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RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Good advice 67avion , just one thing . The 68 and up Avions had vinyl coated aluminum interior panels , not painted like the early ones . While you still can paint them , if they are not damaged you can wash them .
ticki2 01/17/17 08:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Super truss plus weight distributing hitch anti sway

I have pulled a 6000# TT with and without an old style Reese Dual Cam WD hitch for years . The Dual Cam is a bit more than simple sway control . It puts more pressure on the outside when going around a curve , similar to a sway bar . From my experience it's worth it . With this system , and there are others , the truck with TT handles as good or better than the truck alone . With WD every manufacturer rates their hitch extension higher than without , there must be a reason . I don't care much for the separate friction bars . There friction adjustment can change with the weather , rain , snow , sun , either giving you too much or too little control . My 2 cents , take it for what it's worth .
ticki2 01/12/17 09:19am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

For rivets and tools try some local Aviation supply for small planes , they should have most of what you need . In the US , Vintage Trailer Supply carries those items . Before opening up any of the shell seams I would suspect it is more likely to be the protrusions , roof vents , stove hood vent , refrigerator vent and windows . Another place to look if the floor is soaked is the exterior aluminum angle that runs around the bottom of the floor . I found that it is put on with aluminum nails that look like rivets and they come loose leaving a good water access . For sealant I like Trempro 635
ticki2 01/10/17 07:23am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

My Camper has the number on the Corner and it says "Virginia Unit" What does that mean? Most likely it meant that a previous owner was a member of the Virginia Unit of the Avion Travelcade Club, which was the national Avion owners club back when the silver Avions were still being made .
ticki2 01/08/17 11:59am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

1968C11 Looks decent in the photo , good luck . your signature line says 1986 Avion , must be a typo :)
ticki2 01/07/17 06:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Just on the off chance any of you have replaced roof vents and still have the originals I'm looking for the snap in screens for a project. Actually I just need the frames ( 2 ) . Thanks
ticki2 01/07/17 05:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Best Truck Campers for Winter Camping

We love our AF 990 we have camped in -30 weather with full water without any problems. It would be helpful if you could expand on that a little more , -30 is pretty darn cold . Is -30 F or C ?
ticki2 01/04/17 06:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Heated Floors

In my little van, 300 watts heats the place nicely in about 5 minutes, even tho I have no insulation. The new van is bigger, but will have foamboard under the floor. Undecided about insulating the rest. I normally stick to warm weather. From what outside temp to what inside temp ?
ticki2 01/03/17 08:23am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d92/garryk6/IMG_2710_zpsgnd4j5s6.jpg width=640 That has to be the ultimate plow truck . If the storm gets too big just pull over , hoop in the back ,and wait it out for a few days . I only plowed with the camper on once , I sure got some looks .:)
ticki2 01/02/17 06:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

You may just have the first TCTH ( truck camper / toy hauler ):B
ticki2 01/02/17 06:19pm Truck Campers
RE: New AF - a few winter questions.

Well I could be wrong, it wouldn't be the first time , but it sure looks like a Montana plate at the bottom , which would make it the grill we are looking at . Or it could be a Ram where the grill is part of the hood , not the best picture .
ticki2 01/01/17 04:12pm Truck Campers
RE: New AF - a few winter questions.

That is some good info bb_94401...where would somebody find one like what you have? Do you take it off in the summer?(sorry maybe a dumb question) but It would be good to have one of these either way...now I'm defiantly parking nose into the wind with one of these...thanks for sharing! GM, Ford and Dodge have winter grill covers as an accessory for their diesels , they do not go over the hood as per the picture , that is probably aftermarket . No reason they would not also work with a gas engine . They use to come with diesels sold in cold climates . I use mine all winter and find it brings the engine up to temperature much faster and adds 1 to 2mpg on winter fuel . Concerning engine freeze up in driving snow you can also plug in the block heater if you have shore power .
ticki2 01/01/17 12:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Outfitter Apex 8 Winter (Freezing) Camping

There's the quote of the day. You bet!!! I'm looking at cheap motels in the area as an alternative to bringing the camper. Bring the camper , you may have mild winter weather . Get a motel for a night or two , if needed , to give yourself a break . Maybe Oldtymeflr will advise if he did anything special to his Apex for winter .
ticki2 12/31/16 03:40pm Truck Campers
RE: New AF - a few winter questions.

Look up boat stoves for wood or pellets . The pros are heat and atmosphere , the cons are fuel storage and cost .
ticki2 12/31/16 11:42am Truck Campers
RE: Outfitter Apex 8 Winter (Freezing) Camping

There are some pretty inexpensive 12v tank heaters on ebay . If you have decent charge from truck you can turn them on while driving around and at campground while plugged in . Bring a hair dryer to thaw out waste valves and connections if needed As mentioned , an electric space heater . A few gallons of RV antifreeze in case things get really nasty . The temps you mention are very doable but that time of year it could also be -20F . Most campers you can run furnace while driving . If you can turn it on an hour before you return to camp , it will be a lot more comfortable when you arrive . The furnace will heat the air fairly quickly but all the surfaces will stay cold for some time without a head start . Have a plan B Enjoy the adventure
ticki2 12/31/16 11:24am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

They are made with 4" structural channel with 1/4" plates . They add 8" of height . My flatbed is 42" high unloaded . You could go wider and shorter depending on your measurements . That said , the wider you go the more leverage you put on the angle brackets under the wing . Mine are attached with elevator bolts as original. If doing it again I would use carriage bolts with at least 1/4" backer plates above the wing .
ticki2 12/30/16 08:52am Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Here is my jack extension . If you don't need additional width you can use a simple plate , 2 holes at the top to bolt to the angle bracket on the camper and 2 at the bottom to bolt the jack . http://i679.photobucket.com/albums/vv151/ticki2/avion/Avion014.jpg width=640
ticki2 12/29/16 03:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Missed the pic
ticki2 12/29/16 03:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Hoping everyone had a good holiday and best wishes for the coming year. Hopefully very early next year I will be able to get my C10 loaded on to the truck, finalize my grey water 'tank' plumbing which will be mounted to the under carriage of the truck. Then I will have to make a decision on how to transport my 2 or 3, 2'x 4' "portable ' solar panels. In an attempt to raise the camper to facilitate sliding the panels in between the camper and the cab, I installed 2 layers of 2"x 6" X 8' boards, effectively lowering the height of the bottom of the camper. Now by my measurements, the jacks are not going to be able to raise it high enough for the truck bed. (Dodge 3500). Which brings to mind the question... How many travel with their Jacks mounted to the camper?...pros's and cons? Hope everyone has a great new year... Yeh Mon! . If your 2x6's lower the bottom of the camper I'm assuming you attached them to the camper and not the truck . Either way you need more height for the jacks . If you haven't already , take some careful measurements of the jacks fully extended to know exactly how much you need . What is the height of the truck bed unloaded ? If you need 2" or less I think you could use a spacer in the tripod tube . If it is much more you could buy or make the extension pipe the sell for the Rieco jacks . Another option is to make an extension plate for the top of the jack where it bolts to the mounting angle . I had to do this because I needed both Height and width . I get a picture a little later . Since I have an 8'-6" flatbed I have a space in front of the camper and that is where the jacks go when traveling , I like having the option .
ticki2 12/29/16 02:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion camper rebuilds - hundreds of photos

Gary my boy , you sure get around . I also went camping over TG . Some heavy wet snow , some rain , some freezing rain and lots of fog . I tried a little experiment for the condensation problem and it seemed to help considerably . On mine mot of the wet was at the bottom of the wall in back of the cushion on the dinette . The other place was below the front window of the bunk bed . For the wall I used some spray rubber cement to adhere some 1/4" x 9" sill seal to the bottom portion of the wall . This helped a lot . Then I removed the back cushion and it was even better . On the bunk I pulled out the mattress a few inches and made sure blankets and sheets were not touching the wall . I also have the 1/4" masonite spacer under the mattress . With those 3 things done I had no condensation . I am pretty convinced that allowing the warm air to get to the walls helps a great deal . Temps were 20F nights and 35F days . I am sure more would have to be done to endure the temps you did , but I was impressed that such minor changes made such a big difference .Work in progress
ticki2 12/29/16 02:31pm Truck Campers
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