Reinforcement of Compact Jr frame (photos) - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-20-2016, 04:20 PM   #1
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Reinforcement of Compact Jr frame (photos)

Posting photos of the work I had done to repair and reinforce the frame of my '72 Compact Jr. When I wanted to get work done on it, I couldn't find any photos at all of what others had done to fix their frame and make the front stronger, so I'm posting mine. Hopefully this will help someone else in the future.

The first photo shows the frame after I pulled it from under the body, before taking it to the repair shop. The crossbar at the curved portion of the frame is not attached to the frame at all, but was merely hanging from its bolts in the plywood floor. The passenger side outriggers on either side of the wheel were completely missing.
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The second photo shows the frame at the welding shop, when I went to pick it up. The gray portions are the repairs and additions that were made. I had them add a central spine, replace the broken crossmember, add an extra crossmember, and replace the two missing outriggers.Click image for larger version

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The final photo is after getting it home, wire brushing it, and giving it a coat of primer.Click image for larger version

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The shop billed me for three hours of work, and a minimal amount of materials. Ended up just under $250 out the door, and I'm happy with the quality of work done.
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Very nice work that should keep your Compact Jr on the road for another 44 years. Our Compact Jr has had the frame reinforced but it was done by a previous owner. The tongue has been altered so the coupler is much higher. The reinforcement beams run back to the spring attachments.

Altered Tongue, 5 Lb Propane, Spare Added Photo by tomNjo | Photobucket
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Very nice work that should keep your Compact Jr on the road for another 44 years. Our Compact Jr has had the frame reinforced but it was done by a previous owner. The tongue has been altered so the coupler is much higher. The reinforcement beams run back to the spring attachments.

Altered Tongue, 5 Lb Propane, Spare Added Photo by tomNjo | Photobucket
Nice alteration on yours! I tow mine with a very low car, so I chose not to alter the hitch height.
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