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RE: Should I just quit smoking?

I say go for it! The Aussies do stuff like that with their campers. I must say you certainly have a clean smoker. Let me know where you'll be cooking;-)
67avion 08/22/16 11:33am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Cajun, I pulled a 20' river going, 8'6" beam jonboat behind the Avion using a 36" extension hitch. I never had a problem. I think I might have been well served to use a Torklift hitch, but I never got around to it. We sold the jonboat last year and plan on getting some sort of sailing Hobie Kayak. We still use the hitch to pull the Samurai.
67avion 08/22/16 08:17am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

1968 C11: I'm not a real Avionista, rather kind of a guest here Pardon me? Not a real Avionista? I beg to differ. You have an open calling card for all of Avionista events. But for the vagaries of chance I have no doubt that you'd be rebuilding a classic C11. Besides, anyone with a double first name is OK by me.
67avion 08/15/16 02:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Front receiver

I don't like china. X2
67avion 08/13/16 10:34am Truck Campers
RE: Lagun Table Mounting System

Thanks for the information. I have a hand built system that is not really working out. Its made up of two pedestals and two table tops. I thought it was a great idea at the time, but my wife has another opinion. I looked at the videos and it seems that they will mount on the front of my dinette seats. So, what size is the table top that you affixed to the Lagun system. And are you aware of any suppliers in the US?
67avion 08/13/16 10:21am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

There is a long discussion by 69avion and Ticki2 about the building of a SS holding tank and other issues relating to water handling on around P 80 - 82. There is a specific discussion of the toilet on P 82 For those that are doing a rebuild, we spent a lot of time talking to the folks at Thetford, including one of the top folks in the parts department that has been there a long time. They don't have any parts for these old toilets. The other issue is that this toilet is a couple inches shorter than the low profile, new toilets. I decided to redo the bathroom to take a modern toilet. Avion had 3-1/2" of wood under that closet flange and fiberglass cover to make up for this very short toilet. I made the holding tank higher by 1" and took out all but one 3/4" board to make the modern low profile toilet the proper height. I went with the cheaper, and lighter plastic unit, with the intention of replacing it every 10 or 15 years.
67avion 08/13/16 09:56am Truck Campers
RE: Could someone help with cost estimate for TC and truck?

I believe its good advice to go with FourWheel Campers and your present truck. They are some of the best made in the industry and they'll hold up under tough conditions. I am not sure about the AC requirements on the Four Wheel, but it shouldn't be hard to check.
67avion 08/11/16 03:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

65, it is well worthwhile to get in touch with the source of this all, Cayo Repair in Watervliet, Michigan. In particular Chuck Cayo (cncayo at comcast dot net). As you probably know they were the original builders of the Avion and have deep institutional knowledge. They may also have parts that would be helpful. Chuck is open to passing along a lot of knowledge either in person or on the phone. Cayo Repiar Service, 4835 N M 140, Watervliet, Mi., 269 463 5068. If you go back in this string, you'll see my Wave heater install, water heater installation, propane, gray water and water tank. If you can't find them PM me and I'll see if I can track them down.
67avion 08/11/16 02:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Outstanding looking rig! Looks like a lot of polishing has happened. It's a great look if it can be maintained. BTW I have OEM stove and Fridge if you want. They are free. Welcome onboard as an Fully credited Avionista.
67avion 08/10/16 05:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Airbags- built in air compressor or manual fill?

I have air bags installed along with Torklift Stable Loads. The airbags, which I installed first, were not doing the job I wanted ... my F350 would decide to hunt this way and that. I had white knuckles most of the time. When I put on the Torklft Stable Loads all that changed. But, my truck is used to transport materials to construction sites. I find that I can adjust the airbags for heavier loads, or release the Torklift for easier ride. Or a combination. I like being able to quickly adjust the pressure in the airbags. So, I would suggest that you get an onboard compressor. However, you might try the Stable Loads first to see if they help.
67avion 08/05/16 12:52pm Truck Campers
RE: 5,000 miles and three weeks of TC'ing it.

Ok, you got me with the Stormy Kromer museum. I have three Stormy hats to face the cold winter winds - without bills that the wind could rip the hat away. As you know Stormy was a baseball player who later worked for the railroad. He converted the baseball cap into a hat that the wind on the railroad could not unseat. Who knew that they'd build a museum to him. But, then, they were far wiser than our generation has become. Stormy solved a real problem and he wasn't one of the designated elites.
67avion 08/03/16 08:48pm Truck Campers
RE: TR Ironbutt Cannonball run: Grand Teton NP

Thanks for taking us along, and imparting good information at that!
67avion 08/01/16 03:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Fruit Storage in a TC

Often we use a cooler. Recently we packed our raspberries, blueberries and other fruit in the fridge in store bought plastic containers. When we opened the door to the fridge that night we had raspberry juice running all over. They had liquified during the ride. The rest of the fruit was OK. First time I remember that happening. But, we packed the next fruit more carefully and no more mishaps during the trip.
67avion 08/01/16 11:04am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Joerg, you've taken on a challenge that is beyond what most of us have experienced. You not only want to restore an Avion, but ship it to Europe. I believe you can do it all. I'll try to answer some of your questions, but the Forum crowd will have to help. "At the moment i have no idea where to store the gas bottles." Here is an image from the original storage on the rear drivers side of the coach. Is this the sort of information that you need? If so, I'll try to find other answers for you and send along pictures. http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/tanks1_zpssoknnnmd.jpg
67avion 07/31/16 01:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Interesting he thought the Avion was too heavy for the Sprinter, as they have large Lance Truck Campers on Sprinters here. IVECO with it's 7tonne GVWR and 23,000lb GCVWR has no problems. How much does the Avion weigh? Your Pickup I thought would have less carrying capacity than the Sprinter? Robert I actually don't know all of the Sprinter models. We drove the Tonke on a diesel Sprinter in Europe, and felt it was somewhat underpowered. At any rate, that was the explanation that I was given about the Avion + Sprinter. D1Trout, I think that a vinyl wrap is worth looking into. I keep fantasizing about the "Razzle Dazzle" camouflage on ships during WWl as a model that I'd like to replicate. We've had this discussion before. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
67avion 07/22/16 04:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

I'm not sure if its still there, but Chuck Cayo had the original Avion test vehicle for sale in Michigan. As I recall, it was used by Ford to determine the abilities of its trucks to carry campers. It might be best to check with Chuck. He certainly knows Avion/Cayo, and he had a few for sale last Fall. cncayo AT comcast dot net http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/cayo_zpscfplwxfq.jpg
67avion 07/14/16 12:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

I think you will be just fine with your truck. Maybe it would be best to take regional roads at relatively low speed. I don't even want to talk about some of the loads I've carried in various trucks....sometimes with the lights not working properly....whatever. We always made it home with a smile on our face. However, at the First Worldwide Avionista Gathering we hope it's really well put together with tie downs, Etc, But, we won't turn you away if you come in with tow straps over the coach. Be sure and bring adult beverages ;-)
67avion 07/12/16 07:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Ticki2, you are a real treasure on this Forum. We are all better informed, carefully guided and the beneficiaries of your generous knowledge. Thanks.
67avion 07/11/16 09:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Stand by, I'll try to get the measurements tomorrow if one of our Forum members doesn't beat me to it. Welcome aboard to the Forum and I extend yet another invitation the the First Worldwide Avionista Gathering over Halloween.
67avion 07/11/16 08:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Joerg, welcome aboard. You're officially invited to the First Worldwide Avionista Gathering in Florida this coming Halloween. We plan to have at least two Avions there ;-). On another note, I was in touch with Maarten van Soest at Tonke Campers in Holland. He was also interested in importing Avions into Europe. He decided that the Avion was too heavy for the Mercedes Sprinter and decided against the idea. However, he too was inspired by the look of the Airstream and the similarity to the Avion truck camper. Last year my wife and I were in Kansas where we ran across a fellow that rebuilds mostly Airstreams. But he also had Avion TT's and Avion truck campers. He was selling all of the above to a group of Australians who were importing them to their country. I am aware that EU regs can be quite difficult to follow in regards the use of gas, propane and other issues. The heater in the Tonke that I traveled in Europe last year was a Truma, which is German made I think. Most of the appliances were Dometic. Finally, I have seen at least one Avion C-10 at a German Airstream rally several years ago. I remember, because I styled my back up light after their mod. Members of this Forum can also spot good Avion TCs. I saw one last week in Texas that was totally original. Someone here posted it. Best of luck and read as much of the string as you can handle. its very long. Here is a shorter article about our rebuild click
67avion 07/11/16 02:03pm Truck Campers
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