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RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

D1 I have the Torklift "fastguns" on the front and the Torklift Springload XL for the rear. I originally bought the "fastguns" (what a name!) to tie to my old school belly bar on my F350. I reasoned that I wanted some give and take since the belly bar was definitely not going anywhere, and there was some chance of tearing out the fastener on the coach. I wasn't worried about rear tie downs. Then we went happily camping along until I went through some washboard roads here in flyover country. The camper would do the most remarkable lift and slap down - bamm! I'm sure you would have traumatized dogs if you went my route. As I've said before, I'm not the smartest guy in the room. So, I got Springload XL for the rear along with the Torklift frame kit. For some reason the XL's didn't tighten properly. They would sort of stay on the top and bottom tie downs, but a little loose. I became slightly obsessive about it, and whenever we stopped I would go around like a long distance trucker and tighten down the things. It just got worse. One of them was jamming and I had to really wrench it to get it anywhere near tight. Then came Muley Point in Utah. We went toddling into there without noticing the rock outcroppings. The belly bar hit and the back wrenched around. When we set up for camping I found the XL totally damaged and not capable of attachment to the coach on the left side. The other one was fine. The belly bar was a little worse for wear, but the Fastguns were not damaged. When I got back I made contact with Torklift. They were real surprised at my story, but they have legendary customer service. They sent me a new XL and I sent them mine for their forensics. I would not put a belly bar on the truck again. In fact I'll remove it next Spring. It is a monster piece of steel and causes issues with ground clearance. OTOH, if I wanted to keep the coach on the truck bed during a roll over - then the BB is the way to go. Glad to hear that you are still an active part of the Avion Restoration Gang (the ARG's). You have a highly ambitious build going on that people are clamoring to see more photos of.... AnEv942 that is one wonderful truck camper combo. Thanks for sending it along. I once had a fantasy of starting a small scale restoration business with Avions. That is the sort of combo I had in mind.
67avion 09/14/14 11:19am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Bravely going where no one has gone before? That is a highly unusual looking operation, Cajun. Why don't you step us through it? I see you have an issue with the front panels of aluminum...been there, done that.
67avion 09/12/14 11:26am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Howdy! 67 where did you get that nice fan in the bunk? Its from an Airstream, I think. Vintage Trailer Supply has an identical one...click
67avion 09/02/14 03:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Grand Mesa CO - Trip Report

Doesn't get much better! Fish and solitude in the mountains of Colorado in your comfy TC.
67avion 09/01/14 09:42am Truck Campers
RE: Overland Expo East - Oct. 3-5, 2014, Asheville, NC

We reported on OX Flagstaff this year for Truck Camper Magazine click Truck camper owners arranged to have a special space for the TCs presided over by Brian BKA. We had a great time visiting with all the TC folk, and spending some intense time with the events....millions of events....almost too many. There were a number of TCs that paid for the day pass and a small fee for dry camping, and they were happy as clams. I suggest that you get in touch with Roseann Hanson, the organizer of OX, and see if you can get a special TC area. I think she would be very interested. You could also PM Brian BKA here on RV.net Make no mistake, this thing is HUGE in Flagstaff...the premiere event in North America. Asheville may come close.
67avion 08/26/14 11:16am Truck Campers
RE: Photo Thread - Post a Photo of Your Truck Camper Here

http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/pagosaupload_zps387ee549.jpg My 67 Avion C10 overlooking Pagosa Springs, Colorado, May 2014 http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/kitchen-copy_zps858ccf12.jpg Interior of coach
67avion 08/24/14 03:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Seriously, we could all do old school Wally (Airstream) style, a big caravan of Avion TC's. And I live in mine on jacks no platform all the time, I might have had six adults in it at once and it is completely ROCK SOLID. I have long wanted to put together an Old School Avion Rally. Back in the day the Alaskan Campers ("It Raises -It Lowers") gathered into caravans. I've seen pictures of them with the guys all dressed in western costumes, boots, bolo ties and cowboy hats...the ladies with full skirts...all lined up in front of the chuckwagon. Those were the days of Westerns on TV like Gun Smoke and Have Gun Will Travel. And don't forget Ozzie and Harriet had an Alaskan: http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/ozzie-and-the-boys_zpsaaa21986.jpg I think Ill just stick with the USA lol, The half west of Oklahoma to be precise. I get it. I feel the same way ....much of the time. This past year I spent a lot of time on the American road with Avion. Are you going to be at Abenteuer Allrad then next year (not that we have any plans to visit this time, but Joerg68 and Flaxi may be there)? Steve, I want to visit my daughter who lives in Copenhagen with her husband. I thought Jane and I might take a look at the Euro truck camper scene since I've long been entranced with your travels. However, I plan to be over there in May not June, so the Abenteuer Allrad is not a part of the plan, though Flaxi and Joerg68 may be ...depending on where we go..and if we go.
67avion 08/24/14 02:47pm Truck Campers
RE: First Camping Trip With Adventurer 116DS

Very handsome out fit. We use blocks for leveling and our airbags. So far - not so tough. but, we do get the back awfully high in the air at times.
67avion 08/24/14 11:23am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Whoever first observed on this forum that one needs courage to restore and rebuild an Avion was right... Actually I think I said "courage AND patience". But who knows after all these posts. Maybe Garry - who was one of my first, if not first, correspondents on this thread. Thats been quite a few posts ago. I, too, was very taken by the ingenuity of the Bimobil system. It seems that it is beautifully engineered with a custom lift for the truck bed and strong supports for the camper. I'm making tentative plans to test drive one of their campers in Germany for TCM next Spring. I'm thinking in the Bavarian Alps. I also hope to work with the Dutch Tonke which has more than a passing similarity to the Avion TC. It slips off of the chassis as well. Though, it is also the world's most expensive Truck Camper fitted onto a Mercedes Sprint Chassis. D1, its the perfect land yacht. just buy the Tonke and be done with it ;-) click http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/F2_martland_10_zpscbb1d6fc.jpg I'm thinking we should launch an Avionista Expedition for Europe next Spring. Onward! Over there, over there....
67avion 08/24/14 07:59am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Well, D1, it appears that you are boldly going where no man has gone before. This is almost Conestoga Time. I hope that Annie and the dogs are sufficiently appreciative. Best of luck in cutting the body of the truck - and maintaining structural integrity of the cab. Whew!
67avion 08/20/14 09:18am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Looks like a conference with Chuck Cayo is in the offing. They built the Motovator like this 1972 model on a Chevy chassis. If anyone knows what to do he does: http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/1972-cayo-motovator-a01_zps18172a29.jpg Look here for interior views click
67avion 08/18/14 01:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

More will be revealed... Uh Oh. The last time that happened it was Cajun Avion. ;-) Anyhow, so more like a class C? That's an interesting turn of events. I'm not sure of the height of the tub and wings, but it should be enough to tuck into the truck. The major issue will be torquing, I suspect, since the frame may move differently than the cab. Unless it is somehow all engineered together, I don't know how you would solve the problem. Best of luck.
67avion 08/18/14 10:01am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

We're in semi-contact with Cayo about ordering the plates for the roof repair. I think they are very busy...so patience is called for. In the meantime, I am wondering what, if anything, has been decided about slide in compressor fridges? I seem to remember D1 talking about his research. I'm looking at the Engel 60 quart front open. (Because that's what Sweet Jane wants). It has a Sawafuji F-Series "swing compressor". Anyone have any experience? I will probably get a second unit that we'll put in the cabin of the truck that will be only a freezer.
67avion 08/17/14 10:06am Truck Campers
RE: TR: A week at Camp P82 - Different Scenes than most TRs

Jim, great work and great pix of the kids. And as one of my heroes said: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill
67avion 08/15/14 04:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Of course, installing a ladder is not impossible... its just tricky. I would think that a combination of fiberglassed panels with through holes for fasteners that also incorporate the ribs would do the trick. Having said that, it would incur removing the existing panels as Dick and Dennis have done, making the structural changes and then replacing the interior panels. That's a lot of work for a ladder. BOTOH - If you have carriage space on the roof with a railing it would be almost necessary to have some permanent access. Otherwise you'd be carrying around a 10' ladder or a handful of pitons.
67avion 08/15/14 11:20am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Garry et al. I wonder about putting weight on the roof. As you know, any weight is highly leveraged that far from the ground. As far as the ladder goes, I've seen many pictures of Avion TCs with roof ladders but I've never seen one in person. I would think that 69avion would have some clues since he spent a lot of time with the chassis of the TC. Someone mentioned wood as a fastening point, but the rear is aluminum over fiberglass in mine and I think in all of them. I think you would have to hit the ribs very carefully to create a fastening spot that would not (a) leak and (b) give way unexpectantly.
67avion 08/15/14 08:20am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Dog gone it, I got you crossed up. It looked like your outfit, but I was puzzling over the truck and the roof rack. Sorry about that.
67avion 08/13/14 08:40am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Hey Garry, looks like something we should all do. An Avion rally by the lake. I haven't seen the railing on the roof before. When did you do that? How's it working?
67avion 08/13/14 06:06am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Yeah, I appreciate you guys and I wish that the Forum had been identified. I specifically mentioned it, but I think TCM has a policy of not identifying other online venues. Don't know why, but its not my magazine, so that's the way it is. I enjoyed the process with Gordon and Angela White. They are excellent at what they do. Now, ever onward Avionistas!
67avion 08/10/14 04:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

The steel box is a spreader for dualies...or for having a lot more room around the jack's support legs from your tires. By the way, the saga of the restoration of my 67 Avion is in Truck Camper Magazine: click
67avion 08/06/14 04:33pm Truck Campers
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