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Old 06-06-2007, 09:07 AM   #1
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Here are some of the mods. made to the C-J as we bought it last month.We may make a few more as time goes on.The stove was changer over to microwave and a new
electric refer was added.The front bench was taken out but the original table was kept.
I will need to make a new longer table or just use the wood spacer boards the last owner
made.There is a new top but without the screens.It has AC so the top is ventless.I will
probably add 1 screen and storm cover.There is a tool box added to tongue and
all new wood cabinets.Outside door openings have been added so easy to get to
storage as well as vents for AC and microwave.The entire inside has new floor rug
as well as side and top berber.The tent top needs to be sealed better and I have
ordered a better seal for the pop-top rim instead of the bead that needs replacing.
We camped on the way from Ky to MA with no problems and will be taking it out
all summer while updating a few minor things as we go.
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Old 06-06-2007, 09:49 AM   #6
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Jeff,
The Compact Jr. looks great! Keep up the good work. Tom Trostel
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Old 06-06-2007, 06:59 PM   #8
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Tom,Donna, Thanks for feedback. Today we tried a method to
seal up the spaces between the screws that hold on the pop-
top material.We used heavy-duty velcro on the inside .Because the
top had been covered with berber, the velcro worked great.
Tomorrow we will do the outside perimeter.Allrite Seal Co. in
California is sending me some samples of their seals to see if it
will fit the fiberglass top lip. The present lip seal or decorative
edging(?) could not possibly keep out the rain if it is a driving rain.
The big question is will it fit so that the spring loaded hold downs
on the inside will work?
I will report when the samples come in and I can test fit.Because this
unit has been modified by last owner, I guess keeping it original is
going to be difficult. I have learned quite a bit so far from the good
folks on this site.
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Hey Jeff,
The trailer looks GREAT! You're motivating me to do more to mine now! hehe So was the diamond/vinyl insulation stuff already gone off your walls, or did you remove it first and then do the carpeting? Did you create some new lift mechanisms for the top, or re-use the old spring loaded set up?
The microwave and A/C mods look great too! I find in my kitchen area I use a lot of suction cup stuff because of the fiberglass surround. I haven't modified mine too much from the original stuff since it wasn't in too terrible of shape, but like I say, your great results have me a little more motivated now! hehe Keep up the good work, and keep posting your great pics! Joe
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Old 06-07-2007, 04:57 AM   #10
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Joe,
A good deal of this new interior was just done by past owner.
The walls and fllors were rugged and the AC/microwave
added and built-in.The man got ill before he could use the rig
so I bought it.I have started doing things and will try to make
it as dependable and more user friendly.I bought a new
screened in surround to do most cooking in as I prefer to
do it outdoors .The AC has new air intake/exhaust louvered
panels for good circulation with a drip tray and tube .2 access
doors have been added to the outside to make it unnecessary
to raise the seat cushions when storing supplies.There are plenty
of drawers in the cabinets the last owner built but they are a little
heavy.He had put 2 50 lb. bags of sand in front for some reason.
(maybe to add tongue weight)? I took them out and will see how it
trails unloaded.I put a dropdown receiver in to get it to tow level
on my Tundra.(4+inches lower)
The undercarriage has some rust but is solid.It may have sat in
weeks for a time?It will be garaged from now on and I will try
to get the underside media blasted or get a small blaster and do it
and then repaint.I used thinned out roofing tar as an undercoat
for my 68 Scotty.That worked out very well...There are always
things to do on these relics and I am new to fiberglass rigs.
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Old 06-07-2007, 04:57 PM   #11
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[ Joe....The mechanism for the top does not appear to be spring loaded as it goes
up and down without any tension to make it go slow.It may be the worst aspect of the
trailer for me at 65 yrs. of age.I never gave it a though because i have never seen a C-J
over many years of camping from coast to to coast several times and all through Canada and maritimes.It would seem logical to have some kind of spring mechanism to take the load off like springs on a garage door, for example.Does your's have springs?
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No springs on mine and I've never heard of any others that had them. The moveable top weighs about 80 lbs. and I'm sure the wall to wall carpet adds some more weight.

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Old 06-07-2007, 07:03 PM   #13
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Yes, the top is heavier with the carpet.It would be a chalenge though to rig up
some kind of spring/pulley mechanism to make work better.Because the past owner took
out the panel neat the stove, the left side is a little weak.I will make some supports so it won't fles so much.The velcro we used for the inner and outer tent
material worked well.Because the bolts were not put back semetrically around the
bottom of the new top skirt, and because the bolts are not covered with carpet on the
inside, I did not try to re-install more precisely.If I have problems down the road, I will
re-do the entire install of the tent. Tom, I may add some supports to my roof as the weight carpet is a little much and makes it sag a little.The frame could stand some beefing up also with some gussets ,x-members or some added L stock.
Got any theories why the past owner had 2 50 lb.sand bags up front under the seats?
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No springs on mine and I've never heard of any others that had them. The moveable top weighs about 80 lbs. and I'm sure the wall to wall carpet adds some more weight.

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My Campster has springs. The top is spring-loaded to stay in the up position, and you pull it down and hook it into the down position.

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