Thats a really good looking C-10! I am not sure about the paint. It does give it a cleaner appearance, If I ever painted mine, I would opt for a silver near the same palette as the anodized aluminum.
Yes. I would leave 3 - 4 inches between the cab both at the back wall of the cab and between the roof and the ca over. Then fabricate a piece of thick rubber that would be bolted via a flange to the cab and bolted to the camper via a separate flange leaving enough slack such that it bulges inward to allow a large degree of misalignment without tearing or breaking. I'll try to find a pic of what I am trying to say in words....??
Most class C have not only the back wall but also part of the roof cut out maximizing the connection to the van body.
Because you have a truck, your frame will want to twist the most right at the connection to the cab and camper. A
I have looked at a few early truck style class C motor homes that only had a crawl/walk through. They used a flexible rubber boot of sorts that was bolted and flanged to the cab and the camper. This provided a flexible yet airtight seal. I would avoid connecting the can and cabover, as the cab will want to move and the cab over is fairly rigid that could cause buckling at the cab over to main body of the Avion.
I hope this helps!
The place in Kent, Washington I talked to was Pierce Aluminum. They had Clear Anodized Aluminum 5005 sheets in both .050' and .032'. I last talked to them in 2011, so the prices they gave me then wouldn't do you any good. but just for grins :W a 4'x10' sheet of .032" clear anodized 5005 Aluminum was $175 per sheet.
I hope that this helps!
Screwtape, WELCOME! When the thread started so many years ago, we neve envisioned it to be THE place to talk about all things Avion TC as well as the sister Cayo. And since Motorvators are more akin to a TC than a trailer, they at starting to arrive too.
I understand your desire to keep things clean, and if you are keeping to smooth roads, you'll be ok. But if you get off the beaten path or by many speed bumps or potholes something gives if the coach isn't solidly secured. And sheet metal and new truck bumpers have a tendency to give far to easy. After replacing other guys bumpers on newer trucks after the reused the buttons from 70s trucks due the newer bumper bending from the strain, the guys here are just trying to save you the same heartache. Good luck with your new C10. When you get a chance for more pics, if you have been reading the thread, you know how much we love our pics!??
Garry in Kodiak Alaska
Garry, I know I'm going to need some reward to keep plugging along. As soon as I get the inner skin installed, Annie and I are going to have an outing in what we've begun thinking of as our "aluminum tent", to enjoy the fruits of our labor and to imagine how we might best configure the inside. It's a process...
This is how we started too. It helps visualize how to make it work for your specific needs. We added a cabinet here and there, move a wall by a few inches decided on how to move weight were it suited our needs etc. it really helps!
For the door, I tried several styles from the hardware stores. The hollow rubber style seemed to work better than the sponge style. For the fridge vent, mine was getting blown under the lid due to driving rains while driving on the freeway, or driving rains with winds over 40 mph. Since I don't need the vent, I filled it with foam and sealed the top with aluminum tape. That will suffice till I can find the correct aluminum and rivets to take it off and seal it off permanently.
Hope this helps!
I had the TC on the truck most of the winter, and used it a few times. But took it off a month ago, as I needed the truck to do truck type hauling.
I was supposed to be taking the TC on a road trip for work to Anchorage next week, but my sons Marine Corps Boot Camp graduation got moved two weeks to land on the work trip, and then the Alaska Ferry system cancelled the ferry run that I needed to go anyway, so now I know God is in control. Top that off that I received a job promotion that has required a lot of extra attention last week and this week, and I can see why I wasn't supposed to be in San Diego this last weekend, and not gone too long with both planned trips. With now just the one trip flying to San Diego, Work should be ok for the time I'll be gone....
Hopefully we can get out and do some spring camping, as we are just getting a bit of spring weather in Kodiak...
Keep the thread going, as it keeps me wanting to get out, and get off my keister and do something!
Garry, I am surprised you found rebuilding a camper to be inexpensive!
Maybe if there was a lot there to work with...
Not cheap, but a lot less than new. To get the Avion, and then get it to a point of use, we had about $3500 into it. We now have maybe $5000 in it. It's not done, but it is very functional and useable. I am also a scrounger, so I try to find stuff to recycle. Like the counters and back splash are leftover pieces from an old cannery and the first stove was a $2 garage sale find. Even the current stove was a take out off EBay. It has character just like me ;-)
Not being familiar with your sunlite, does it have a Hot water heater? If you are not too afraid of freezing issues, install an external shower, and spend $60-100 for a shower tent that is free standing, use a wooden shower floor. If you do not have a hot water heater, the portable external hot water heaters could be plumbed in for use outside from your TCs water supply. This may not work if there are rules about not allowing water on the ground... I have a similar predicament, as my wife would appreciate the ability to shower in our TC. I hope to weld up a shower pan in aluminum plate. And add a Hotwater heater. But I need to weld up a second 14 gallon gray water tank first...
Too many projects, so we continue to either find facilities, or bird bath it between shower facilities..
That's probably the MSRP. So when the savvy buyer negotiates down the generally accepted 35% to $31,490.55, they THINK they got a good deal. But then you ask, $31.5K? Is that a good deal?
I think that's actually kind of a "low price" if you want quality of build and materials (sarcasm BTW). Anybody will tell you - you get what you pay for. Trim that falls off, stereos that fail, vinyl flooring that scuffs from the slide pads, high r-value insulation that was "stuffed" instead of "placed", cheap carpet pad and carpet that must be replaced too soon (see latest Trailer Life article on RV renovations), cold air drafts in the bedroom at the headboard - these are just some of the things such a "cheap" price will net you. (Nothing against Lance here, it's the industry).
But then I might be considered a Negative Nellie.
I have a few of the same sentiments, in that while I have purchased 2 new vehicles since I began driving in 1982, I have never paid sticker price. In 1994 it was 8% under sticker, which was 1% over deal invoice. In 2005 it was 25% under sticker which was .5% over invoice. That all to say I tend to be more fugal and cheap than some. I have bought over 30 different vehicles in that time period. 5 RVs. After first moving to Alaska, we realized we wanted to continue camping, but that we would have to reasses how. Trailers are challenge for clearance, maneuverability, and cost on the Alaska Ferry System. Motor homes are another drive train to maintain, and if not driven often, and the damp wet environment of Kodiak, combined with the afore mentioned concerns about clearance and ferry costs steered us to the TC world. I already had a used, low mile F350 CCSB 4x4 that was my daily driver, and all around work truck, the big challenge was finding a TC that would handle my family of 6, handle the rough terrain of Alaska roads, fit in a short bed truck, deal well with a damp wet climate and still fit in a budget... Buying a well built 1960s TC and rebuilding it to suit our needs has been the solution. I know that this is not for everyone, but my family, while now down by one as he is in Marine Corps Boot Camp right now, by building a rather inexpensive TC from our 1966 shell, allowed us no loans, no payments, and a functional TC and money still allowing us to take the kids camping all around Alaska while they are still home, making memories. I see our younger generation not as wiling to tackle projects themselves, and save considerable cash, while learning things, doing the work with the kids teaching them, than being able to get out camping on a budget and still live the dream of living in Alaska to boot!
Sorry for the long post, just the drabbleings of a gray haired ole dad who enjoys tinkerin' and not spendin' tons of cash...