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Old 05-14-2009, 02:10 AM   #29
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we can have the first Annual Compact (Hunter club) meet sopmewhere between Oregon and California or Washington. We'll take votes for the most popular place...everyone can give one or two suggestions and we'll vote. Then, next year, we can plan it all and JUST DO IT.
I started a new thread on this very topic here (building off THIS topic's initial discussion) in hopes of finding more of us out there. I'm really keen on this idea!
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Old 05-14-2009, 04:10 PM   #30
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Hi all, I juast joind and this is my first atempt at posting so we will see if it works. first off that looks like a wonderful project. my rig is a 72 compact jr. the only thing my wife and I think we would like is the built in bath. there just is no room in the jr. for one. we got it last fall for only $500 and are going to use it this moth for the first time. will post some pics then if I can figure out how. Thanks for the opertunity to share with you all anfd hope to do this more as we learn more about this hobie

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Old 05-15-2009, 09:36 PM   #31
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Hey, that camper looks pretty close to my Amerigo! I want to see how you replace a floor in one of these, as mine has gotten soft and needs to be replaced.

Please post lots of photos and info for those of us unsure if we want to take the plunge
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Old 05-16-2009, 11:56 PM   #32
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Welcome, Heath and Candy! Glad you found a Compact and what a good deal you got! Try to post your photos. We'd love to see your trailer.

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Old 05-17-2009, 12:15 AM   #33
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Took out the floor yesterday, and cut out the new plywood today. Here's a few photos of the trailer without the floor, one photo of the cleaned out walls, a photo of the grit that was under the floor, and a photo of the old floor resting on our shed.

It's good to finally get the floor out! I washed out the remaining fiberglass 'lip' which had lots of dirt, rusty screws, sand and pebbles, an old nickel and a shilling!

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Old 05-17-2009, 01:57 AM   #34
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WELCOME, Heath and Candy!
I just got my '72 Compact Jr. last summer! Sure, it's compact. Sure we don't have bathrooms onboard, but it's wonderfully simple and just about everything we need to fix it up can be found at a hardware store (rather than expensive RV parts store). Plus, it's light and, hey, we moved up for a tent so we're not complaining!

Enjoy!

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Old 05-18-2009, 08:20 PM   #35
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For the warm welcome. And Jen you are right on the money about the no tenting. I took my wife camping for the first time last summer and we got soaked in the tent after a t-storm rolled in. When I found this compact jr 2 months later I jumped on it. I am so mglad I found this web site beacause I had no idea what it was I found for $500. I had someone offer me twice that shortly after I found the site so I was wise enough to turn that down. Anyway I think I can post the pics so lets try


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Old 05-18-2009, 10:42 PM   #36
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Looks like similar layout and features to my Compact II, Heath. Mine didn't come with the table. How does that work- it pivots down to become the bed supports, right?

Good buy you got there, for sure!

P.S. I think you shrunk the photos down too much. They are small and hard to see, and don't enlarge. Did you use www.shrinkpictures.com?

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Old 05-19-2009, 05:18 AM   #37
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thanks francene, and first anwer is yes the table folds down to be bed suport. that seems to work well exept a little in the way when trying to put the top up. we have not used it yet. I just got it in the late fall so we will see how it works when we get it out. My wife and I are taking a trip from our home in Canton OH to newlondon WI on the 4th of july. thats is about a 650 one way trip. sure do hope it pulls well. And for the second answer on the pics, that was my first try and my son used photoshop to shrink them. I will try the other and see if that works. I see you post on here often so hope to ttu soon.
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Francene,
My Compact Jr had no table when I bought it, but had 2 cups in the floor for table legs. I made a table from 3/4" birch plywood that was 36" X 22.5". It mounts on two legs that I bought at a RV supply store. It's worked well for us since 2004.

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Tom I like the hardwood floor and the material on the walls. was the insulation like that when you got it or did you add that? I also thought about adding a door to the outside so I can get to the under seat storage from outside instead of having to lift up seats to get things. Do you think this would harm the value of the compact?
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The floor is covered in birch laminate from Sams. The walls are original diamond quilted cream-colored vinyl. I've seen outside access doors added to a Compact II and it looked good. I doubt it would hurt the value.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:18 PM   #42
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Hi again Francene, I went to the site you told me about and it worked wonders for the pics now they will enlarge the way everyone elses do. I was wondering how you were all doing that. Thanks again and will keep you posted on mods as I get to them. after we take it out on the maiden trip we will post some new pics of the camper all clean.
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