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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
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

67, I thought I had posted this info last weekend but it appears not to have gotten on. I recently bought two sheets of 1/2” Baltic birch plywood, exterior glued marine grade, beautiful stuff at $50 per 8x10 sheet. It would be very suitable for your cabover project. Well coated with epoxy, of course. So sorry our meet up has been delayed... we’re hunkered down.
D1trout 03/25/20 08:23am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

67, thanks for the update. I too have pinned down travel dates. We will leave SF Bay Area Monday, April 20. Expect to arrive Big Bend 25 or so. We’ll plan to spend about 5 days there. Lots of old haunts to revisit. Then head back west to arrive home about the 3rd or 4th of May. I go back to Flagstaff for Overland Expo May 15-16-17. Regarding the Muley Point excursion, I propose that we declare Muley Point a “state of mind” as much as an actual place on the map, and that, in this instance, it is wherever three or more Avionistas are gathered together, as in the Chihuahuan desert at sunset on a mild spring evening and raise our glasses in salute to that elusive place and that state of mind. I feel your pain around Coosa board. Marine plywood will be a fine alternative. Just coat it well with epoxy before you install it and all will be well. Hot dog! We’re headed to the desert!
D1trout 03/02/20 07:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

67 and Rasta, how things are shaping up for our meet-up this spring? Is the Illinois weather allowing you any outside work? We need to make this happen!
D1trout 02/28/20 02:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

The last half of April is ideal for me - and for Annie and the dogs!
D1trout 02/18/20 04:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

67, it is my personal view that this meet-up can happen whenever you and Jane and your rig are road worthy. I have no commitments until mid-May at the Overland Expo in Flagstaff. I have sort of mentally blocked out April to travel in Argo to this event. Let us know what you are thinking about the restoration of your cabover berth. I am very pleased at the prospect of putting faces with names after five years of digital conversations...
D1trout 02/17/20 07:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Well, my favorite camp food is anything shared around a campfire with friends. A little chili, a little pork, a little chicken, some Andouille, some brown whiskey - it’s all good! I am capable of a tasty mixed grill if we need additional dinner options.
D1trout 01/25/20 10:20am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Amigos, this talk of chili making me hungry... Can we start a conversation about timing for Big Bend and Muley Point. I’m under the impression April is our target time. 67, you’ve got a big repair. Is April realistic? I’m inclined to wait on you. Overland Expo is mid May in Flagstaff. I’m going, assuming Argo is selected as a DIY show-off vehicle. Let’s talk.
D1trout 01/20/20 11:09am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Merry Christmas, fellow Avionistas. And a very Happy New Year. The prospect of putting faces with names this spring in Big Bend makes 2020 a banner year already!
D1trout 12/25/19 04:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

Perhaps a handout with before and after photos and referrals to eBay and Craigslist...
D1trout 12/15/19 11:17am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

“Yeh Mon ....That's what I am talking about, although I have yet to see the waterfalls ;-0” Rasta, Pine Canyon on the east side of the Chisos always has a waterfall - and pines. And in BB State Park, Madrid Falls is a magical oasis, with columbine and hummingbirds! Good day trips for the April meet-up!
D1trout 12/10/19 11:02am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos

“Just in time for Muley Point” - I like that positive attitude! I’d hope you could come to Terlingua as well. The Chihuahuan desert in the spring is exceptionally beautiful - lots of wildflowers, blooming cactus and ocotillo, streams and waterfalls running. Not to be missed! Onward!
D1trout 12/05/19 06:37pm Truck Campers
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