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RE: Truck Camper on Gooseneck Trailer

If you go to the Truck Camper University sticky at the beginning of this forum , scroll to the end , there are two past threads with this exact title with lots of info .
ticki2 10/22/16 10:00am Truck Campers
RE: hitch extension and weight distribution

I have a 30 year old weight distribution setup with 1000 lb bars (hitch head must weight 100 lbs). or should I just start new with a system rated at 500 lbs tong weight (not very expensive). My understanding is that 1000 lb bars are meant for a heavy trailer and a light TV . You have the opposite . I think 500 lb bars would serve you better , The bars need to flex some to be effective .
ticki2 10/22/16 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Thanks Ticki2! I went and measured from the window opening on my old pieces and it was in the 20" range, do you think you sagged 1/4" over time? That was really my problem I think. The camper is presently mounted in the truck and the area you are asking about is a solid piece of plywood so there is no sagging involved . I am not sure what you mean by measuring from a window , there is no window in that section . I suppose there could be 1/4" variance between one unit and another . Perhaps someone else will cihme in .
ticki2 10/21/16 06:12am Truck Campers
RE: Toyota Tundra payload issues?

The cargo weight on GM's is usually on the option sticker in the glove box , not on the door jam with GVW .
ticki2 10/20/16 08:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

19-3/4" wood to wood , 19-5/8" floor vinyl to top of wing
ticki2 10/20/16 07:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Warehouse

There are Walmarts in both Brattleboro VT. and Keene NH , one west and one east of TCW about 10 or 20 min.. If all else fails the Vermont Welcome center just south of Brattleboro is open 24hrs . It is on the north bound lane of I-91 so you would have to go an extra exit south and do a U-turn .
ticki2 10/20/16 02:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

ticki2 10/17/16 06:44am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

D1 There is a place near you in Corona , Inland RV , that specializes in Airstreams . They have painted several . It would be worth talking to them and at least finding out their procedure . Aluminum can be tricky to paint and needs special primers . They can probably give you a price for the work to compare . Good luck .
ticki2 10/17/16 06:40am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

I found elevator bolts at my local hardware . If or when I do it again I would use ss carriage bolts with a 1/8" ss steel plate covering all 4 bolts to give it more bearing .
ticki2 10/13/16 10:30am Truck Campers
RE: Charging help

Shore power is gone. What does that mean ? The 110v shore power is gone , the converter/charger is gone ? Charge the batteries together as 12v .
ticki2 10/08/16 08:52am Truck Campers
RE: Melted fuse and no running lights

I have the same question .:?
ticki2 10/08/16 08:43am Truck Campers
RE: 20lb Horizontal Propane Tank out of date....

Horizontal tanks are exempt from the OPD Law and the old valves are fine I am pretty positive that only chassis mounted horizontal tanks are exempt not the portable ones like the OP has.tattoobob is correct. I have older horizontal tanks in my 5th wheel, no problem having them filled. The first 2 to 4 years it was touch and go. I have a PDF somewhere that explains it all. Wayne Even if correct the information isn't applicable or useful to the OP's situation as his tanks need to be re-certified (not converted) which every tank except chassis mounts need to comply with. Here is another fly for the ointment . The reason the chassis mount are exempt from re-certification is they are ASME tanks , not DOT cylinders .
ticki2 09/30/16 05:24am Truck Campers
RE: Thanksgiving in Anchorage in a Truck Camper 2.0

Wow Garry , add a dog to the mix and you should have enough body heat to keep that camper warm . :) Have a great trip . I may be doing TG in the snow also .
ticki2 09/29/16 05:47am Truck Campers
RE: Camping well below freezing - Sweden over winter

Propane boils at -42C. There is no need for complex heaters or concern. I used it to heat my home for over 25 years in a climate similar to where they are going. Depending on the size of the tank, temperatures would have to be sustained for many hours below -42C for there to be an issue. The key point to the above, is the size of the tank. A 500 gallon tank at a home with the primary stage of the regulator set to handle the temperature can easily meet the input needs of a furnace in very cold weather. The larger the volume of the gas cylinder compared to the load, the less likely freeze up at very cold temperature is. Thus the common statement about not needing to heat a tank based on a 500 gallon tank. However this is not the case with the 20lbs tanks in the TC as they are small compared to the load. This can be seen by the fact that a sweat line forms or freezes around the tank at normal temperatures. The tank's ability to vaporize fuel is dependent on the heat transfer from the air to the tank and then to the propane. This depends on the temperature and the wetted surface area of the tank (amount of propane in the tank). Below is a table showing the amount of fuel per hour that a tank can produce at various temperatures and fill levels. http://i67.tinypic.com/20r5ow6.jpg When my insulated TC is at 0°F the 25,000 BTU input (20,000 BTU output) furnace runs a total of 20-30 minutes per hour depending on the thermostat setting. So at colder temperatures I need more than 8-12,000 BTU/hr for my TC. When we camped at -10°F (-23°C) to -20°F (-29°C) the heater ran almost continuously. From the table you can see what the problem was. At -20°F not enough propane can be vaporized per hour, so the furnace can't produce enough heat. The second point of the table above is that in cold weather, as your tank empties, less propane can vaporize per hour due to less wetted surface area, so even though you have propane it doesn't heat your TC much because it is the equivalent of boiling water on LOW on the gas range, instead of HI. Supplemental electric tank heat solves this problem and provides a greater reserve capacity in the event of a power failure. The thermostatically controlled cylinder blanket can be powered by a small generator. Having a larger tank (100 gallon; 400L or greater) helps, as well as having the first stage regulator pressure set at 10 psi vs 15 psi for weather around -20°F (-29°C) to avoid re-condensation of propane or regulator icing. http://i65.tinypic.com/xf1b8h.jpg That is a very good explanation and information , well worth repeating .
ticki2 09/28/16 04:48am Truck Campers
RE: 20lb Horizontal Propane Tank out of date....

I have had several tanks recertified in in the last decade . The price varies greatly with not much rhyme or reason . These are aluminum 30# tanks so it was worth it to me . The first two were $ 40 including the new OPD valves . Just to recert them the next time was $5 + a refill . About 3 years ago when went to fill one of them it was out of date . They charged me an extra $8 to recert , this was in upstate NY . The most recent one I found at the recycle center . It also needed a new valve . This I took to a welding supply . The charge was $85 for recert , new valve and a fill . The moral of the story is as you travel around and and pass any gas supply , stop and ask , you may be pleasantly surprised . Fewer places are willing to do it any more .
ticki2 09/28/16 04:28am Truck Campers
RE: Studded 19.5 snow tires?

I have no personal experience with Dayton tires but the brand has been around for many years , mostly truck tires . I believe Dayton is now owned by Bridgestone .
ticki2 09/28/16 04:10am Truck Campers
RE: Rebuild old flatbed, or start from scratch?

If you anticipate a new and different camper in the future would not make too many modifications until that happens . Repair the deck , slide the camper forward and have a rear deck in the mean time .
ticki2 09/26/16 09:30am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

My C-11 is similar . Bottom of floor to top of furnace chimney is 86" ( no AC ) Note: C-10 has different furnace . Jack support angles are 2-1/4" less than width of 92" on each side . Jack heads are 9" from mount plate to square crank key . Total width with jacks is 92 -5 +18 = 105". ( As Silver pointed out the bottom feet of jacks will stick out farther . Bustle hangs down from bottom of floor 8" 3" drain hangs down an additional 3-1/2"
ticki2 09/25/16 01:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Rastaman , thank you for your generous invitation . I would so like to be part of a cavalcade of Avion TC's . I feel I have a whole bunch of pen pals . I have yet to meet another one on the road . Unfortunately a long road trip this fall is not in the cards for me . Some place , some time .
ticki2 09/17/16 06:12am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

It could very well be that the 2x6's were needed for a spacer between the camper and the van frame . Since it was there they extended it to support the floor patch . Keep in mind the the support for the floor comes from the structure above , it is literally hung from the shell , so in your case where the plywood patch rotted around the edges , the only thing holding it up was the 2x6's . Getting back to the gap between the aluminum skin and the bustle , water intrusion there is probably what caused the new patch to go bad . You could make a flashing strip that goes under the outer skin and over the bustle and caulk it well . The door sill and the horizontal trim should cover it all . The bustle on my '68 is two piece , left and right . Not sure why they used alum over the seam unless the raised overlap joint was broken . There is also an alum access panel to the left of the door . You probably can't see it because the generator box is in the way . that is where the black tank drain originally came out . Where is yours now ? My black tank is also white , polypropylene . I did not have to replace the cabover floor , fortunately it was in excellent condition . Silver was the most recent to tackle that and did a very good job of it , watch his video . All the floors have solid wood around the perimeter about 4" out , the foam doesn't go all the way to the edge .
ticki2 09/16/16 04:35pm Truck Campers
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