Removing the Roof

I decided to replace the entire roof panel because:

  1. The damage at the front where a branch fell on the camper meant that at least the front 4′ or so would need replacement. Cutting the existing roof and adding a panel at the front would have been complicated by the thick coating of aluminum paint on the top and the insulation on the underside.
  2. Since I have to repair a number of the front panels anyway, Continue reading “Removing the Roof”

Removal of Interior Panels and Insulation

Following removal of all interior partitions, furniture, appliances, etc., the next step was to remove the interior panels. The panels are 0.025 aluminum painted with Zolatone, a paint that was also used in Airstreams of the same era. The panels were installed with pop rivets, so removal involves looking at the panels to see how they overlap and drilling out the rivets.

The end caps are made of fibreglass and are Continue reading “Removal of Interior Panels and Insulation”

Renovation and Updating of a 1965 Avion C-10 Truck Camper

In 1998 we purchased a 1964 Airstream Overlander. The following year, while travelling an Interstate through Ohio, I saw an Avion Truck Camper, and the search began. We purchased this 1965 Avion Truck Camper on Ebay in the fall of 2006.¬†At the time we didn’t have a truck, so I picked up the camper and brought it home from Virginia on a flatbed car-hauler behind our Suburban.

A couple of years after we bought the camper a tree fell on it damaging the roof over the cabover, but fortunately leaving the front curved segments undamaged.
Now we are finally at a point where we can take on this project. The goal is to renovate the camper mostly with modern appliances and materials to make it comfortable and practical to use, not to restore it to original condition.

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