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RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos (NOT ANYMORE!)

I tried clicking on one of the missing pictures from your post 67, and i was redirected to Photobucket. And the picture loaded there. Then I went back to RV.net, and suddenly most of the missing pics were linking up... Has anyone else tried that? Is it just that Photobucket wants you to hit their site, before letting the links work?
garryk6 07/03/17 05:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos (NOT ANYMORE!)

I am sick about this too. I've been right there with you D... I will try to find another host and I will move all my photobucket to another site. Anyone have any input or ideas?? I want to be a part of resurrecting much of this if possible. Thanks! Garry
garryk6 07/02/17 05:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Going on a Trip without the Avion... in a 41yo Truck!

well had miserable traffic today getting off the Olympic Peninsula. Then a bad accident on the 18 that shut down 18 over Tiger Summit. So redirected to Issaquah then finally on the 90. Truck getting better the more we drive it. Bad gas is getting flushed through and I was able to maintain 70-75 on the 90 all the way over Snoqualmie Pass. Will pass ads and post more later! Garry
garryk6 05/15/17 07:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Going on a Trip without the Avion... in a 41yo Truck!

well had miserable traffic today getting off the Olympic Peninsula. Then a bad accident on the 18 that shut down 18 over Tiger Summit. So redirected to Issaquah then finally on the 90. Truck getting better the more we drive it. Bad gas is getting flushed through and I was able to maintain 70-75 on the 90 all the way over Snoqualmie Pass. Will pass ads and post more later! Garry
garryk6 05/15/17 07:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Going on a Trip without the Avion... in a 41yo Truck!

Well had a short trip today. Left Ellensburg this morning and drove around 80 miles to good friends house in Grandview. Relaxed in the sunshine waxing the F100. Also when fueling up in Ellensburg that the 302 is sipping from both tanks at the same time. Will fill up tomorrow to see how bad the mileage is cruising at 70 mph. Also looked under the truck at the spare and found the 41 YO G78-15 spare that had great tread but a pad lock and deep weather cracks. Went to Les Schwab and had them cut the lock off and change the spare tire for a new one. Then they dropped the spare tire carrier because the nut was broke free of the clip on one end. So we have the spare and the bracket in the back of the canopy for now. The speedo cable is growling at low speeds that sort of quiets down at highway speeds. Well tomorrow is a long long haul. Trying to go 10 hours and end up in Ely NV. Wells NV is due to get 1-3" of snow tomorrow night so we are going to try to get past there and further south. Well hope this is entertaining for some. Take care!! Garry
garryk6 05/15/17 07:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Going on a Trip without the Avion... in a 41yo Truck!

Well had miserable traffic today getting off the Olympic Peninsula. Then a bad accident on the 18 that shut down 18 over Tiger Summit. So redirected to Issaquah then finally on the 90. Truck getting better the more we drive it. Bad gas is getting flushed through and I was able to maintain 70-75 on the 90 all the way over Snoqualmie Pass. Made it to Ellensburg WA with no issues. Truck is smoothing out the more I drive it. Will post more later! Garry
garryk6 05/14/17 10:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Going on a Trip without the Avion... in a 41yo Truck!

Made it to Washington. Got the new tires on the truck. Found the truck wasn't running too good and the steering had 90 degrees of play. Found my budy had checked one plug and it looked good so he didn't check the rest. When I checked the rest of the plugs, 3 of 8 were wet with fuel. Also found that the rag joint was toast. So 8 plugs and a set of Beldin wires and a new rag joint we are almost ready to hit the road. Will post pics later! Garry
garryk6 05/13/17 10:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Going on a Trip without the Avion... in a 41yo Truck!

More pics! http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/17571016_10212359880502077_1741393139_o_zps8zqhmokp.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/17547462_10212359879462051_1791793003_o_zpsx93cesft.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/17547370_10212359880422075_1842527728_o_zpsclu4fbos.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/17571429_10212359600775084_1689449481_o_zpsi21chdtc.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/17521936_10212359600655081_961296859_o_zpsid1yvlmu.jpg width=640 127K on the clock! Garry
garryk6 05/11/17 02:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Going on a Trip without the Avion... in a 41yo Truck!

Unusual to find an old truck that isn't just clapped. Nice find. The only fly in the ointment is the crazy smog laws in CA if registered there. The cutoff used to be 1973 and older did not need a smog inspection. I think it has moved up to cover the '76. jefe Funny thing is that the truck still has all the original smog stuff. Pump, Cat etc. Cat was plugged, so it was cut out for now as it is licensed in Alaska, and my son is Active Duty Marine, so until he gets out, there is no big deal for him. Yeah, I have yet to see the truck in person, but my buddy is a Ford fanatic, and when he looked it over, and saw the condition, he said if we could get it low enough, he would fix it up for me to drive to Cali. The guy selling had broke the new carb while trying to replace the old one instead of rebuilding then broke the filter off in the carb, so my buddy didn't hear it run or drive it before we bought it... So someone was watching out for us as it runs really good now. Garry
garryk6 05/11/17 02:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Going on a Trip without the Avion... in a 41yo Truck!

Thanks Guys! I figure that it won't be super great on mileage. I has tall rear gears at 3.00. The PO had 235-75-15 and my buddy tells me that he has to feather the clutch to get going from a flat dead stop. Factory tires were I believe F78-15 which is roughly a 205-75-15 or 215-70-15. The tires I am getting are 245-60-15 which should put me closer to the size of the original, if not a bit shorter but should greatly help take-off and give a bit wider foot print for the highway and desert where it is going to be daily driven. I've heard reports of well tuned F100's with 302/3spds or autos getting 14 to 19 mpg, while I am optimistic and hopeful the realist in me says anything over 12 will be appreciated. Thanks again all!! Anyone in Oregon, Idaho or Nevada that I may be passing? Thanks!! Garry
garryk6 05/10/17 07:10pm Truck Campers
Going on a Trip without the Avion... in a 41yo Truck!

So many of you know of our adventures here in Alaska with our 1966 Avion C-10 and our trusty 2002 F350. Friday we depart to pick up from Western Washington a 1976 F100 with a canopy and deliver it to our son and daughter-in-law in Twenty-nine Palms, CA. This 41 year-old truck was recently inspected by an old Navy buddy of mine to see if it would be a solid pickup for my 21 yo tank-mechanic in the Marine-Corps. Back track to this past fall when his wife got a good job working for the news paper as a reporter, but now with a reporter and a tank mechanic with hours the exceed most logic, a single car was going to prove challenging at best. So he called me and asked if I would start looking for truck that was old enough that he could repair and maintain, one that got relatively decent mileage, has A/C and all that for around $3000. So as I searched CL up and down the west coast from Seattle to San Diego, I found there was a large diversity in prices. In the desert country east of LA/SD there was a nice 1976 F100 302 V-8 three-speed with no A/C but fresh paint and 20" rims and rubber-band tires for $12,700. We found this one family owned truck with the son of the original owner had been garaged all its life, 302 V-8, 3 on the tree, with PS and A/C. The truck was very clean and was original down to the original hub-caps and beauty rings. The Carb was messed up, and barely running and had a few other drive-ability issues, so we settled on $2,200 and he would deliver to my buddy's house. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/17548754_10212359601175094_1745839405_o_zpsdqi0oadt.jpg width=640 This is what it looked like when it arrived. Absolutely no-rust. Have had to machine the fly-wheel and replace the clutch and pressure plate, replace the starter and battery and fix the wiring the son of the Original Owner messed up. Rebuilt the Carb, tuned up the truck, installed a canopy (I know its not a TC, but it's only an F100! ;-) ) Chased down several electrical gremlins and got all the lights, heater twin tanks etc all working. Planning on a set of tires when we arrive in Washington Saturday. So hopefully my Navy buddy has found all the gremlins and the trip will be just great, but figured I'd post with our TC family from RV.Net to see who may be along the way... Headed Sunday from the Olympic Peninsula to Ellensburg then down through Yakima to Grandview to stay with friends. Then Monday head across the river through Hermiston, OR, across the Blue's on 84 to Nampa for lunch with old friends then on to Twin Falls for the night. From Twin we head south through Jackpot into Nevada and all the way down to Las Vegas. Get a room and then up on Wednesday to the final leg over to Twenty Nine Palms, CA. Hopefully all will go nice and smooth, but if you happen to live on the route, and see a grey haired old guy in a tan Ford with a black canopy broke down, you'll know it's probably me... Thanks again! Garry (normally in Kodiak, Alaska)
garryk6 05/10/17 03:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos (NOT ANYMORE!)

Great Trip Report! I highly recommend this plan of attack for any Avion purchaser. Get your Avion "functional" and go use it for a few short trips. Then make some more improvements, then use it again and see what works well and what needs attention. Each person has different preferences and needs, so this forum has provided hundreds if not thousands of ideas and options for the Avion TC owner, but still lets each owner make there own decisions! Happy Camping!! Garry
garryk6 05/10/17 01:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report! Spring Break 2017 Kodiak Alaska Style!!

Nice trip! Beautiful scenery even if it's hard to take in while driving a truck camper down a rough, icy road while swerving for deer. Studded tires are the best, are you thinking of a set for the trailer? Does the wind blow like that all year round? We don't get enough ice when we can go camping and ATVing to warrant the trailer getting a set of studs. If anything I might get a set of chains to use as "drag chains". As for the wind.. It is a blessing and a curse. In the summer you pray for no wind to take the boat out fishing. But if going camping or ATV' ing or river fishing you want some wind to keep the bugs away. Wind is a part of island life. Winter is usually stronger up to 125mph!! Summer is typically 35mph but have seen 50mph in the summer. Pretty rare, but 35 can happen often in the summer. Garry
garryk6 03/22/17 07:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report! Spring Break 2017 Kodiak Alaska Style!!

Nice pictures, looks like fun for all. But 10.8v?!?! What did it show when everything was turned off? That sounds like really pushing it into the 'dead zone'. It rebounded to 11.9V I think I need some more aH's if I am going to overnight in the teens with the furnace going... Thoughts?
garryk6 03/22/17 02:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report! Spring Break 2017 Kodiak Alaska Style!!

Thanks for the tour Garry . Nice to see that old Avion out-n-about . Those roads sure look slick but I'm not seeing what I call frost heaves. Thanks Ticki! It was real hard to picture them without stopping, but there were some that "table-topped" 8 inches... with minimal slope up or down... I didnt drag hitches or bottom anywhere, but the Rancho's took a beating even going as slow as I was going... Garry
garryk6 03/22/17 11:40am Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report! Spring Break 2017 Kodiak Alaska Style!!

So just to follow up, Thanks for all the great comments! So Friday night it got down to the high teens, we shut off the Honda Generator at about 8:30 pm, and didn't get up till about 7:30. Had to adjust the thermostat down through the night, because even with the vent cracked the 12,000 btu Atwood was cooking us out! Some of you may remember from the Avion Thread that before this fall all we had was the 3000 BTU wave catalytic heater. This past fall I finally installed the Atwood and it has been great. We also changed out the 5 year old Walmart group 27 house battery for a Group 27 180aH battery. And with the Boon Docker smart charger, it seems to be doing well, but I had not given the battery that much of a hard test. When we went to Anchorage for Thanksgiving, the camper stayed plugged into shore power all night and we were driving around during the day. Even with temps to 6 below zero, the Atwood kept the camper very toasty, but it did go through the propane at those temps. I was having to fill up every few days. So when we got up, the furnace and Engel Fridge/freezer was still running well, and the battery indicated 10.8 V with both running. Had to bring in the generator to warm it up before it would start and stay running. Put the camper back on the generator at about 9:30 in the AM. While I was cooking breakfast the boys unloaded the bikes to enjoy the sunny but cold morning ridding the beach and trails and sliding around on all the ice! I pulled off the screen, the pink 1 inch foam board and the reflectix from one of the dinette windows to let some light in and to watch the boys, and after I thawed the window I took these pics. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3187_zps5zgqz1tf.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3165_zpswqudsjto.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3181_zpsovr901mc.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3166_zpsodbbf0uk.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3188_zpssfefo9tl.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3190_zpsgdjrniem.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3191_zpsxtrbrrfz.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3167_zpswcvkcp07.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3185_zps6qujirju.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3184_zps1lwab78y.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3183_zpsly5f21az.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3186_zpsd9vlaxvi.jpg width=640 After Breakfast and alot of bike riding the boys were cold, so had some more hot chocolate and I had some more coffee. Then we loaded up the bikes and decided to explore a little more of the Chiniak area since the Native Corporation had done some more logging and it had been over a year since we had been out this far past our favorite beach. The storms have been big this year and while it has been frigid, so we have alot of icy build up on the beach rocks that we don't normally see. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3196_zpszmyy20nc.jpg width=640 God created the Sitka Blacktail deer here on Kodiak to blend in very will with the terrain! We counted over a dozen along side the road between Friday and Saturday. The boys kept asking if it was legal to hunt this time of year. I had to keep reminding them that they had to wait till August.... ;-) http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3203_zpszamqmpdx.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3204_zpsm4tzycxg.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3205_zpsxde34ggg.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3206_zpsmzdw932n.jpg width=640 This is a more typical Kodiak Beach. This is why Kodiak is lovingly know by the locals as "The Rock". http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3198_zpsuxu9jea7.jpg width=640 As we started the long process of driving back to town, these were the road conditions... http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3208_zpsedmusru6.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3219_zpsavyt8w8s.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3223_zps6uw4vrfl.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3220_zpsrinivmge.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3354_zpsqeab69dd.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3361_zps7cbgbjho.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3356_zpsaamdll1p.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3351_zpsgfrwxrbb.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3330_zpspdaqra93.jpg width=640 Here is the sign for a 10% grade with alot of ice. I was in first gear and slow before I even started down the grade... http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3328_zpsfarulner.jpg width=640 This Guy didn't manage to stay on the road... http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3367_zpseq4f594m.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3365_zpswrv8eb4y.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3334_zpsd4zkjl50.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3362_zpsigzj3zun.jpg width=640 At the Olds River the sun had cleared the roads pretty well. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3281_zpsxshpcatp.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3282_zpsypwlhrfe.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3287_zpsxixzgjkb.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3290_zpstohbrne3.jpg width=640 By this time all the cold weather and junk food and fun as well as my slow driving on the ice and frost heaves, both boys were out cold! http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3244_zpsrbbmyd21.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3246_zpselgtsfvb.jpg width=640 And the cattle were enjoying the sun as well! http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3253_zpswseg85t8.jpg width=640 As we reached the American river, there is a large dirt parking lot that everyone parks at to take the Saltery Trail in on their ATV's. This trail is not for the faint of heart, though not difficult in the summer can be quite sportin in the winter... This is the view as I pulled of the clear main road... http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3371_zps5qocmpck.jpg width=640 And this is the view at in the parking lot. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3374_zpsyiabgnou.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3380_zps1on6rtwc.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3384_zpsgk1omgfc.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3391_zpsijih5ehv.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3395_zpsx1e4mc6l.jpg width=640 As I was leaving the lot, I managed to wake up the boys, as I decided to see if I could get the near 50 foot of rig the break loose and do a controlled slide. It was only a little slide, as the studded tires on the truck work well, but the movement got the attention of the boys! ;-) More of the scenery on the drive back. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3424_zpsrjihk8wf.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3427_zpspr4thfy4.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3417_zpsqxejqcex.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3408_zps8n5hu0o5.jpg width=640 When we arrived back at the house, I had a fair bit of icicles and here you can see the studded 19.5 tires that I have that work VERY well!! http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3437_zpssmdvp5nf.jpg width=640 I hope that you have all enjoyed! Garry
garryk6 03/21/17 12:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos (NOT ANYMORE!)

Just posted the first days worth of pics from our trip report! Trip Report! Spring Break Kodiak Alaska Style!!! GArry
garryk6 03/20/17 06:52pm Truck Campers
Trip Report! Spring Break 2017 Kodiak Alaska Style!!

Well, as I mentioned to the folks over on the Avion thread, my son has been bugging me all week that he wanted to go camping and take the ATV's out to our favorite little beach here on Kodiak Island Alaska. Problem has been weather has been 20-30F with winds 25 to 55 mph for quite some time. Well, Thursday afternoon the wind settled to a mere 15 to 25 mph with occasional gusts to 30, so it was time to attempt to load the camper on to the truck. SO said son assisted me crank up the 1966 Avion, got it loaded without incident, and then began loading the other goodies in. Then Friday afternoon I got off work a little early, fueled up, went home hooked on to the ATV trailer pulled up in front of the house and began loading ATV's, food and sundries for our overnight-er. He called his friend who came over as we were wrapping up the load-out. Got all the bikes gassed up, cinched up the torsion bars as I had been warned of lots of ice on the roads and lots of big frost heaves. Also strapped to the trailer our latest camping acquisition, a Honda EU2000i. Since I have added a forced air 12,000btu furnace, and with the weather as cold as it has been, i knew that my single group 27 180AH wet cell would be sorely tasked. Once loaded up, we began the normal one hour drive From Kodiak "city" to Roslyn Creek. This is about a 55 to 60 mile drive. I had queried a coworker that lives less than a mile from the beach how the roads were, and he said that the ice was bad and the frost heaves were worse. He was right! About half way out we stopped to let traffic by and gave me chance to snap off a few pics. http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3118_zps6jgz5clc.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3110_zpseuw8dlop.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3114_zps3n3invkc.jpg width=640 As you can see, there is ice around and some snow. I am running 19.5 studded snow tires, trailer has brakes on both axles, but just load range E trailer tires, non-studded. All the way out we were seeing deer on the road, off the road, on the beach etc. Here is one out on the beach, http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3120_zpstgpuehim.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3121_zpssjw5ubkb.jpg width=640 As we got closer to our camping area the frost heaves that were so bad that we were in second gear on the ZF-6 and doing 15-25mph gave way to solid sheets of ice... http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3137_zpsa0xaeyfw.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3135_zpsehy114xn.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3127_zpsrqnvrh1e.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3130_zpsfpbn7p6r.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3124_zpspqtc75hl.jpg width=640 Two hours later we arrived at the beach and it was absolutely beautiful!! http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3160_zpsi9oaobt9.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3157_zps9dah8frh.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3166_zpsodbbf0uk.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3179_zpsvlnowo2c.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3171_zpsc3krdnqp.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3165_zpswqudsjto.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3167_zpswcvkcp07.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3155_zpszyu4bh1z.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3151_zpsbohunhkl.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3158_zps1vh05yvu.jpg width=640 http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_3143_zpsytkbbq8z.jpg width=640 Thats all the pics for Friday Night! Next Post will have the next days!! Garry
garryk6 03/20/17 06:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos (NOT ANYMORE!)

Good morning all from chilly Kodiak Island Alaska!!! This past week was spring break and the kids have been bugging me to take them camping and to take the4wheelers out. It is still winter in Alaska and we have been having temps in the high teens to as high as 35 for the past month. But with that same high giving us clear and cold also has sent winds of 25-55 mph which ends up giving us windchills down to single digits. That all said it was 27 Thursday with sustained 15-20 winds with gusts higher that we loaded the camper on the truck. Then after lunch yesterday we hooked up the flatbed loaded the bikes and new generator loaded food and clothes and drove out to our favorite beach. Took us twice as long to get there due to glare ice glaciers from the sustained cold mixed with sunshine. Not to mention frost heaves that had we hit any harder than we did might have broken something. We basically drove the 60 miles at speeds of 15-30 and most was around 25. I am studded up on the truck but not the trailer so took it very slowly. The torsion bars and super hitch did real well to control the porpoising. We arrived at the beach to a warm camper with the furnace set at 50 the whole drive out. Came in fixed dinner brought the generator in for two hours then fired it off to charge the battery and run the lights and heater and watch a movie on a 19" tv from my sons room at home. Had dinner before the movies then about 9:30 I went out and turned off the generator and we wnt to bed. Had to turn down the thermostat as it was too warm, but the camper stayed toasty all night. Checked the battery voltage this morning and it was down to 10.8. Brought the generator in for two hours and got it warmed up while cooking breakfast. Then fired up the honest to charge the battery. Boys are out on the ATVs having a blast. Will get pics up soon. Garry
garryk6 03/18/17 01:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos (NOT ANYMORE!)

My son and daughter-in-law live in 29 Palms, and they stopped last weekend at the Salton Sea, as it has water in it for the first time in many many years. They are saying how green their spring is so far! But I fear for a record fire season down there with all the vegetation growth... Have fun! And get lots of pictures! Garry
garryk6 03/14/17 02:06pm Truck Campers
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