Take a look at the Avion rebuild thread where there are all sorts of posts about sealants, wood rot, black water tanks, etc. There is also a long thread on Amerigos.
From the look of the photos, I think you may have a very formidable challenge ahead of you. The danger is that you will become exhausted and discouraged...and just walk away from the project. We have seen that happen from time to time with the Avion rebuilds.
Make sure that you have really, really surveyed the damage and repairs before you start tearing things out. Keep things that might be useful for templates in repair. Make dozens and dozens of photos that will help guide you on the rebuild process.
Best of luck.
I had to make a dietary change this past year to a low carb diet and decided to try my hand at Indian curries and dals. Little did I know that it was perfect TC food. It tends to keep well because of all the spices and accompanied by rice and chutney, it is a real happy meal. We pulled out a chicken curry at the Mid Atlantic Truck Camper Rally and we had some enthusiastic eaters. Its easy to make, but of course the spices may not be for everyone.
PM me for a no fail recipe.
We have some experience with accessibility in the houses we restore. The first question regards the hands. Is it a lack of grasping strength? In which case we install latches that can be pushed to release the door. However, a lack of grasping strength raises the issue of accessibility on the stairs leading to the coach, I would think. Even a handrail might not be sufficient.
Here is a possible resource in the RV world:
Achievers International (chapter of Family motor Coach Association, FMCA)
9251 E. Lake, Otisville MI 48463; 517/871-4377
Handicapped Travel Club
contact Merle Young, 12555 Lantern Road, Fishers, IN 46038-2884 or e-mail: email@example.com
I purchased a Travel Queen Truck Camper in 2013. In reviewing some of the posts and finding the pic of the brochure, mine appears to be model 107. I don't know the year and the owner had it for 10 years. I have pictures but can't seem to find how to post them to this site.
Take your photos and process them to 640 px wide (if horizontal) or 480 wide (if vertical). Save for web at 72 dpi.
Upload your pictures to photobucket.
In Photobucket click on "library" at the top of the page. Click on your photo in the small space directly below and to the right of the photo. It will turn blue. Control C (copy) the URL.
Return to the page on this site and click on "Reply to Topic". Place your cursor where you want the photo and paste.
Return and paste another photo or text.
It helps if you can use two screens to carry the image back and forth.
Lets see your Travel Queen.
I have a kayak on the roof, case of beer, Honda 2000 and 5 gallons of fuel,40 gallons of Diesel in the truck, two full propane tanks, 36 gallons of fresh water, a float tube, two fly rods, waders, two sets of boots, full fridge, and Jake the wonder dog
I would rest easier if you had two (2) cases of beer. Then I would be assured that the road test would be as realistic as possible. ;-)
Many thanks for the advice. I'm also taking the truck in today to check the alignment, etc. I had a rough patch of road in Utah in May that snapped two of my tie downs. Since I have taken the coach off of the truck I notice that it is much firmer on the road, though a bit more of a tight ride with the upgraded tires and shocks.
I bet if you preloaded your OEM suspension and dropped air bag pressure, some of that sway would go away. If you are relying on the bags to even you out and the overloads never engage, your spring rate is too soft.
Thanks Bedlam, but I'm not the sharpest pencil on the desk. What is the meaning of "preload"? This whole thing tends to mystify me, and I don't think I'm alone.
Buzz, I'd like to take a "systems" approach to the issue, but I can't figure out the problem. I have E rated tires that I keep well inflated. I have new heavy duty shocks. I got airbags. I have an OEM sway bar. And I'm still sort of weaving and wandering. If I take my eyes off the road for even a second I got troubles. At least thats my feeling.
Thanks for your attempt to explain - I often feel like a dunce when approaching this stuff.
I think it is sway. I have a hard time keeping the truck on the road without a lot of attention...constant attention. That may be normal, but I'd sure like to have another option. The airbags address any issues dealing with sag.
So, does anyone recommend that I install an upper overload + Roadmaster Sway Bars? I hope this is on topic since I don't mean to hijack Buzzcut's thread, but I have never been able to figure out the best combination.
I have long been puzzled about "factory overload springs". I believe they are "top" springs. Am I correct? I have a 2004 F350 SRW Diesel. I have installed Firestone airbags, but I seem to have similar issues as Buzzcut... a sort of white knuckle driving experience as the truck wanders and wallows. Its not that bad, but it leaves me tired out at the end of the day, and worries me at times. So, I am real interested in the installation of upgraded sway bars if that will finally solve the problem.
Take a look at the photo and note there is no upper overload or top spring. Does anyone understand this? Appreciate any comments.
For a 48 year old camper, I'm not complaining one bit. Things could be way worse!
You sure have an amazing attitude. I imagine you'll do very well in your college work.
Tearing out all this stuff isn't that difficult. Its the putting it back in, correctly, that takes the time and effort. You know this, I'm sure, but I always caution folks that you can lose patience or interest in something as labor intensive as a restoration.
You're right, you have to tear out the cabover. When you do, be sure and keep the piece that you remove as a template. You should be able to locate the leaks that caused the issues and repair them pronto. Ditto with the wings. That will give you a good base to start from.
BTW, you are one of the most adept of our folks at posting pictures and outlining your work.
As I understand it, you have about a month and a half before leaving for college with the Avion. So, you've got your work cut out for you.
You can look at the repair to the wings on the posts that I made about that subject, including the repair of rotten wood. You have to replace the old water tank as well as the water pump. That means your plumbing will be up to snuff if the bathroom facilities are intact.
We have posted the wiring harness for the Avion. If you don't find it I'll send you a copy via email, just PM me. Your dad and brother can figure that out quickly and repair the lines. I'd suggest that you add more 12 volt lines in the storage compartment where you can access for future needs like radio, lights, etc.
You have to check the tub. I could actually see the ground around the edges of the tub from the inside. I have that repair on this string.
The floor is likely rotten as well. You might be able to get by this winter by laying a sheet of plywood and doing the repairs next Spring or summer - depending on the extent of possible damage.
Electrical - water- wood repair. Its a lot of stuff, but it seems that you and your family are motivated.
Write up your progress.
While you are at it, get a licensed electrician to look over your wiring and outlets. He can do it quickly with a voltage tester (and experience) unless you feel adept at the task. You can also wire in a CO2 and gas detector as well as a smoke alarm at the same time.
The local bottled gas guys usually give a free inspection of your gas lines and tanks.
I know there is still some wood rot in the wing as the tie-down hoop isn't solid. I'm not sure how much was actually rebuilt, but one of these days I'll tear into it and see.
66 I think you got some problems that may need attention sooner rather than later. When you read through the string you may have noticed that I had almost exactly the same issues with the tie down posts and the jack brackets. The first and foremost concern is safety.
Here's why. If you move your coach at all there will be some pressure on the tie downs. If the tie downs are embedded in rotten wood they may pull right out causing potential handling problems on the road...or more likely severely damaging the wings of the coach. Same is true of the jack brackets where a failure is catastropic. I imagine that you are not going to remove the coach from the truck until you fix the brackets....but now you have no option.
The water did not come from windows that were left open - more than likely. Moisture often comes through the surrounds to the window, the cabover, and who knows where. The skin of the Avion is a double hull with an exterior aluminum clad and an interior of both fiberglass in the nose and back and aluminum on the walls. There is an airspace between the shells with one side sprayed with an insulating material. That allows water to travel almost from anywhere to almost anywhere. The water will not drip inside when it rains, necessarily, it will seep through the walls and add more moisture and rot throughout the coach.
Here's a quick, but important step: order Parbond from Vintage Trailer Supply. Its a sealant that comes in an aluminum color. Go everywhere on the outside of the coach and apply the sealant wherever you SUSPECT that water may be entering. That includes around the running lights, over the doors, around the windows.
Then get yourself a good all weather tarp and cover the whole thing up as often as possible until you can get to the repairs. Feel for moisture where the wings join to the cabover, around the interior of the cabover and near the back door.
I see that the bustle is gone. that usually means that everything pertaining to the black water is gone as well. And the camper did not have a grey water tank. So, you may have issues with the water supply. Check and make sure.
Best of luck.
Welcome 66. The world needs more C10s. Dennis, I'm hurt, no comments on my bathroom?
Sure wouldn't want to get a Cajun upset. I grew up in the Mississippi Delta, and I learned to be careful around those folks. But, I'm wondering if you saw the comments by me and Garry? We both posted, and then the string went silent for a couple of weeks. Dunno, but I'm glad you're back.
BTW, they call me "D". We have Dennises, Dons and Dewitts on this string. So its easy to mix us up.
Welcome aboard. We have a great panel of Avion owners who are generous with their knowledge...and opinions. Take the time to read the string...its quite long, but it doesn't cost anything and will answer a lot of questions. I note that the tie downs aren't hooked up yet. Am I right?