Off Topic-Plywood Compact lll? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 08-15-2014, 07:36 PM   #1
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Off Topic-Plywood Compact lll?

A person that knew I was looking to buy a Compact Junior or Compact ll, sent me this link showing plans to build a plywood Compact 3!

Compact 3 Free TTT Plans

Maybe it's been discussed before, if so please pardon me.

I have no interest in building a travel trailer, but thought the plans interesting.


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Old 08-15-2014, 08:02 PM   #2
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I wonder what it would weigh in plywood? Obviously leaks could be more of a problem but if you garage a trailer and it only is out in the elements in use, it could last for many years.

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Old 08-16-2014, 03:35 AM   #3
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I did a weight estimate for the previous version of the design with a slightly heavier lifting roof and that gave an unladen weight of 1570 lb, made up from:
- chassis 290 lb
- body 840 lb
- fitout 440 lb

That's with a fairly full fitout (gas cylinder, battery, water tank and heater, but no A/C) so the chassis and body total of 1130 lb might be more comparable to a Compact. So it's heavier but not by a huge amount.
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Old 08-16-2014, 06:42 AM   #4
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One of the problems today is that the quality of plywood being offered is uncertain at best. I have bought excellant plywood at the "Big Box" building centers...and some terrible stuff! I've had better luck buying from local lumber yards, but even then, at times, there has been inter defects in the plywood.

If I was going to build such a trailer, I use marine plywood everyplace that I could, with quality hardwood for the inter-bracings. Also tape all the seams, where the plywood edges meets plywood edges, with fiberglass tape, then cover the entire trailer exterial with 6 oz fiberglass cloth and epoxy!

It should never leak...but, the cost would be very high, and the trailer would be quite heavy!

So...I'm still hoping someday to find that "dusty old Compact Junior or ll in a barn somewhere" where the owner pays me to haul it off!

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