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RE: Opinion on these Tires and Rims

I found used 19.5 visions and 265x70 tires that were about 85%. I only had to pay $1400 which was a steal here in Alaska. That was 4 years ago, and I am still running them. They help tremendously with sway, but if you drive empty... They are rough. I have studded 16's that I run in the winter. And I have another set of tires if I am not going to use the camper for awhile, but we tend to be spur of the moment campers. So I havnt used those much, and so I usually leave the 19.5 s on. Good luck! I love knowing that I can travel all over Alaska, and not worry about having marginal tires. I have traveled hundreds of miles on Alaska gravel roads and no issues loaded at 10,600 to 11,000 lbs. Garry in Kodiak, Ak
garryk6 02/28/15 01:50am Truck Campers
RE: 1968 Travel Queen Resto Mod - 12. Waste Water

I would comment about your grey water drains. Grey water can be as stinky if not more that black water. You will want to fit in a trap somewhere. Maybe right where it enters into the tank, inside the camper. You also do not "need" a large vent. My grey water has a piece of 1/2" tygon tubing as a vent. It works well, and doesn't take up a lot of room, and is easy to route. I hope that this helps! Garry
garryk6 02/27/15 02:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Advice from F250/F350 SRM Owners with HEAVY truck campers

I have a 2002 F350 CCSB with 5.4 gas V8 6-spd manual and 4x4. Truck came new with overloads, but no sway bar. Truck would lean terrible bad with no load... Installed Helwig sway bar, Rancho RS 9000's and stable loads before I even bought my TC. I weigh in at 10,960 on average. As low as 10,600, but a high of 11,600. I used it as it was with the stock 16's, till I ran across a used set of 19.5 visions with 265-70 load range G's. Later after adding a superhitch for towing with. A 32" extension I added air bags, but just to level a bit. Usually 10 psi or less, just enough to disengage the stable loads, then I let out enough to just engage the stable loads. Everything rides very nice! I have been all over Alaska with this rig, and the two best additions were the 19.5's and the Helwig swaybar. The sway bar and Ranchos do well at controlling sway, but the 19.5s really stiffen up the ride where it feels very solid and comfortable, Since you have the 250, I would highly recommend finding the overloads and frame pads from a 350, and bolt them up and install stable loads. Then add the Helwig, and upgrade the shocks. Mount camper and weigh. Decide if 19.5's and or airbags are needed. If you have the auto in your 99, you may want to make sure it has an extra cooler, as heat kills those transmissions. I have two 2000 Excursions, and when towing , keep a close eye on trans temps... Good luck! Garry in AK
garryk6 02/26/15 11:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Yes, this is to be used on the exterior seam that is between the main body and the cabover, on the compound wrap around corner seam.
garryk6 02/25/15 08:25am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Can someone remind me of the best sealant/caulking that is silver to use on the transition from the cabover to the front bulkhead and wrap around corners? I had some, that I had ordered, but when I used it last time, it was rather thick, and didn't flow well... And now it has fallen off in a few spots, and I don't want a leak... I think my other tube had frozen, which caused it to not hold up after application... Thanks guys!!! Garry
garryk6 02/24/15 09:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Freightliner & Truck Camper

Do not pay $100K+ on something that looks neat but does not do what you need to do. For half that you can find, with a lot of looking, something like this. The crew cab is very hard to find with 300+ HP and a auto tranny. If you do not need the crew cab, auto tranny, and 300+ then plenty of trucks out there for less than $25K and 100K miles. http://i62.tinypic.com/2lkfbyh.jpg width=850 Put the TC on the back of the flat bed with storage or ATV under the front overhang. Add 8' storage boxes to the sides to fill in that area of the TC. Adding 17-20' behind the 12-13' cab so the TC would fit is what eliminated this option for me. Having the cab over section behind the cab added too much length to the vehicle to make it practical for parking in many areas. Right now, my overall truck length is just under 23' and under 25' with the TC loaded - Even with the currently largest TC produced, I will not be longer than 27' overall. If I stay with my 20' length trailer, I will be just under 50' long combined length. For us, length is not just an issue for parking but the ferry fees we pay in 10' increments when we travel. http://i.imgur.com/ulng8zkm.jpg Bedlam, Boy do we understand ferry fees in Alaska..... But having grown up in the PNW, ferries historically get you coming and going..... I get charged by the foot to get on and off Kodiak island. The ferry ride is 9 to 13 hours depending on the ferry and weather. And just for my 25' truck and camper, it is $330 each way. So for the whole family to come and go I am usually around $1,000 just to get to Homer and back... Length is a big deal.... But I do like those trucks, especially when they are 4x4! Good luck! Garry
garryk6 02/24/15 04:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford F350: Which motor?

As a former 5.8 l F250 owner, I would even consider the 5.4 l engine a huge upgrade. Really? I've pretty much written off the 5.4L as being to similar to my current 5.8L. While there are some fairly inexpensive 'deals' on 97-03' 7.3L's with less than 200K miles, I'm thinking newer and larger gas motor. I have a Golf TDI - you have to drive +5000 miles a year to have any reasonable payback on something new AND expect to pile up a few 100K miles to boot. Currently retirement is +6yrs out. The local new truck lots are stuffed full with CC-TD's, ether of the features are a 'fail' to me. I don't need+want a CrewCab and I surely don't need to pay the "TD TAX" again. (I'm already paying it on my VW Golf!) It seems that extended cab trucks are rare around where I live. It might take a while to find a decent 06-10 V10 with reasonable mileage on it. I have owned a 2001 7.3 4x4 6spd manual that got great mileage, but did not do well sitting, I owned a 2005 6.0 4x4!5apd auto, mileage hauling never got above 13. Buy for 19 empty. I own two 2000 4x4!4spd auto, and mileage has been as high empty at 14 mpg, but hauling as low at 8 mpg. I have my 10 ft Avion Camper on my 2002 5.4 2V 4x4 with 6spd manual, and have for as high as 15 hauling the TC around Alaska, but as low as 10. But the 10 was off road in 4x4 going across the Denali Highway in Alaska. That all said, I love my 5.4 coupled with the 6spd manual. I think it would do better if I had the 4.30 gears vice the 3.73's. But then my mileage may suffer a bit. I do use granny occasionally for getting going from a dead stop on a hill, but it is nice to have. If I could find a CCSB XLT with the 5.4 3V and 4x4with 6spd manual, I'd upgrade, but those are few and far between. Too bad the 6.2 isn't offered with the 6spd manual. My coworker has a 2011 with the 6.2 and the 6spd auto with 4x4 and he routinely gets 15 + empty. He doesn't have a camper, but has pulled a larger boat (28ft) and was able to still get 11mpg. I hope that this can give you some better ideas of what the gassers have to offer. I tried the diesels, and came back to the gassers. Good luck! Garry in Kodiak, Alaska
garryk6 02/22/15 11:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Just found this listing in Alaska! Here is a c-11 for $4000 OBO. c11 for sale
garryk6 02/19/15 12:13am Truck Campers
RE: So what did you do to your Truck Camper today?

Yesterday we went camper plowing off-roading.... http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/AvionPlowing2015_zps997b3fca.jpg The kids never got to sled due to pulling out all the stuck people, but with skinnies, chains and a plow with the weight of the camper, we went almost wherever we wanted till we hit about 2ft of snow... Garry in Kodiak, Ak Snow has become somewhat of an oddity on Kodiak hasn't it??? Funny, my uncle was stationed there during WWII and his pictures have up to 4' of snow. He said it was like that both years he was there. Don't know about Kodaik but here in Anchorage we are on track for a record low snowfall. Last I heard total accumulation was 19 inches with the record low being 30 inches. I can recall days in past winters getting 20 - 30 inches in one day. Yes when we lived in Anchorage I remember winters when the cross braces on the swing set out back were under the snow. Being from GA I was impressed, being from Valdez my wife was not ;-) Last winter was similar was it not? The water levels in the Kenai last summer were kind of dicey for bigger boats. My buddy never put his big Willy's in and stuck with his old Woldridge sled. Last year we had ~ 10-11 feet of snow in Anchorage. We also had snow fall in May which is extraordinarily unusual for here. The climate is going bonkers here. We have such a varied climate based on location within the state it's amazing. Like here in Anchorage right now its +34 degrees outside. My buddy stationed in Ft. Greely in Fairbanks a few hundred miles away is subject to -30 degree days. That's the reason I stayed in town for College instead of transferring to UAF in Fairbanks. I know if I woke up for class and had to trek through the campus when it was 50 below zero outside I just would have it the snooze button. That was such a beautiful day. The very next we were back in the 40's and lots of wind and rain. The snow was gone by Tuesday. This morning it is in the low forties with heavy rain. We had an inch before midnight, and we are closing on an inch since midnight... Since the kids and I had today off, we were thinking of going camping last night, but with 40-50 mph winds and heavy rain, I didn't feel like loading up the camper and going out the road camping.... Garry in very wet Kodiak...
garryk6 02/16/15 09:34am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Garry , are you replacing the crank gears with Hehr parts or aftermarket ? There are several places that sell Hehr parts . All my originals are still working . The side and front windows are not jalousie but have operating panes at the bottom . The bath is a jalousie like yours. My Crank gear operators are labled as "Phillips" brand. Is that OEM? Where have you found Hehr operators? Thanks! Garry
garryk6 02/11/15 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

How can I find the interview? Here is the link. 67Avion Interview in TX Garry
garryk6 02/11/15 10:42am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Dennis, I have a question about your C10. I saw the YouTube interview you gave about your camper. As I was watching I saw your front window again, and wanted to know if there is any type of center upright bar in there, or is it all window? I am still torn of what to do about my occasional leaky front window... Also have you found a source of a more heavy duty crank gear mechanism for the louvered windows? My side windows keep stripping the crank mechanism, and I have replace several twice with the ones I've been able to buy off ebay. Any thoughts? The rest of the C10 guys. Some of you are still rebuilding/building your campers, but if you have any ideas of what will last long term, I am definitely open for suggestions. Thanks! Garry
garryk6 02/11/15 12:14am Truck Campers
RE: So what did you do to your Truck Camper today?

Yesterday we went camper plowing off-roading.... http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/AvionPlowing2015_zps997b3fca.jpg The kids never got to sled due to pulling out all the stuck people, but with skinnies, chains and a plow with the weight of the camper, we went almost wherever we wanted till we hit about 2ft of snow... Garry in Kodiak, Ak
garryk6 02/09/15 11:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie help... TC on SRW or stick with trailer

Thanks for all the advice! Well, I've decided the dually is just not in the cards right now. Nor is buying a new or second truck, I'm going to keep mine for at least another year. We just have to decide if the smaller space of the TC is worth the travel versatility. We have a good trailer and I'd hate to give it up just to want it back soon after. That said I can think of TONS of places I'd be excited to take a camper that I just wouldn't go with our trailer. Like mentioned previously from someone in BC, if you find yourself staring at the grill of a logging truck, you are backing up! I'm becoming more comfortable with the idea of the weight being slightly over sticker ratings, my rear axle is rated to 9750lbs by Sterling so as long as I address the wheels and tires I should be ok just like everybody else :) I doubt I'll get an answer but I emailed Ford to inquire about the OEM wheel load ratings. I imagine the OEM 18" will be stronger than my ProComp wheels regardless. I suppose we will have to look at this AF860 and maybe return to the dealer to look at the 811 again and determine if the space is adequate for us as that is going to be the deciding factor. I can put a storage rack on the front hitch if we don't have the bike rack up front, and I would sell my sled deck for a small trailer to bring the big toys or more cargo if we really needed. LOL, I know what I want! But happy wife = happy life!! Haha Also, we need a 4 season camper for winter camping. That's why I keep leaning towards Arctic Fox. Pop-ups and lighter, warm weather campers are not an option. Thanks again for all the advise and suggestions. As far as the debate between TC and trailer, keep them coming, but I will be keeping my current truck. I understand your predicament. When my wife and I and 4 kids moved to Kodiak, Alaska, we left our beloved 30 ft bunkhouse TT in Washington State. We tried a couple Class C motorhomes due to the ferry costs to get off the island. Later I bought a truck similar to yours. 2002 F350 CCSB 5.4 6spd man, 4x4. We found an older (1966 Avion) camper that was gutted, and then we built it 4 seasons tough, and started using it. As we used it we changed things that we didn't like. The camper we have is a 10ft camper on the short bed. With 6 people and kids we are 1000lbs over GVW sticker weight of 9800lbs. I changed out the stock tires in the summer to 19.5 Load Range G tires and Vision rims. But for the winter I have 235x85x16 Load Range E tires. Just this weekend we were taking the kids out sledding, and went on a gravel mountain road, that we were chained up. Never got stuck. (chains only on rear) but I also have a Western 7.5 plow on the nose, so when needing a place to turn around, I plowed out a turn-around... Still, it was the beast until we hit 2+ feet of snow and had to turn around. We pulled out no less than 6 people... My recommendation, keep the trailer, as it is nice for kids and family, especially for some trips. Find a used older camper, try it out, see if you can make it work. See what you like and don't like before you lay out serious coin. You'll still have to get some tie downs, but if you "want" the camper to work, then it will. We have traveled all around Alaska summer and winter in our setup with 4 teen and preteen kids. If you want to make it work, it works. Good Luck!! http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/AvionPlowing2015_zps997b3fca.jpg width=660
garryk6 02/09/15 05:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Well what i didnt know till this AM, the teacher friend took this picture, and posted it to Facebook thanking us. Here is her post... "I'd like to say a huge "thank you" to Garry K and their kids for towing us out of the snow today!! AND plowing a path up to the Ski Chalet! AND towing out at least three other cars as well! Even with 4WD and studs, we were hopelessly stuck. Thanks for rescuing us Garry!!" http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/AvionPlowing2015_zps997b3fca.jpg
garryk6 02/09/15 10:36am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Well guys, had an adventure today in the Avion. We got 8 to 10 inches of show last night, and with the Avion still on the truck, hooked up the plow, and plowed all morning. Then the sun came out after church, so we headed out to the kids favorite place to go sledding. In order to get there, it is a 8 mile trek up a gravel road that is rarely plowed. So where the pavement ended, I plowed a bare spot, chained up the rear, and proceded in first gear, with the plow angled and hanging down 4 to 6 inches above the ground. Since several others had been trekking up, there were many ruts. We arrived at the first hill, and some teens in a Toyota pulling a tandem trailer with a snow machine were crossed up on the hill. Ended up dragging the trailer and him down to a wide spot to allow everyone else to pass. Another mile up the road there is a shaded steep section that leads up a canyon with a switchback. Ran into one my kids old school teachers who was stuck in here GMC 2500. She was studded up, but with ice and no weight she got stuck trying to make the hairpin. Ended dragging her 300 yard back down the hill to another wides spot. Then plowed out a turn around. Got turned around, and started plowing back down the road, and ran into two others coming up the single track. The F150 pulled off, and the Jeep backed off a wide spot, but got stuck. Squeezed past the F150, plowed out behind the Jeep, but couldn't pull him back since nothing to grab... So plowed around to the front, and pulled him out the front. So now I'm faced back up the mountain. The F150 follows, the others head back down. We get past the hairpin and hit the 15% grade. We chaw our way up that stretch, then around the next switchback. Had to back up once on the next turn, as the camber was sucking us towards the ditch, so we forged some fresh powder with plow all the way up as the grade was still over 8%. Got around two more corners then made it to the crest and heard a tink-tink-tink. Stopped and found a snapped crosslink. Pulled the chain, retightened with the long piece wrapped inside. The F150 wanted by, so I plowed out a turn around spot, got turned around, and let home by. I needed to get home, as it was now getting late. We had been at this for two hours... As we headed back down, along gravity to push us along, I plowed the road. Ran into another Toyota, but they unstuck themselves. Ran into a Chevy Astro Van full of high schoolers stuck a little further down the hill... Plowed them out. Worked past to the upper switchback and found a GMC 1500 crossed up with a sled in the bed. Sleds and short bed low slung GMs don't do well pushing 8-10" of snow. They got turned around and made it back down to the lower switchback. Where they let me pass, got down lower to the first hill and found a string of stuck rigs backing down. I continued to plow down, creating a decent single track road, but as we arrived at the pavement, here was a 2wd jeep with street tires stuck in no more than 2" of snow... As I plowed around him, others pulled him out. I plowed out another clear spot to pull the chains, as the other clear spot was filled with parked cars... And just after we pulled past the stuck 2wd jeep, a FWD Ford Foocus blows by me and the jeep heading up the freshly plowed road.... I imagine they stuck themselves good, but I was exhausted from pulling out stuck rigs, And plowing, so once the chains were off, we headed back into town and home. 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... We were wishing we had a camera, but no such luck. But I'm sure you can get the picture. Thanks for letting me tell the kids tale of Ford as the best truck.... But the real answer is CHAINS! And WEIGHT! And the plow helps too. ;-) Garry, Kodiak, Alaska
garryk6 02/08/15 10:55pm Truck Campers
RE: 1968 Travel Queen Resto Mod - 3. Structure and New Wood

I would be skinning the lower extremities of Queenie with that free metal.:B
garryk6 02/05/15 11:22pm Truck Campers
RE: 1968 Travel Queen Resto Mod - 12. Waste Water

Hey Dave, do you plan on using this during the winter at all? If so, I would at a minimum use the foil faced bubble wrap insulation, but better yet the foil faced blue board. You had room inside Lil Queenie. The Avion didn't have room forward where I needed to keep my weight. Hauling a10 ft camper on a 6.75 ft bed Tok some creative building to keep weight forward. Hope this helps. Garry
garryk6 02/05/15 10:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Guys I'd love a source or two and manufamanufacturer name/part numbers for both those clearance lights and tail lights on Garry's rig. The tail lights I bought off Ebay. They are standard 7" round taillights used by busses and big rigs. There are several different styles. As for the clearance lights I found on Amazon. Living on an island in Alaska, my choices locally are limited, so I do a lot of shopping on ebay and amazon. I'll look and see if I can find part numbers and manufacturers. Garry The clearance lights are 3" 15led surface mount lights by Generic part numbers 38032 and 38033 for Amber and Red. Bought from Amazon. The Taillights are 7" Bus lights. I didn't find the exact part number for mine, but I found these on Amazon Maxxima M90061R Red 7" Round Stop/Tail/Turn Bus Light. Hope this helps! Garry
garryk6 02/05/15 10:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Guys I'd love a source or two and manufamanufacturer name/part numbers for both those clearance lights and tail lights on Garry's rig. The tail lights I bought off Ebay. They are standard 7" round taillights used by busses and big rigs. There are several different styles. As for the clearance lights I found on Amazon. Living on an island in Alaska, my choices locally are limited, so I do a lot of shopping on ebay and amazon. I'll look and see if I can find part numbers and manufacturers. Garry
garryk6 02/05/15 09:47pm Truck Campers
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