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RE: Suspension upgrades?

With the leveling kit you describe the truck is going to sit level when empty . It stands to reason it will squat in the back with a load ( camper ) . The only thing that will keep it level under both conditions that I know of are air bags . The down side is too much pressure in the air bags can affect the handling negatively .
ticki2 10/22/14 09:39pm Truck Campers
RE: 12 volt coffee maker

Melitta also has a nice SS insulated pot for their system for those who don't want glass .
ticki2 10/22/14 11:10am Truck Campers
RE: Need New Shocks

It's not just you , and I've had two cups already :)
ticki2 10/22/14 06:46am Truck Campers
RE: TR: roaming the Parashant

Even though it didn't go as planned , you made it there , you made it back , and got to see some beautiful country in between . Thanks for taking me along .
ticki2 10/21/14 05:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

I haven't taken the protective film off yet, but I sure thought they were anodized. Sorry for the bad info. What is "e-coated"? All I know is what I've read , here's one. http://www.clearclad.com/clearclad_resources/ecoat.htm
ticki2 10/21/14 01:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Thank you all for the compliments . As in any project there are compromises ,and as most of you know , the decisions and indecisions are sometimes the most agonizing part . Garry , I was told by Chuck Cayo that the panels are e-coated paint and not anodized . If I had known beforehand I would have asked if he could use mill finish aluminum . I think with an acid treatment they would come closer in appearance to old anodized panels .
ticki2 10/20/14 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: 1968 Travel Queen Resto Mod - 2. Dismantling and Salvage

I will be following along with your restoration . It's amazing how many thing are similar on my Avion . Probably because they are the same vintage . If I could make a suggestion , instead of starting a new thread for each stage , continue on in the same thread so all the info stays together for future reference . Good luck .
ticki2 10/20/14 11:41am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

The next stage was the interior panels . Since the left side panels were damaged and partially cut out I decided to make the break point at the bunk line , just in back of the curtain track . Years ago my FIL and I purchased a bunch of 4x8 aluminum sheets with a wood grain vinyl on one side at auction . I still have a few left so this is what I used. Still undecided whether to paint them or not , no matter what they will not match so it might be better to leave an obvious difference than something almost . I used the old panels that were cut out to use as a pattern for the rivet hole and surprise surprise it worked out well . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanel049_zps197b7449.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels050_zpsd654b29c.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels052_zps625061ea.jpg width=640 After the three wall and ceiling panels were in place I started on the front segments . I started at the bottom and worked up each side simultaneously and used one as the pattern for the other so no matter what it would be symmetrical . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels053_zpsa93f5a97.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels054_zps990c18ed.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels055_zps99328916.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels056_zps38b7e15b.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels057_zps879950b4.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels058_zps01319a2f.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels060_zpse0a474dc.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels061_zps2396e415.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels062_zpsf58f6875.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels068_zps69ef507d.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels070_zps5eef30e3.jpg width=640 The interior is now finished except for reading lights . I am looking for something that would at least look period correct and then use some LED bulbs . I know quirky but that's just me . The white rivets around the bottom are because I was running out of brown and they won't be seen once the mattress is back in . The bad news is it is now too late for this camping season as the truck has to be readied for plow season which can happen any time now . In the process of the repair I also rebuilt two of the windows and will report on that in another post . After reading these posts it sure seems simple , why the heck did it take me so long . One thing that isn't obvious is I know I spend at least twice as much time thinking as I did doing . And then there were those over 600 rivets . :B
ticki2 10/19/14 05:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Replacement panels are still available from Cayo RV Repair , the family that originally created the Avion campers . That in itself is a small miracle since it is more than 40 years old .Unfortunately they have a new finish , not anodized , that doesn't quite match the original . This is the dry fitting of the new panels . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels21_zpsd4dc3d3f.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels22_zps4455f1bf.jpg width=640 There was not a lot of wiggle room on the width . In order to match the location of the panels with the undamaged side they barely cover the crimps of the adjoining panel , there was extra length . The new panels also came pre-drilled on the bead side . Next step was to mark their positions on top and bottom before removal . Then starting at the bottom place one panel ,holding it with clamps , drill through the pre-drilled holes and hold in place with clecos . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels25_zps016819bd.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels26_zps5d27fbc9.jpg width=640 At this point the DW called it the porcupine . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels29_zps987d39e8.jpg width=640 The panels are now all fitted and rivet hole drilled , time to permanently install the panel . The original sealant was a thin foam double sided tape . I elected to use Tempro 625 , I have had good results in the past and it is compatible with aluminum . I taped along the caulk line to make cleanup easier , and it did . I also elected to use Olympic rivets instead of original Buck rivets . The main reason for this decision was that I was working alone and some places would require them anyway . I realize some would poo poo this choice , but again I have had good experience with them in the past . Prepped for the first panel http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels30_zps83794401.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels31_zps1aa3afc4.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels32_zpsc9d14b1f.jpg width=640 This is the side patch that I harvested from the damaged front panel http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels33_zpsf04b972a.jpg width=640 These are some of the rivets after using the shaving tool , hard to tell they are not bucked . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels34_zps3913e23b.jpg width=640 The picture isn't very clear but the caulk oozed out of all the seams as I had hoped . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels28_zps7d461a7a.jpg width=640 After all the exterior panels were caulked , riveted , clipped and shaved the next task was to figure out what to do with the interior. The plastic end panel was toast and no longer available . I decided to try and panelize it similar to the exterior . Here is a trial run with some old flashing to make some patterns . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels035_zps9093545b.jpg width=640 I put some of the interior panels that were cut out back in with clecos to help align things http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels036_zpsd38db7be.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels037_zpsb672fb06.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels038_zps36dbc1c3.jpg width=640 Before going forward with the interior panels replacing the insulation had to be addressed . I used a product called Foam-it-Green that came in a two part kit . The kits came in various sizes , from 12sf @ 1" to several hundred sf . I figured I needed about 15sf so ordered two 12sf kits . I ran out and had to order another 12sf kit . If I were to do it again I would order 100sf . The reasons are several . The first being my inexperience . The second is their coverage estimates are for ideal condition on a nice flat surface . The third is you waste a lot doing touch up in tedious areas . Here is the foaming operation . Note that the original foam was in perfect condition , I was impressed . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels043_zps80542602.jpg width=640 I extended the wire for the bunk light further down the wall for a better reading light location . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels044_zpsceb11d7f.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels046_zpsbd3c98cb.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels047_zpsa46948cd.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels048_zps37d37812.jpg width=640 Foaming is compete , next step is interior finish , to be continued
ticki2 10/19/14 04:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

About a year ago last fall I had a mishap with my Avion that still makes me feel ill remembering it so I am not going into detail about it . I am the second owner of what was a very original C-11 . I was hoping to do the repair last winter but due to other obligations it didn't happen till this summer . This will be a long post with lots of pics so I will probably do it in stages but hope to do them close together so they can be found in the future in this looong thread . I first tried to find , and get costs , from the very few repair shops I thought might be capable , and willing , to do the work . After receiving two partial quotes it became apparent that I was going to have to do it myself or junk it . These are some pictures of the damage http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels3_zpsc4e0efed.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels4_zps732add91.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels5_zps8179a0ca.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels2_zpse70833bb.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels1_zps89e3e944.jpg width=640 Decision time , dive in or give up , I dove . Started drilling out rivets and cutting . I used a rivet removal drill tool from Aircraft Supply , it worked very well . To cut the panels an Auto Body mechanic friend suggested using a 4" grinder with a thin metal cutting disc run through a wax candle . That work slick . This is the result of my initial attack . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels6_zpsb4bcaccf.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels7_zpseeee72f1.jpg width=640 Note the section of rib cut out that was damaged . Also note the thickness of foam insulation on the curved front panel , it's only about a 1/4" . The side wall foam is a full inch . The damaged panels in and out . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels8_zps1170b897.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels9_zps44cb27fa.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels10_zps8a4fde13.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels11_zps985baf10.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels12_zps98d643bf.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels13_zpsb637da60.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels16_zpsd189609d.jpg width=640 After cutting out the bent section of rib I still had to bend and straighten the last foot to get it aligned . I opted to splice the rib instead of replacing it completely because it would have meant removing all the rivets from the undamaged side but mainly because it would leave me nothing to guide measurements for the repair . This the rib splice . I used an extra piece of rib section , about 6" , with one leg of the U channel cut off for the slice gusset . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels14_zpsfc56be4a.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels15_zpsa6492e04.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels17_zps90548948.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels18_zps618242c2.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels19_zps2b942bbc.jpg width=640 http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion%20panels/avionpanels20_zps43923d20.jpg width=640 to be continued
ticki2 10/18/14 07:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Need New Shocks

Bill I can relate to the two previous posters . When I bought my '03 2500HD driving empty over our infamous spring frost heaves was like having no shocks at all . Changed out to Bilstein 4600 series and it was night and day . Apparently GM has not improved the quality of their shock for at least a decade . That being said , ride quality is a very subjective thing .
ticki2 10/17/14 06:12am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

rfuerst911sc , Yes you certainly have to address all the structural needs before venturing out , and any water leaks . What Garry and I were referring to was down the road , before it is 100% finished , give it a try and go camping . It's a good test to see if all your pre-planning works in actual practice . Almost all of the things you are planning to do have been done by someone on this thread . I am sure you will have your own take on it but it gives you a pretty good idea of what is involved in each of those phases .When I started I was pretty much running blind , no one was out there yet . I still can't get over the number of creative and talented folks on this thread . With your experience restoring other things I'm sure you will do a great job on the Avion .
ticki2 09/28/14 06:36am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

That has been my approach also Garry . It's too easy for me to get lost in the project and forget the goal , USING IT .
ticki2 09/27/14 07:36pm Truck Campers
RE: I guess I am hard on my rig

Some have suggested the nuts were over tightened causing the bolt to weaken and break and that is a strong possibility . Some others have experienced the nuts backing off , more than once . It is also possible that the bolt being loose caused the break . This is often the case with broken wheel bolts . The supplied U bolts are probably up to the task if they remain tight . Some locktite would be prudent .
ticki2 09/23/14 06:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

ticki2 09/20/14 09:20am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

67 Avion , I noticed on a resent photo of your Avion the door appears to be a different shade of grey . Was it painted , replaced or just the light ?
ticki2 09/19/14 03:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Manufacturer Says this is OK

From the picture that bed looks shorter than a standard 6' bed .
ticki2 09/16/14 09:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Fox Electrical Issue

If the batteries are good , check the voltage on each side of the circuit breakers and disconnect switch to insure they have good connection . From what you have said the slide circuit is working properly ?
ticki2 09/16/14 05:28am Truck Campers
RE: Propane equipment

Mine went bad last year. I believe it was the original, so that would make it 38 years old. I didn't know it had gone bad - I was just having the lines checked for leaking as a preventative measure while having some other work done. Good thing - they said the pressure in the tank was higher than they had ever seen. I don't see how a bad regulator could affect the pressure in the tank . Seems it would be a bad pressure release at the tank with an overfill . The tank pressure will always be higher than after the regulator , unless it's empty , or there would be no flow to appliances .
ticki2 09/14/14 03:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Propane equipment

Mine is coming up on half a century and still working .
ticki2 09/14/14 03:33pm Truck Campers
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