I just purchased the Compact II in the attached picture. It is all original and very well cared for by the previous owner, all the vinyl quilting is in very good shape, no moisture or damage to speak of. I will preface everything below but stating we are stoked to have landed an awesome little camper which we can tow with our jetta tdi. It will be great for my my wife, toddler and I for now. All we plan on doing to it is painting
the cabinets and replacing the curtains.
However, as our son/family grows a different interior arrangement would be needed.
I would like to eventually get rid of the toilet, fridge
and related cabinetry on the right/passenger side of the camper and replace it with a bunk setup similar to Skyehunter's at the link below. Although, I would look to do a convertible couch/piano hinge bunk set up and replace the fridge
vent with a window.
Compact II - Functional rebuild
It seems like gutted trailers or ones with beat interiors are going for nearly $1000-2000 these days and ones in similar shape to mine $4000+. I'd hate to throw out and gut $2000+ of value in a nice trailer. Am I over estimating the value I'd be throwing out? Is the real value in the solid water-tight shell?
I hate to be 'wasteful' and I am tempted to keep it as is. Then wait for a compact ii or jr watertight shell to renovate and sell the current trailer to someone who will appreciate its original form when that time comes.
However is that realistic, given the challenges of trailer hunting in the Northeast? Also, there is the consideration that a gutted/need-to-be gutted trailer might come with a host of other problems. Am I asking for more trouble than its worth by seeking a different trailer since I landed a gem?