'74 Compact II restoration started - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-23-2009, 11:03 PM   #1
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Hi all,
Started to go through the Compact, and found plenty to do. Water damage in 'bathroom' due to an open vent that let rain in! Also water damage to floor around water tank, which was not connected but had lots of water in it. This contributed to the musty smell inside. Needs lots of cleaning outside, which I've begun.
Good news: foam cushions must be fairly recent, stove is in great shape, and old fridge seems to work on 110 and propane, which was a surprise. Could this old fridge be original? Pop top material looks o.k., but I might make a new one.

I will strip out trailer, replace floor, replace insulation, replace cabinets and bed frame inside, derust and paint frame, spot repair fiberglass exterior and paint it.

Took off top today, lots of rusty bolts, but now there's not much weight on the roof. When I strip out cabinets, roof won't sag.

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Old 04-23-2009, 11:17 PM   #2
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Wow, get a load of that flooring!

Can't wait to follow along on the restoration

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Old 04-23-2009, 11:36 PM   #3
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I know, the flooring is the original...totally '70's.

I'm going to try photos:
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:43 PM   #4
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and a few more photos:

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Old 04-24-2009, 02:52 AM   #5
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Wow. You're a stronger woman than EYE am! Looks like it has FANTASTIC potential, but would have scared me off the purchase! YOU GO, Girl!
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Hey Francene,
Great rig there, it looks almost identical to mine, is it even the light green color on the lower section of the body?
I would say that IS the original fridge, since it looks exactly like mine, also that great period avacado green color! hehe Mine works still on both propane and 110v, never tried it on 12v yet. I'm guessing they're built like tanks, thank you Dometic! hehe
What a shame that it came to you in the shape it was, but it looks like you're making some amazing repairs/mods, so good for you!
Now did your bathroom not have the commode in it when you got the trailer, or had you already taken it out when you took the pics? And is that some sort of access door on the front of the black water tank hump in the bathroom? You can see like a drawer or cupboard handle in that pic...
Our Compact IIs are rare enough, but with the bathroom and all are even more so, so I'm always curious to see how it is on other folks rigs. After all, I'm not 100% sure what's original to mine, and what's been modded...

Anyway, keep trucking, don't get discouraged, and keep posting plenty of pics for us 'lurkers' who will be watching you all the way and cheering you on, K? hehe

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Old 04-24-2009, 09:50 PM   #7
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Thanks, Jen. Actually, your restoration looks really good. I was checking out all your photos and I thought you've done a fine job so far.
I was going to ask you about the insulation you used. I think I'll remove the 1" thick foam in mine. It's brown from age and probably harbors the mildewy spores and smell from the wood that was near it.

I'd like to put in some insulation with a decent R rating. Where did you get that foil covered material?

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Old 04-24-2009, 09:55 PM   #8
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francene,

what is the silvery "trapdoor" for just above the stove burners and below the vent fan?
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:11 PM   #9
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Hi Joe,
I was going to email you. The color is 'cream' top and bottom. The rig came with no battery, so I couldn't check the fridge on 12V, nor the lights inside.
I'm fine with the condition; it was fairly priced. Of course it would have been nice not to find water damage, but certainly in a 35 year old trailer, my expectations were not very high.
The bathroom had a Porta-potti on a stand, with a drawer built into the stand. Looked really homemade, but what do I know? I don't see any black water tank. There's a white fitting on the outside of the trailer at the bathroom, that you could attach a hose to. This connects to a chrome shut-off valve on the inside of the bath. No tubing is connected to this valve, however. There's also a 3-4" hole in the back left floor of the bathroom, which had been covered with a thin round metal plate with plywood over it. Then there is a small cone-shaped vent on the roof above the bath. This was totally open, and apparantly rain came in and rotted the plywood under the carpetting.
I'd like to redo the bathroom; it would be really helpful to figure out the plumbing it's capable of, though. Is your bath intact? If so, could you post photos?

Thanks Joe!

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Hey Francene,
Great rig there, it looks almost identical to mine, is it even the light green color on the lower section of the body?
I would say that IS the original fridge, since it looks exactly like mine, also that great period avacado green color! hehe Mine works still on both propane and 110v, never tried it on 12v yet. I'm guessing they're built like tanks, thank you Dometic! hehe
What a shame that it came to you in the shape it was, but it looks like you're making some amazing repairs/mods, so good for you!
Now did your bathroom not have the commode in it when you got the trailer, or had you already taken it out when you took the pics? And is that some sort of access door on the front of the black water tank hump in the bathroom? You can see like a drawer or cupboard handle in that pic...
Our Compact IIs are rare enough, but with the bathroom and all are even more so, so I'm always curious to see how it is on other folks rigs. After all, I'm not 100% sure what's original to mine, and what's been modded...

Anyway, keep trucking, don't get discouraged, and keep posting plenty of pics for us 'lurkers' who will be watching you all the way and cheering you on, K? hehe

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Old 04-24-2009, 10:19 PM   #10
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what is the silvery "trapdoor" for just above the stove burners and below the vent fan?
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That's the vent. It's in the open position in the photo. The range hood does not vent; It just protects the fiberglass above from scorching. Looks like there used to be a light screwed up into it at some time.

I forgot to mention the cool thing about this particular trailer is it fits in an ordinary height garage. That's where it is now, making it easy to work on. I didn't know that parking a boat, trailer, or even a car on the street in front of my house is not allowed unless it is moved every 24 hours! City of Bellingham regulations. ( My driveway is fairly steep, so parking it there was not an option. )

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Thanks, Jen. Actually, your restoration looks really good. I was checking out all your photos and I thought you've done a fine job so far.

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Where did you get that foil covered material?
Aw...thanks! I was fortunate not to have any rot going on. SUPER fortunate. The trailer was super tight when I got it (except for the front window which I discovered WOULD leak slowly while driving at highway speeds in driving rain - fixed that in North Dakota when we got "locked" out and had to remove a window to get in...might as well be the leaky one!) ---- wow. Now there's a run-on sentence...time to get to bed!

When I bought the trailer that foiled bubble wrap was already installed. FORTUNATELY I didn't rip it out before we left for the trip. That funky lookin' stuff works wonders. And it isn't cheap. It's called Reflectix.

Unfortunately, however, the kid didn't use very gooey stuff to stick it up there. So, if I want to cover it in anything OTHER than material that looks a bit reminiscent of something out of Area 51, I'll have to take it all down and re-glue it.

I read somewhere that there are folks who have used TWO layers of this stuff to make it more insulated. I'm not sure that's a good idea because it would get so darned thick. And if it already "reflects 96% of the radiant energy," another layer would be overkill, right?

For now, I'm sticking with the mechanical details. Then, if I get really brave, I'll move into glue and fabrics. (OK...I did the cushions and curtains... but there was no glue involved in possibly messin' up my new inside paint job!)
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:13 AM   #12
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HI, I have one of these a year older with same green stove. If you make or buy a cover for the stove for more counter space, I'd sure like to know about it - I need that. My Compact has that same closet but prior owner installed a set of plastic drawers that left just enough room for bucket-type portable toilet.

I was lucky to find one in such good condition at good price - no leaks and all it needed were new curtains - well, sort of, the battery connection wasn't working and wiring connection bad but otherwise a treasure. Dog and I have used it and it is great. Good luck on your ambitious renovations - will be following along. Pat
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Old 04-25-2009, 12:27 PM   #13
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Ensolite is what was used in the Bolers, Trilliums, and earlier Scamps. It's a closed cell foam and has decent R-value. When it was put into the trailers, it had a white(ish) outer skin, but many people have painted it since then and it takes paint fine. I mention that as I can no longer it with said skin, so it would want to be painted. So, you get an insulation and wall covering in one (with Reflectix, you would still probably want to somehow cover it).

I had IR Specialty foams send me some samples. It's available in many thicknesses (thicker equals more R value) and different densities. Here is a link to them:

http://www.irfoam.com/index.php?page=foam2

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Old 04-26-2009, 12:20 AM   #14
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Thanks, Raya, for the info on foam. To clarify, the 1" thick foam that has turned brownish is only from the floor up to about 1 1/2'. Then there's this white vinyl type quilted material with a foam backing attached on the back of it. Only the kitchen walls are fiberglass. Lots of options to consider for finishing materials.
I'm thinking of creating a real bathroom, with waterproof walls, a cassette toilet and small sink. I'd like to find out what the original bath was like in the Compact II.

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