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Old 05-27-2009, 05:10 PM   #15
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The trip and tribulations weren't that bad, especially since I consider them as part of the adventure.

Today was quite different -- I had an appointment with the DMV at 9:15am, then was scheduled to go to a local welder to have new safety chains installed. Yeah, I know that's the wrong order, but that's the way the calendar worked out.

I get to the DMV at 9:10, I'm called to the window at 9:16, and I'm finished by 9:25. All they wanted was the old pink slip and new money. PTI title fee of $18, PTI transfer fee of $7, and Use Tax (sales tax) of $79. They didn't even ask to see the trailer and I saw no reason to suggest the possibility to them.

Then I went to the welder who had me park in a large lot and told me one of his guys would be there shortly. Well, what the heck I thought, lets pull those wheels off and get them balanced at my favorite tire shop only 3 blocks away while the welder is doing his thing. I'm just about done taking the wheels off when the welder shows up with his fancy truck. I show him what I want done, hand him the new safety chains, and while he's setting up I put the wheels in the car and take them to the tire shop. About ten minutes later the wheels are balanced, I pay the $14 (fortunately they didn't get their pricing from the Los Banos guy), and scamper back to the trailer. I put on the wheels while the welder finishes his work and we get to talking about trailers -- a friend is giving him a small one so I tell him about the PTI license that's available if the trailer does not exceed 16'. He goes away happy with this bit of knowledge and I pay $40 at the front office (their minimum charge), and also leave happy that I managed to do these three errands and get home before 11am.

Not only that but I think I have a line on a 3-way refrigerator!

A really good day and it's not even time for lunch yet!
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:14 PM   #16
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I also want to welcome you to the Compact Jr Family. Sorry I did not reply sooner but we were camping at Lake Erie State Park and it was a perfect weekend with a sunset to match. Wait until you see how many people want to look at your trailer and ask you some questions. Please keep us up to date on your progress.
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:30 PM   #17
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Hi Rick, thanks for the welcome!

Currently the trailer is a mess and there's not much to see. I have been meaning to post pictures but have been otherwise occupied by things like fences and gates so I can put it in our back yard. It's currently on the patio, but the "gate" so far is an 8' section of fence that I take down and put up each time. Even though it is well-seasoned redwood (over 27 years old) is is heavy!

The funny thing is that the native color of the trailer is light blue, similar to your avatar. So every time I take off a light or look in the wheel wells or otherwise expose the unpainted fiberglass I see blue.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:16 PM   #18
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I was wet sanding my weathered trailer and as I work at it the blue kept getting better and better so I decided not to paint it but leave it blue. The color really sets it apart from the other trailers. I have not seen another blue Compact Jr. yet, as a matter of fact I have not seen another Compact Jr in Western New York.
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Old 06-01-2009, 02:08 AM   #19
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I spoke too soon about the refrigerator -- I'm finding very difficult to find one that is shallow enough.

Most that I find for sale are 24" from the coils in the back to the front of the door. Another inch is needed for clearance and venting behind the fridge, which leaves me with too little aisle space for us to slip past one another.

Several much older fridges were shallower, but most of them have rusted out by now, so this really is a puzzle.
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:02 PM   #20
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Rick, you may see one in western NY one of these days. Hi, I like Dana am new to this fiberglass camper thing and have started out with a 72 compact JR. I live in Canton Ohio, so not realy that far away, Dana I have posted the info you wanted under the thred you asked me on for Dana's 74 compact II.
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:30 PM   #21
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I have a 1973 Compact II and when my original Dometic stopped working on gas I had to find a replacement. I found that the Norcold 323 fridge is only 21 1/4 inch deep so it fit in the space fine. The only problem with the newer fridges in this size is there is no freezer section. It does a good job of cooling on gas or 120volt. I've never ran it on 12v but it is wired if I need to.
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Old 06-08-2009, 02:02 AM   #22
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Thanks for the info Heath & Mike!
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Old 07-18-2009, 01:47 AM   #23
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Man, is it late!

Both in time of day and well past time to update this thread.

Here are some pictures of what I dragged home in the wee hours, but taken the next day when it was light out.


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Old 07-18-2009, 01:59 AM   #24
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The bent bumper and broken window are quite visible here.

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The previous owner is quite a bit shorter than me, so the shelf above the dinette worked well for him but not for me. I also found the TV shelf at the end of the dinette intruded into my space too much.

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The vinyl skirt is yellowed and cracked with the bigger splits mended by tape.

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The upside is the trailer has a heater, the downside is that it probably doesn't work.

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Old 07-18-2009, 02:03 AM   #25
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Here's the other side -- we have a dorm fridge (110V only) and a small clothes closet.

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Old 07-18-2009, 02:09 AM   #26
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So what's hiding under the dinette seats? Uh oh, mold, mildew, and rot. However, we also have a camp axe, shovel, and the wheel for the tongue jack.

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We also have some 12V electronics of uncertain condition.

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Old 07-18-2009, 02:13 AM   #27
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The original galley vent rusted out so it was replaced with a standard heater vent. I found the pieces of the original several days later behind the heater.

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Old 07-18-2009, 02:16 AM   #28
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These are the tires that I didn't want to drive home on, so I replaced them at the first town I came to.

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