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View Poll Results: What color should I paint my Compact Jr.?
Brilliant White 1 2.44%
Navajo White 10 24.39%
Silver Gray 2 4.88%
True Black 1 2.44%
Firetruck Red 1 2.44%
Pepto-Bismol Pink 1 2.44%
Safety Orange 2 4.88%
Lemon Yellow 3 7.32%
Forrest Green 1 2.44%
Cyan 3 7.32%
Dodger Blue 2 4.88%
Lavender 1 2.44%
Majenta 1 2.44%
2 Tone with White on top (explain which combo in a post) 4 9.76%
Partridge Family Bus 3 7.32%
Something I didn't think of (explain in a post) 5 12.20%
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:53 PM   #43
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I will be looking for the same hubcaps to fit on the original wheels. I live in So. Cal. and plan on taking one of my wheels to Hubcap Mike's to find a a pair. I purchased a set from him for a different trailer.
When I saw your post I remembered that the last time I visited HubcapMike's, he was out-of-stock for Compact Jr. Baby Moons. He now has them and I immediately ordered a pair. They arrived today and they fit perfectly!
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:09 PM   #44
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I ordered a translucent white Fiberglass Stoneguard from Vintage Trailer Supply to add to my parts waiting to be installed on the Boomerang.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:27 PM   #45
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It may be too late at the time of this post, but I added a couple extra frame supports when I was at this stage.

I am interested in seeing bumper stabilizer leveler systems from various owners. Yours looks like a giant threaded rod attached to each side.
I have also been rethinking the frame configuration, and want to change it. I dislike the piece of angle-iron in the center of the back half running fore-and-aft because it interferes with a feature I want to place there. I want to replace that with side-to-side cross-members located where the 6 short "out-riggers" are now.

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Yes, 1" threaded rod, 24" long. I need to weld a smaller nut on top of each one so they can be operated with a drill motor.
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When I saw your post I remembered that the last time I visited HubcapMike's, he was out-of-stock for Compact Jr. Baby Moons. He now has them and I immediately ordered a pair. They arrived today and they fit perfectly!
Yikes! $60 each! That is more than I paid for full sized wheel moons caps. Thanks for the confirmation of in stock, and part number. I hope to find a more reasonable price if it exists. I am gonna call Mike and see if that is a pricing mistake. ;-)
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I will admit that I have thrown caution (and maybe my wallet as well) to the wind on this project.
The fiberglass stoneguard wasn't cheap either. But I feel like a kid in a candy store.
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Sorry Frederick, I didn't intend to sound like a party downer. Of course those caps are going to look good on your trailer, and the reason I want a pair also! I purchased a set of three baby moons, and beauty rings for a different trailer, and didn't mind paying for it. In my mind the tiny 12" wheels should cost considerably less, but not in this case. haha. A case of supply and demand at this point. I have one other source to check for price comparisons.
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Used hubcaps

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Yikes! $60 each! That is more than I paid for full sized wheel moons caps. Thanks for the confirmation of in stock, and part number. I hope to find a more reasonable price if it exists. I am gonna call Mike and see if that is a pricing mistake. ;-)
Just started reading this thread. Will have to go back and vote on a color (in retrospect, I'm sure)---I hope Frederick has Avocado as a choice. I do believe it's one of the orginal colors. And for sure it's the color of my Compact Jr. stove! Frederick, you ruined it by getting a stainless steel stove...

I had a flat on a rainy night going over some National Forest mountains in northern California two years ago after attending the Oregon Gathering. The police had me drive to a safe place on the flat, so of course it was totally ruined by the time I got going again on the spare. I called ahead to my friends in Sacramento to look around for a tire. They called back to say they'd ordered one so it would be there when I got in. Turns out they hadn't just ordered a TIRE, they ordered a whole trailer wheel with tire on it! $100. From an RV place in what looked to be kind of a dumpier area of Sacramento.

I thought that was such a good deal, I ordered & bought another one before I left town. So now I have both on my trailer. But they don't take my Baby Moons. All to say,

(1) There is an idea of where to get wheels to fit a Compact Jr. (saw in another post today where someone said they are hard to get), and

(2) I have two used Baby Moons in my garage. I will gladly sell to the highest bidder that bids more than $200 each on them. My tow car just blew a head gasket and has taken a little trip down the road to the local junkyard. Don't worry, you're $400-plus will go to good use into my Replace The Tow Car Fund.

(3) Frederick, if you are reading this, I have taken to heart what you said about towing a 1,700 lb. trailer with an old RAV-4 that's supposed to tow 1,500 lbs. Of course, it took a fractured brake shoe (coming down the Sierra Nevadas) and a blown head gasket, but so, I'm a little dense...well, not so dense as cheap. At any rate, you will be glad to hear that I am looking for a used RAV-4 V6 with Factory Towing Package that can tow 3,500 lbs.
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My vote on color

OK, I voted for two-toned with white on the top and avocado on the bottom. Very vintage!

(Just image the brown in the photo is avocado)
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You did not mention what color your TUG is. I like to see Tugs and Trailers match in some way, that's what I am doing with my 2013 Ford Escape and my 1971 13' Boler.
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You did not mention what color your TUG is. I like to see Tugs and Trailers match in some way, that's what I am doing with my 2013 Ford Escape and my 1971 13' Boler.

Yes, Frederick, what color is it?

I'm hoping to get another red/maroon RAV-4 to match the stripes on my Compact Jr.
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Unhappy Silver Gray

Both my Honda Odyssey and my Pontiac Vibe are Silver Gray, which was not my preference but a Hobson's choice. That is why I put a RED stripe on the Odyssey; to match the RED stripes on the Navajo White Fiber Stream.

The Stainless Steel Stove is in the Eggstasy, not the Boomerang.

I decided on Turquoise for the main body of the Compact Jr. and White for:
  • the pop-top roof fiberglass and fabric
  • the front window "stone guard"
  • the new back entry door
The original gelcoat was beige/peach which I think is too pastel. The other half of my Gemini persona is appealing that decision and still lobbying for Pepto-Bismol Pink... I'm looking for a "Wow, how cute!!!" response when I go camping in it.
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decisions, decisions, decisions

I have in storage a small 3-way refrigerator that I had planned on installing in the Compact Jr. But now that I have to replace the refrigerator in the Fiber Stream, I am remembering that the appeal of the Compact Jr. was its simplicity. My goal is to make it as light weight as possible.

Does adding a refrigerator compromise both those goals?
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Simplicity can also include camping style. I don't find an icebox to be simple. Needing to add ice and constantly wondering if I'm keeping meat and dairy cold enough. All electric is cheaper and maybe easier to install, but then there's that always needing electricity thing.

A 3-way refrigerator is more simple to ME. Because I have options and can use an indoor/outdoor thermometer to monitor the temperature.

YMMV
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Talking The Frame/Axle/Wheels work is done!

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The steel frame has a new coat of "rust converting" primer.
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The original wheels have been sent out for sand-blasting and RED powder coat.

Purchased new round 2000 lb axle with 4" drop, plus perches on both sides so it is changeable from spring-under to spring-over mount, 7" electric brakes, and new 2000 lb leaf springs, plus all new hardware kits to assemble to the frame.
The frame upgrades are complete. I got it painted and assembled the pieces.
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