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Old 04-20-2011, 02:46 PM   #1
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Hi...just purchased my first trailer

Hello all! I just purchased a 1974 Compact II.
I am NEW to the trailer experience but I am very excited. I lover my little trailer - it is perfect.
I have several questions and I hope that I will find the answers on this board.

My first question...does anyone have a manual?
I honestly do not even know how to fill the water tank, or drain the "faciliites". Maybe someone could recommend a book?

I look forward to chatting with you all and hopefully attending a rally.

Take care,
Michelle
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:04 PM   #2
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Michelle welcome to FGRV Forum. There are some tutorials on this web site and feel free to post and ask as many questions as you want to. Post some pictures.
Most of all enjoy the experience Taylor
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Old 04-21-2011, 03:58 AM   #3
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Hi we are also first time owners. I found KOA site to be helpful & also a site called RV DR good luck and have fun
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Old 04-21-2011, 06:18 AM   #4
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Hi Michelle! I'm in the same boat as you, just bought mine on Tuesday...picking it up tomorrow, I know your excitement!
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:42 AM   #5
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sounds nice, thanks for taking the time to register here Maggie and Michelle. Lots of really nice folks on here. Hopefully someone will chime in here about a manual for you.
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:45 AM   #6
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Hi we are also first time owners. I found KOA site to be helpful & also a site called RV DR good luck and have fun

Thank you Buddy! I will check it out.
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:52 AM   #7
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Hi Michelle! I'm in the same boat as you, just bought mine on Tuesday...picking it up tomorrow, I know your excitement!


YEAH!!! We can tread these unknown waters together! Good luck and I look forward to future stories and chats!
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:10 AM   #8
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Congratulations to the new owners. Make your first shake down camping trip close to home or close to shopping places to get what you forgot to bring. I have fond memories of camping at Elora Gorge when growing up. Real close to home. but avoid May 24 as it is notorious for parties. Do not know if there is still camping, though a different experience, at Bingeman Park.
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:56 AM   #9
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Congratulations to the new owners. Make your first shake down camping trip close to home or close to shopping places to get what you forgot to bring. I have fond memories of camping at Elora Gorge when growing up. Real close to home. but avoid May 24 as it is notorious for parties. Do not know if there is still camping, though a different experience, at Bingeman Park.
GREAT advise Kent - thank you!
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:06 AM   #10
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Hello all! I just purchased a 1974 Compact II.
I am NEW to the trailer experience but I am very excited. I lover my little trailer - it is perfect.
I have several questions and I hope that I will find the answers on this board.

My first question...does anyone have a manual?
I honestly do not even know how to fill the water tank, or drain the "faciliites". Maybe someone could recommend a book?

I look forward to chatting with you all and hopefully attending a rally.

Take care,
Michelle
Michelle, you should try to attend Maryhill May 20-22, there will be 2 1974 Compact II's in attendance, Mine and Barb B's. P.S. I don't have a manual but I do have a copy of the original sales brochure. P.P.S. We live in Marysville, neighbor. Enjoy your new egg Chuck
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:56 PM   #11
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Michelle, you should try to attend Maryhill May 20-22, there will be 2 1974 Compact II's in attendance, Mine and Barb B's. P.S. I don't have a manual but I do have a copy of the original sales brochure. P.P.S. We live in Marysville, neighbor. Enjoy your new egg Chuck

Chuck -
Thank you for the heads up. I saw the sales brochure in the document center - that was pretty cool to see. I haven't had much luck on the manual, I am beginning to think it may not exist.

Do you live in Marysville, WA or Marysville, OH?

Thank you!
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:35 PM   #12
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Chuck -
Thank you for the heads up. I saw the sales brochure in the document center - that was pretty cool to see. I haven't had much luck on the manual, I am beginning to think it may not exist.

Do you live in Marysville, WA or Marysville, OH?

Thank you!
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We live in Marysville, Wa. I think we might be neighbors!
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:38 AM   #13
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Welcome Michell 'NW Happy Camper' and Maggie 'Yamaha gurl'

I honestly do not even know how to fill the water tank, or drain the "faciliites" do you have a toilet?
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:53 AM   #14
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We live in Marysville, Wa. I think we might be neighbors!
Hi Chuck...yes, we are neighbors! WOW...small world!

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Old 04-26-2011, 09:55 AM   #15
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Welcome Michell 'NW Happy Camper' and Maggie 'Yamaha gurl'

I honestly do not even know how to fill the water tank, or drain the "faciliites" do you have a toilet?
Yes, I do have a toilet in my trailer - the previous owner told me it worked until he changed the battery so I know I have to have that looked at soon.
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:09 PM   #16
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Welcome neighbor!
You should try and make Maryhill next month.
Chuck will be there with his Compact II and Barbara just bought one to go with her Compact Jr....not sure which she'll be bringing
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...may-43823.html
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:40 AM   #17
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Welcome neighbor!
You should try and make Maryhill next month.
Chuck will be there with his Compact II and Barbara just bought one to go with her Compact Jr....not sure which she'll be bringing
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...may-43823.html

WOW...THREE people in Marysville - boy did I get lucky!
So, I guess my first question would be - do you recommend a place where I can have it worked on? Also, what are your thoughts on trailer brakes? I am pulling my trailer with a Subaru Forester. I am seriously considering Mayhill next month - but I want to have her checked out before making that trip.

THhnks and I will chat with you soon!
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:12 AM   #18
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Another COMPACT II owner!!!

Good Morning, Chuck & Vickie,
I'm seriously thinking about MOVING to the Marysville area with Stephen AND our TWO TWINS. Let's take over the town!

YUP, CHUCK...I just pulled home a little boy (BLUE and white to match my soon to be PINK and white little girl)!!!! Of course, you can see that they are FRATERNAL and not IDENTICAL.

Maybe I'll bring little BLUE to the Maryhill meet and Steve can tow little PINK...

Michelle,
Come on up to this small meet with you EGGIE.
We'd love to meet you and check her out. What color is she?
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So, I guess my first question would be - do you recommend a place where I can have it worked on? Also, what are your thoughts on trailer brakes? I am pulling my trailer with a Subaru Forester. I am seriously considering Mayhill next month - but I want to have her checked out before making that trip.

THhnks and I will chat with you soon!
Chuck's house?....Just kidding
I've had work done at Arlington RV & Welding Supply - seem like nice folks & I've been happy with their work.

Towing with a Suby (I have 2 Outbacks), I would want brakes installed on the trailer. Check your owners manual, but I believe Subaru indicates you need brakes for trailers over 1000#.
There is an old highway scale on highway 9 just south of state route 92 that you can use to weigh your rig. Just pull onto the scale and you can read the weight thru the window. Weight can creep up on you if you don't pay attention.

Hope to meet you in Maryhill, or Taidnapum, or Bandon.....
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Good Morning, Paul!
I tow mine with a 4 cyl Subaru Outback and have never had a problem having NO electric brakes. I've gone to my Subaru dealers (the service men know me by sight by name...they've been so helpful with info about towing my trailer), and they feel that you need electric brakes for ANY 16' fiberglass trailer. We're talking trailers of 1600 pounds or more. My 13' Compact II weighs in at about 1,300 (no pergo wood flooring, my food is in a cooler in the back of my Subaru , no microwave, no filled water tank, etc). Of course, I'm not able to go 60mph up the 1,600 foot coastal range...more like 45/50...it's a weight to pulll UP...
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