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Old 08-14-2019, 06:15 PM   #1
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replacing the canvans on Compact Junior

We just purchased a 1972 Compact Junior and need to install new canvas on the pop up top but the camper did not have the original old canvas to use for a pattern. Any suggestions on how I could go about doing this without a pattern?
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:26 PM   #2
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maybe cut up old cotton sheets to use as prototypes til you get the shape right, then use them as the pattern for the tent fabric ?
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:23 PM   #3
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Measure the inside of the top and the outside of the bottom. Take the measurements to a boat cover repairman and tell them it needs to be 13Ē tall. When I had mine made we had them use solid fabric with zip down windows.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:53 AM   #4
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What is you replacement timeline? Immediately or in a while?
I replaced my pop top canvas last year. I may still have the old one and/or the pattens and drawings I made. Iím on the road currently but plan to be home mid-sept. I can find what I have then and we can discuss how to transfer the information.
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Oh that would be great! Thank you so much! I would like to do it as soon as possible but please let me know when you are back just in case I havent figured it out by then.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:16 PM   #6
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Did you ever figure out a suitable replacement for your 72 CJ? I purchased a 72 compact jr a little over a year ago that was completely gutted on the inside. I've been slowly picking away at it replacing the floor, painting the interior walls, new glass and resealing the windows and building the bench/bed layout to the best of my ability. Bought a sink/stove combo out of an old tent trailer and all I have left are cabinetry on the curbside back half, exterior paint(PO painted over the gelcoat) and replacing the pop top material. I've been considering rip stop but would love to hear what you went forward with
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Pop top

I had the old one when I redid mine 10 years ago. Instead of remaking the Velcro window covers I just doubled up the screens. If it gets cold I just close the top.
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I used weatherMAX 65 from Seattle Fabrics. https://www.seattlefabrics.com/61-We...yard_p_59.html
I followed videos from Sailrite for installing zippered windows and used noseeum screen.
Rip stop. Can be slippery to sew with and noises in the wind. weatherMAX was easy to see even with the many yards required.
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Old 08-16-2019, 09:57 AM   #10
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I tried to post photos but donít know what went wrong.
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I got the first one and it looks awesome! I am new to forums and have no idea how to send them either. Thank u for the info though I love using youtube to learn so I can pause and rewind. I am definitely a more hands on learner. When u say it is noisy in the wind would u say its too noisy? Do you wish you had used something else instead? I've heard other people say RIP stop was sort of a pain to sew so. Will probably try to do a rough muslin this weekend and see if it's even worth the saving to do myself.
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Brian- we actually just got.the camper on Tuesday so we havent even started anything yet. Hopefully this weekend we will do some gutting and measurements. Its rough and hard for me to even know where to start. Most of the I terror is original but sort of cobbled back together so I struggle with what to remove and replace. I know I'm going to want to go camping in the fall and dont want to make it inoperable for a long time.
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Rip stop is noisy. WeatherMAX is whisper quiet. I loved working with it. I used my home sewing machine. Read up on thread recommendations for UV. You donít want your pop top to fail from using the wrong thread!
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