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Old 03-06-2014, 02:59 PM   #1
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Well I found my trailer and bought it but now I have two problems..I need to replace/upgrade the trailer its sitting on and have no idea if I can just lift the shell off or if I need to gut it before taking it apart and #2 what is the best way to deal with condensation? We really wanna do a log cabin feel with wood walls but took it out on an archery shoot this past weekend for fun and noticed lots of moisture in the morning. What is the best way to insulate and cover the inside?
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Condensation is an issue in most of our small trailers. Best way to prevent it is to stop breathing ;-) Second best way is to keep some air flow happing in the trailer - leave a hatch or window open &/or a fan going.
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Edna their are four to six bolts that hold the body onto the frame. Two in the front under the benches and two in the back inside the rear cabinets. I think their may be two in and around the kitchen. You should remove the pop top which is heavy.
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Old 03-06-2014, 04:42 PM   #4
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For your woodsy look, less condensation problems, and to avoid excessive weight gain, you might check out some woodsy colored or patterned diamond tufted quilted auto upholstery fabric similar to was originally in the Compact-II. Here's what that looked like, but it's still the original color.

Hunter Compact II Photos by advocateone | Photobucket

I don't know about the top on the Jr. but the one on the Compact-II only weights about 20 lbs.

If you are in SoCal there is a great place in Rialto with tons of the stuff and very helpful staff. It's called J&J Auto Fabrics.



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Hi all,
Well I found my trailer and bought it but now I have two problems..I need to replace/upgrade the trailer its sitting on and have no idea if I can just lift the shell off or if I need to gut it before taking it apart and #2 what is the best way to deal with condensation? We really wanna do a log cabin feel with wood walls but took it out on an archery shoot this past weekend for fun and noticed lots of moisture in the morning. What is the best way to insulate and cover the inside?
from another Compact Jr. owner.
I am presently in the middle of a complete frame-off restoration of mine that I write about in this link:
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...-jr-49049.html
  1. A lot will depend on if the bolts are intact or rusted through, and if the wood furniture is intact or dry-rotted.
  2. Some people have used 3M Spray Adhesives to attach reflectix insulation and interior fabric to the walls. Others rely on Contact Cement
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:28 PM   #6
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There are some "professional grade " spray adhesives available that work much better than the usual 3M and contact cement products.

Go to a commercial auto fabrics supply store and ask for the best headliner adhesive they have. Peeps that do this for a living don't want any customers to come back with jobs falling apart.

Again, try J&J Auto Fabrics in Rialto, CA. They have a web site <<<jjautofabrics.com>>> and will ship as well as make recommendations on the phone . Really good people.



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The upper roof of the Compact Jr weighs about 60 lbs.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:53 PM   #8
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Thank you all soo much!!
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:07 PM   #9
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Where in California are you located Edna?



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Old 03-06-2014, 08:35 PM   #10
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Where in California are you located Edna?

Central CA...Fresno to be exact
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Yuk, that's a bit to far to offer help.
Did you look at the website for J&J Auto Fabrics in Rialto?



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Old 03-06-2014, 08:58 PM   #12
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Not yet but I will
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:48 AM   #13
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Hi Again... Is you Compact Jr the blue one that was just on the Fresno Craigs List??



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Old 03-07-2014, 02:34 PM   #14
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Hi Again... Is you Compact Jr the blue one that was just on the Fresno Craigs List??
Yes Bob it was
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Missed this this weekend- I have mine here in Fresno, Edna, mostly original, so if you guys want to check it out let me know. I'm over near Fresno High.
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:54 PM   #16
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We're real close to you 180/Chestnut, we would love to see it
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You are pretty close. I'm mostly home as I'm working on getting my house ready to sell, but I did realize yours is a Compact Jr. Mine is a Campster- so similar but not exactly the same. Interiors were surprisingly similar, though. I have mine set up with a full time 3/4 bed (48 inches wide) which still leaves some seating but wouldn't work for a couple as well. I did get rid of the table and cushions since I have it set up that way.
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:02 AM   #18
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Do you have a photo?

Hi Bobbie

do you have a photo of the permanent bed?

Curious as to what it looks like.

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This thread has a picture, at the beginning. Not a great picture. I have cushions for both sides but now I leave the clothes drawers in place and anchor them during travel with two spring-loaded curtain rods. Works great. Before that even though I had seats on both sides in front of the bed I always had one covered up with my duffle bag- this is neater and works fine for one person.
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I had the 3/4 mattress from an antique bed (had the mattress custom made here in Fresno some years back) and it just fit the space. I just leave the table down, but I also added plywood across the benches and table to increase the support and keep it more level. I sawed the benchtops so that they open at the seats that are accessible, and removed the unused water tank so that I could push things into both sides (less often-used items can slide back under the seats, but mostly that space is empty.)
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