Post by 61shastacompact on May 1, 2013 21:40:03 GMT -5
I am looking to add a Hehr window such as Brian's shown here to my streetside closet wall on my 1961 Compact for light and ventilation.
I believe that Shasta offered a rare bathroom option for the early compact that utilized this window. Are there any Compact owners that have a picture of this option? I am also concerned about the routing of the electrical that runs along this wall from the breaker box to the front interior kitchen light. I am hoping that my window location does not interfere causing added work to install the window. Are there any early Compact owners who have had the upper outer skin on the street side off that can confirm that the wiring runs high towards the curve of the trailer??
We had Hamlet's skin off, and I believe the wiring for the front interior light was just above the wiring for the front side marker light. Wish we had pictures of that. We replaced the upper lights in the front and rear with LED lights that use batteries. For as much as we use them, we suspect we'll have to replace the batteries in about 10 years. We also added one on the bathroom ceiling. We redid Hamlet and added the bathroom (as well as a few other modifications that mitigated the loss of storage and provided a full size bed) before we realized that there were some that originally came this way, so we never had the little window. We also added a shower, but the only ventilation comes when we open the door. We haven't had any problems, but it would have been nice to know about that window. We'd have routed the wiring high if we'd had one. Good luck, and let us know how you come out.
Post by 61shastacompact on May 3, 2013 19:11:22 GMT -5
Thanks for the info Hamlet. My '61 does not have the front side marker lights for reference, but I am looking to locate the window at about the same level as the power inlet on the side of the trailer. The breaker box inside the closet is located higher than the power inlet box so my thinking is that the wiring from the breaker box to the front kitchen light SHOULD be above my window. I will try to find out this weekend when I get the nerve to cut the hole!
Post by 61shastacompact on May 5, 2013 21:36:04 GMT -5
I answered my own question today when I cut the hole for the window. No wiring in the way and I was quite relieved! Was able to frame up the window opening and mount the window and inside trim into place. I still have a little bit of work to do and I need to mount the drip cap as well. Pictures to follow in the next week or so.