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RE: Jounces and Wandering? Ride Quality, 19.5s on DRW Feedback?

Question for those with 19.5's . Lots of talk nowadays about tires aging out some where between 3 and 6 years , depending on who you listen to . With the reported high mileage yield of 19.5's it's conceivable that they would time out long before the tread ware . Do the 19.5's have a longer life span , and if so what is it ?
ticki2 11/22/14 04:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Super Wide Singles

Also since many complain about the stiff ride from a 1 ton truck; I'm surprised the OEM's don't put airbags under the seats or cab like they do on semi trucks. I'd also like to see them take some design ideas from semi truck frames and apply them to the flimsy pickup frames so they can have some real hauling capacity. Maybe it's the P rated tires? Or the light duty wheel ratings? Or the car axles they put in them? For the asking price of a new truck; they really should offer a lot more. Lets see if I've got this . You want a 1 ton truck that can carry 4 tons , ride like a sedan and cost less . I'd like one of those . The only trucks I know of with P rated tires are 1/2 tons . It would be nice to find some wide heavy duty wheels and tires in standard sizes .
ticki2 11/22/14 10:31am Truck Campers
RE: 1968 Travel Queen Resto Mod - 3. Structure and New Wood

I think the greatest amount of water intrusion, both inside and outside the paneling, was from cooking moisture condensing right at the opening during cold or colder weather and leaking right down into the wall. This is an example of why I think it's worth considering sealing rough openings, at least to some level. I found in my Avion it was not just condensation but a considerable leak at the stove vent . It appeared to have never been caulked since new . It eventually destroyed the counter top , but suprisingly did not get to the wings , except for some minor water staining . My guess is that the particle board counter top acted like a sponge and held the water until it evaporated . Thank you for the compliment , whether deserved or not , LOL . In following along on your rebuild I find we have very similar approaches to a project . You are doing a fine job of rebuiding and recording .
ticki2 11/21/14 08:14am Truck Campers
RE: 1968 Travel Queen Resto Mod - 1. Acquisition & Evaluation

The front windows get called into question on most rebuilds/repairs . From the accounts that I've read the windows were not the only cause of front water damage . You don't show a close up of your front window opening but from other pictures it doesn't look like there was water damage from the front windows . Personally I like to be able to look out of the camper in all four directions and to peek out the front window in the morning . If anything the side windows in the bunk are rather useless . By the time you put a mattress , pillows and blankets in it they will almost be covered . Another reason to keep all the windows is the aluminum siding is already cut out for them and to close them off would mean a patch which would take away from the originality . There is no reason that the window frames cannot be made water proof if properly installed . The operating sash is another matter and needs a careful inspection and probably fresh seals . Another option would be to make fixed sash windows for the front . Always interesting :)
ticki2 11/19/14 08:39am Truck Campers
RE: Recommended camper for 2500 truck

A friend of mine has a 2008 Lance 825 on his 2007 Dodge Quad Cab. His truck has the 6 speed also, he gets about 22 mpg pulling the camper. Check into that setup. Bob in Calif. That's incredible , 22mpg loaded . What the heck does he get empty ?
ticki2 11/17/14 07:29pm Truck Campers
RE: 1968 Travel Queen Resto Mod - 7. Finishes & Finishing

Looking good , nice to be going in the forward direction . Are you staining over the old finish and repairs ? How are you dealing with the white welting ?
ticki2 11/15/14 08:55am Truck Campers
RE: Climbing Pike's Peak

Big difference between a 68-72 GMC and a 1977 350 V8. The six cylinder, most likely a 250 cu in, had gobs of torque and was "free flowing"...no emissions (pollution pump back in the day) to get in the way. They were also geared for pulling....great engines. GMC in that vintage had a 305ci V6 truck engine , lots of low end grunt, it was also used in their med. duty trucks , the Chevy's got the 250ci or 292ci straight 6 .
ticki2 11/14/14 04:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Tear in cover

I tend to agree with Reddog about covers in general . That being said , I have had good luck for a number of repairs with the old fashion iron on patches made for clothing ,usually put them on the back side .
ticki2 11/13/14 02:04pm Truck Campers
RE: TC Tour of Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks

Thanks Jefe , brings me back to '75 when I was there last . I took a picture of a logging truck with one log on it . They chained one end to the tractor and a set of wheels to the back of the log and called it a truck . My logging friends back home couldn't believe it . If it was hollow you could drive a car through it lengthwise .
ticki2 11/12/14 05:44am Truck Campers
RE: TR: Some time at the Reef

Thank goodness for TR's , thanks . My old girl is tucked away for winter snows .
ticki2 11/11/14 06:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck capacity

Not unless the wheels are also rated for 3750# .
ticki2 11/11/14 06:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

69Avion , I used Trempro 635 , it is the modern version of Vulkem which was used on Airstreams for decades . I applied the caulking to the back of the window flange as opposed to the skin . The original was a thin foam core double sided tape . I didn't care for the tape or the many good butyl tapes on the market as I didn't think they would conform enough over some of the irregular surfaces , especially the front window with the many seam joints from the front panels . The other benefit of the caulking is it oozes out of the rivet holes and makes a good seal when installing them .The blue tape was to make cleanup easier . I found that letting the caulk dry a few hours , or even overnight made the cleanup easier . A sharpened craft stick cleans around the rivets nicely , then remove the tape , then a final cleaning with some naphtha . Note ; Trempro 635 claims a shelf life of 12 months .
ticki2 11/11/14 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Toilet question

Usually there is a toilet flange threaded into the top of the black tank . The top looks similar to a household toilet flange with 2 slotted bolt holders . If you remove the toilet you need to cap off the flange fitting to prevent odors , then create a platform for the porta potti . Some rv toilets have easier access to the bolts than others so only you can determine whether it's worth it or not .
ticki2 11/11/14 07:31am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

What size rivets did your windows have? What size drill did you use for removing them? Did you use the Olympic Rivet shaving tool and did it have clearance to work properly? Thanks, Good questions , I should have mentioned that . The blind rivet removal tool came from Airraft Tool Supply Co. #1341s which has a knurled tip to prevent the head from spinning . I have never used one before so cannot compare to the to the smooth tip that VTS carries . The shaver , olympic rivets , interior rivets , clecos , cleco plier and trempro 635 came from Vintage trailer supply . The exterior rivets were 5/32" and the interior were 1/8" , drill size is #21 and #30 respectively . There is a clearance issue on the exterior bottom of the windows because of the sill . The window also has to be open so it's not in the way .For removal I started all the rivets with the remover until it bottomed out , then removed the tip and finished them off . The shaver has a cone shape tip . I filed down one side flat so it would fit under the sill . I'll see if I an get a picture later .
ticki2 11/11/14 07:05am Truck Campers
RE: Water issues

As a temporary fix you can use one of these or a cap . Your local hardware should carry them in the hose department . http://hdsupplysolutions.com/shop/p/hose-coupling-with-shut-off-brass-p749479
ticki2 11/09/14 06:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck capacity

http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd435/Bigfoot_Wayne/Misc%20stuff/forddoordecal_zpsf21e41c9.jpg width=800 This is a very interesting decal . Most times the GRAW is limited by the OEM tires , not so in this case . All the 245/75/17E tires I've seen are rated over 3000# which would mean over 6000# GRAW . This one is stating 4800# so something else must be the limiter . It must be a F150HD .
ticki2 11/09/14 11:34am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

The ribs and window frames are 1-1/2" deep . The inner and outer skins with the overlaps will add +/- 1/8" . Have you been able to trace were the leak is coming from ? It might just be a matter of removing and reinstalling with fresh caulking . I didn't have a problem with the front window , and have driven through some heavy rains . The two areas I would look at is the top seal/flap , make sure is covers the ends of the sash and hasn't shrunk . The other is the bottom seal for the same reason .
ticki2 11/08/14 08:59am Truck Campers
RE: TC Front Door Lock Replacement?

This may fit the bill . http://www.lowes.com/pd_462639-350-400M+3+CP+K6_0__?productId=4732705
ticki2 11/08/14 08:35am Truck Campers
RE: 1968 Travel Queen Resto Mod - 5. Propane

And you said you didn't do metal work . :B Nice job .
ticki2 11/07/14 03:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Thought I'd add an addendum to my recent repair . In the process of the front end repair I also rebuilt the two large side windows . This info is mostly for the 68 and newer Avion/Cayo with plexiglass . The two large side windows have been foggy since purchase and a thorn in my side . Since it was in the shop for other repairs it seemed like the logical time to address the issue . Unfortunately I didn't take a lot of photos of this phase . Removal is pretty straight forward , remove the curtain and track , remove the interior trim and handles , drill out the exterior rivets and remove the window with frame . Once the widow is out you can separate the lower movable window from the upper fixed pane . By taking the lower frame apart and removing the hinge screws you can remove the lower operating window . Note : once the window is out it is obvious how the frame comes apart by removing the corner screws . I discovered this in the process . At the top of the hinge the top channel for the plexiglass extends about 1/32 past the vertical channel on both side . This little extension prevents removal of the lower operating sash without removing the entire window ( rivets ). By removing this extension the sash can be removed with the window frame in place by simply removing the hinge screws . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels039_zpsa3b15757.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels040_zpsd0eb02f2.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels041_zps2fa182a0.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels042_zpsdf2e8f89.jpg width=640 In searching for plexiglass at the local glass shops I found out a few things . First the color is bronze 2412 , which is medium . Most places only dealt with light or dark . Second what is referred to as 1/8" is no longer .125 but rather .118 . This actually worked in my favor as the rubber glazing channel I found was thicker than original . I used a block of wood to gently tap on the channel to remove the plexiglass . Be gentle , it's easy to bend the extrusion . When everything was apart I did a thorough cleaning . Important , mark and number all the parts as you disassemble as to location and orientation it's easy to get confused . I used a circular saw with a fine tooth carbide blade to cut the plxiglass which worked great , then touched up the edges with some sandpaper . The rubber seals and channels were difficult to find in the correct size . I never did find the correct size that would fit the original .125 plexiglass . I sent for samples from All-Rite Manufacturing , Vintage Trailer Supply and Pelland Enterprises . The only ones that fit were from Pelland . Interestingly , the numbers on their site didn't match the numbers on the invoice , but the actual parts were the same. Here is a list: Upper fixed window channel H110-613 ( web )=H009-502-19 inv Lower oper window channel H210-437 ( web ) = H109-326-19 inv Vent closing seal H210-390-2 ( web )= H009-289-19 inv Assembling I used liberal amounts of soapy water on the extrusion and rubber channel and my trusty wood block , it's a tight fit . After the windows were assembled I used the tempro 635 caulking and Olympic rivets to install . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels066_zpsd95c45a4.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels064_zpsb69e2238.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels067_zps868875c5.jpg width=640 Hope this makes some sense .
ticki2 11/07/14 03:17pm Truck Campers
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