There is something that is so thrilling about the desert. And I'm sure your young folks felt it. Its a memory of a lifetime. Best of luck on your new house. We'll be pleased to park in your driveway...
Silver, on the fridge. I may have mentioned that I have a 2.4 CF Nova Kool that fits perfectly into the cabinet. It saved my marriage (just kidding). But, honestly, its an incredible fridge. We have around 200 watts on the roof and two AGM 31 batteries. We can stay out several days, at least. Everything stays nice and cool.
D1, in looking back the one thing I regret is not coming up with a better solution to the windows. The jalousie windows on my coach are hard to see through when shuttered, and too small. I wish I had installed larger clamshell windows that opened out and up, with screens and shades. I think that Dometic carries a line of dark tinted clam shell windows.
I saw that on television when it was first produced. I watched and was vaguely interested until they spotted the Avion in really rough condition. That made me sit up. If I remember correctly we had a string somewhere on this list about the show - and the Avion boat. Amazing transformation.
Hey there D1. Glad to see you're still pursuing the dream.
As to condensation, I have also seen the reports. But, we have never had a problem. I don't know if that's because we seldom camp in really cool weather, have a peculiar air circulation pattern, or always have the vent running if we are cooking. Whatever the case we have remained dry to my knowledge.
I know that Garry has had issues in Alaska. But that is to be expected with the harsh conditions that he encounters (not to mention the number of folks onboard).
Having said that, I'd like a bit more information about the material you described other than aluminum. Is it vulnerable to being pierced, wettened or broken? Takes paint well, if thats your plan?
I really appreciate Brian's post and the subsequent discussion. This is the sort of valuable information (and corrections) that make this forum so valuable. I'd like to hear more, but please leave the critique of administrations out of the mix.
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?