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RE: Wow, people up here are asking insane prices for campers.

I have lived in Alaska for about 32 years. I found a cab over I like and I feel is a fair price. I just need to find a good deal on the mounts for my F250 crew cab short bed. I want to go with Torklift frame mounts. Seems like between the mounts and the tie downs I am around $1200+ the cost of the camper. It's hard because I could spend the same amount of money and get a 5th wheel sliding hitch and buy a 5'er with much more room. Granted, then I can't tow my toy. But I don't see being able to do that without getting an extendahitch setup with a cab over. I was fortunate to find a set on the Anchorage Craigslist for just the front mounts and the rear pieces that match up to the factory hitch for $375 that I had a friend in Anchorage pickup. I used that setup for awhile till I found a complete Super-hitch with camper tiedowns and 32" super-truss on Craigslist in Washington State for $350, where my sister picked them up and them took them to a Freight Forwarder in Seattle that ship directly to Kodiak for $150. It took time and patience, but saved alot of money from new. Hope this helps! V/R Garry
garryk6 03/09/16 05:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Wow, people up here are asking insane prices for campers.

I ended up buying my 1966 Avion in Anchorage in 2011. It was totally gutted, but exactly what I was looking for. Paid $2000 but got all tie downs and 4 brand new jacks. spent a summer working on it to get it to a point of functionality, and have continued making improvements as funds allow. Have maybe $5k in it now, but it is very usable and fun and is built for our family to function well. Might be an option if you enjoy rebuilding or restoration. Garry in Kodiak, AK
garryk6 03/04/16 11:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

I tow behind my Ford and Avion. I use the super hitch with 32" super truss extension. At the moment I have a single axle 7x9' flatbed but in the garage is my new 19' x 7.5' tandem axle flatbed. Still building it, but I will have the ability to use a weight distributing hitch and torsion bars that will help smooth out the ride when I tow the ATV's behind the avion. Garry
garryk6 02/21/16 07:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

I just had a look at the sink faucet. Pretty sure the packings on this one are serviceable but the 'spout section' is busted where the shower hose comes out. Sorry I hadn't noticed before. Does your faucet look similar? I think the spout section may actually be removable from the base on this one also. If any of it will work for you, you're welcome to it. I lived in central FL for about 3yrs, the heat never bothered me. It's those **** mosquitoes, you dont swat em off you wipe them off. My project would never have gotten started if I still had to contend with that. I hear Alaska is worse? Very few skeeters in southern UT. Blessed indeed. Just imagine a parade of classic aluminum winding it's way up the Dugway shortly before sunset. Sorry I can't help out with any OEM Avion bathroom stuff. Mine was all given when I bought mine. As for Mosquitos in Alaska, it really depends on the time of year and part of the state. Kodiak doesn't have much a problem with mosquitos. While anywhere on the mainland can get really bad. This year with the mild winter we've been having, mosquitos will probably be pretty bad this summer. Of course if you come here in the winter, there is no need to worry about mosquitos! ;-) Garry
garryk6 02/12/16 10:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Well Guys and Gals, I finally got my Excursion out of the shop, so that means I can put the camper on the truck for the first time in over 6 months... Additionally Saturday we had a break in the weather, This meant the rain and wind finally subsided long enough for a 1000lb load to the dump, and then loaded the truck before the next storm arrived Saturday night. 35-45 mph winds with gusts to 55 mph and more than an inch of rain overnight.... This is one reason, I have to plan ahead when I want to use the TC or when I need to use the Truck. I have no desire to crank up the Avion to the max extension on the Jacks to get it on and off with any wind. As it is, I have done it several times in the rain, and that is not fun either... http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/Avion%202-7-16_zpsmyinlwow.jpg width=660 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/Avion%20back%20on%202-7-16_zpsblhxwhxo.jpg width=660 We plan on using the TC this weekend for a youth outing for church. We will be going to an old remote youth camp for a service project to fix up two of the remaining cabins, for possible later use this summer, then go use the woods on the mountain behind for a great paintball battle. then back to town.. About an hour out the road system. We don;t know yet if it will be clear/rain or snow or a mix of all three.... ;-) Garry in Kodiak
garryk6 02/08/16 02:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Howdy! I thought these campers were made for traveling not just tinkering! Thanks for that reminder!!!! ?? My Excursion was in the Ford dealers shop from June 26th to January 26th getting the headers replaced. (Remember I live in Kodiak, AK). So my pickup has been the primary boat toater, kid and stuff hauler, ATV toater etc. so the camper has been sitting since last winters use. Now that the Excursion is home and we have no snow (as the F350 is also the snowplow truck), I hope to get the Avion on the truck as soon as I can seal up the front window better. On another note, many here have bought or built support trailers to tow behind their TC's. I have been working on building my latest trailer. Scrounged a tandem axle trailer frame with 3500lb axles with brakes. It was a 19' travel trailer at one point, but now is just a frame. So now it will soon be a 19' flatbed multi purpose trailer. It will be able to haul three ATV's end loaded or four side loaded. But also it will do duty for firewood, car hauling or anything else a good size utility trailer will do. I'll add a string once I get a bit further along. Garry.
garryk6 01/31/16 03:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

I am tired of fighting leaks. I have sealed it off and I still have leaks... I am open to any options. Kodiak is so wet, and most trips end up with torrential rain on the mainland, that I have even considered deleting the window. Anyway, just looking for options. Thanks! Garry
garryk6 01/28/16 08:02am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Has anyone identified a source of a replacement front window in the cabover? Thanks, Garry
garryk6 01/28/16 12:11am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Silver, I would highly recommend some manner of p-trap between the drains and the tank including the shower. You will get worse odors from a grey water tank than are in black water at times. I do not have a black tank either, and went with the Thetford recirculating toilet. I did connect the toilet drain and the grey water drain so that I can flush the toilet contents in the hose with the grey water. Keeps draining simple. It also allows me to drain my toilet to a 5 gallon buck when dry camping at BLM type campgrounds, and dump down a pit toilet. I hope this helps, Garry
garryk6 01/27/16 10:22am Truck Campers
RE: TC Forum: Senior Members

Good evening all. I have been on RV.net since 3-16-2004. I have one of the older Truck Campers still in use. 1966 I am not too old. Will turn 50 this year. I do not have the oldest truck that hauls a TC (2002) but may own one of the oldest trucks on the forum. 1932 Ford. I sincerely appreciate All the folks who have pioneered the TC life, and all who share there TC experiences here! Garry
garryk6 01/23/16 09:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Its difficult to take stills while doing alot of this stuff. This time lapse is only one portion of the 'Interior End Cap' process but it gives the general idea. Avion C11 - End Caps Ill try to make a more complete video eventually. What are the specific tools that you are using? Obviously drill, pop-rivet tool and some manner of tools for cutting and flange-ing. Are you using traditional pop-rivets? Or are you using the solid style Olympic rivets? Thanks again for the video, as it helps put a mental picture of the work necessary to do this. Thanks! Garry
garryk6 01/15/16 12:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Now on to the interior... http://i1377.photobucket.com/albums/ah69/syntheticinfinity/P1000765_zpshf4x3s9x.jpg I used poster board to create templates as suggested, worked very well. Exactly like sail making(broad-seaming). All four corners are roughly the same but I did leave the petals long and trimmed to fit after installing. http://i1377.photobucket.com/albums/ah69/syntheticinfinity/P1000764_zpsonlrwclv.jpg Thanks for the great suggestions as usual. It is always in my mind that this project would be 10x as much work if I did not have the expertise this forum provides. WOW!! That looks GREAT!! I was wondering how to deal with my closet that is missing the fiberglass shell. It was previously cut out by the PO to bang out the dented rear. What thickness aluminum did you go with? Did you just overlap the edges? Or did you flange or roll them? Thanks! Garry
garryk6 01/12/16 02:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

If you at getting rid of the gas fridge, while chuck is fixing the roof would be the perfect time to delete the fridge chimney. Removes one more spot for leaks! If I ever get a Olympic rivet shaver and rivets I plan to do that on my TC. Garry
garryk6 12/18/15 09:15am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Silver ...you are a true craftsman.... Once again...does anyone know a source for a 'metal gravity fill' fresh water fill spout...the one with the lid that flips up. :-) I have two original Avion Camper fills that are the screw on top. I would give them to you if you cover shipping. I went with a different route. Garry
garryk6 12/14/15 01:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Jack mounts are my tiedowns
garryk6 12/13/15 12:46am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

For those that don't remember, this is what the C10 looked like early in the build, and we actually used it this way on it's maiden voyage over Thanksgiving 2011, in not only sub-freezing, but sub-zero weather. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/66Avionemptystorage.jpg width=660 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/66Avionlookingaft.jpg width=660 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/1966%20Avion%20Camper%20remodel/DSC06672.jpg width=660 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/1966%20Avion%20Camper%20remodel/DSC06673.jpg width=660 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/1966%20Avion%20Camper%20remodel/DSC06675.jpg width=660 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/1966%20Avion%20Camper%20remodel/DSC06690.jpg width=660 And this is after redoing the doors, and danish-oiling all the new wood to somewhat match the old. You will also notice a different stove and a different cooler and metal counters vice wood. We used the camper for several years as we built and changed to suit our needs. It is still not "done" but it is very functional, and we will continue to make improvements as time goes on. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/3938BB60-4866-456B-9451-29E4B17B7727-30020-0000346CB68ADDA7_zpseccd42a1.jpg width=660 The two lower doors in this pic are from a C-11, and they had particle board centers with a skin of birch inside and out. I had to cut them down is how I found out... http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/BAB62F69-B53A-46AF-BE92-CBB32BE3DE91-30020-0000346D0886DD57_zps97644eba.jpg width=660 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/4718237F-CB45-4CAD-9294-712EC8328D1E-30020-0000346CE49962C2_zpsf5fcea21.jpg width=660 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/BA1D0CAB-8FD5-46B5-8634-27EF7381FBB7-30020-0000346CCC6AEDBE_zps3f493ee8.jpg width=660 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/E06FA344-C3D9-4DF6-8CBB-35B603C0A119-30020-0000346CF4916137_zps6b0edf92.jpg width=660 I hope this helps! Garry
garryk6 12/03/15 01:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

C10 doors are plywood with a birch veneer. I used two C11 doors I bought off eBay. They worked but did not complexly match the C10 doors. My doors were not painted but we're de laminating and real ugly. I followed suite from the other guys here and reglued and clamped then sanded stained and Danish oiled the woodwork ( new and old). The sink is elevated to give just enough room for the drain piping to clear the propane box I built around the old refrigerator access door. I then Mounted a horizontal tank there. Hope this helps! Garry
garryk6 12/02/15 08:01am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

However I am reluctant to cut out the vertical upright where the original fridge was as I am wondering if it will affect the integrity of the structure.....any thoughts any one??? I don't think there is any danger of affecting the integrity of the structure. The monococque structural support is provided by the aluminum ribs and sheets. My C10 is a 1966 and was totally gutted when I bought it. It is close to original now except I swapped the fridge for a chest style Engel. And placed it where the sink was, then moved the sink to where the fridge was. You can take everything out and not affect the strength. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/5C487314-C716-4386-B0BF-E8106E7BB22D-30020-0000346CC1845B29_zps02a2d5cd.jpg width=660http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/5C487314-C716-4386-B0BF-E8106E7BB22D-30020-0000346CC1845B29_zps02a2d5cd.jpg width=660 Good luck! Garry
garryk6 12/01/15 11:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Good morning all, I have been working on my dads cabin lately, and my alternative daily driver has been in the shop since June, so I have not put the TC on my pickup so I can still launch the boat to get to the cabin and I can haul in the back of the truck. Winter is quickly approaching here in Alaska, so trying to wrap up outdoor projects..... I placed the engle cooler where the sink was to shift weight forward.. You may recall I carry a 10 ft camper on a 6 3/4 ft truck bed. I then placed a new propane box using the refrigerator door to move that weight forward. To better utilize space, I chose not to put a sink in the bathroom, and I only raised the sink enough to clear the propane box but allow allow the sink to drain. We went with the smaller Engle due to a) Price and b) size. We take a minimal approach to camping since moving to Alaska. By squeezing a family of 6 in a 10 ft 1966 Avion is considered nuts by most people, but we have chosen to make it work, to keep less money in the RV and provide a little more to allow us to take the RV off the island when possible. This year has been a bust for the feet trips due to taking the entire family to SanDiego in the spring for our oldests Marine Corps boot Camp graduation. And now we have a Christmas trip to spend one last Christmas at grandma and grandpas farm in WA before they move into a new place. So that has been my year and some of the back ground for choosing to relocate items the way we have done. Hope this helps!!! Garry
garryk6 10/12/15 09:00am Truck Campers
RE: Are Dually Extension Brackets Unsafe?

Just for grins... ;) This was me this past winter after a snow storm, trying to take the kids sledding at our local mountains. It is a gravel single track with turnouts, usually ice under the snow. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/AvionPlowing2015_zps997b3fca.jpg width=640 I pulled out more people that I care to count... Some because of the conditions, some from pure stupidity... I had the weight of the camper, skinny studded tires, a snow-plow and chains with "V" ice biters. The kids never got to go sledding, as we had to go back to town, but they had a great time making up Ford commercials, as they saw what the right set-up can do. They also kind of thought that it was all because of the Ford... I had to break it to them that it was more physics than Ford or any other make.... But it was rather fun!!! Garry
garryk6 09/29/15 05:46pm Truck Campers
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