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Old 04-15-2020, 12:12 PM   #1
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I've removed the fabric top from my 1974 Hunter Compact II. I'd like to keep the same look and material as the original. Is the fabric (not the window portions) made of canvas or vinyl or something else?
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I've removed the fabric top from my 1974 Hunter Compact II. I'd like to keep the same look and material as the original. Is the fabric (not the window portions) made of canvas or vinyl or something else?
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I have a Compact Jr and like most 40 - 50 yr old trailers the fabric has been replaced. I doubt many trailers have the original fabric, but someone will know what it was. My point is that it doesn't matter, having original material won't help the resale price. And newer fabrics might be better. Mine is home done, who knows when and is a a cloth material I sprayed to be somewhat water tight. I took it off and it was strong enough to merit replacing the window screens. My Compact Jr was in the desert for years and had one owner, I bought it from his niece !
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Old 04-16-2020, 06:14 AM   #3
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David G, I think you are right. I'm probably over-thinking this. One thing I should probably avoid is using a fabric that is too heavy. It needs to fold-up easily enough to permit the top to fully close.
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Old 04-16-2020, 10:08 AM   #4
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I also have a 74 Compact II . When I bought it 3 1/2 yrs ago had a vinyl skirt that was in need of replacement .I removed it and made a new one out of outdoor canvas material (.Not Sunbrella ) .I replaces the screened areas with a thicker screen fabric .It has held up very well If I could figure out how to load photos ,it may help 😃
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Old 04-16-2020, 10:27 AM   #5
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I used Weather Max 65 Polyester fabric purchased from Seattle Fabric. It’s water resistant, UV resistant and a dream to sew. I watched many of the DIY videos on the Sailrite website for designing and sewing details. I also purchased zippers, binding, UV resistant thread, etc from Sailrite.
I have sold my Hunter Compact JR.
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Old 04-16-2020, 12:44 PM   #6
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It's been a long time since I replaced the original fabric on mine, but if memory serves, it was a coated fabric that was water proof. I used Sunbrella to replace it, very easy to work with. The only thing I found out about Sunbrella is that if you leave a little fold of it poking out from under the FG top in the southern Nevada sun for 10 years, it will degrade, so I'm going to replace it again, and I'm using Sunbrella again.



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I've removed the fabric top from my 1974 Hunter Compact II. I'd like to keep the same look and material as the original. Is the fabric (not the window portions) made of canvas or vinyl or something else?
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Old 04-16-2020, 02:28 PM   #7
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We took ours to a boat upholstery place and they replaced it with a folding, collapsible vinyl. It was costly around $500.00 but they did a great job.
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Old 04-16-2020, 03:59 PM   #8
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Sur Last is a urethane coated polyester canvas fabric that is made by the Sunbrella company. It is the perfect weight of the popup canvas. It does not leak and it is color fast. I used it for the popup canvas on my Campster trailer. No problem folding it, it has been 3 years now and I have had the popup top open in all kinds of weather. I also leave it up even at home base spring, summer and fall unless there is a very high wind warning. It is still in perfect condition.



You can purchase it through Seattle Fabrics. They do mail order and are still working and open during the Covid 19 as they are an essential business.

https://www.seattlefabrics.com/60-Su...ard_p_117.html
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Wow. Thanks so much! I wasn't expecting such helpful details. I can see this is going to be an adventure. What a great forum we have.
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I think the original pop-up top is made from vinyl and not canvas. The material is smooth and not woven. Interestingly, the panels are not sewn together. Apparently they were heat-sealed.
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I think the original pop-up top is made from vinyl and not canvas. The material is smooth and not woven. Interestingly, the panels are not sewn together. Apparently they were heat-sealed.
unfortunately vinyl was never meant to hold up for nearly 4+ decades.


Unless you are trying for a like kind restoration versus a renovation I would not replace it with a vinyl product. But it is your trailer and your choice to do with as you like so do as you wish. Lots of choices of materials will work.
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I am trying for a like kind restoration.
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I am trying for a like kind restoration.





As I mentioned above I have a heavy cloth skirt on my Compact Jr. Even with cloth, when the top comes down, it sometimes does not fall into place correctly . I have to reach in and adjust the cloth, one side and then another, I think that might be even more of a problem if it was stiffer vinyl.If I don't do this, the top comes down on the cloth, usually leaving some of the cloth sticking out, exposed to the elements. David in Fresno and Sonora, CA.
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As I mentioned above I have a heavy cloth skirt on my Compact Jr. Even with cloth, when the top comes down, it sometimes does not fall into place correctly . I have to reach in and adjust the cloth, one side and then another, I think that might be even more of a problem if it was stiffer vinyl.If I don't do this, the top comes down on the cloth, usually leaving some of the cloth sticking out, exposed to the elements. David in Fresno and Sonora, CA.
It is normal to have to adjust the cloth on the older popup trailers. It only takes a couple of seconds to do so. If you focus on how annoying you find it to do then you will be much more annoyed by something that is a relatively simple task to do.

When you make a new cover sew in some little straps to grab onto to make the pulling action easier. Some of the popup top designs on the vintage trailers also had strips of elastic sewn into the 4 corners so that it gathers up the material in the corners as you lower the pop top.
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I own a Compact 2. The top curtain is not the original and curtain attachment leaves a lot to be desired.

How are you attaching the curtain top and bottom to the trailer.

Presently the previous owners used 1/4 20 screws to hold to top with washers and nuts poked through the vinyl. I'l glassing over the screw holes and looking at something better suited for the task.

I'm considering using: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...OP558P5Y&psc=1
on both the fiberglass and vinyl for both top and bottom. This would allow easier removal and replacement as required.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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For the bottom I made holes in the fabric and fastened it with screws, washers, and nuts through the fiberglass lip. There is a hem at the bottom that encloses nylon cord acting as a drawstring to hold it tight. For the top, I used the same method, but between the fasteners I applied Loctite marine adhesive sealant.

The adhesive fastener tape you referenced looks like a good idea.
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