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RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

If you're gonna race up the road to Muley Point, you gotta know when to hit the brakes! So true. Jane wouldn't let me take the Mokie Dugway. She just took one look at it and said no. Then that night she was surfing the web while we were camped at Muley Point (you can get 4 bars there...) and looked up Moki on Trip Advisor. Trip Advisor???? Who knew? Thankfully it had good reviews, so we went down it in the morning. Life is blessed on Muley Point ;-)
67avion 02/10/16 04:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Stable Loads

I can tell you that the Stable Loads made all the difference in the world on my F350. From a truck that evidenced steering drift needing constant, white knuckle attention, to a rock solid performance on 2 lane backroads. I was astonished. Still am.
67avion 02/10/16 04:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

67Avion.....Muley Point is the vision that keeps me plugging along :-) That's great. Jane and I really enjoyed spending time with you and Susan at your country place in Florida. I don't want to reveal too much, but it would be a great meet-up site on the East Coast. Avionistas probably get weary of my exhortations, but I think getting to know others on this forum - in person - is a terrific experience. But, As always, On To Muley Point!
67avion 02/09/16 10:11am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Im itching to hit the road and if it doesn't happen in the next few weeks, it won't happen this year. Muley Point feels close within reach. Cant stop now. Whoa right there. Someone on their way to Muley Point? Alright. So, its time for an Avionista meetup?
67avion 02/08/16 02:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Garry, I think those are good suggestions to resolve the window issue. My front window was broken in my latest crash and I had Chuck Cayo replace it. I didn't ask where the glass etc came from, but the job looked like it was relatively simple and inexpensive. Give him a ring as Trout suggested and I think he'll have some good advice.
67avion 01/28/16 02:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

What's up with Florida? We've been camping at Desoto Park just south of St. Pete. We've had eager eyed young couples follow us to our site and admiring our Avion. We were at North Beach where very high winds attracted parasails and windsurfers. People came over and asked to photograph our camper. Jane wanted to do some beach combing so we pulled off near a bridge. So did several other folks who spent several hours going over our coach. This is happening so much we almost went to hide. Jane and I looked at each other and agreed that every stop is a press conference, to paraphrase Cajun. It's really amazing at the reception down here. And the park is amazing as well. Perhaps we can stage Muley Point East at the landing site of the enigmatic Hernando Desoto, have a few press conferences and join a local brewpub crawl.
67avion 01/17/16 05:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Another star is born! Silver, you're in the running for the Muley Point Award For Excellence!
67avion 01/17/16 04:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Woke up this morning to 15 degree weather, after a night of cold winds and a previous day long rain. I had placed a small electric heater inside the coach because today is load - up for the trip south tomorrow. I noticed the clear spaces on the exterior where the interior ribs had transferred the heat. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/ribs_zpslhfjbgqa.jpg
67avion 01/10/16 09:36am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Dave, you're definitely a "Point" cadet. I appreciate the discussion about the spacer beneath the cabover mattress. I've not noticed an issue in the past, but I will check. BTW we should be hitting the road next week and are planning to meet up with a Florida Avionista. I'm hoping to outrun the Polar Vortex, but I may not get far enough away in time. But, it will be warmer than Illinois. Meanwhile I ordered a G4 Giraffe which was just delivered. It determines the height of obstacles. I'm puzzling over a mounting technique. It is bolted, usually, to the vertical exterior mirrors of big rigs. You also have to run the line into the truck....
67avion 01/07/16 09:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Hi there Silver and a happy New Years day to my felllow Avionistas. I'm in between black eyed peas and football so I thought I'd post some photos that would be helpful to Silver, and catch up everyone on the 67. Lets start with a photo from way back in the beginning. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/tableweb_zpsih1vrtk0.jpg Here you can see the layout before we removed the built in table and reduced the width of the steps. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/trapdoor_zpsbvpom6jo.jpg We put in a trap door inside the cabinet that is accessed with a small latch. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/trapdoor1_zpsqahndwhc.jpg Which opens to another trapdoor with a hinge. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/trapdoor2_zps28wyeydw.jpg Which opens to yet another trap door. Of course the bottom door gives us access to the water lines, but its also a relatively secure spot to stow things that you don't want in the open. Directly in front of the rebuilt cabinet is the opening to the passenger side wheelwell. You have to slide out the couch to access it. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/passengerdoorside_zpsjeoo5nxj.jpg On the drivers side, at the bottom of the cabinet, is the opening to the wheel well. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/doorpassengerweb_zpsh4mmgfac.jpg Here is the installation of the new Nova Cool 3.8 CF refrigerator. It protrudes from the case, which is unfortunate, but it appears to lightly sip electricity and handily cool our goods. We'll give it a good test soon. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/fridge_zpsbxwti4hv.jpg And finally here is my backup light installation. It hasn't worked out well. Unless its really dark it functions very poorly. I don't know if its the camera or the viewer that doubles as my rear view mirror. Any ideas on this would be appreciated. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/backuplight_zpstns7idcf.jpg I ordered the Giraffe 4 distance finder. It measures up from the front of your vehicle. Since I have crashed this Avion 3 times, it behooves me to try and not do it again. I think I may lose Sweet Jane's support which was hard won after the last crash. The refrigerator went a long way to making things OK..... http://giraffeg4.com/ And finally, finally. We have a resource with Chuck Cayo that is without parallel. I could not find anyone locally who would take on the task of repairing the roof. I didn't think I could do it because of (a) skill levels and (b) a warm dry place to work. My insurance company was going to total the coach. Enter Chuck Cayo. Not only did he repair the top in record time, he came in way below what I had estimated. The insurance company paid off 100% on the repairs. But, get this: while he was at it he fixed a broken vent, my sliding bed, installed a new charge controller to the replaced solar panel. I can't remember what all. And he didn't charge me for the significant extra work. He loves these machines and he loves keeping them on the road. I am convinced that he is one of the best electrical sleuths I have ever seen, which matters since my wiring was fried from the damage to the solar panel. He also did an expert installation of my new Nova Kool. So, if you have an issue or three or four and you want it dealt with quickly and reasonably, give some thought to traveling up to Watervliet and Cayo. So, Happy New Years to my Avionistas. I'm heading back for some football.
67avion 01/01/16 12:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Let me PM on that
67avion 12/31/15 02:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Rasta, I have an opening on the driver's side to the wheel well. It's in the base of the cabinet. We store water and other supplies in that space. We also have an opening into the passenger side wheel well. It is accesed from the top under the couch. We store the black water hoses and levelers in that space. It was set up that way when I got the Avion. I think it is safe to develop that space on the drivers side. We have not had any issues whatsoever with water or anything else. However it did pop open during the windy passage from Michigan. But so did the Fantastik fan.... Yes, we plan on being in Florida starting on the 13th traveling from the Okefenokee to Tampa.
67avion 12/30/15 04:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Thanks, D1. I posted a report on the main thread yesterday. We're not getting close to the water again ;-( I can't say enough about the strength and resilience of these people. And I understand similar scenes are playing out all across the country. Our Avion is perfect for helping out in this situation. The new fridge holds at least twice as much as the old one - we can carry medicines in it - and the food lies on the floor or on the bench where we removed the mattress. The crest is expected in 3 days, I understand. It looks like it will be a record. Hopefully preparations will mitigate the potential damage.
67avion 12/30/15 09:55am Truck Campers
RE: TCs, mighty floods and resilient people

Amtrak just announced that the famed "City of New Orleans" will disembark here in Carbondale and proceed south by bus. We'll be out tomorrow in our Avion serving the emergency workers and volunteers.
67avion 12/29/15 06:59pm Truck Campers
TCs, mighty floods and resilient people

Its been 5 years since I sunk my Avion TC and truck into the Mississippi river during a flood. Today, We went down to the river again. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/lewisandclark_zpsnpzsetqg.jpg Biblical rains have flooded our region, coming out of the SW. Here, in Southern Illinois, the race is on to defeat the river. As of this afternoon flood waters have not topped or breached the levees. But, people are struggling to save their crops, protect their homes and remove their valuables - especially their farm equipment. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/equipment_zpsvjdh6dno.jpg Seemingly every grain truck for hundreds of miles rushed here to move grain to higher ground to save the harvest. Livestock is being rounded up. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/grain_zpsapefwowz.jpg Jane and I volunteered to move meals to the areas where soup kitchens have been organized to feed the emergency workers and volunteers. The food was prepared at the Knights of Columbus in Murphysboro, Illinois. We delivered it to St. Ann's Catholic Church in Raddle, Illinois. Here you can see Jane passing out pans of chicken and dumplings from our Avion TC. We delivered over 200 meals today. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/raddle2_zpss9iuqsik.jpg At Grand Tower, Illinois, sandbags are being filled. Here you can see volunteers from the nearby Amish community. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/amish_zpsprcjmaow.jpg Our deep hope is that the frantic preparations push back the River's floods. There are many tragedies and victories that play out in these small towns and rural regions. Almost always unknown to the outside world. Jane and I are proud to help and be among these rural folk. We admire their unselfish devotion to each other in times of trouble. I'll let you know if the levees hold.
67avion 12/29/15 04:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

We drove back to Southern Illinois yesterday through whirling, blizzardy slush and ice. There were wrecks everywhere. We went off the freeway and took the back roads until we got far enough south to escape the ice. the good news is that the Avion camper is the best its ever been. Chuck Cayo went way beyond what I had expected. The top is repaired, the solar is back in place and the new refrigerator is very cool. We couldn't be happier. But, this afternoon we're going down to the Mississippi River Bottoms where evacuations are continuing as flooding spreads. Predictions are that it may reach the levels of the disastrous 1993 floods. We will make contact with all the volunteers while getting round in my Suzuki Samurai. If needed we'll take the Avion in tomorrow with food, water and other supplies. Those of you who have been here from the beginning know this sounds like deja vu all over again. D
67avion 12/29/15 09:00am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Tonight we are in a brewpub in Benton Harbor, Michigan, escaping a massive winter storm. Tomorrow morning we pick up our Avion in nearby Watervliet. Facing an ice storm with our reconditioned coach, we're looking forward to hitting the road. First it's the Okefenokee in Georgia then down to Clearwater, Fla.. Here's to a Happy New Year to my fellow Avionistas from me and Sweet Jane. We meet this year at Muley Point.
67avion 12/27/15 07:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Cajun, you might post that note on the main page. I'm thinking you may not get enough Avion folks who are familiar with the issue.
67avion 12/23/15 03:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Silver, you get a free pass to Muley Point based on the determination and grit you have shown along with the remarkable ability to keep that bottle of beer upright. Those are the three attributes we look for in an Avionista. Onward!
67avion 12/19/15 02:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

BTW I have an original fridge, stove and AC that is available. PM me if you are interested.
67avion 12/19/15 07:01am Truck Campers
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