Sunday, December 30, 2018
Now that we had the Avion home, it took some time to deal with getting it off the trailer and into our garage for the winter. To get it off the trailer I used an electric boat trailer winch so that I could control it going down the equipment trailer's ramps. I also attached two conventional tongue jacks with castors to the front corners of the utility trailer, so that it would have four wheels. While a little scary, this worked out well!
The next step was getting the Avion into the garage. I knew that the camper itself would clear our door, but apparently I am not so good with numbers. We ended up removing the rims from the utility trailer and tried to roll it in on the hubs, but this proved to have too much resistance. Eventually we ended up using a set of $4.- Magic Carpet Sliders under the hubs on carpet scraps while pulling with the electric winch which we now had attached to the Shasta which is deeper inside the garage. Yes our garage is pretty big, that's another story maybe for a future post.
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Retrieving the Avion took a bunch of planning. The camper was in the Canton Ohio area, about a 500 mile round trip from our home near Buffalo NY. While it seems like it would have been simple enough to just put it in a truck, I don't have a truck (yet). I also didn't feel comfortable borrowing one for this task, and didn't feel confident that it would be secure enough for travel not really knowing gate condition of the tie down points.
The Avion did come with a small utility trailer that its currently sitting on, however that trailer isn't quite up to the task of the length of the journey. My plan is to use the utility trailer as a dolly for the Avion while I work on it, it's made from an pop-up tent trailer and fits very well.
So to transport it I ended up renting an equipment trailer that worked out extremely well, having electric brakes, good tires, and a valid registration. I also took along good friend who has experience moving vintage vehicles, lots of ratchet straps, and took it slow. We ran into some minor lake effect snow on the way out, but the weather was fine on the way back.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
We are super excited to be at the beginning of another vintage camper project! The camper is an Avion C-10 truck camper. I think it's a 1965 model, but still need to do some work to confirm the year. I'll post some updates here once and a while as we learn more and start digging in!
Sunday, September 16, 2018
It's been a while since I've posted anything to the blog, but yes we are still camping in our Shasta. It's been over 10 years back on the road and we don't regret taking it on as project one bit. We don't get out as often as we'd like, but when we do it's usually in the woods and mountains are nice too!
Monday, September 18, 2017
We made it to the TCT NE Rally again this year. We really enjoy this rally and hope to make it to more TCT rallies in the future. The layout of the loops at the campground make it hard to get photos that show how amazing it is to be surrounded by vintage campers. Here's a few of our favorite campers that were new to the rally for 2017.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Some friends were on their way back to Ohio from a trip to New Brunswick with their amazing 1963 Airstream Bambi and needed an overnight parking spot. So for a short 12 hours, we had a pair of 1963 trailers in the driveway instead of just our usual one. Quite a contrast between the two but I think both made each other look all-the-better and it’s good to know that there’s room for another trailer just in case another project comes up!
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
We spent a 10 days in a part of the Adirondack Park that we were not very familiar in the area around the town of Newcomb, NY which is in the geographic center of the ADK’s.
We did a bunch of hiking and paddling there including some of both near the excellent SUNY ESF Adirondack Interpretive Center. One of the more memorable moments of this trip was when a pair of bear cubs crossed our path right between two of boats while we were carrying them on a canoe carry between lakes, no sign of the mamma bear but you can be sure we were quite cautious after the sighting! We didn’t make it all the way to to the great camp at Santanoni Preserve but not because we didn’t try. The great lodge is a 10 mile round trip hike from the gate house, we thought that we could trim some of this distance by using a new rough cut trail that is partially completed from a nearby campground but were surprised to find ourselves at the gate house area when we reached the end of the new trail. We did check out the Sananoni gate house (3 times) and hiked to the farm area of the preserve which is also very interesting. We are hoping to get back another time to get out and see the great lodge itself. We hiked several trails beautiful areas nearby including Goodnow Mountain and it’s fire tower. Another area nearby that we explored was Tahawus and the Upper Works trailhead area including paddling the amazing Henderson Lake, some of the best mountain views from a boat in the ADK’s. We found ourselves making trips back to the town of Long Lake a few times, usually for groceries at Northern Borne but also stopped at Hoss’s country store and had some amazing luck to catch the last hour of the Long Lake Town Library’s annual book sale.