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RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

D, what would be your possible date range for Muley Point this month? It’s been such an elusive goal for so long, I might be able to just come myself for a relative quickie... Argo and I could certainly use a southwestern road trip.
D1trout 04/05/21 06:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

67, I’m game for a Muley Point meet-up. It’s proving to be a remarkably elusive destination! Late May could work. For me it depends on the variants. I’ve gotten the jabs but intend to stay close to home until it really appears safe to travel. So count me in ...depending...
D1trout 03/25/21 10:30am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Ticki2, here’s the link to the nearly 10,000 BTU heater: The model I have in Argo is the HS2000. It has proven to be plenty for such a small space. Installation and operation very straightforward.
D1trout 02/24/21 08:23am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Ticki2, they do make bigger furnaces. And here’s a link to a couple who live in a van full time and who have thought thru all aspects of their vehicle and lifestyle very carefully: I have really been impressed by the Propex performance in Argo. Toasty all around the rig. I also have a flexible heater duct hose that came with the furnace kit, about three feet long that I can slip over the outlet of the heater and direct hot air to wherever I need it, notably into the bathroom to warm things up before a shower...
D1trout 02/23/21 11:05am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Flyte63, I’m glad to hear that you’re pushing on with your rebuild. It can be a long slow process and demands determination. Regarding your heater, let me give you my 2 cents. I agonized about heating in Argo. Even though I live in sunny California, I like being out year around. So first I bought a used Dickson Newport stainless propane heater with a window in it so I could see the flame, thinking that would please my wife. All stainless and a sealed combustion chamber, so no CO in the camper. Very elegant. But when it came time to consider the install, I had rearranged the floor plan and the heater didn’t fit the new plan. Web research led me to Propex heaters as used in VW vans. Forced air, controlled by a wall mounted thermostat, sealed combustion using outside air and exhaust. I bought the HS2000 and mounted it in the bottom of the closet and vented everything thru the floor. It has a single heater register which blows warm air forward from the back of the camper, at floor level by the door. I have been exceptionally pleased with this heater. Quiet, very low electric and propane consumption. And keeps everything toasty inside. I have set the thermostat to low 60s when it’s been 20s outside and been comfy all night asleep. It’s just like a home furnace system in it’s operation. Fills Argo with warm air and keeps him warm. Zero maintenance thus far. A really fine solution to heating a potentially very chilly vehicle!
D1trout 02/23/21 07:00am Truck Campers
Back door hinge

Fellow Avionistas, one of the back door hinges on Argo has broken. I had it welded but it has just broken again. In looking for replacements, I ordered a set from Amazon but they were different dimensions so I returned them. VTS shows a set suitable for mid 60s Shastas but they are not currently available and arrival time is unknown. My question is have any of you replaced those door hinges and, if so, where did you find suitable replacements? Alternatively, do any of you out there in Avionland have a spare hinge or hinges you could sell me? Thanks, Dick
D1trout 02/15/21 08:54am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Garry, the place I bought Olympic rivets as well as aluminum sheet is Airparts in Kansas. Very nice folks to do business with.
D1trout 01/18/21 08:40am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Gary, I ultimately bought my rivets from Hanson Rivets in California. Good selection and fast service. The Olympic rivets with the shaveable heads came from that aircraft parts outfit in Kansas, whose name completely escapes me just now and I’m not home to look it up. VTS in New England has a complete Olympic rivet department, including the tools, and they’re easy to do business with. What are you doing to your rig these days?
D1trout 01/17/21 07:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

All, for what it’s worth, when I removed the inner skin on Argo, I found the spray-in foam dry and in decent condition. I stripped all the old foam out to upgrade the insulation to polyisocyanurate, the highest R value material currently available, and to rewire the rig to a marine standard. I found plenty of wet in the plywood - wet and rotten. The wet was because the nice fellow I bought Argo from had gone to great lengths to have the rig looking clean for my visit as a potential buyer. He’d taken it to a big truck wash and they had hosed it hard all over. This revealed lots of leaks! My point is that the spray-in from the factory was well-done and dry. Incidentally, I reinsulated by gluing 1/2” sheets of polyiso onto the inner skin, building up three layers. Then I sprayed Dow Froth-PAC polyurethane foam over the whole inner surface to seal things up. So far no leaks... if I were doing it again, I’d skip the polyiso sheets and just spray fresh foam to a 1 1/2” thickness. It’s a less daunting task than it seemed at the time.
D1trout 11/03/20 10:43am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Flyte63, Argo, the all aluminum camper, which started life as a stock C-11, weighs 2000 pounds completely built out. This is a verified number from a truck scale near the shop. The exterior shell, with the new aluminum frame completed, weighed 1000 pounds. Then the completed interior, with all the cooking, living, electrics, bath, tanks, and so forth added another 1000 pounds. This is with a full propane tank at 9 gallons/30 pounds, but without the water tanks - 40+ gallons - full. You can see pics of this rig in earlier posts. I believe it has come out very close to the original Avion weight. Wet plywood gets really heavy! Hope this helps.
D1trout 11/02/20 11:33am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Ticki2, on Argo, there were two frame ground attachments, one on each side of the camper, bolted through the last rib of the shell, just before the final curved rear panel. Each consisted of a bolt, perhaps 1/4” diameter, bolted thru the rib fore and aft, about 12” to 14” above the base of the rib at the floor. To this was attached a flat braided wire of the sort commonly seen on grounds. The end of that wire fed into the original wiring harness on both sides of the camper. When I replaced the wiring, I kept those frame grounds on each side, feeding my ground wire to the braided wire. I don’t recall how I attached those wires together. I also grounded the panels of breakers to the frame in the electrical control cabinet by attaching those wires to the aluminum frame of the cabinet. Plus I grounded the batteries at the main breaker. Remember that I’m an all aluminum frame so the ground is throughout the rig. Hope this helps. If a pic would help, let me know. I’m away from my photo stash at the moment but might be able to get one next week. Dick
D1trout 08/27/20 04:07pm Truck Campers
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