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Forum: LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 10-14-2011, 06:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,751
Posted By volvophile
Old Town Propane certifed my old tanks (twice) he...

Old Town Propane certifed my old tanks (twice) he does a visual, then weighs the empty tank to make sure thier in spec. (To light of a steel tank indicates corrosion had eaten them away), and a leak...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 10-10-2011, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 787
Posted By volvophile
Or possibly cheaper to start buying derelict...

Or possibly cheaper to start buying derelict motorhomes in hope of finding a forgotten hat under the seat.
Forum: Vintage Kin 09-25-2011, 06:54 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 12,208
Posted By volvophile
That is some beautiful work, and a very nice...

That is some beautiful work, and a very nice recovery on the door. I though mine was hacked up…..
Its really cool to see an Avion that old. Ive become familiar with the 60’s vintage ones from...
Forum: Vintage Kin 09-25-2011, 06:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 995
Posted By volvophile
Hi Blake, From what I learned on my '63 T-20,...

Hi Blake,
From what I learned on my '63 T-20, is that the frames are burly, but will flex.
On my first month in as a brand new travel trailer owner, I knew enough to know I needed to pull the...
Forum: Stella's Kitchen 09-25-2011, 03:49 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 22,370
Posted By volvophile
If wer'e going to be on shore power, we bring our...

If wer'e going to be on shore power, we bring our home unit, a 58mm La Pavoni Pro. It has a manual lever to press the water through the grounds, so with some practice, you can compensate for changes...
Forum: Vintage Kin 08-12-2011, 05:19 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 12,208
Posted By volvophile
Might try Vintage Trailer Supply - parts and...

Might try Vintage Trailer Supply - parts and supplies for vintage travel trailers! (http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com) for the L-66. From what I've seen, that's a common place for them to break....
Forum: Vintage Kin 08-12-2011, 04:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,834
Posted By volvophile
The serial # on my '63 T-20 is 1857, thats around...

The serial # on my '63 T-20 is 1857, thats around 200 units away and may be from the same year.
Going from memory here because I'm too lazy to look it up. T-20 would be a '62 or '63. I don't recall...
Forum: Stoves, Ovens & Microwaves 08-07-2011, 07:14 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,390
Posted By volvophile
Our '63 Magic Chef 4 burner came without the oven...

Our '63 Magic Chef 4 burner came without the oven pilot assembly when we bought the trailer. We bought a small counter top microwave and used the oven to store pots, pans and dog food. 4 years later...
Forum: On The Road... 08-07-2011, 05:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,360
Posted By volvophile
I havent spent any time on HW101 in California,...

I havent spent any time on HW101 in California, but have spent a lot of quality time between Yachats and Astoria. Most of it on a motorcycle stuck behind those damn RVs...
Anyhoo that stretch of...
Forum: General Repair Forum 08-07-2011, 02:05 PM
Replies: 563
Views: 173,656
Posted By volvophile
I LIKE that transfer pump idea. I'll proably like...

I LIKE that transfer pump idea. I'll proably like it more the next time I'm propping a muddy water tank on a wobbly knee just counting the seconds till all that water drains out...

My new,...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 07-20-2010, 01:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,350
Posted By volvophile
I have to wonder what the tounge weight is, but I...

I have to wonder what the tounge weight is, but I suppose it tracks nice & strait :D
Forum: Tires 12-09-2009, 07:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,033
Posted By volvophile
I think one of the best kept secrets in tires are...

I think one of the best kept secrets in tires are the BF Goodrich Commercial T/As. Also load range E, low rolling resistance, yet good snow/rain performance. They max at 80 PSI so they can make for...
Forum: On The Road... 12-07-2009, 11:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,783
Posted By volvophile
My wife is a "get there yesterday and and soak at...

My wife is a "get there yesterday and and soak at the beach" person. I'm more of a "Stop and admire the worlds largest ball of string" kind of guy. Together, were parents of a 4 and 7 year old, so...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 12-01-2009, 01:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,179
Posted By volvophile
Most likely a ground wire. The standard in the...

Most likely a ground wire.
The standard in the old rigs was Black = Positive and White = Negative. Because "back in the day", when they where still figuring out how to wire 12V trailers, the...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-01-2009, 11:18 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,269
Posted By volvophile
Online resources

A good online resource for Ford Diesels is http://www.thedieselstop.com/ (http://www.thedieselstop.com/).
Its centered on Fords, the old name was www.ford-diesel.com (http://www.ford-diesel.com)...
Forum: Electronics & Connectivity 11-29-2009, 11:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,252
Posted By volvophile
We've had a Garmin Nuvi for about 2 years and had...

We've had a Garmin Nuvi for about 2 years and had pretty good luck with her.
(It's name is Luise)
I've seen Luise get confused a couple of times, like taking a U-turn, then a right turn, instead of...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 11-29-2009, 11:18 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,269
Posted By volvophile
Tough Call

Ive owned 2 F250 HD supercab longbeds, one a 460 gasser and my current one, a '97 with the Powerstroke diesel. I can say without a doubt the diesel gets better mileage on the highway (20 alone, 15...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-31-2009, 10:38 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 52,926
Posted By volvophile
Interesting stuff on this thread. Weve been...

Interesting stuff on this thread. Weve been talking on and off for 3 years now on replacing our 97 .73liter Ford Powerstroke. But this truck has only 147k miles on it, which is fewer miles than I can...
Forum: Our Community 08-31-2009, 01:38 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 10,630
Posted By volvophile
Talking I agree. Dump stations are the boat ramp of the...

I agree.
Dump stations are the boat ramp of the RV world.

Sometimes I think they should set up bleachers.
With plastic sheeting like for the front couple of rows like they do at Gallagher...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 08-29-2009, 03:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,156
Posted By volvophile
What you have is pretty common in the old...

What you have is pretty common in the old trailers, except for the red ground wire from the battery.
Back in the day, they seemed to try and follow household wirings standards. Black wire is Hot...
Forum: Boondocking 07-24-2009, 05:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,739
Posted By volvophile
Most folks with those fancy grey tanks recomend...

Most folks with those fancy grey tanks recomend dumping the black tank first, then the gray tank to flush the sewer hose with soapy dish water.

My '63 doesnt have a grey tank, but I found the...
Forum: Argosy Motorhomes 07-22-2009, 04:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,423
Posted By volvophile
Well, you can do what the previos owner did on...

Well, you can do what the previos owner did on mine and poke a couple of eyebolts through the skin. One on the door and one on the door frame, coat it with a couple pints of silicone caulk and run a...
Forum: Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 07-22-2009, 03:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,916
Posted By volvophile
Attwood bought out Bowen some decades ago, and...

Attwood bought out Bowen some decades ago, and they are the closest fit.
OEM in my 63 Avion was a 10 gallon Bowen, however when I bought the trailer the only evidence of a HW heater was a burned out...
Forum: LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 07-21-2009, 01:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,102
Posted By volvophile
I would stick with copper lines, following the...

I would stick with copper lines, following the same route as the old ones. Rubber lines are tough to make ends for and tend to chafe, which is bad for a spot where you cant make a visual inspection....
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 07-21-2009, 12:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,112
Posted By volvophile
Lightbulb Electrical mystery solved.

A couple of years ago, I installed an AC and upgraded the trailers 110V side from a 15 Amp inlet to a shiny, new stainles steel Marinco 30Amp twist-lock inlet and matching shore power cable from Ebay...
Forum: Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 07-11-2009, 01:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,195
Posted By volvophile
I just found this thread while looking for places...

I just found this thread while looking for places to go, now that the plumbing is almost put together. Theres a lot to offer on the west side of I-25. We would be game for something this or next year.
Forum: Vintage Kin 07-03-2009, 03:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,882
Posted By volvophile
Wow. All I can say is Wow.

Wow.
All I can say is Wow.
Forum: Our Community 07-03-2009, 02:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,434
Posted By volvophile
Hmmm, Up-Armored Airstreams.... Might be a good...

Hmmm, Up-Armored Airstreams....
Might be a good money maker with a niche market. Like for folks that want to overnight in Colorado Spring's Wal Marts :lol:
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 05-29-2009, 05:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,578
Posted By volvophile
Some people, like my wife, have the gift. We...

Some people, like my wife, have the gift.
We discovered that one stormy afternoon when we had to get the boat off the lake, but there was no space at the dock to tie off so I could fetch the truck &...
Forum: Vintage Kin 05-28-2009, 05:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,651
Posted By volvophile
I should point out that Henry Wienharts is fairly...

I should point out that Henry Wienharts is fairly cheap beer :)

True on the axles, its hard to go wrong with less than 9 moving parts. And thats counting the wheel bearings.

All the bearings...
Forum: Vintage Kin 05-27-2009, 05:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,651
Posted By volvophile
From the Wonder-Bread loaf shape, battery box and...

From the Wonder-Bread loaf shape, battery box and Doughboy rear vent, Its definatly an Avion.
Patina and vent placements, would sugest a 1963-1965 Sportsman 18'.
Can't polish it, its anodized. But...
Forum: On The Road... 05-17-2009, 01:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,872
Posted By volvophile
Those wern't trains, that was the 70 knot wind...

Those wern't trains, that was the 70 knot wind blowing down the Gorge.
Forum: Vintage Kin 05-16-2009, 03:01 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 122,905
Posted By volvophile
Suspension? We dont need no stinkin suspension....

Suspension?
We dont need no stinkin suspension.
Our '63 T-20 has a strait axle and leaf springs. No shocks or More-rydehydroglide-thingamagigy.
On the plus side, theres very few parts to break. On...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 05-16-2009, 02:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,933
Posted By volvophile
That looks like the preasurized system I have...

That looks like the preasurized system I have (had) in my '63 Avion.
I kept the preasurized tank when I re-did all the plumbing (Colorado Trailer == many split lines) because I liked it for all the...
Forum: On The Road... 02-11-2009, 06:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,505
Posted By volvophile
Yikes! that does look bad. I also forgot to...

Yikes! that does look bad.
I also forgot to factor in the perpetual 50+ knot wind howling down the gorge (small embellishment here) makes for fun travel in freezing rain. IMHO the scenery can easily...
Forum: Community Polls 02-09-2009, 04:29 AM
Replies: 294
Views: 48,783
Posted By volvophile
63-65 MPH is the magic point between 15 MPG and...

63-65 MPH is the magic point between 15 MPG and 11 MPG in our '97 F250 diesel. Only exception to the rule was in North texas in June of '07 we where watching a storm cell off to the east of us that...
Forum: Vintage Kin 02-09-2009, 04:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,559
Posted By volvophile
My '63 was built before they got all fancy with...

My '63 was built before they got all fancy with the foam.
The floor is a single layer of plywood with fiberglass insulation under it, and the walls bolt directly to the frame, so the floor is not...
Forum: On The Road... 02-09-2009, 03:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,505
Posted By volvophile
FWIW, I 2nd Crutsy's route, We live in Colorado...

FWIW, I 2nd Crutsy's route, We live in Colorado Springs and drive out to our home town of Corvallis Or. (about 40 mi N. of Eugene) once a year or so. US 20 has a lot of nice scenery, and the...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 11-07-2008, 09:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 994
Posted By volvophile
Wow, thats.. er um I think Im speachless

Wow, thats.. er um
I think Im speachless
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 08-30-2008, 12:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,533
Posted By volvophile
Hm, thats a good point. I can easily see it turn...

Hm, thats a good point. I can easily see it turn into a game of whack-a-mole with repairing the sucsessive leaks. I might have to bight the bullet on this one and go with a demand pump and plastic...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 08-28-2008, 05:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,533
Posted By volvophile
I came across this thread while researching the...

I came across this thread while researching the same problem in our newly -ahem- self-cleaning Avion. The only thing I havent replaced/rebuilt on the fresh water side was the preasure tank. I really...
Forum: Vintage Kin 08-15-2008, 06:05 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 122,905
Posted By volvophile
You'll find the Avions have an equally ardent,...

You'll find the Avions have an equally ardent, albeit slightly more eccentric following.
We've had our '63 Avion for about 3 years and love it, at least it beats a tent.
The frame reminds me of a...
Forum: Our Community 08-07-2008, 05:25 AM
Replies: 7,425
Views: 1,182,005
Posted By volvophile
Near a park in Lubbock Texas

We found this old gal in a driveway near a park we stopped at in (I think) Lubbock Texas to let the kids run off some road energy on our anual trip to Port Aransas.
Diesel prices being what they are...
Forum: Working on the Road 08-07-2008, 04:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,959
Posted By volvophile
On a divergent track, If your close to the...

On a divergent track,
If your close to the water, you might look at putting your funds to an older boat. Its far easier to find marinas that cater to "livaboards" than parks that cater to...
Forum: Our Community 02-21-2008, 11:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,968
Posted By volvophile
Hey Jesse, I your interested in upgrading to a...

Hey Jesse,
I your interested in upgrading to a Rolling restoration Classic Avion, call me. I got a bike shaped hole in my garrage :brows:
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-07-2007, 05:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,122
Posted By volvophile
You can plug your vin into the Ford Recall page...

You can plug your vin into the Ford Recall page and it will return the open recalls for your rig:
Recall Information - Ford (http://www.ford.com/owner-services/customer-support/recall-information)
...
Forum: On The Road... 12-07-2007, 05:13 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,273
Posted By volvophile
Gotta say I'm not suprised to see Colorado...

Gotta say I'm not suprised to see Colorado Springs in the list, we've been asking for it for a long time.
If you find yourself only going "10 over" on your way home from work, then your probably...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 11-27-2007, 03:57 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,621
Posted By volvophile
I only wish I had a picture of this....

About 20 years ago, Grandad pulled an old oak stump out of his backyard, Which the old 400 in his 76 Ford Gran Torino was able to do handily.
That problem solved, now he needed to get it the 2 miles...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 11-27-2007, 03:25 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,621
Posted By volvophile
50023 Somedays I just cant help myself...

50023

Somedays I just cant help myself :brows:
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 11-16-2007, 11:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,831
Posted By volvophile
theres a possibility that there could be...

theres a possibility that there could be something wrong with that 15A house circuit. But more than likely, theres a load somewhere in the trailer that exceeds 15Amp. Anything with a motor will draw...
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