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Putting some glide in the ride….

Fellow Avionistas, Argo and I have been cruising around the west recently in pursuit of the wily trout. Annie was in the back yesterday as we rolled along and remarked on how bouncy and noisy it is back there. Let me ask your opinions about the bouncy part. I have Airlift 5000s on the rear, but still with factory shocks. I usually run the Airlifts at 80 or 90 pounds. Argo weighs about 2500 pounds. Truck and all is 7700. I feel he handles pretty well. Some lean on curves but nothing alarming or unusual. He feels solid. My question is how have you maximized the comfort in your suspension? Smoothing out the bumps and lurches on uneven roads. As always, thanks for your opinions. How about Muley Point in ‘22? Dick
D1trout 10/10/21 09:13am Truck Campers
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
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