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Old 09-29-2014, 11:57 PM   #1
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First Fiberglass Camper

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I am happy to have found this forum and it looks like there is a lot of information here I will need...I have been traveling in a vintage Airstream for years and recently started using a canvas Apache for really long trips...but with our dogs and lack of security they offer I purchased a Hunter Compact II today



I know nothing about them and found this site doing a search...I think it may be perfect for us...so let the repairs begin...is there a compiled area or sub-forum for these campers? I think it is similar to some other models like Campster? Thanks for any info and I'm happy to be here.
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Old 09-30-2014, 12:48 AM   #2
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Welcome to FGRV Capt, you will get many answers here. There are a number of owners of that model here that have a lot of knowledge to pass on. There is also our document center you can use for info too. BTW your rig looks pretty nice. Do post pics before, during and after of your mods.
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Old 09-30-2014, 08:48 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Group
We don't have separate groups by make, but here are some pics of my Hunter and some of the mods I made.

Hunter Compact II Photos by advocateone | Photobucket
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Hunter Mods 2014 Photos by advocateone | Photobucket


BTW: I see yours has the bathroom option. After several years use we just took ours out and converted the space into storage and put a porta-potty on a slide out track. Works out a lot better, as storage space was the main drawback in these neat little RV's.
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Old 09-30-2014, 06:02 PM   #4
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Congrats on Compact!!

Nice looking rig, hope to see more photos inside and out.

Use the search function occasionally and look for Hunter, Compact, or Junior from time to time to find specific posts pertaining to campers like ours.
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Old 10-01-2014, 02:09 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone...I checked out all the systems today and was surprised that they all seem to work...I purchased it from an older lady that had owned it for 16 years and been camping in it twice...she was selling her home and getting rid of stuff she no longer wanted to move...she told me the fridge had never worked...I fired it up on the propane side and it got cold very fast...so I tried the 120v side and it also worked well...it has a very dead deep-cycle as she was not even aware it had a battery...so I did not try the 12v option...but running a fridge off 12v seems a little strange to me anyway...the water lines were disconnected running from fresh water tank to the toilet...I hooked them back up and the pump and toilet worked like new...the city water inlet on the rear drivers side is busted and it spays water everywhere when you connect it...so I have to source something that would work there...the plastic fresh water inlet door and assembly is broken so I also need to find something that would work there as well...the stove worked like new as well...

So am I correct in assuming nothing is available for these campers anymore and I will have to source other stuff and fab it to work? I realize a lot of the stuff is pretty standard in the camper world.

It has a pretty nice pop-up section except the plastic/Velcro clear flaps are dis-formed and no longer fit/work...so I guess I will remove it and have my local upholstery guy work on it..

Also in all my teardrop builds I install a Battery Tender and use it to keep deep-cell charged and maintained...it seems like that would work with this camper as well...I'll run another 120v outlet and install it under the bench near the battery box to power the charger...I may upgrade the breaker box to the same one I use in all my small camper builds as well...



I will also install these outlets as they really come in handy



and probably a shore power outlet because pulling the power cord through the hole under the sink will probably get old...



Here are some bad cellphone picks of it before I start work on it




I need to source some new tires and a wheel for a spare it seems most tires the stock size are bias ply...anyone know where to get radial 165/80 13 trailer tires? and a steel wheel?
Has anyone found a decent fresh water inlet?
Thanks for any info and I already love this little camper
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Old 10-01-2014, 07:35 AM   #6
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Love the camper. Sounds like you found a good one. Hopefully other compact owners can give you the info you need on this one for parts, etc. Congrats on the find and welcome to FGRV family.
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Old 10-01-2014, 08:40 AM   #7
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I also need a fresh water inlet on my compact, as the fill door is gone. I found two sources for a valve that looks similar (called a surface mount gravity fill inlet). I don't have access to those files right now as I'm traveling, but I think one source might have been the Scamp online store? I will add the info when I have a chance. Welcome! Yours looks in better shape than mine. I will be interested in the mods you make.
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Old 10-01-2014, 08:46 AM   #8
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As you have noticed, it is a very basic camper. Any repair parts you will need are available at most RV supply houses, including the new 13 X 4 on 4 rims with tires. Try etrailer.com and/or eBay if you can't find something locally.

I'd suggest a little more than a minimal electrical system though. I installed a Progressive Dynamics PD-4045 in mine and it takes care of everything from ac dirtribution, to DC power to being a 3 stage charger. Bear at Vintec is a good source for those. I put the PD-4045 and a group 27 battery in the left bench seat, aft of the water tank.

You might find that an awning repair company can better handle the top boot repairs than most upholstery shops. The original fabric, if not damaged, respond's well to most leatherette conditioners.

There is a pic of my fresh water inlet connection in the links I posted in Post #3. You have to be careful because the water tank is very high inside and it's hard to get downhill flow from the filler to the tank.

And yes, the Dometic Refrigerators they used seem to have a very long life expectancy. The Model 23 in mine was working fine when I removed it this year to put in with more interior storage space. BTW: The flints for the lighter are no longer available, at some point you will have to learn how to light it with a match-stick.

Keep asking questions.
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Old 10-01-2014, 01:44 PM   #9
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I found mine on Amazon...Camco 37002 Flush Mount Fill Spout (Beige)

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Old 10-01-2014, 02:16 PM   #10
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I'd suggest a little more than a minimal electrical system though. I installed a Progressive Dynamics PD-4045 in mine and it takes care of everything from ac dirtribution, to DC power to being a 3 stage charger. Bear at Vintec is a good source for those. I put the PD-4045 and a group 27 battery in the left bench seat, aft of the water tank.
Keep asking questions.
Bob your camper is amazing...you did a wonderful job....I like the look of the Progressive Mini and that is a wise route to take...and I will have lots more questions

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I found mine on Amazon...Camco 37002 Flush Mount Fill Spout (Beige)

That looks like it will work...seems like a lot of the stuff is available on Amazon ...Thanks for the info
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Old 10-01-2014, 02:17 PM   #11
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Because the top of the water tank in a Hunter Compact-II is almost level with the filler, I find the "Gravity Feed" filler a real PITA. I installed an open port type and use a flex tube on the end of a hose or with a Funnel contraption for filling mine.

Who ever inverted the gravity feed filler was a sadist!!!!!
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Old 10-02-2014, 02:11 AM   #12
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One of the first hings I have to do is remove the window A/C unit that looks to have been installed decades ago...there is nothing more redneck than a window unit hanging out of a camper...



I'm sure I can figure out a decent way to install a new unit somewhere else like under the bench with it venting to the outside...but first I have to figure out what type of window/glass goes back in it...anyone have a close up of the middle front window I could see?...
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One of the first hings I have to do is remove the window A/C unit that looks to have been installed decades ago...there is nothing more redneck than a window unit hanging out of a camper...
Redneck? Probably. But also a very "period correct" modification.
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That missing window should be replaced with common flat tempered glass. Any Auto Glass shop can cut it for you but be sure you have the molding first.

And thank you for what will quickly become a somewhat controversial comment about your a/c unit.

I realize that it is sometimes a necessity, but it's never appealing to my somewhat limited, but none the less erudite, tastes. LOL

There could be room under the center dinette bench for an a/c as there's currently almost nothing in there.
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