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RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Glad to see folks chatting a bit. Cajun, you're carrying the string it turns out....good for us. On the awnings: I thought long and hard about adding the exterior hooks to the coach. But, I decided that it would not damage the walls if I were really careful with the seals. Bearing in mind that a live load like an awning tends to tug at the attachments, you have to keep a close watch. But the ease of my installation is really nice. I have the triangle fly wrapped around an extendable pole, and I have a length of rope and two stobs. Its up in 2 minutes - and just as important its down real quick. This photo was taken at the Texas Truckcamper Rally last year. There were tornadoes nearby so pulling down an awning in bad weather can be a task. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/texas_zps4f34bdc5.jpg I don't know if I posted about it, but I have installed a handgrip just inside the camper's door. I tend to turn backwards when exiting, so it helps to have a handgrip. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/aviongrip_zpslb1vnvsm.jpg I have had some really rocky nights on my mattress. I sleep on the pull out sofa and the "mattress" we had made was entirely too hard. There was a fear that since we only had about 5 inches + or so in the cushion, that we had to be careful about not "bottoming out". After a year or so, I decided to redo the cushions. I worked with mattress designer Mike Wicoff at the Sterling Mattress Factory in Herrin, Illinois. He understood exactly the issues we face in truck campers. Here is Mike constructing the cushion: http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/avioncushion_zpssrkifzuv.jpg He's working with 1" Memory Foam on top, 2" pocketed micro coils, and 2 pieces of 1"foam with a density of 2.4 and a firmness of 30. Here's a look at the finished construction (the cushion is upside down) http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/avioncushion1_zpsx2gury0m.jpg It feels great. I think I can sleep a lot better. That was the final thing on my list for this summer. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/avionmattress2_zpsnrf4ellv.jpg Jane and I plan on traveling in the next few week in the region. Perhaps to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville,Arkansas. Its supported by the Walmart fortune.....
67avion 05/24/15 12:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

66C10, that is a really interesting conversion of a 1968 C10 into a boat. Actually, I've long wondered about doing something like that. I have 20' river going jonboat that could use a camper like that :-) I also found the complete tv episode on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbI6LjQWt7E I had mentioned that my coach was in the shop for electrical issues. Well I got it back today and it was just fine. Some problems with one or two of the fuses. But nothing major at all. I had worried that I trashed my three AGM's over the winter. But, they were fine having been charged by the solar.
67avion 05/09/15 02:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

What's happen to Dick(D1trout)? Still Onward? I heard from Dick that things had slowed down a bit, but that he and Annie were going to try out the camper soon, even if its not finished. Things are finally shaping up and I'll be getting started back on the C10 soon. Looks like the crew is rousing itself again. My camper is in the shop with (I hope) electrical issues. Then its on to improving the suspension in the next few weeks. We plan on traveling into Arkansas the latter part of this month. D
67avion 05/08/15 04:05pm Truck Campers
RE: 2015 Overland Expo West

I think that Brian organized the space with the OX people? Am I right? I believe its not too difficult to get a camping area set aside for truck campers. However, it is very difficult to keep the area exclusively for TCs. We'd awake in the morning with bikers, tent campers, carousers and others that had moved in overnight. Nice folks for the most part....but they split our camp up pretty thoroughly. If Brian is not doing it then try to get in touch with Roseann and Jonathan Hansan who are the proprietors of OX. You will be stunned by the mass of expedition vehicles and the tough smart folks who attend the Expo. Great exhibits by TC vendors such as Lance, 4Wheel, and others. You'll learn more in 3 days than in a year otherwise. Best of luck.
67avion 05/06/15 08:17am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

OK. You are in charge of the First International Avionista Truck Camper Rally. Heh. Uh Oh, another project Avion on Craigslist. I'm not sure if its one of our guys, but I think so.
67avion 05/05/15 01:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Cajunavion if I get down to the Gulf coast, we ought to get together for a little etouffe and a cold beverage. I really enjoy the area and have spent time in the Bayous over many years. Ticki, I think you're right about the coating of the panels. However, my tape marks are all over the old anodized portion of the camper. Dave Pete, thanks for your comments. I have followed your careful restoration with admiration. Perhaps you'll rescue an Avion at some point. 69avion, I'm not making it to the Overland Expo this year so I'll miss catching up with you and the gang. And yes, its been a bit of a slog with the repairs. The good news is that I'm ahead of the game this year and may be able to get on the road more often. I got an offer from Jumbojet to camp at his place near Tontitown, Arkansas, while we travel in that region next month. He also knows everything about Torklift, a subject I'm about to go to school on in the near future. The camper goes into my genius RV shop, Kamper Supply, in Carterville, Illinois, next Friday for some sleuthing on the electrical system. With any luck I'll have the 67 Avion up to speed in the next three weeks. What are you guys up to? How are your rigs doing? Onward!
67avion 04/29/15 07:54am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Hey Cajun. Yes its been very quiet in our Avion community. I think that the rebuilds have taken a toll and people need some time off. That Avion is from a brother with a different mother. Did you get a chance to ask about it? Well, I took the wraps off of the 67 recently and went to work on the roof repair. We finished several days ago. I still have to get the Dremel out and shape the rivets so they aren't sticking out so much. We had to unzip the entire top of the coach as you can see from the shinier aluminum. and we had to remove all of the molding above the windows and doors. We also had to punch holes for the lights. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/avionpatch_zpsfselptgd.jpg I am unsure of how the electrical system made it through the winter. I assumed (right - ASSUMED) that my solar panel would keep the batteries charged. I was not seeing any charge in the led panel, but then I put a 110V into the system and things appear to be working. But not everything...maybe half of the interior lighting - which doesn't have anything to do with the batteries. Oh well. Its beautiful weather and I can donk around the electrical system a bit. On the interior of the coach, in the bathroom and just above the back door, are the repairs with fiberglass. this is where the beams went straight through and tore out the interior. I am sanding and experimenting with paint to see if I can mimic the original Zolatone. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/avionpatch3_zpstjwnw8do.jpg Another issue was the bed split. Here you can take a look at it. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/avionpatch1_zpsczrroyfn.jpg I plan to repair it with wood and screws plus some fiberglass. I managed to gum up the exterior with duct tape. If anyone has any good ideas how to remove this let me know. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/avionpatch4_zpsyriuxend.jpg Finally, I have agreed to work with Torklift to try their products and report back. I intend to write to you guys about my experiences of course. That'll be coming up in the next month or so. Onward!
67avion 04/28/15 02:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Air Dams - People Always Asks Me

Hey Jumbo. Don't mean to take this string off topic, those air dams are great. But, is anyone going to post from the Kerrville rally?
67avion 04/18/15 02:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Overnighting-while-Urban, or OU

Interesting thread. BKA and Steve, what is it about the EarthRoamer crowd? I almost got run off the road by one of them leaving Mormon Lake last year. I've looked into colors, paints, skins/wraps and other techniques on my camper. I even looked carefully at the "dazzle" camouflage from WWl that was placed on ships to fool the periscopes of German U Boats. I ran across skins/wraps that are applied to one of the most expensive cars in the world, the Ferrari 458. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/Ferrari-458-Italia-Winter-Camo-01-500x333_zps2esngtpo.jpg My aluminum skinned Avion is anodized and tends to get pretty chalky and weathered looking. Of course its the OEM look that a lot of people treasure so I probably won't change it...even to gain stealth advantage. But even with the chalky qulaity of the surface it can be bright as the sun and visible for many miles. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/Muley-point-3_zpsa1ec611c.jpg But, it oddly fits into the landscape.
67avion 04/15/15 03:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Its that time of year whereby I get my prized Avion back up to speed. You may recall that I managed to tear into the roof late last Spring. We got started on the repairs in late summer, but things came up and we put it aside. Now we are closing the gap. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/avionrepair_zpsi8wy4p45.jpg Here you can see that we are working with the last panel that is located in the center...and its where the running lights are located. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/avionrepair1_zps7lvpt9oq.jpg Here is the panel ready to be inserted with the cut-outs already made. It is pre-drilled for the rivets. We are missing the Texas Truck Camper rally this year because we spent the entire winter and Spring campaigning when we should have been camping. If anyone out there plans to run for office take a deep breath and give me a call. Truck camping and campaigning don't mix well. I have a lot of work to do with Torklift to fix my suspension correctly and make my towing a lot safer. I'll let you know how that works out.
67avion 04/11/15 11:51am Truck Campers
RE: Trip report: Southern Africa

Great post Steve. You and Sally know how to travel!
67avion 03/05/15 11:17am Truck Campers
RE: 6 foot or 8 foot bed in Mexico

You're certainly correct about turning radius, at least in regards my F350. I feel its like turning an ocean liner. So, something that can navigate tight corners in a place like Mexico is a wise move. BTW, I really appreciate your waving off the "Mexico is Dangerous" meme. I want very much to travel there but have a hard time getting supportive information because of the perceived threat of harm. Perhaps you can tell us of your trips at some point. On edit: I just looked at your informative web pages. Its exactly what I have been looking for....
67avion 03/02/15 12:16pm Truck Campers
RE: He whazoo'ed it pretty good!

Yes that is a 9 WR, in my opinion. Just missing a few animated rocks and slot canyons.
67avion 02/25/15 08:52am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

OK its Parbond. You can keep a little tube of it onboard and touch up whenever you like.
67avion 02/25/15 08:27am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Garry is that exterior? I used Parbond from VTS. Its silver and flows neatly. I think that D1 may have missed your question about "silver". Am I right? Cajunavion that looks beautiful, but the mod may take it down because it exceeds the size for images which is a max of 800PX wide. In the meantime where are you traveling? Along the Gulf Coast? I must say that is a real pack of bikes. I guess you can see OK?
67avion 02/25/15 08:23am Truck Campers
RE: Heading to Ft Myers next week... No plans, no reservations

I sure wish we could pack up and head to Florida. We have had one after another "storm".....ice storm, sleet storm, snow storm. Even the birds are shellshocked. The winds have been so bad that I have lost three seperate covers. Now I lay plastic sheets over the camper and wrap it with a garden hose. Sad Sad Sad......:R http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/avion-in-snow_zpsvegzwesv.jpg
67avion 02/22/15 11:20am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

We had to get estimates of the value of the camper from people that the insurance company vetted. Our value went to $15,000 based on the estimates by professionals, the real costs that I have receipts for, and an enterprising insurance guy who insures my other properties. It may be the last part that was most important, though he didn't say so.
67avion 02/17/15 12:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

How can I find the interview?
67avion 02/11/15 09:03am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

"Avion camper goes to war. Plows roads and rescues multitudes."
67avion 02/09/15 12:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

The kids were a little sad that they didn't go sledding, but they were happily making up Ford commercials, about the old school superduty with camper and plow, going anywhere we wanted to, pulling everything stuck out. You know how 13! And 15 year olds are, bigger is better... A seriously great story. That is one that the kids won't forget.
67avion 02/09/15 07:59am Truck Campers
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