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Lumatic 11-10-2008 08:49 AM

Avion pickup campers
 
Can anyone out there tell me:
1. Can a 1/2 ton carry an Avion pickup camper?
2. Do I need a full length box?
3. What is the Avion model number, C-10?

Thanks

overlander64 11-10-2008 09:11 AM

Avion Pickup Campers
 
Greetings Lumatic!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lumatic (Post 636584)
Can anyone out there tell me:
1. Can a 1/2 ton carry an Avion pickup camper?
2. Do I need a full length box?
3. What is the Avion model number, C-10?

Thanks

A C-10 Avion pickup camper is typically sold as a 10-foot slide-in camper. It would overwhelm anything other than a full-length pickup box. Having had pickup campers of that era, any 10-foot slide-in needs the stability offered by a 3/4-ton pickup at the minimum.

Good luck with your investigation!

Kevin

BillTex 11-10-2008 12:01 PM

Get in touch with ticki2...I believe he is rehabbing one now!

Very cool project...

Bill

ticki2 11-10-2008 07:24 PM

I would agree with Overlander64 , the min. truck would be a 3/4t with 8' bed. The floor length of a C-10 is 10' so it will overhang even an 8' bed by 2'. I have seen the dry weight listed at 1860# , but I would bet on it being over 2000# or more. Good luck with it and let us know more about it.

FordTruck 11-10-2008 09:00 PM

This was for sale near us about 18 months ago
 
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The info about needing a full 8' bed and a 3/4 ton truck are correct.

Frank's Trailer Works 11-11-2008 04:10 AM

Those Avion slide in's are very nice. I plan on buying a 3/4 ton or 1 ton next time just so I can get one of those. They are very spacious and built extremely well.

Silverhobby 11-11-2008 08:51 AM

I did own an Avion truck camper for a few years. I brought it home on an F-150. It IS doable, but that was only the trip home.

Lumatic 11-11-2008 09:32 AM

My motivation for my original post was a cake and eat it too question. Actually a cake and eat it three question. I do a little sailing and tow a small light sailboat. I was specualting if there is an ideal TV that I could use for my AS and would also work for a pickup camper while towing my boat. It seems clear a 1/2 ton is too light for the p/u camper and I also note the current thoughts about a 3/4 ton being generally too stiff for the AS. I don't have a p/u camper yet, maybe never will, but was just wondering.

I have towed my boat behind my 71 25' AS. I am aware of the advice against this and don't mean to stir up a bees nest again. These are just my thoughts.

I am also thinking about rigging up a rack and winch so I can load my boat on top of my pickup. I have 2 boats a 17' catamaran and a 13' Barracuda. Both weigh in at 250-300# complete. Add another 200# for the trailer. The tongue weight is about 50#. If I tow the catamarran behind the AS it is wider than the AS so I can see it in my mirrors. The Barracuda is not as wide but I have thought about adding some side rods on the trailer that I can see in my mirrors. Or perhaps one of those back up video cameras.

I see no sign of rear end separation on my 25, keep a careful eye on it, tow my boat only occassionally, and limit towing to short trips. I am also considering beefing up the frame from the rear axle to the bumper.

f25065 12-28-2008 11:17 AM

I developed an interest in these campers about 4 years ago and plan on acquiring one for my old Ford pickup, currently in restoration. I am specifically searching for a '65 model to go with my truck, a '65 F-250. '65 was the first year of these campers. Oddly enough, you don't see too many of these out west, even though they had a SoCal sales plant originally. I'd like to find a very clean '65 Avion, or already restored... I really don't want another project on top of the truck. Any leads or information would be greatly appreciated.

IH Collector 05-05-2009 03:44 PM

IH and Avion Camper Joined Together for First Time
 
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Joined the Avion/Cayo slide in together this past weekend with the IH 200 Camper Special for the first time and drove around Everything went well. Might need to install a new rack of springs all around on the truck. A little sag in the back, 35 year old springs.

blacksheep 05-05-2009 08:05 PM

Nice color combo! Always did like burgandy and gray/silver.

BillTex 05-05-2009 08:32 PM

Sags...
 
Airbags will get you sittin' pretty again. Thats what we use for the TC...not much $, adjustable, and you can istall yourself no problem. You are sitting up pretty high on the front end.

Looks like a great combo, after some suspension mods!

Bill

ticki2 05-06-2009 09:11 PM

Nice looking set up Paul , almost a shame to paint the truck , it has that great vintage patina , maybe straighten the bumper and add the springs.

slowmover 10-15-2009 01:20 PM

Silver Streak is said to have made around two hundred of the slide-in campers. Avion produced many, many more over a long period of time (CAYO). I see quite a few -- relatively -- for sale the past few months. Might be a crap shoot on condition, but the advertisements can be emphatic about no leaks (skin). Seem to be very well-built. I'd certainly like to have one (versus, say, several trailers) for options in camping.

It's always a great photograph to see an aluminum camper on a pickup that is also pulling an aluminum trailer. Sure would be an interesting set of questions on how to "make camp" with both in a rig: exterior plumbing, electrical supply capacity, etc.

And one heckuva pickup truck . . . .

slowmover 10-15-2009 01:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by IH Collector (Post 694517)
Joined the Avion/Cayo slide in together this past weekend with the IH 200 Camper Special for the first time and drove around Everything went well. Might need to install a new rack of springs all around on the truck. A little sag in the back, 35 year old springs.


West Coast mirrors!!!

ticki2 10-15-2009 02:00 PM

Rednax ' I did see a Silverstreak truck camper on ebay several years ago , it had the gold band along the sides. Very similar to the Avion

69cayo 10-17-2009 03:47 PM

tiki2...How did you make out retrofitting a grey tank to your camper ?
I got tired of chasing leaks around the windows on mine and decided to pull them out and reseal them.
While their out their getting new weatherstripping and new plexiglass.

Dennis

ticki2 10-17-2009 11:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 69cayo (Post 760510)
tiki2...How did you make out retrofitting a grey tank to your camper ?
I got tired of chasing leaks around the windows on mine and decided to pull them out and reseal them.
While their out their getting new weatherstripping and new plexiglass.

Dennis

Just finished getting it in last week , managed to get a 9 gal tank in , tight fit but it's all there. Plumbing is complete except for reinstalling the toilet and lav.
The biggest leak I had was the stove vent , take a good look at that. Ruined the counter top but fortunately that's all. Still have one small stuborn leak at one window , pretty sure it's between the plexi and frame. If we get an Indian Summer I might try caulking it before winter. Hoping to finish up the rest of the small stuff by spring.

69cayo 10-18-2009 09:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ticki2 (Post 760635)
Just finished getting it in last week , managed to get a 9 gal tank in , tight fit but it's all there. Plumbing is complete except for reinstalling the toilet and lav.
The biggest leak I had was the stove vent , take a good look at that. Ruined the counter top but fortunately that's all. Still have one small stuborn leak at one window , pretty sure it's between the plexi and frame. If we get an Indian Summer I might try caulking it before winter. Hoping to finish up the rest of the small stuff by spring.


The stove vent on mine is installed with pop rivets so that's on the list too.
I'm not sure if your aware of it but the plexiglass is set in the frames with glass channel and the frame to skin seal is a thin rubber (?) gasket, both of which were very dry and brittle on mine.


Dennis

redstart 10-18-2009 12:27 PM

Would love to see pictures of the inside, anyone ? :):)


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