Sis' Compact Jr Rework Fall 08 - Fiberglass RV


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Old 11-05-2008, 07:32 PM   #1
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My sister's Christmas present from me every year is labor. This year she used up most of her present rebuilding a ramp at her house, but there was enough left over for me to do a few minor tweaks on her Compact Jr. She had taken it on a long trip this summer and had a (fairly) short (well, at least short, for her ) list of changes to make.

The first was to add a scuff protector to her lower cabinet door opening. I'd already put one on another of her cabinets, to keep the cabinet frame plywood from splintering as she dragged huge Boxes O'Stuff in and out of the cabinet, and I added another to her other lower cabinet. They're bent up out of a fairly soft aluminum sheet and held in place by screws:

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And then, to make things more convenient, I reversed the hinges on the icebox (had to make a new hinge pin; the old was rusted beyond salvage) and on the cabinet nearest the doorway that she keeps her "mooring equipment" in. Much easier to drag out the crate with the jacks, dolly wheel, and chocks.

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There were a few other little things, a relocated electrical outlet, some eyebolts here and there, a latch adjusted, a sign mounted; but I figure we've all seen pictures of electrical outlets and eyebolts.

The first big project was a folding step. Sis has a folding stepstool, but she wanted something that wouldn't get kicked out of position, so I bent up some steel rod and strap to make this. It's held in the up position by a spring and snaphook to an eyebolt on the door.

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...and now I'm out of space; more in another post--
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:37 PM   #2
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...and here's the step, folded up:

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The second was a "stuff barrier." Sis usually doesn't bother to set up the dining table or the king-sized bed; she sleeps on one "bunk" with the dog on the other and the tabletop laid down between them as a kind of nightstand. And that means that underneath the tabletop is kind of a little storage area. So I was commissioned to build a hinged barrier which would function as a "cabinet door" under the tabletop. I used 3/8" plywood and added wood strips to the edges to prevent splinters. Just for the heck of it, I made a rubbing off the trailer logo plate and cut out a "Compact Jr" logo from contac paper to decorate it a bit. It folds over flat against the bench front if you're entertaining people for dinner.

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The third was awnings. Sis saw a picture of (well, okay, I sent it to her) some cute striped awnings over the windows on a Compact Jr, so I built a set of collapsible rods to support window awnings. I used fiberglass tentpoles my wife found at a local sporting-goods store; the only moderately difficult part was pie-cutting and welding four of the connecting sleeves to make elbow fittings--I'm not much of a welder. (I think I'll let Sis do the sewing. )

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Not really any big changes, but I thought you guys might be interested. Sis is gradually getting the trailer sorted to her liking...
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:44 PM   #3
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Wanna be my brother? Very nice and I've seen Cory's trailer, complete with lots of Moose! Too cool. She's going to have a trailer that's perfect for her and will be a one of a kind

Recognized the 60s surfer foot. Quite the idea, to take an accelerator pedal and turn it into a step
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Love your folding foot step!
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:29 AM   #5
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..great use of a 'hot-rodders' gas pedal, LOL
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:14 PM   #6
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...Recognized the 60s surfer foot. Quite the idea, to take an accelerator pedal and turn it into a step

You must be about my age. Most people, I describe it as a "surfer foot" and I get a big blank look. Especially my daughters... What, don't surfers have feet any more?
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You must be about my age. Most people, I describe it as a "surfer foot" and I get a big blank look. Especially my daughters... What, don't surfers have feet any more?
Do you remember the little surfer foot you could get for the dimmer switch? 'Course that was back in the days the switch was on the floor... not on the left handle off the column.

hummmm, If you could find some of those, you could make matching drawer pulls... hummmm
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Do you remember the little surfer foot you could get for the dimmer switch? 'Course that was back in the days the switch was on the floor... not on the left handle off the column.

hummmm, If you could find some of those, you could make matching drawer pulls... hummmm
I put one of the dimmer-switch surfer feet on my old Duster. Didn't work so good; if you didn't get your foot pressure exactly centered, the dimmer switch tended to bind up. So I took it off and made do with the gas pedal only.

You can still get them from JC Whitney...

http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/ItemBro...d=group_listing

Pretty expensive for drawer pulls, but it's sure an intriguing idea.
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Wow Steve,
Some EXCELLENT upgrades as always! Your sister is VERY fortunate to have that free labor ticket from you every year! hehe
Regarding the window awnings, I believe that was actually an option of some sort from Hunter structures as I've seen a couple of Hunter products with them still in place. My rig has the holes around the windows and back door for them (filled in with caulk now!), but sadly they are long gone... SIGH...hehe

I'm sure I speak for a LOT of folks here on the site when I say THANK YOU to all the folks like yourself who post pics of the mods they've done. Gives the rest of us some food for thought, and often leads to us hatching great ideas of our own! YAY! So keep up the good work, Steve and everybody else too! Thanks!
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