Silver, I think that Southern Illinois is on the way. Cross the Mississippi at St Louis, Cape Giradeau or head on down towards Memphis. Stop on in....we'll talk about KC Bar-b-que that we had just a few weeks ago.
So, I'll install the Olympian Wave catalytic heater instead and use a small 12v fan to circulate the air.
Well, Gee, that is exactly how I rigged my system. I have a separate water heating system that is powered by propane. Frankly, I didn't have any issues except that the Wave set off my CO detector - over and over.
But, last year we traveled through Europe in a Dutch made Tonke "Fieldsleeper" that was equipped with the Truma system. Frankly, it was amazing how gently and quietly the heat warmed the cabin. And it was amazing how much hot water we had - quickly. The whole heat and hot water issue faded into the background during our trip. A very nice development.
I don´t want to read the 190 Pages again.
To unmount all the furniture in the c11, first i have to unmount the upper Shelfs/cuppboard/boxes?!
thean the benches, kitchen, at the end, the fridge etc cabinet?!
than i would redo the wings, at the end the flooor
and than put everything together other way around?!
The screws for the upper compartments are under the hinges?
what is the thickness of the floor? two boards 3/8" with a little more than 1" of isolation in between? both screwed on wooden slats? dimension 1x2" ??
think that was it for the beginning. i am pretty shure, i will bother you with mor questions
You are one strong Avionista. Not only do you buy an Avion and truck, but you ship them back to Germany. In addition, you have been reading our discussion in English - not your native language. My hat is off to you.
Now, to your questions:
Yes, you should remove the upper cabinets and cupboards in the rear of the coach. Number everything and place all of the parts in seperate plastic bags with information written on this. I'm sure that is what you do anyway, but thought I'd mention it. Next, remove the cabinets over the wings, the bed and other items on the lower part of the coach.
The space would be empty at this point.
Now examine the wings, floor and cabover for rot. If you find rot then make the repairs.
Paint the interior of the cabin using a very hard automotive type paint. The American OEM was Zolatone.
Begin replacing the parts in the order that you took them out. At this point you can decide whether you want the old stove, refrigerator, water heater, water pump, batteries and other paraphanalia. You may also want to upgrade to led lights.
The same process will happen in the bathroom with removal of the toilet, inspection of the floor and installation of a better black water and gray water system.
So, I hope this helps. It still makes sense to read this Forum from the beginning...but I get it that its difficult in English.
Please ask questions, its not a bother for anyone. But, its best to ask one or at the most two questions at a time. Too much and folks don't respond.
We traveled to the banks of the Mississippi River, not far from where we live, for the New Years. We found a remarkable convergence of Northern Harriers, Geese, gulls, Blue Herons and Eagles. They were in that in-between land where the levee divides the river from the farmland and swamps.
This particular Eagle seemed to symbolize our new year. Lets hope so. Best to all.
Garry, I was thinking about you and I came across this photo. Reminds me of your tales. Stay warm!
Paratroopers practice door breaching techniques during the Urban Mobility Breacher Course at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec 13, 2016. They are with 6th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. Photo by Spc. Donald Williams
Gary, that is an epic adventure that you described. I simply can't imagine the complexity of the family life onboard the Avion, the traipse to California, and then the drive back with a monster snow plow hanging off the front of the truck....not to mention driving around with the family, with the snowplow and on and on. Your good humor and energy is inspiring! By the way best of luck to your son in 29Palms, and thanks for his service (and yours).
Rasta, I'm thinking of you two in warm Florida while we get one blast after another up here in Flyover Country. No, I don't take the jacks along when we travel. They worry me with their extended width and I really don't have space to store the bases. Actually, I don't want to give over the space. So far, we have not had any issues with this decision, though we recently made a trip to the Dakotas and suffered a bad blow out that sidelined us for a while. But, our bottle jack got the truck up and out of the way to remove the tire and replace it.
Silver I have been OK with the Wave heater in terms of its set - up. Invariably, we pull the unit out of the storage area and place it on top of the counter where it heats up....and where we have a small fan that distributes the heat somewhat. Its radiant heat, so it only gets really hot where its pointed, as you know. And yes, we have had a failure with the Wave when construction dust coated the surface of the heating pad. I sent it back to Wave and they repaired it. However, it still sets off my gas detector. And that is very annoying. Truth be known, we seldom travel when the weather is real cold, so my experience with the Wave is somewhat more limited than folks who travel a lot in winter. As to the weight of the unit, it has not affected the door at all. Everything closes nicely...so far.
Good hearing from everyone during the Holidays!
Next year in Muley Point! Onward!
Jefe, I sure enjoy your trip reports. I also would like to join you for a meal. You described a "breakfast of homemade yogurt, berries, turkey sausage, raisin bagels and creme cheese we had to investigate".
Followed by organic, free range coffee?
Hey Garry, you sure do the long haul. Still improving the truck after 5 years??? You posted on this string the same day it started, 5/11/11. And you're still here. Actually many folks are here from the early days, including Ticki2 who also posted on that first day. Followed soon by 69cayo.
Keep on truckin....
Oh BTW anyone have advice on how to get that rooftop antenna off? There seems to be a setscrew on the handle inside but it may be stripped or something. Could try drilling it out. The antenna is in good shape if anyone is interested I will save it.
I think you are talking about an aftermarket antenna? My Avion C10 has a n exterior mount for an antenna on the left side of the back. It is controlled by a handle inside the closet. Unfortunately, I have neither the mast nor the antenna...
Dick, looks like Muley Point is coming into view. Congrats!
We've all batted around the polish/wrap/paint issue for quite a while. I did not know the wrap would be defeated by rivets. I think you should seek a few more opinions to make sure. As to paint, I am drawn to the light, powdery, greens of Toyota and Honda with some shine/sparkle. I think those colors are in line with the original aesthetic of the coach.
Light greens also pair well with the original Avion red.
Then there's the color of the Big Bad Truck.........
We're camped tonight at Custer State Park, S.D. The weather has been spectacular with cobalt blue skies, 70 degrees during the day and light winds. It's on the edge of Fall with bright yellow leaves mixed with ruddy reds. We go to the buffalo round up at dawn tomorrow. What a sight that will be with whooping Cowboys and thousands of lumbering Bison...clouds of dust in the morning sun!
Jim, thanks for the "good luck" on the tire repair. I'm not going to ask you how you know I needed good luck. Yes, the tire tore out the back wheel well and yes, it took us the rest of the day to go to town and buy a new tire because yes, the spare was jammed from the damage to the wheel well and yes, our running lights are knocked out.
But no, we are not worried. It's dawn and when the sun comes up and I can drive without running lights (careful with my lack of turning lights and brake lights) we'll be in the driveway of the nearest rv repair shop. Jane has taken Hula the Wonder Dog on some long walks, and I have been careful not to raid the fridge for adult beverages. Otherwise I'd be blotto at this stage of things.