After a mad rush to make our rig road worthy. It is a relief to finally make it back onto the highway. It has been 6 months since we last drove with the Avion on Dodgy II. That time, we had no confidence in the tie downs (rightly so!) and took the drive from Florida to Tennessee at 45 miles per hour. Now, we have new wings floor, jacks, and tie-downs. We have the camper firmly planted on the truck. Aside from one last trip to Tractor Supply for some additional turn-buckles, we are on the road.
Do you have a vintage Airstream, Avion, Spartan, or other aluminum bodied camper? Ever noticed screw heads covered in rust or pitting in aluminum around a steel screw? You my friend, are the victim of galvanic corrosion. And if you don't want to make it worse, you'll want to know a thing or two about how this happens and how to avoid it.
We have looked at a lot of truck campers. Like any home search, there are things we love and things we dislike. One of the many appealing aspects of the Avion is its layout. There is a large table, wide open space, and a dedicated bathroom. But there is a major problem: a lot of the wooden fixtures are rotten. So, we are pulling everything out and starting from scratch. When one starts from scratch, the floor plan starts to change.
I am a firm believer in not allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good. While having a completely renovated camper is preferable, we don't want to spend years in one place, building a dream camper when we could take the process in stages and travel as we work. We are prioritizing replacing rotten flooring, old wiring, and insulation so that we can reinstall the inner walls and travel as we complete the rest of the camper. Even in its gutted state, this camper is better than the shell we were living in before.