New Compact Jr owner and rebuilder - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-09-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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New Compact Jr owner and rebuilder

Hi, my name is John and I purchased a derelict 1972 compact Jr back in August of last year to renovate for me and my wife to enjoy. Basically gutted it and started over with minimal carpentry skills and made it into a fiberglass tent with a super queen size bed oriented longways instead of the usual layout. It had already been deprived of all interior galley and such, and I didn't want those items as I do all my cooking outside. Most of that space was converted to storage. I am excited about learning more about the glass campers from this site, Thanks
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:56 PM   #2
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Cute !

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Old 05-09-2012, 01:58 PM   #3
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Looks great and I am sure the bed will be really comfy.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:20 PM   #4
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Great looking trailer. Nice re-build.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:22 PM   #5
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I am confused. Is your bed 60 inches wide or 72 inches? Longways IS the regular orientation of the bed in a Compact.

I like the spacious feeling, do you have photos with the bed folded out?
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:26 PM   #6
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Hi John, welcome to FiberglassRV! Bobbie is correct, one thing that makes this rear-entry trailer unique is the very large bed! Great mods you've done to make it uniquely your own

Love the color, yellow makes me happy!
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:27 PM   #7
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Thumbs up Alright! Awesome!

Originally Posted by airculd17 View Post
Basically gutted it and started over with minimal carpentry skills...
Looks way more than minimal to me.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:40 PM   #8
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I have a compact too and I see your little awning. Nice. How is that attached?
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:06 PM   #9
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Beautiful work! Love the paint job, it's so cute! Now get out and enjoy it!

And welcome, glad you joined us!
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:09 PM   #10
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Very nice! I hope you are enjoying it!
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:52 AM   #11
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Well, I didn't know that the bed was supposed to be longways. This trailer was basically a hollow shell except for a little homemade bed lying crossways that I thought that was the way it was supposed to be. Have never seen another compact Jr. The awning i bought on ebay and attaches with aluminum rails just as it would on a popup. The bed is actually 72 by 79 inches. You will also notice some previous owner removed the fridge and installed a window on the right side rear. That cause more than one redesign problem. Thanks for the info
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:20 AM   #12
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Way to GO!
Can you tell all of US Compact owners what you dd or where you went to get a NEW CANVAS & Screen windowed Pop-Up collar made??!!!!
Please don't tell me that a gutted trailer had a pristine pop-up canvas collar, 'cause mine "...sure as SHOOTIN' don't.."
I need to redo mine and am not sure where to go...other than to a high priced auto upholstery shop. I checked out the Volkswagon Van site, and they cost approx. $400 NEW....YIKES!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:33 PM   #13
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BB, I regret to say the pop up canvas and the seat cushions represented approximately half of my entire investment in the restoration. The popup canvas cost appx. 600 bucks and the cushions another 500. I had them done at a marine upholstery place because they were the only ones who could make the windows and sew them in. At least that was the case in this area. I might have taken more time to find a shop with the same capabilities but I was pushed for time , couldn't wait to go camping in it ... I wanted to use an online bulk supplier but they would have had a rough time fitting it with just my dimensions. BTW when I got it the previous owners had installed screen wire in the popup opening, that would have been very interesting considering our first night out in it we had 2 inches of rain fall in about a half hour.
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:12 PM   #14
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Very good job, a nice clean design. I noticed in your picture that it looks like the pop up sides are inside of the ridge that rises up from the trailer, on all Jr's the pop up should be on the outside of this ridge to prevent rain water from coming into the trailer. I would hate to see all your hard work get water damaged. Enjoy your trailer and welcome to the Compact Jr Family. Its great when you see another one saved and used.

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