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Old 11-13-2007, 09:48 PM   #29
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I still have the original drawer and cabinet fronts, but not the original quilted lining.
Quilted lining? Huh?
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:53 PM   #30
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They say "vinyl impregnated interior paneling" but in the picture it looks like diamond-quilted lining such as is in the Compact family.

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Old 11-13-2007, 10:03 PM   #31
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Jim,
The quilted vinyl used by Compact looks like this.

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Old 11-14-2007, 09:08 AM   #32
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Thanks for the picture, Tom -- I had no idea they'd ever done that. My trailer came from the factory with it's fiberglass walls as bare as a newborn ba... well, you get the idea. How is it fastened to the walls?

I'll resurrect an earlier comment here. I remember being rained on every morning INSIDE the trailer because the condensation accumulated overnight so badly. My Dad's solution was to cover the walls with shag carpet squares, which remain to this day. Anyone else out there have this experience? I'm betting that they added the quilting to later production runs just because of this problem. Anyone know for sure? Anyone else get a trailer without the quilting?
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:15 AM   #33
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Thanks for the picture, Tom -- I had no idea they'd ever done that. My trailer came from the factory with it's fiberglass walls as bare as a newborn ba... well, you get the idea. How is it fastened to the walls?

I'll resurrect an earlier comment here. I remember being rained on every morning INSIDE the trailer because the condensation accumulated overnight so badly. My Dad's solution was to cover the walls with shag carpet squares, which remain to this day. Anyone else out there have this experience? I'm betting that they added the quilting to later production runs just because of this problem. Anyone know for sure? Anyone else get a trailer without the quilting?
Mine does not have it but I don't know if it originally did or not. When I got it it had (and still has) some kind of synthetic fuzzy material- Gina thought it was like the black stuff they put on speakers- on the walls.

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Old 11-14-2007, 09:26 AM   #34
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Just took the time to look at all of your pictures, Tom. I realize now that yours is a Compact, while mine is a Campster, and mine is three years older than yours. Does anyone know if the quilting was ever used in the Campster? How well does it work, and how does it wear over time?
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Just took the time to look at all of your pictures, Tom. I realize now that yours is a Compact, while mine is a Campster, and mine is three years older than yours. Does anyone know if the quilting was ever used in the Campster? How well does it work, and how does it wear over time?
Jim, I looked at pictures of the two I have pictures of (Don's, and one from Ebay in Az.) and neither has the quilting as far as I can tell. (Those two do not appear to have any lining.) None of the other owners appear to be reading the board but I just emailed Don to ask about his. Update: he says no lining and does not appear there has been one but his was painted inside so hard to tell.

Update: Sherry Stephens posted about the 1971 that she later sold that the interior was peeling.

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Old 11-14-2007, 10:26 AM   #36
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Jim,

I was toying with putting a bunk in our Surfside, much like you have. Great idea for the pivot ... I was going to make a folding type bed that would fold back in three pieces making a shelf at the back of the trailer when not in use ... but now you have me thinking otherwise ... hmmmm
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:25 PM   #37
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That's an interesting idea you've got, too, Timmy. Do I understand correctly that the bunk would be divided parallel to the long side, making three pieces about 9" X 6'-6"? If so, the problem is one of rigidity of the middle piece (the front and back pieces could still have the 3" oak sides. What if you hinged the middle piece on each side with a piano hinge, and the bunk folded up like a "Z" toward the back wall? The outer edge sides' stiffness would translate evenly through the hinge, and the hinge itself would add some additional rigidity just because it's metal (steel piano hinge would be better than brass). The only other problem I can see is what to do with the mattress when the bunk is folded.

Hey, that's what this place is all about -- making us think and share good ideas no matter which direction the saw kerf runs, right?
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:11 AM   #38
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Hey All:
We have a Campster as well.

As Bobby mentioned, I see no sign of a lining ever having been there. How was it attached? The interior has been painted so I can't be sure, but given the level of workmanship on most repairs, I doubt they could/would have covered much up.

I love the gas lamp! It does take some extra heat deflectors, I added some thin aluminum ones, but it throws lots of light and does a good job as a heater taking the dampness out before bedtime. More of a feature up here in the frozen north I guess.

There was a plastic awning with it. There is an aluminum channel screwed onto the roof at the edge and the awning has a plastic bead sewn onto one edge which slides into the channel. Works very well. Obviously added by some previous owner but seems like standard trailer type stuff.

The frame has no rise at all at the front. It has been rebuilt/re-enforced so is very different from original.

Very interesting to see the original flyer! It answered some questions I had.

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Glad the flyer helped, Don. So if you're from the "frozen north," do you remember ever awakening to droplets of condensation bouncing off your forehead? We're not so far north, but pretty far "up", usually camping above 8,000' (not here in Nebraska, but in Wyoming).
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Glad the flyer helped, Don. So if you're from the "frozen north," do you remember ever awakening to droplets of condensation bouncing off your forehead? We're not so far north, but pretty far "up", usually camping above 8,000' (not here in Nebraska, but in Wyoming).
Haven't had any condensation problems. We have the windows and the vents up in the canvas open a bit all the time and it seems to keep it down. If it was really cold, I suppose it would be a problem, but we haven't been out in very cold weather yet.

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I finally got around to checking on the Velcroesque properties of my black fur lining. It's the loop part, and if I attach something to a hook piece, it sticks like it was Super-glued! I haven't tried traveling with anything velcroed in place, but I'm going to get some things like an eyeglass holder, etc, and put Velcro hooks on the back of them. I already put Velcro on my push-on LED lights. The black is still a little dismal but being able to Velcro things to the walls and ceiling is going to be useful.

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Old 11-18-2007, 10:56 PM   #42
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Sorry I've taken all week to get back to this -- it's just been one of those weeks.

Three new photo sets have been posted at http://www.sunnyarbor.com -- "Low-Current Fluorescent Lights", "Bathroom with Hot Shower", and "Forced Air 12vdc Furnace."

Bobbie, are you serious -- the whole cabin is lined with the stuff? If it's genuine velcro loop, that was one expensive project! The biggest sheets of if I've ever seen are about 12" X 12". Can you see seams to get an idea of how big it was? I'll bet that if you made up several pair of velcro hook pajamas, you could sleep about... let's see... three across the bed, three across the ceiling, one on each side below the window, one across the front... and one in the aisle tunnel. That's 10, with room to keep the porta-potty and the dog in the kitchen! Seriously, that's a great idea... but maybe in smaller quantities.

Thanks, Don -- I'll give the condensation thing a rest, as it doesn't seem to ring any bells with anyone else.

Hope you all enjoy the latest sets of modification photos.
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