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RE: 20lb Horizontal Propane Tank out of date....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
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

http://i.imgur.com/5cJKxddl.jpg Showing 2x6 addition between bustle and frame attachment http://i.imgur.com/WbheEIpl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/4rOmtxRl.jpg 2x6 drivers side through bustle http://i.imgur.com/JzRgchDl.jpg Under moulding on bathroom outer wall. Is this gap typical? C-11 , not seeing things first hand I'm going to have to do some guessing , perhaps as you get further along you can verify some things . I think the reason those 2x6's are there is because the floor was repaired once before . The 3/8"-1"foam-3/8"plywood you see in the wardrobe is the original floor . I suspect you will find the double layer of plywood at the door extends all the way through the bath . The 2x6's were to support the patch . I would probably replace the rear section of floor all the way across .Keep in mind that is what I would do , I am not telling you what you should do . I think you will find that you have enough apart at the time to make a good judgement . The top of the floor should be pretty even with the bottom of the door . It looks like you are missing the bottom sill portion of the door frame which the door closes against . The black tank comes out from above , only the lower portion extends through the floor . You will have to remove the shower pan , toilet and sink , disconnect the waste pipe , unfasten the plastic surrounds and raise them out of the way to lift the black tank out . Around the perimeter of the floor is an aluminum U channel that the vertical studs are riveted to and the floor is fastened to . There are at least two floor replacements earlier in this thread with pictures . Don't loose heart , one foot in front of the other and all of a sudden you're there .
ticki2 09/15/16 07:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

http://i.imgur.com/72suCFwl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/SwkCaWql.jpg http://i.imgur.com/pPKCelsl.jpg You might be able to access more of the floor by removing the horizontal molding strips to the left and right of the door at the bottom . Then remove the fiber glass enclosure below which will expose the waste plumbing and black tank . That enclosure should not be sitting on the van frame . The double layer of plywood at the rear door was not typical of a C-11 . It was either part of the joining project or a later repair . Your tag number FI--- indicates the camper is a '69 . Another thought , if the camper is held on with tiedowns , could you release them and jack up the camper from the van to give a little more room for floor work ? Since the unit is so unique I would call Cayo and see if anyone there remembers it .
ticki2 09/14/16 07:01pm Truck Campers
RE: towing an expedition trailer behind a TC?

Fair enough Jefe , I look forward to your post .
ticki2 09/13/16 10:16am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Vintage Trailer Supply sells a silicone caulk remover that worked pretty good for me . Bought some craft sticks ( pop sticks ) and put a beveled edge on with a grinding wheel which worked well and didn't scratch the anodize . Final cleaning with naphtha .
ticki2 09/13/16 10:11am Truck Campers
RE: towing an expedition trailer behind a TC?

Jefe Did you have any trouble purchacing the Stockton wheels ? Did they make them hub-centric for you ?
ticki2 09/13/16 08:39am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

79Bruiser - Beautiful. I don't know Avion's, but that seems a beaut. Anybody - Did Avion ever make a model that fit fully in the truck bed? I don't believe I've ever seen one with those characteristics. (You know - me and my perceived need for an 8 footer). Without the hangout of the back though, it would lose a lot of its look, not to mention major function placement, but it could be cute too! I mean if someone were to find one like that needing restored?) ;) Literature that I've read on advertisements etc, say that there were 8 foot version of the C10, but i have never seen one nor even seen pictures. Garry I have read the same thing , way back . It's the only reference I have ever seen , it was for a '65 or '66 . I don't think it ever was produced .
ticki2 09/08/16 10:42am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

The exterior looks very good . The FH179 indicates it's a '68 , number 179 .
ticki2 09/08/16 05:48am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

That is the way my '68 is also but I think I remember someone with a '69 stating theirs was all numbers .
ticki2 09/07/16 08:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Hello all. I think I have a 1969 c11. I'm not sure about the year. Maybe someone can confirm or share a site to research vin numbers? I haven't been able to turn up much. Thanks If you post the vin number chances are someone here can help with it .
ticki2 09/07/16 07:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

I'll try to keep the noob questions to a minimum. I suggest creating your own thread. Why ?
ticki2 09/07/16 07:33pm Truck Campers
RE: It pays to have a good fabricator locally ...

. Either way, in my opinion, both my truss and the poster's fabricated truss are stronger than the Torklift bolt together truss. I agree it would be stronger welded but is there any problem with mounting or dismounting because there is no play ? With the TL it seems you could loosen the bolts if needed . I have never dealt with either so I don't know .
ticki2 08/31/16 05:01am Truck Campers
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