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RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos!

Can't wait to see some finished pics , it's been a long time coming . For picture posting see the forum help and support at the top of the page for the recommend method.
ticki2 08/13/19 02:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Dust proofing

The mud flap will help for stone and gravel but not do much for fine dust . First thing is to get the bottom of the door to seal . One of the m ain culprits is the lower refrigerator vent . The bottom of the frig is usually not seal from the interior . Another thing to check is the range hood vent .
ticki2 07/26/19 08:40am Truck Campers
RE: The verdict is in! DRW vs SRW....real world

Decided to get a set of upper stable loads for the dually. Just to point the lights a little better as it does squat about 3 1/2" before adding water. Going to take a 1200 mile shakedown trip in it this weekend and into next week to see mom and dad (dad is 89 and not doing well). That should really tell us how it will do on the 2000 mile trip next month and I'm hopeful I'll get the stable loads first (before this weekend) but am not worried since it handles the camper very well box stock. Again, just want the light to point down a little as the camper lifted the nose 3/4" after squatting the rear. If you like the way it handles now why not just adjust the headlights ? I'm thinking of taking out my homemade overload blocks for a better ride . I'm still slightly tail high without them .
ticki2 07/25/19 07:58am Truck Campers
RE: You think only TC has COG problem? "border=0" For Full-Size Image. Took this picture at campground. Notice the motorhome has stabilizing jacks only on the rear. That's only becouse 3 persons going to rear bedroom would lift front off the ground. The scary part is that someone new to RVing could actually believe such a statement . The reason it only has STABILIZERS in the rear is because that is all that's needed . STABILIZERS are there to take out the movement of the tires and springs as weight is shifted around ( people ) while camping . They are not levelers meant to lift a camper . It would be an interesting college prank to see just how many people you had to stuff in the rear of the thing to lift the front wheels off the ground .
ticki2 07/24/19 06:45am Truck Campers
RE: Best way to clean tri-lam?

I have had good luck with Spray Nine for all types of RV cleaning .
ticki2 07/13/19 05:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Not dead, yet :p

Glad to hear you haven't given up . Not too many of us dinosaurs left running old stock .
ticki2 07/08/19 10:09am Truck Campers
RE: Using tape on aluminum roof seal?

You didn't say how the seam is made up . Does it go front to back or side to side ? Does it overlap or butt with molding ? Adhered together , screwed or riveted . Are there any other protrusions through the roof . If water is coming down the wall it could also be the seam where the roof meets the wall .
ticki2 07/01/19 05:48am Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

LT 235/80 R17 LR E 10 ply rating. 3085# Single at 80psi. Front GAWR 6,000 CAT Scale empty: front: 5260. Rear: 3540 Cat scale with Bigfoot ready to camp: front: 5460. Rear: 7520. Thank you , this is what I suspected . Probably those who said 65 psi and 55 psi are correct also. Front tire inflation is vehicle specific for the FAWR and the tire weight rating . Without the details it's all meaningless .
ticki2 06/25/19 09:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Front tire pressure?

Been camping for a week. Thanks for the additional input! just noticed you have Bilstein shocks , so do I . The earlier model 4600 had a problem with the lower mounting bushing on the fronts wearing out. They replaced mine free . Might be worth checking yours . It would affect the shocks performance . Have fun camping .
ticki2 06/25/19 11:06am Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

80 front 65 rear When the truck is empty a fair percentage of the total weight is on the front tires, particularly if it's a diesel. What difference does the front tire pressure have to do with whether the truck is loaded or unloaded. Obviously by simple mathematics, the front will be carrying the greater percentage of total weight when unloaded as opposed to when the truck is loaded, which now has the greater percentage of the total truck weight. I'll bet the sticker on the door pillar doesn't recommend 80 psi for the front tires. On the '04 Dodge 3500 dually that I previously owned the recommended tire pressures were 55 front and 65 rear. And that 65 psi pressure for the rear was the recommended pressure at the maximum GAWR of a little over 9,000 lbs. So why do you put more air in the front tires than you do in the rear tires, when the front tires are carrying lesser weight than the rears? This is not the manufactures recommendation. And as I said before you are degrading the tires performance. I run 80 in the front at all times. My yellow sticker says 80 front and 65 rear. My camper adds only 200# to the front. This IS the manufacturer recommendation. How much you wanna bet? what is the stock tire size and what is the front GAWR ?
ticki2 06/25/19 07:23am Truck Campers
RE: Front tire pressure?

Rig: 2006 GMC 2500HD with 2001 Lance 845 camper. Tires are Michelin LT265/75R16. My door jam plate says: Front 53 psi Rear 80 psi I have been airing up to: Front 60 psi Rear 80 psi My axle weights with camper and loaded for long term travel are: Front 3350 lb Rear 5800 lb That's just under my GVWR of 9200 lb. Last summer I had my tires rotated when traveling and the shop said I had wear on the front (cupping IIRC) indicating not enough pressure. So they boosted the front to 70 psi (or more). I'm getting ready to hit the road again for several months. What is the consensus on proper front tire pressure? Thanks, According to these numbers you have more than enough air in the tires . My 03 diesel calls for 60psi with 245's . With 265's they only need 50psi for the same weight. Something else is causing the cupping . It could be the roads , front end wear / alignment , or even just the nature of the particular tires .
ticki2 06/21/19 06:18am Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

That might be true for weight but all the tire inflation tables I've seen for duall LT tires start at 35 psi . Perhaps it's for heat buildup .
ticki2 06/18/19 08:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Help with electrical please

Update! I pulled the battery and put it on a charger. It totally fried it in about3 hours. Smoke was coming out of it! Bought a new battery and installed it today. Now everything works! It certainly was the battery. Thanks for all the input. Zulu Now that everything is working I would check the output of the converter to make sure it is not over charging the battery being plugged in all the time . As far as the old battery , cells can and do just fail .
ticki2 06/08/19 06:09am Truck Campers
RE: What am I missing on GVWR??

On my present rig, A 96 Chevy Cheyenne 3500 dually I have a 10000 pound rating. My rig has been weighed in at 13500 by a dot officer in NC. It was a 180 ticket. The problem was not the weight but the registered weight. I registered it for 15000 when I got home and all is well. Normally I am not so over weighted. I usually run it about 12000 lbs. I have an extra leaf in the rear which is 700 a piece and I can reduce my cab weight by 2.5 people because it was originally a crew cab work truck. Chevy includes 150 pounds per person in the calculation times 5 people is 750 lbs. Between me, my wife and two ten pound dogs that equals roughly another 380 pounds. 750 - 370 = 380 So in my little world this puts me at about a GVWR of 10.220 pounds. Bingo. In reality I still weigh 12000 lbs so I upgraded my front brakes as well. I have a combined axle weight of 11700. All in all not so bad. Take what you want out of this...... This is an interesting approach in some states . The manufacturer says the truck is capable of 10000# gvwr , it gets registered for 15000# gvwr . Who decides it is capable of 15000# gvwr , and how .
ticki2 06/04/19 06:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Full air ride modification

And here I thought 60" cab to axle was 60", who knew .
ticki2 05/26/19 05:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Full air ride modification

Sidecarflip , it would seem a 1997 Ford is pretty close to a forever truck . LOL
ticki2 05/25/19 07:25am Truck Campers
RE: Avion truck campers - Hundreds of photos!

My '68 came with a piano hinge plus all the interior doors . I thought they all did .
ticki2 05/14/19 06:23am Truck Campers
RE: Rear of camper sagging

Here you can see the camper and the box body line. When I blow up that picture there are 2 areas of concern . First is where the truck bed meets the cab . The space at the bed rail is larger than the bottom which would indicate the bed is tail down . Drivers side picture did not indicate this . Perhaps a crushed cross brace or missing shims . The second is the bed to camper . Look at the horizontal line that starts at the top of the tail light and runs forward . There seems to be more space between camper and bed at the front . Could be a shadow line , hard to tell , I don't recall a body line there . Take some measurements from bed rail to under wing front and back .
ticki2 05/09/19 08:04am Truck Campers
RE: Step for entrance, DIY Success ,thanks opnspaces , don't use the image box . I discovered about a year after building them that they also work on the side rails of my flatbed , bonus
ticki2 05/08/19 08:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Step for entrance, DIY

Thanks AnEv , eventually I'll get it . The threads are dull because there is sand mixed with the urethane to make it non-slip .
ticki2 05/08/19 10:14am Truck Campers
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