I own a Compact II, which seems to be a 'sister' to your Hunter 1. Both were made in Chatsworth by Hunter Industries in the 70's. There is also another model, a Compact Jr, and I've also seen another unit called a TrailsWest that looks TOO similar to not be related to our rigs somehow. I don't think that anyone has actually built a webpage dedicated to JUST our rigs, but there are several owners on here who are very knowledgable. So you're DEFINITELY in the right place! hehe Tom Trostel is another member on here that I've asked a LOT of questions to about our rigs, since I'm fairly new as well, have only had my rig about a yr. Heads up too, I'm 99% sure there is another owner on here with a Hunter I, a lady I believe, and I believe in the SD area also. Bet you guys could compare notes real easily! Now for your questions...
1. Your description sounds very much like my floorplan, and what seems to be 'standard' for our Hunter trailers. MOST of the units I've seen pics of though, and mine as well, have an icebox or a refridgerator somewhere on that right hand side galley area, across from the stove. Do you have any pics to share with all of us? I'd bet a LOT of folks are going to ask you that! hehe
2. On my unit, that across the front window is non-opening, but separated into 3 equal width panels. I don't think yours is the first unit to have an A/C retrofit though. I'd say it just depends on where you live as far as summer heat levels and all...
3. Personally I'm not sure of the empty weight
of my trailer, although I have a suspicion that our Hunter rigs are just about the lightest FBRVs around, since they seem to have rather thin skins. I keep meaning to get mine weighed, but just haven't gotten around to it yet.
4. I have a couple of typed pages that came with my unit, instructions on using some of the appliances, stuff like that, and that's about it. I would LOVE to see a sales brochure, or any kind of literature anybody would have for theirs to share!!!
5. I THINK that the closest thing to a Hunter owner's group is THIS WEBSITE! hehe
6. Though I continue to be AMAZED at how many of our little Hunter rigs show up, on here as well as on the web in general, I get the feeling that they are rather rare, as it doesn't seem like they were manufactured for very many years, just the early part of the 70s.
7. As far as brand specific replacement parts I don't think such a source exists, but honestly I don't think there's very much that is 'brand specific' to our rigs, except that fabric around the poptop. And I've seen several posts from folks who have managed to remove the old fabric and have it remade, usually sounds like a local upholstery place or something. Beyond that, looking around my rig, it really seems like most of it's parts are general RV items, or can be improvised from existing stuff. Like I just put a new doorknob & deadbolt on my door, and I just picked up a same keyed set at WalMart, nothing special...
8. Ive never heard of a 'snap enclosure' for the poptop, but it does sound like a clever idea! At the same time, I think if you're poptop & fabric are in good condition, I don't think there's much to worry about unless its a real blowing storm or something. The person I bought mine from had the poptop up all winter, through rains and such, and said it never leaked inside.
Wow, guess I kinda hogged up answering everything! But don't take my responses as gospel, I've learned a LOT from this website, and from studying my rig, but there's a LOT of knowledge on here in other folks. I have a feeling you're going to get a lot of responses and make a LOT of friends on here, fellow Hunter owners. So welcome to the family! hehe HUGS! Joe