We are wondering about roof support as well. I can't find detailed info on this like does the support have to be over the wheel well?
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:18 PM   #27
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We are wondering about roof support as well. I can't find detailed info on this like does the support have to be over the wheel well?
In my Compact Jr, the original roof supports were 1/2" plywood, just at the rearward edge of the wheel well, and they went from floor to ceiling. The wheel wells did not support them, they were placed directly over the frame piece at the edge of the wheel well.

When I rebuild the interior of mine, I intend to replace the support on both sides. I don't know yet whether that will be a wall or a post, but I'll go floor to ceiling so that there is some interior structure to firm up the fiberglass body and keep the roof from sagging.
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Old 09-28-2016, 08:15 AM   #28
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Sorry everyone, I have been away from the forum for awhile and I guess I'm not getting all of the email notifications. To answer some of your questions:
1. I have the battery mounted on the tongue in the area where the propane used to go. I don't use propane.
2. I installed an Mighty Max? 110v/12v converter under the bed. I also installed an inverter to run the fridge when traveling. So far seems to work good. I don't boon dock camp...mostly park camping and tailgating, in which case I use a Honda generator. Under the sofa is also a 10 gallon freshwater tank and a 12v. pump. Still, I am searching for more tongue weight. I should have built the futon bed frame a little heavier, I was trying to save weight like I did with the cabinets in the rear. These trailers are just really easy to get light on the tongue.
3. The cabinets support the roof on the drivers side in the original location.
4. On the curb side at the countertop (I flipped the layout), I have a temp. spring loaded post I install while traveling. I think it was a shower curtain rod? Seems to work fine.

Let me know if you have any other questions, I'm glad to pitch in.
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