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RE: My First Truck Camper...HELP!!!

Isn't Caribou still in business ? If they are send them an email with a few pictures I'm sure they would be able to identify the model and year. And that Stable Lift is a great system I have one on my Avion. Call Stable Lift they can sell you the under mounts for your truck.
rfuerst911sc 07/18/14 03:54am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for a "soft" rubber truck bed mat

What " movement " are you trying to stop/control ? Lets face it all truck campers will move a little they should not be tied down so tight to stop all movement. Doing so in my opinion would cause damage to the truck campers framework. A rubber mat like a horse stall mat will help absorb some shock to the camper and also help hold it a little from sliding backwards but really that's what the tie downs are for.
rfuerst911sc 06/29/14 05:51am Truck Campers
RE: back up camera questions

For those of you that have installed wireless cameras can you tell me what brand/model you chose ?
rfuerst911sc 06/28/14 03:49pm Truck Campers
back up camera questions

I'm doing a restoration of a vintage truck camper. I'm at the point of replacing the rear running lights with LED's. I want to add a back up camera. I believe I have two options. One is add a back up camera to the camper and power it by the center running light. Obviously this would be a dedicated camera as it would be hard mounted to the camper. Good viewing angle being installed up high. Second option is to use a license plate back up camera. This has merit because I can use on the truck or the camper. I would have a power pigtail on the truck and the camper with a slip connector. So two license plates screws and a slip in power and done. Viewing angle obviously is much lower but the convenience of being able to use on both vehicles is a plus. In either case I'm going to use wireless. So what do you guys/gals think ? If I go with the camper mount I need to run the pigtail when I replace the lights. I'm probably a year plus away from having the rig complete but I'll be replacing the lights in the next two weeks. Any advice is appreciated.
rfuerst911sc 06/26/14 05:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

What will you do with the mattress when the bed extension is in the " up " position ?
rfuerst911sc 06/11/14 03:59pm Truck Campers
RE: WFCO waterpump

Looks like Shurflo is the way to go thanks !
rfuerst911sc 06/02/14 08:52am Tech Issues
WFCO waterpump

As part of my RV rebuild I'm going to replace the waterpump. Came across an ad for a WFCO waterpump on sale for $46.99. Supposedly flows 3 gal. a minute at 40 psi anyone familiar with these ? Ad says it is a four chamber pump, self priming with 7.0 amp draw. The pump will be supplying a kitchen faucet, a bath faucet and a bath shower valve. It will be installed about a foot away from the freshwater tank and will have to pump aprox. 15 ' to the bath.
rfuerst911sc 06/02/14 08:09am Tech Issues
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Doesn't the spray on foam insulation also add strength to the structure ?
rfuerst911sc 05/26/14 04:22am Truck Campers
RE: How do you like your Stable-Lift?

I have yet to use my Stable Lift for camping as I am still restoring my C11 Avion camper. When I went to purchase the camper it had three OEM type manual jacks. My truck is a GMC one ton dually 4 x 4 diesel so the truck bed is quite high off the ground. The camper jacks fully extended would NOT lift the camper high enough to get it into the truck. My truck has stock suspension and tires so stock height. With the jacks fully extended and with 40 lbs. of air removed from the four rear tires we were able to get it into the truck. It wobbled so much I was scared we were going to lose the rig just loading it. Right then and there I made up my mind that there had to be a better way. I was VERY LUCKY and found a used Stable Lift meant for a dually for the crazy price of $400.00 !!! It is the best purchase made to date. Installed it myself it works great. Lifts plenty high to get into my truck bed and solid as a rock. Yes it looks like you ran over a swingset but that doesn't bother me at all. What does bother me is my camper potentially falling over onto me, my wife or family members ! this Avion will probably be the last truck camper I own but if I were to get another one it WILL have a SL on it.
rfuerst911sc 05/23/14 10:00am Truck Campers
RE: Campers under $10K

For a camper you are just going to have to look at what is available used in your area. Just a few general comments, if you go look at a camper and the weeds/grass are 3 ' tall under the camper it may not have been taken care of. If it's sitting under a carport or in a garage/barn there's a chance it has been taken care of. I don't care what brand you buy they ALL have the potential to leak, they just move around to much to not possibly leak. A good inspection is key........inside and out ! Also try to judge if the seller is honest or not this is a tough one but your gut will probably send out warning signals if it just doesn't feel right. Being a Stable Lift owner I am biased but for my Avion C11 restoration it is the best solution and I will never get rid of it. Good luck in your search.
rfuerst911sc 05/23/14 03:19am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

The bustle and overhang are supported by the upper part of the coach. I have seen a number of Avions where the overhang has dented the side of the camper by sagging. So, its quite possible to overload the structural support of the upper ribs and skin. The engineers did not take account of a gray water tank and its weight. So, I'd stay as close as possible to the original weight...especially live weight. I get that the rear overhang/bustle are supported from above. However if I extend boards and/or aluminum channel under the bottom floor ( truck bed side ) from the front all the way to the back in one piece that has to ad some strength. I agree placing the grey water tank as far forward is a good idea, however the factory placed the black tank as far back as it could go so go figure ? I picked up the two tanks today, as I stated they were too cheap to pass up at $50.00 for the pair ! Rough dimension place them at 20-22 gallons each. I might even try to use the fuel gauge sending units to measure how full the tank/s are.
rfuerst911sc 05/11/14 04:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Im having trouble finding it now, but somewhere in this thread somebody was talking about replacing the fridge with some new kind or type of fridge. Seemed like a new technology type or something. It seemed like it was Garry who mentioned it. Does anyone remember that? Seemed like they said they were really pleased with it. There are basically two types of RV fridges. The tried and true 2/3 way which run on LP/110/12V these have been around forever. The advantage of these is you can run them on LP when you are camping where there is no 110 volt to hook to. They are fairly miserly on LP. When working well they are fairly efficient and most shops know how to work on them. Recently ( past 10 years ? ) the 12 volt compressor fridge has hit the scene. The major players Dometic/Norcold make them along with many other brands. The advantage to these is they cool much quicker and generally run like the fridge in your home. If you are the type to camp away from traditional campgrounds with a compressor fridge you will need a healthy battery bank and a way to charge them ( solar, generator ). Plenty of info on the net on both types.
rfuerst911sc 05/11/14 04:30am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Weight of the tanks when full is definately a valid concern and is part of the decision process. I'd like to extend the boards currently under the floor bottom into the rear section. Might even place aluminum C channel over the boards for additional strength. So there would be say 4-5 boards aprox. 15 ' long x 3.5 " wide by 1.5 " tall running from the front of the camper floor all the way to the rear in one piece. Those would be glued/screwed to the existing floor. Then C channel aluminum if I can find the correct size would slip over the wood and be screwed to the sides of the wood greatly increasing its strength without adding too much weight. The wood can be sized to fit the aluminum. It's just a picture in my head at the moment. Another idea is get rid of the wood slats and go with aluminum boxed channel, that could be screwed directly onto the bottom of the existing floor also.
rfuerst911sc 05/10/14 09:57am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

My plan is to build a flatter floor but not a flat floor, it has to raise up at least as high as the sidewall of the shower base. I've already torn out the existing monstrosity that was the toilet base but if I remember correctly it was about 8 " high. I think I can cut that down to maybe 4 " high which would then allow a taller toilet. I am not considering a cassette toilet so I have to have a black tank. Another idea may be to join the two tanks together and have a total capacity of aprox. 42-44 gallons they would just have to be welded end to end. I have some options right now just in the planning stages. And yes I've considered extending the rear cover to provide more clearance. Thanks guys.
rfuerst911sc 05/10/14 04:34am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Guys I will soon be dropping the rear cover so I can access the rotted wood in the rear floor section. As I peak into the side opening cover I see the existing holding tank which looks like previous owners have cobbled some leak repairs. I believe the factory black tank is difficult to repair and from the initial peek through the cover this one might be toast. The original tank has a raised section that the toilet mounts to, is there any problem if I replace the tank with a rectangular tank and have the waste pipe dump into the side of the tank ? Or should I have it dump into the top of the tank ? If I go that route I won't have to rebuild such a high raised platform for the toilet to sit on, that would allow a toilet that is taller. I have found some used aluminum tanks locally that are 39 " long x 15 " wide by 8 " high that will fit under the rear cover. That's about 22 gallons which will just be black water. I think I can get two of them in there and have 22 gallons each for black and grey. Am I crazy or is this doable ? The tanks I found are dirt cheap so easily worth trying.
rfuerst911sc 05/09/14 02:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

D1trout what types of fittings/clamps are you using with that polyester reinforced tubing ?
rfuerst911sc 03/24/14 04:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Saw this tonight I know nothing about it. http://atlanta.craigslist.org/sat/rvs/4382447534.html
rfuerst911sc 03/19/14 06:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Hey guys I'm contemplating what I want to do for a grey water tank for my C11. I think I'm going to keep the black tank as is and plumb the shower, bath sink and kitchen sink into a grey tank. One way to go is purchase a tank that will fit the space. Another would be have a custom tank made by a local fabricator. A third option might be making a tank out of PVC pipes. I'm thinking of linking together side by side 4 " or 6 " PVC pipes each being 6 - 7 ' long how crazy is this idea ? I'm thinking of drilling each pipe with three holes maybe 1.5 " in diameter on the sides of each pipe. Use PVC glue or epoxy or ? to glue in nipples to connect one pipe to another. So lets say three pipes side by side could flow into each other, one of them would have the drain valve. The inlets could be one, two or three individual inlet pipes. Am I crazy to consider this ? If I could get 20 gallons of capacity I'd be happy. You guys know the rear area in a C10/C11 is pretty snug to work/install a second tank that's why I'm thinking of pipes. Thoughts ?
rfuerst911sc 03/16/14 03:05am Truck Campers
RE: I think this exceeds DOT specs on his truck

Put a 4 cylinder turbo diesel in it that would make a fun rig.
rfuerst911sc 02/28/14 03:42am Truck Campers
RE: Heat strip in Polar Cub?

Don't you want heat down at floor level so it rises ? Seems to me heat at roof level is borderline useless but I have no personal experience that's why I ask.
rfuerst911sc 02/16/14 03:29am Truck Campers
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