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Old 06-07-2016, 11:12 AM   #1
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1972 Hunter Compact Jr...yikes?

As of yesterday, it appears I am the new owner of a 1972 Hunter Compact Jr that is living three states away from me. I'll be heading out to pick it up in a week or so, and would like any input that you fine folks are willing to give me about what I should put on my just-in-case-list of things to bring along. The seller says it's roadworthy with good tires, spare, and working lights, and the photos seem to indicate this is accurate. Having not seen it in person, though, I want to be prepared for the 16-hr drive back to my house with it.

If anyone knows the bearing size for this trailer, or where I can get an owner's manual, I'd appreciate it. I figured I'd pick up a new set of bearings just in case. I'll also bring along ratchet straps, duct tape, a set of trailer lights, a tire pump, a floor jack, lug wrench, WD-40, PB-Blaster, bearing grease, and various hand tools for emergency purposes.

Anything I'm missing? I've never owned or towed any sort of trailer other than a utility trailer for hauling junk. I'm a lot excited and a little intimidated about renovating it, but I think it will be great fun, and a good little trailer for wander-traveling.
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Old 06-07-2016, 11:37 AM   #2
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The seller says "roadworthy" and "good tires" and that may be a fair assessment, but a sellers opinion sometimes is slanted. Tire age is critical as are wheel bearings. I would ask the seller when the bearings were cleaned and lubed and what the code dates are on all three tires. Does the torsion axle still have some life in it ? What size is the hitch ball? What is the hitch height ?


Can you find someone in the area where the trailer is located to check out these things? Do you have roadside towing insurance just in case ?
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Old 06-07-2016, 11:43 AM   #3
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The seller says "roadworthy" and "good tires" and that may be a fair assessment, but a sellers opinion sometimes is slanted. Tire age is critical as are wheel bearings. I would ask the seller when the bearings were cleaned and lubed and what the code dates are on all three tires. Does the torsion axle still have some life in it ? What size is the hitch ball? What is the hitch height ?


Can you find someone in the area where the trailer is located to check out these things? Do you have roadside towing insurance just in case ?
I have nobody in the area to check it out. I'm fine with buying new tires if I have to, that's the easy part. There's a Walmart Supercenter less than 2 miles from where I will pick it up so I have that option right at hand. Ball size he says is 2", and I will pick up a drop or raise as necessary when I get there so that it's matched to my car as closely as possible.

As far as the axle, I believe it's a dropped axle rather than a torsion axle, at least that's what the photos look like to me. I plan on pulling the bearings to get a look at them before I bring it home, but I haven't been able to track down the bearing size yet to have a spare set on hand when I show up to take the trailer.

And yes, I have roadside towing for car and trailer, free up to 100 miles, so I'm covered in that respect. I simply want to be prepared as much as possible ahead of time!
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Old 06-07-2016, 11:58 AM   #4
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Yes, you might have a leaf spring axle. Also the original axle may have been replaced so bearing information might have changed.


You have obviously put lots of thought and research into this. It's going to be an adventure.
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Old 06-07-2016, 12:10 PM   #5
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Yes, you might have a leaf spring axle. Also the original axle may have been replaced so bearing information might have changed.


You have obviously put lots of thought and research into this. It's going to be an adventure.
Yes, it does have leaf springs, as I can see them in a photo of the underside of the trailer. Good point on the bearings/axle swap possibility. I will wait until I get there and pull the wheels to address that issue. At worst, I camp in it for a few days while I wait for some new bearings in the mail. Camping a bit doesn't sound too bad to me.
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Old 06-08-2016, 03:47 PM   #6
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compact Jr info...

On the upper right of the fiberglassrv forum page is a link titled "more".

From there you will find the document center and a link to compact brochures and what passes for an owner's manual.
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Old 06-08-2016, 06:58 PM   #7
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I also picked up a 72 compact II and had to drive it home. I found the PO definately stretched the truth on the condition of the tires. They looked good but the dates had them at 15 years old. The one issue I had towing it home was the tongue weight of the completely empty camper. It is really light without a battery and full propane tank. Take that into consideration when towing, it makes the drive "squirrelly" Congrats on the new trailer!!
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:07 PM   #8
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I also picked up a 72 compact II and had to drive it home. I found the PO definately stretched the truth on the condition of the tires. They looked good but the dates had them at 15 years old. The one issue I had towing it home was the tongue weight of the completely empty camper. It is really light without a battery and full propane tank. Take that into consideration when towing, it makes the drive "squirrelly" Congrats on the new trailer!!
Good to know. Since it's in Utah, I can just pull to the side of the road and throw some rocks inside if I need "ballast" in front.



I don't pick it up until next week though, so I'm getting impatient to get started on it.
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Old 06-08-2016, 09:01 PM   #9
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I have nobody in the area to check it out. I'm fine with buying new tires if I have to, that's the easy part. There's a Walmart Supercenter less than 2 miles from where I will pick it up so I have that option right at hand. Ball size he says is 2", and I will pick up a drop or raise as necessary when I get there so that it's matched to my car as closely as possible.

As far as the axle, I believe it's a dropped axle rather than a torsion axle, at least that's what the photos look like to me. I plan on pulling the bearings to get a look at them before I bring it home, but I haven't been able to track down the bearing size yet to have a spare set on hand when I show up to take the trailer.

And yes, I have roadside towing for car and trailer, free up to 100 miles, so I'm covered in that respect. I simply want to be prepared as much as possible ahead of time!
It sounds like you have all the major items covered.

It's been awhile since I wrote an article about wheel bearings, etc, when bringing a new (used) trailer home. However, you might get a few ideas by taking a peek at the article.

Duckworks - Messing with Trailer Wheel Bearings on the Highway!

Good luck,

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Old 06-09-2016, 10:11 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone. I'm sure I'll be asking a lot more questions about it once I get it home and start working on it.
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:04 PM   #11
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Having just gone through towing a 1971 Campster project trailer home I had the same worries you do. We had no problems with getting it back home.

We did have to get a stinger to match the height, that took two tries. But the shop was OK with doing the exchange of parts and removal and switching the ball to the other one. Had them do the ball install, ask them to grease it.

Most annoying part of towing it back home....
The stinger in the hitch tube rattled a lot over any bumps which was a constant irritation. Adjusting the receiver helped but it still clunked going over bumps. So do take an anti rattle clamp along with you. A basic U-bolt stye with bracket will do the job.

We took a foam pad made to kneel on, it got used several times, much better than kneeling on gravel.
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:20 PM   #12
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Hmm, I'll have to pick up an anti-rattle clip, hadn't thought of that. I do have what I believe is the proper hitch riser to meet the hitch of the trailer. If not, then I have several options where to buy a different one within a couple miles of where I will pick up the trailer. If my measurements and the seller's measurements are accurate, I should be within an inch of level with what I've got.

Thanks for the tips, I'm anxious to get it home and start working on it. Summer project, woo hoo!
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:34 PM   #13
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Good to know. Since it's in Utah, I can just pull to the side of the road and throw some rocks inside if I need "ballast" in front.



I don't pick it up until next week though, so I'm getting impatient to get started on it.
A few one gallon jugs of water would work better. Maybe even a case or two of beer.
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Old 06-09-2016, 04:36 PM   #14
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A few one gallon jugs of water would work better. Maybe even a case or two of beer.
It's Utah. Both of those may be in short supply.
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