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RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

I have purchased a Ford 2013 F250 4WD diesel Supercab to carry my Avion around on. I'd be interested in hearing about your experiences with various tiedowns. The '82 Ford the Avion came on had Torklifts up front and Happijac tabs bolted to the side of the bed for the rear tiedowns. I'm thinking perhaps Torklifts all around might be the most secure solution. Your thoughts? BTW, I have gone back to Plan A, wherein I rebuild the camper as an independent, slide in and out unit, without the access hatch cut into the back of the cab and the front of the camper to allow actual passage between the two units.I was just too far down the road for the major course correction that required. The dogs are just going to have to find happiness sticking their noses thru the sliding windows in the two rigs. The reattaching of the shell to the aluminum frame is proceeding slowly but in a fairly straightforward manner. Back into the swing of Avion restoration! Pics soon. Thanks Dick I have the torque lift. They are great! But if you need to buy, buy the super hitch first with the tie downs, since the standard do not interchange with the superhitch ones... Good luck! Garry
garryk6 09/12/14 11:19pm Truck Campers
RE: TC bends frame of Dually - pic

A very good friend of mine did this very thing to a 1990 Dodge Cummins ex cab longbed. He was moving to Kodiak, Ak and while driving to the ALCAN with a very heavy tandem axle haul mark, and while traveling about 70 mph, he hit one of those pesky frost heaves. It launched truck and trailer into the air. But with all that force, and the heavy trailer, it bent the truck frame in the same place just not as far. He continued to drive the truck after fixing a few minor things the remainder to Kodiak. Then used a large piece of I beam two chains and a hydraulic jack. This happens a lot on the ALCAN. Overloaded trailers, excessive speed and frost heaves or bad road conditions. Garry
garryk6 09/11/14 11:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

That advertisement should have used StableLoads. The truck rear is too low and the front too high. THat is the way those old Dodge Trucks rode. I owned a 1968 D200 Camper Special, and totally empty the truck rode level. With just a few hundred pound canopy and camping gear it would sag. But I have filled it with several thousand pounds, and it never went much lower, and hauled all that stuff and a 1800lb boat from Nor-Cal to Washington state with no problems. That little 318 wide block and the 727 auto would take you where ever you wanted to go. But the power steering by "Armstrong" and the semi-power 4 wheel drum brakes were another issue all together... Liked the styling of the 68, but the chassis was a little lacking... Garry
garryk6 09/02/14 02:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Propane heater

Our maiden voyage in 2011 with our partially renovated 1966 Avion is documented here. http://forums.woodalls.com/Index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25607121.cfm We found that one of the best and cheapest things that helped us in sub freezing weather was "reflectix" insulation. It is sort of like foil backed bubble,wrap, but it works very well when placed over windows. I also echo the others of recommending the Wave 3 cat heater. It will keep you warm and toasty down to near zero, depending on your insulation, but keep a vent cracked, and a carbon monoxide detector going if using thru the night. With some careful prep, and a little ingenuity, you can have a great time regardless of the weather conditions! :-) Good luck! Garry in Alaska
garryk6 08/24/14 12:49am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

The Avion Camper's floor is made to be setting on a firm surface. It isn't strong as a structure itself. When setting it on a flat bed or a truck bed, those beds provide additional strength. As a combined unit, they are strong. An example is that an Avion can't be lived in with it up on it's jacks. I wouldn't dare lift it up with a full fresh water tank. While I agree with your statement for a stock, unmodified Avion.... I know with mine and it's 2x4 framed and 3/4" decking would be fine on a truck chassis minus bed. The same goes for D1s. His is eliminating all wood and replacing it all with aluminum tubing. So I have learned that imperative statements, have to be reviewed to what is implied, and then evaluated. But I do agree with you for bone stock Avions, especially any that have been compromised, which is most now after this many years... Garry
garryk6 08/21/14 08:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

I will qualify my background. I worked in the auto body field from 1982 to 1985, and have continued as a hobbiest restoring antique cars and trucks since. I also was a nuclear mechanic on submarines for 23 years. We used rubber isolators on equipment to reduce vibration and noise. When using rubber body mounts there will be some movement, but if you hard mount some steel cross beams across the front and rear of the truck frame so that you can use the rubber body mounts as far to the outside of the coach as possible. Body mounts are rated in pounds they can support. You have to use the right number, and sufficiently spaced to support the intended weight. The further to the outside that you can place the mounts the less the camper coach can torque the mounts and cause misalignment to the cab. The rubber mounts will take up the minor twisting the factory Ford frame will have when in off camber situations. You may not need a soft seal between the cab and coach, if both the cab and coach are rubber mounted. All trucks have some amount of twist when going off road or in off camber conditions. On our campers, the tie downs usually provide enough give for these situations. I hope this allows you to contemplate options. You will be the one doing the job and driving it. But maybe this gives you a few more things to think about as you continue to build, No matter what you decide, keep the pics coming! I am so jealous of that aluminum frame. Some day.... Garry
garryk6 08/19/14 01:04am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Large soft Body mounts between the bolts to the frame and the camper may work best for this type of mounting system, where you want relative solid mounting to the cab, but still maintain some flex to the frame. You may want to add some large steel plates to your aluminum floor and use those to mount the rubber body mounts to the original bed mount locations... just to add a few more ideas to the mix! ;-) Garry
garryk6 08/18/14 10:18am 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. I can't comment on that particular compressor, but we absolutely love our Engle MT45! It works really well, even with our large family. Engle makes a great reliable product in my opinion, and ours is going on 2 years with not a hitch! Garry
garryk6 08/17/14 10:11am Truck Campers
Girard on-demand hot water heater?

Many of you know I have been rebuilding and modifying my 1966 Avion for several years now while using it as much as possible. I have run across a new in the box Girard on demand hot water heater. It will fit our Avion with minor modification. But I don't want to get it if it is not reliable. That said, let the comments begin! Thanks! Garry
garryk6 08/16/14 09:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Thanks Cajun! I have the added disadvantage in that i do not have a ladder to access the roof yet... So I need to address that as well. I am contemplating purchasing a tubing bender, and then buying aluminum heavy wall pipe, then build a rack and a ladder. This would then allow mounting solar. But in the next few years we will be moving to warmer country, and I am looking to add A/C, so I have to evaluate roof space, vents, A/C, solar etc before I start building my rack. I would like to have a place to store fishing rods and a cooler too, but those are only wishes.... The bigger question is what is the best way to attach a rack and ladder to the Avion? Rivets? Screws? Through bolts? Garry
garryk6 08/14/14 11:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Those are Wyocuttergirl's pics. I just fixed the pic links for her. But I am wanting a closer look at that rack too! I think something like that would work well for solar and a canoe! Garry
garryk6 08/13/14 07:52am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h214/saddleridge1/20140805_163040_zpse7a71fad.jpg http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h214/saddleridge1/20140805_174937_zpseb5d0302.jpg This is me taking the canoe off the top. http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h214/saddleridge1/20140805_180256_zps56537e52.jpg http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h214/saddleridge1/20140805_180613_zps700f7c3e.jpg Great spot!! http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h214/saddleridge1/20140806_201337_zps417a5ade.jpg Hope that fixes the pics! Garry
garryk6 08/10/14 05:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Who would have known just a few years ago there was very little about Avion campers, and now there are hundreds of pages of builds, modifications, restorations etc all available on this "little" thread! Garry
garryk6 08/09/14 03:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

69cayo, Where did you find the window seals and gaskets when you rebuilt the windows , and did they fit properly ? Especially the seals that slide into the T slot . I need these too. I really like the write up, but was a little disappointed that TC Mag didn't mention this thread... But I can imagine the reasons why. Keep up the good work Avionistas! Garry
garryk6 08/09/14 12:54pm Truck Campers
RE: My trip over the Lolo Trail

Outstanding, DJ. Pics just don't do justice to how rough and slow going it was. I know the feeling - but that makes it just about perfect. That's a great ride DJ! When we leave Alaska, I would like to take the Ford and Avion on that trail. I know what you mean about rough roads here in Alaska. I have that same BBQ and it works the best for us, as we have similar space constraints. I would recommend the same BBQ for any TC owner that wants to carry a small BBQ that is light and simple. Keep the ideas and T.R's coming! Garry
garryk6 08/01/14 12:30am Truck Campers
RE: Thoughts on the Triton V10 Engine

I currently own two 2000 V-10's and a 2002 5.4V-8. The 5.4 combined with a 6spd manual and with everything loaded up at 10,800lbs and 3.73. It gets 13-15mpg traveling around Alaskan highways, byways and gravel roads. The V-10's vary. They are in two Excursions. One has factory 3.73 gears and stock 265x75x16 tires, one has 4.30 gears and 35x12.50x16.5 tires. both auto. The one with 4.30 gears has banks headers, exhaust, and a Whipple supercharger. On the highway they both get 13-15mpg. Around town the 3.73 gets 8-9 and the 4.30 gets 8-10. But seat of the pants, the 4.30 and Whipple V-10 beats my old 05 6.0 diesel, and my old 02 7.3 diesel hands down. I have owned all these trucks, and have enjoyed them all, but the diesel maintenance and living on an island with no diesel experts, and no highways turned me off the diesels... Just my personal experience. Garry I have driven both the V10 and the 7.3 for years. What is the "Diesel Maintenance" on the 7.3? Don't get it? I change the oil once in a while and just drive it. It is one of the last non emission trouble free diesels you can get.The 7.3 is a MONSTER towing, especially low end and is MUCH better on fuel than the V10. With a few mods I run over 600 Torque on it and barely tap the skinny pedal to pull huge loads. The V10 is nice and quiet, but don't pass any gas pumps. IF the 7.3 needs work (if ever), very simple to work on. Just my experience currently owning both. Thanks for the clarification, for others information. I will caveat the diesel issue to the physical sitting of the truck. I live in Alaska, but had my 2001 CCLB Dually 4x4 7.3 psd ZF-6spd with stock 235-85-16 and 189K miles was sitting in WA state. Because my family who was watching it for me, did not like driving the "beast" it sat for three years. Ended up chasing battery drain issues, that came from the glow plug solenoids and some other minor issues. also had the cam sensor issue, but not too big a deal. And it always seemed to be cold blooded... after a trip to WA and getting it going, I traded it straight across for a 2000 Excursion V10 auto 4x4 with 110K and have had little to no problems since. It tends to sit too, but not as long, as my family is more prone to drive the gas Ex than the old diesel. If I ever move back to the lower-48, I would consider another 01 or 02 7.3 6speed 4x4 dually. The 7.3 and the 6 speed got me almost 20 mpg on long highway cruises when I kept the speed to the limit. But the oil changes are cheaper with the V-10, and I am not fighting the glow plugs any more, and so that was my experience. Living on an Island in alaska, is not for diesels, since the driving length is like less than 14 minutes, and the diesel is barely warming up, so either you have to start it early and idle forever to defrost the thing, or drive to work cold... that is why I now drive gas in Alaska. Even with the block heater, my 6.0 Ex would hardly every warm up. Just my observations, Garry
garryk6 07/30/14 01:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Thoughts on the Triton V10 Engine

I currently own two 2000 V-10's and a 2002 5.4V-8. The 5.4 combined with a 6spd manual and with everything loaded up at 10,800lbs and 3.73. It gets 13-15mpg traveling around Alaskan highways, byways and gravel roads. The V-10's vary. They are in two Excursions. One has factory 3.73 gears and stock 265x75x16 tires, one has 4.30 gears and 35x12.50x16.5 tires. both auto. The one with 4.30 gears has banks headers, exhaust, and a Whipple supercharger. On the highway they both get 13-15mpg. Around town the 3.73 gets 8-9 and the 4.30 gets 8-10. But seat of the pants, the 4.30 and Whipple V-10 beats my old 05 6.0 diesel, and my old 02 7.3 diesel hands down. I have owned all these trucks, and have enjoyed them all, but the diesel maintenance and living on an island with no diesel experts, and no highways turned me off the diesels... Just my personal experience. Garry
garryk6 07/29/14 01:23am Truck Campers
RE: Winch Bumper Recommendations?

This is my "bear deflection device" living in Kodiak Alaska!:B http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/image_zps714a0b33.jpg width=660 But back on topic, I have a Road Armor on my Excursion. I bought it bare steel to save cost, and the factory powder coating is terrible for Kodiak due to the gravel roads. So I had it bed-lined, and it is holding up very well. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/DSC09413_zps433b3e67.jpg width=660 I just can't run the RA with my western plow... Too much weight, and not enough clearance between bumper and plow... Garry
garryk6 07/29/14 12:39am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

If you have read it all, then you are pretty set with baseline e info. If you have any questions, just let us know! And again, WELCOME! Garry
garryk6 07/07/14 06:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Has the bathroom been deleted? Yes it has. From what I was told, the black water tank was cracked and the bathroom was subpar, so they removed it. With that said, you can see what we did to gain a bathroom back, but we had to save up to get the toilet, but it works really well! Garry
garryk6 07/07/14 04:53pm Truck Campers
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