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RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

D1, I tried to send you a message - I guess it didn't get through. We hope to leave Illinois on the 15th of April and get in Terlingua, Texas, on the 17th or 18th. In the meantime I'm starting work on the cab over next week. I'll write it up with photos. Spoiler alert! I couldn't get the Coosa board for less than the ransom for the Ayatollah Khomeini. Not only is it expensive but the freight charges are almost more than the board. So.....hold on.....it's marine plywood. If anyone is interested in hanging out with the Avionistas, send a note to one of us - probably Rastaman - and find out where we'll be for the caravan to Muley Point after Terlingua.
67avion 02/29/20 04:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Its time to make some decisions about the meet up. What dates do you all think make sense? Last part of March? April? Lets do this.
67avion 02/17/20 06:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

I’ll have a better idea when we return to the US next week, but agree that April is best. We’ve been out there in March as well, and that can be great weather. I’m thinking about Muley Point and either time is good. I’m hoping that Cajunavion joins us and cooks one night. D1 what’s your favorite camp food? Also, Rasta, we’ll bring along some baby bourbon from Southern Illinois.
67avion 01/25/20 03:42am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

I’m traveling in N Africa with my wife, daughter and son in law. I like the food but I was thinking about chili in Terlingua. Specifically fireball chili that was part of the cook off. If my fellow Avionistas are agreeable, after Jerk Chicken from Rastaman, I’ll cook chili. Karl Bock, also known as Chef Mojo: Here ya go. This is the basic recipe. There’s quite a bit of improvisation involved in getting it to your personal tastes. This recipe will give you a fairly spicy pot of chili. Don’t be afraid to experiment. 4 lbs. of coarse (chili) ground chuck 2 medium sweet onions, chopped 6 cloves garlic, chopped 6 heaping Tb. ancho chili powder 6 heaping Tb. chipotle chili powder 6 heaping Tb. cumin powder 3 Tb. fresh ground black pepper 2 Tb. dried thyme leaf 2 Tb. dried oregano 2 26 oz. containers of Swanson Beef Stock (NOT broth. Stock.) 2 12 oz. cans or bottles of good lager beer. Salt to taste Place the chuck, onions and garlic into a large pot and turn the heat on to medium high. Get the beef rendering and browning, breaking it up as it cooks. Do not drain the fat. Trust me on this. When most of the beef liquid is cooked out, add all the spices and herbs and stir it in. Let it cook some in the fat, but be careful not to scorch the mix. Add the stock and beer, scraping the bottom of the pot. Bring to a boil and set to simmer. At this point, you have a choice to make: How “wet” do you want the chili to be? By this, I mean how much fat do you leave in? Remember fat = flavor. You may skim after some simmering time, but I leave it in. As the liquid reduces, it becomes easier to emulsify the fat into the liquid by stirring. Simmer slowly for at least 4 hours, adding more water or beer if it gets to thick for your tastes. Also, there’s no beans in this recipe. This is old school Texas Red. No tomatoes, either. Yesterday I did it with beans. I added 2 drained cans of Goya brand pinto beans in the last hour or so of cooking.
67avion 01/02/20 09:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Merry Christmas! 2020 is our year!
67avion 12/26/19 07:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Well Rasta, seeing that you’re towing people may ask for a discount.
67avion 12/15/19 10:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Cajunavion, you are absolutely correct. Perhaps we need to appoint a spokesperson who can make an announcement whenever crowds appear, as they inevitably will. If we don't get a firm structure in place I can imagine a mass melt down at Muley Point....like the Day of the Locust.
67avion 12/15/19 10:56am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

That’s what I like! Long range planning!
67avion 12/10/19 09:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

We were in Big Bend after a stay in Marfa several years ago. It was around Thanksgiving. Made a TR as the snow flew at Cottonwood Campground along the Rio Grande. This venture will be epic. From Carbondelay (©) Illinois to La Rasta Terlingua to Muley Point. Not for the faint of heart!
67avion 12/08/19 12:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Rasta, well said. I went looking for Cajunavion last week in NOLA. Lets hope they show up in Terlingua. Meanwhile my cabover looks like it might take until next Spring - just in time for Muley Point. D
67avion 12/05/19 05:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Thanks for the information. I’ll look at your post. Right now we are hunkered down for very cold weather. If we had a few more days of relatively warm weather we could finish the Avion as well as our landscape. It it looks like they will both have to wait.
67avion 11/10/19 02:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Well, Dick, I'd like that moulding. It should be a great help. We're cogitating over this and hope to make our move before the winter storms.
67avion 10/23/19 07:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

OK, D1 we've consulted and your suggestions are the best. We plan to use 3/4" Coosa board sandwiched with thin foam and 3/8" plywood to fit the Channel that surrounds the interior cabover. We hope to shape the sandwich so that it slides into the edges. The channel will be filled with epoxy. We also want to make the floor one piece which may raise some issues as to how to handle it inside the coach not to mention how to get it past the upraised metal that had supported the frontispiece. There are also 2 triangular pieces on either side that have to be navigated. One of which had supported a fan. We will remove both of them. The "wrap around" that was on the front of the boards facing the back of the cabin was saved and we should get that back on. it will cover up the work that we did in the bending etc. Do you recommend epoxy on the floor? In dealing with the West Marine epoxy how much will we need and how much time will we have to fit in the Coosa board and the rest of the sandwich? And....fasten from below? https://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/cab%20over_zpsnkkbn6jn.jpg We will drill through the exterior channel from below to gain support from the frame. The old screws will be replaced in their original screw holes after we have caulked. https://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/exterior%20screws_zpsa3wnhpmf.jpg I'm looking for a supplier of Coosa Board in the St. Louis or Indianapolis area (or maybe Nashville) as well as West Marine epoxy.
67avion 10/22/19 11:47am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Let me get back on this after I think about it for awhile. Thanks!
67avion 10/12/19 07:23am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Dick, that sounds interesting though I tend to shy away from too much epoxy bonding - worrying about the day I might have to take it apart again. But, please do tell me your ideas. Here are some small issues: 1) Build a proper platform to fit under the cab over that allows for the weight of workmen during the construction. It should also keep the base of the cab over as close as possible to the tolerances of space in the completed floor. 2. Determine how to anchor the edges with the greatest strength. Clearly Avion cared about that with their monster chunks of wood. 3. How did the idea of drilling from above work? Was the top lowered down without the skin - fastened on the edge - and then the skin was riveted? I can't do that. 4. Now that I have the bottom of the cab over open what should I do in terms of caulk and sealant? TremPro Polyurethane. Parbond? 5. What are the weight considerations - and constraints? How heavy is too heavy since that limits my material choices - as Dick has indicated. That's enough for now. We have set aside the construction after spending the day joyfully tearing everything apart. Even Hula the Wonder Dog won't jump inside at this point. It'll be next week before we take it up again. Onward!
67avion 10/10/19 04:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

I'm posting these for Rasta. I sure hope that they work. This is from his construction of an Avion C10 (I think) https://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/rasta2_zpsmptlzir8.jpg https://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/rasta3_zpsovias4ys.jpg https://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/rasta1_zpsfdijnkgp.jpg
67avion 10/10/19 03:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Rasta thanks so much. I think I get it, but I cant make out the photos you sent by text. Get in touch with the Mod - Bedlam. He seems to be able to explain the picture posting business.
67avion 10/10/19 02:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Looks like we're having a teachable moment. There are things I didnt know about the cabover: screws coming from inside the walls to secure wood directly beneath the top of the cabover. https://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/cabover6_zpsbszol21n.jpg The fact that the wood directly below the walls is sawn at an angle to fit below the edges of the wall. The wood appears to be 1 1/4" https://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/CABOVER%209_zpsysgnx781.jpg We removed all of the screws from the bottom of the cabover and carefully packed them away. I noted that they were all SS. https://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/cabover7_zpsorzoxmbg.jpg So, we are trying to make sense out of all this. I plan to put a support below the cabover that will hold the aluminum skin taut. It will probably have large timbers running horizontal and 3/4" plywood sheet. (We have to crawl out onto the cabover to make the repairs). We will try to replicate the sandwich with the insulation. Then we have to reattach the sandwich to the walls. The problem is that we have to cut the screws off. We are thinking about using fiberglass to secure L brackets to the wood sandwich to secure from above. Anyone have any ideas?
67avion 10/10/19 12:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

I'm trying to get this image to the correct size and I've notified the Mod. This is a view of the sandwich of foam and plywood in the cabover. We cut out sections of the plywood in order to remove the material. The problem, of course, is how to put it all back together. http://s739.photobucket.com/user/dgorton/media/IMG_0060_zpst0x88ibi.jpg.html https://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/IMG_0060_zpst0x88ibi.jpg width=640
67avion 10/10/19 10:20am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

OK. We're back in the weeds here. We're tearing out the floor of the cabover. It had developed extensive rot around the perimeter and Sweet Jane was getting bothered by the wetness and smells. Luckily we traveled in mostly dry weather. But, our recent Rocky Mountain trip got us submerged in Kansas with torrential rains. But, here is the weird part. I was absolutely sure that we had torn the plywood out in the renovation. Nope. We covered it with a 3/8" piece of plywood. So, now I don't know how to repair it. Clearly the 3/4" piece of plywood has to slide under the wall. So, I'm wondering if anyone else has done this in place - without taking out any of the surrounding moulding etc.? Pray for me ;-) Here we go. https://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/cabover1_zpsxhfwtf21.jpg https://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/dgorton/cabover_zpsnsvjbcyd.jpg
67avion 10/10/19 09:53am Truck Campers
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