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RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Would a bead of trempro around the lights be in order here? There are a lot of holes under the lights now to leak, and the ones on the end caps don't fit very flush with the curve of the skin. Definitely . Put the bead of caulk on the back of the light before mounting so it isn't just external caulk .
ticki2 05/17/17 05:59am Truck Campers
RE: Photo Thread - Post a Photo of Your Truck Camper Here

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m617/bigfootgrey/D101F71C-05B2-459E-B97F-8FBAC0A6AA60_zpswswfmlkh.jpg width=480 http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m617/bigfootgrey/C83B20E3-452A-4951-8C59-86DC16C5F6FD_zpstpnz3ky9.jpg width=480 Assateague Island Hey Bigfoot , could you do a little right up ( not on the picture thread)on your experience at Assateague with a dually ? Any problems ? This is a fairly new reg change allowing DRW .
ticki2 05/14/17 07:48am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

D1 , that is a generous offer . Those are 2 items I had to replace on mine . It came without the WH door which I was fortunate enough to find on an old RV . The propane door blew off somewhere in the Catskills , that one I had to make . Someone will need them , if not now , eventually . BTW , great maiden voyage , can't wait for the interior .
ticki2 05/13/17 01:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Propane tank

1 gallon of propane weighs 4.2 pounds. A "full" 20 lb cylinder should have 4.7 gallons or propane in it. With the OPD valves they only fill to 80 per cent , so 4 gallons is about right . When you open the valve make sure is open all the way , sometimes a partially opened valve will leak slightly and use up the propane quicker .
ticki2 05/13/17 11:03am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

So nice to hear of so many of you out and about . I'll be getting a late start this year as I need the truck for other duty . This spring I have been chasing an off again on again leak .At first I attributed it to condensation but it would happen sometimes even when not in use . Think I narrowed it down to the rear roof vent . After scrapping off the caulking I found some rivets that were never seated tight . After removing the rivets and vent I could see where the foam tape that Avion used in joints was compromised on one corner .It was probably OK until the outer caulking started to break down ( 49 years ). Haven't tested it yet , I may do the front vent while it's dry and in the shop . Another area to look at is the aluminum angle trim around the front and bottom of the tub . I noticed a gap between the trim and skin . In the process of removing the trim I discovered they were held on with aluminum nails that looked like rivets , on several the only thing left was part of the head . I re-installed with Trempro caulk and screws. Always something :)
ticki2 05/11/17 03:13pm Truck Campers
RE: TC weight too heavy?

What you need to worry about is your tire ratings. And you have plenty. The only reason they list a lower weight rating in a dual application is because they want truck makers to spec a tire size that will be adequate to hold up in the event of a blowout when the dually suddenly becomes a "singley". If that were true the tire would have to have twice the weight rating as a single as it does as a dually , which it does not , it is only about an 8 per cent difference . It has to do with heat that the duals can't dissipate as efficiently as a single and the geometry of the dual configuration in turns and going over bumps .
ticki2 05/07/17 03:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Turnbuckles

Is the F350 srw or drw , makes a difference . Some tiedowns are front spring loaded and rears have rubber bumper so they are not interchangeable . As far as the quick load handles I don't think it matters .
ticki2 05/01/17 11:36am Truck Campers
RE: A Devastating Discovery

http://i.imgur.com/hkdNpXYl.jpg The water fill is completly disconnected. Mr. E From the picture it looks like the hose and clamp were not installed on the larger barb portion closest to the door . That might explain the putty on the smaller portion . Is the hose long enough to reach the large portion with the door off ?
ticki2 04/28/17 05:40am Truck Campers
RE: Will this limit my TC selection?

The only domestic pickup under 18' is a standard cab, standard ( short ) bed , and that would mean a shortbed camper with no overhang .
ticki2 04/26/17 10:43am Truck Campers
RE: 3-Way Frige Kaput - Suggestions

Still running my original propane Dometic fridge. (31 years) I replaced the coils myself about 12 years ago. If I am not careful it gets down to 30 degrees in the morning. Next year mine will reach half a century , and still going . I know things don't last forever so I'm looking into my options . I have read the praises of compressor fridges and they look promising . The power consumption is a concern for me for my camping style . Being in the northeast and camping in the forest there is not always an abundance of sunlight for solar . The issue that I have not heard much discussion is the life span of compressor fridges . Is there any data on this ?
ticki2 04/25/17 07:43am Truck Campers
RE: Craigslist - '67 Avion

Without knowing the condition of the truck or Avion , guessing it's value is foolish . They could be worth double or half the asking price . A 1000 buck Avion would more than likely have to be completely rebuilt .
ticki2 04/25/17 06:41am Truck Campers
RE: Tire Ratings

I plan to continue to replace the rear tires at about 30k and move them to the front for another 30K at lighter load. It would be better to rotate your tires on a regular interval as recommended in every owners manual . :) Why? My plan keeps new tires on the back to carry the heavy load of the camper. I have not rotated tires on any vehicle in 30 years. As far as I am concerned the idea of tire rotation is equivalent to the notion of changing oil every 3K miles. It makes money for the dealer and accomplishes virtually nothing. Any slight benefit is lost by the cost of those tire rotations. Why It will extend the life of a set of tires Every tire manufacturer recommends it Every vehicle manufacturer recommends it Most tire retailers will rotate them for free for the life of the tires
ticki2 04/18/17 10:25am Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report Improvements

If it is possible it would be nice to have a list of the most recent TR's at the beginning , maybe 6 or 12 months worth before they are absorbed into the general format . A big thanks to all who created , maintained and contributed to this sticky .
ticki2 04/18/17 06:29am Truck Campers
RE: Tire Ratings

I plan to continue to replace the rear tires at about 30k and move them to the front for another 30K at lighter load. It would be better to rotate your tires on a regular interval as recommended in every owners manual . :)
ticki2 04/18/17 05:53am Truck Campers
RE: Starting Generator with dead batteries

Or a loose/dirty battery connection . Have you checked the voltage directly at the battery ?
ticki2 04/18/17 05:25am Truck Campers
RE: TR: SE Az Sky Islands

Thanks for the TR , always appreciated .
ticki2 04/08/17 06:59am Truck Campers
RE: Battery charge versus remaining usable charge

The charge was up to 13.5v last night. Why is a standard automotive battery charger so much faster than the distribution panel? It seems like a charger would take overnight but this is taking days. Neither the 13.5v from the automotive charger or the 13v from the camper charger are true readings , they are both reflecting surface charge from charging . You have to wait more than several hours after charging to take a reading . A 12v battery at 100 per cent SOC will only read about 12.7v at 75F , if it is colder it will be less than 12.7v . The automotive charger may or may not do better depending on the specs for that particular charger and the one in the TC , neither of which is known at this point .
ticki2 04/06/17 08:45am Truck Campers
RE: Bunk ladder suggestions...

Good topic . Being another old fart I hope some folks get creative with solutions . So far I'm OK but who knows how long . I salvaged an alum bunk ladder out of an old TT with this in mind . I can tell you that this one would NOT be bare foot friendly . If I ever go this route I will make one of wood with a decent tread .
ticki2 03/28/17 05:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Thoughts on LED lights

To the OP , no experience with that company . From the comments by others I guess I have been lucky . I purchased 10 LED bulbs from USA ebay seller 2years ago for 14 bucks . When first installed I left them on for 72 hours . They have been used on converter , truck charge and battery . They all still work . It was a worthwhile experiment .
ticki2 03/24/17 05:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report! Spring Break 2017 Kodiak Alaska Style!!

Nice pictures, looks like fun for all. But 10.8v?!?! What did it show when everything was turned off? That sounds like really pushing it into the 'dead zone'. It rebounded to 11.9V I think I need some more aH's if I am going to overnight in the teens with the furnace going... Thoughts? A lot has to do with the temperature of the battery . For instance , if your battery was at 30 deg F when it showed 11.9v it would have been at 70 per cent SOC . Also how long after having no load and no charge when you took the reading . In your environment and a 12v fridge , 2 batteries would be prudent , and keeping them warm if possible .
ticki2 03/22/17 08:03pm Truck Campers
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