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Arizona3313 01-16-2016 05:44 PM

Battery position on a Compact Jr..
 
I am redoing a 72 jr and was wondering where the original battery position was for these rigs. The previous owner had it by the hitch but I have heard that it was inside some where.. Any feedback I could get would be appreciated..
Thanks

floyd 01-16-2016 09:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arizona3313 (Post 567076)
I am redoing a 72 jr and was wondering where the original battery position was for these rigs. The previous owner had it by the hitch but I have heard that it was inside some where.. Any feedback I could get would be appreciated..
Thanks

That trailer is naturally light in the front, I think you would find that the extra weight on the tongue would be an asset.
The apparent original location on both of the ones I have owned was all the way aft inside the port side (curbside) bench.

Cathie Sadler-Pare 01-16-2016 10:55 PM

I have a 73 Compact II, they have a U shaped gaucho dining area and the battery is inside under the front dinette bench under the front window, basically as far forward and in the middle. I find it is helpful to weigh down the front tongue weight. These little guys have a tendency to be light on the hitch.

Glenn Baglo 01-16-2016 11:23 PM

Nobody has mentioned that if the battery is placed inside, it needs to be in a sealed battery box that is vented to the outside.

dgjackson40 01-16-2016 11:27 PM

I can see already with my first post you are going to become my friend!! I just began tear down of my 72' Compact Jr this week. I am uncertain if the battery in mine was in the original location but before I gutted the interior it was located directly underneath the "ice box" in the cabinet directly in front of the wheel well.


I joined this site tonight looking for pointers when I begin recreating the interior after restoring the frame.

dgjackson40 01-16-2016 11:32 PM

You are going to become a forum friend hopefully as I began a frame up restoration of my 72' Compact Jr this week. I am uncertain if the battery in my camper was in the original location but it was located directly under the "ice box" in the cabinet directly in front of the wheel well.


Not sure where I will relocate it as I just started this project and am unsure of a layout just yet. I joined this forum to get ideas and pointers for the resurrection.

billmccracken 01-17-2016 09:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arizona3313 (Post 567076)
I am redoing a 72 jr and was wondering where the original battery position was for these rigs. The previous owner had it by the hitch but I have heard that it was inside some where.. Any feedback I could get would be appreciated..
Thanks

Compact Jr is different from Compact 11. My 1972 Compact Jr had the battery located inside the kitchen cabinet below the sink. I have relocated it outside on the tongue for 2 reasons:
1 Battery was located inside (not even in a battery box!) with no venting to outside!)
2. Wanted to increase tongue weight.

Arizona3313 01-17-2016 10:28 AM

Thanks for the info
 
My Compact Jr has been worked over a couple of times by previous owners the last one put a big steel box on the hitch and put the propane tank and battery up there so the hitch weight , with the trailer empty, was over 200 pounds.. I am going to get rid of the metal box but I was wondering about moving the battery.. so the info you guys gave me let me know where it was placed originally..
I am completely redoing, almost done, the inside of the rig including the top canvas and all the soft goods in the trailer plus I reconfigured the cabinet area into a bathroom, added an airconditioner and compressor type refrigerator so I know that this has added some weight to the rig and I do not want to overload the hitch..
You guys that have owned one of these before can you tell me if the battery had any special venting for it.
Thanks guys..

rainjer 01-17-2016 11:10 AM

My battery is on the tongue also.

Jeremy

Tom Trostel 01-17-2016 03:36 PM

My Compact Jr has no battery and I see no evidence that it ever had one.

Dail 01-17-2016 03:52 PM

Like Tom, my '71 Compact Jr has no battery, and I bought it from the original owner, and saw no evidence it ever had one. Have considered adding one, but haven't done it yet...

Denece 01-18-2016 08:19 PM

Our Compact II had no battery. Like others have said, a great spot is that forwardmost locker. We put in a battery box and group 27 gel cell. Gel does not gas like lead acid.

We are still light on the tongue


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Jon in AZ 01-19-2016 07:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arizona3313 (Post 567138)
...I reconfigured the cabinet area into a bathroom, added an airconditioner and compressor type refrigerator so I know that this has added some weight to the rig and I do not want to overload the hitch...

Given that most of your modifications are over and behind the axle, you may actually end up too light on the hitch. Might be a good idea to weigh your trailer before making final decisions about where to put the battery, and what to put on the tongue.

MRClaus 01-19-2016 07:47 AM

I would leave it out side

Arizona3313 01-19-2016 10:06 AM

Compact jr. Battery
 
I moved the battery to the inside right over the axle and got rid of the big steel box that was on the hitch.. The hitch weight dropped from about 200 pounds to 120 so I think that is good.. This was with the trailer unloaded so when we get it loaded we will check again but I think I should be at 150 max at that point..
I built a battery holder out of a plastic letter file I got a walmart and vented it out the side so I think I should be OK...
I need to weigh this rig as soon as I get all the mods done so I can figure if I need to do any more weight distribution stuff.. Any of you guys know the unloaded weights of you rigs?
Thanks

MilesandJess 03-13-2016 03:20 PM

Had to chime in - looks like we are embarking on the same project at the same time and might be able to help one another. Our '72 Compact Jr is also just starting restoration now, 3/2016. How is yours going, dgjackson40 and Arizona3313?

Arizona3313 03-13-2016 04:57 PM

Resoration Project
 
I am about done with it.. I bought a messed up rig that someone started redoing and completely redid it. I got rid of the closet area area and put an enclosed bath with toiet in its place, Then built a closet area between the twin beds with a Dorm type electric refrigerator at the bottom. To power it I installed a large inverter then installed a 30 amp voltage converter to charge the battery and lighting for the rig. Installed a small tv with DVD and a Wave heater. We then made new canvas for the pottop and the wife redid all of the seating areas and window coverings. I put a storage box on the hitch and put a 40 watt solar panel on it.. That is about it for now but a new stove and tongue jack are next. We weighed it and it came out to 1360 lb with most of the camping junk in it. We took it out and got about 17mpg with the first trip. It pulled like a dream..
Good luck with your retro job. If you like send me a direct Email and I will send you a couple of pictures..


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