I drove out to Long Island to go flying with some local plots:
Flying from Jones Beach Island to Fire Island:
Flying back across:
Coming in for a landing:
I would have flown for much longer but there was a good bit of turbulence, probably due to wind shear. Local pilots tell me it dies down towards sunset. If I ever decide to drive all the way out there again, I’ll come later in the day.
There may be some trips for which a massive 5th wheel like our 2014 Avalanche 360RB is too large. I found a truck camper on Craigslist and bought it for $500. It’s a 1990 Sunline C951. The floorplan can be found on page 11 of the manual:
The truck camper needs a good bit of work, hopefully I can get everything working.
In order to bring the truck camper home, the truck needed tie-downs to attach the truck camper to the truck. I could have purchased a set for $450, but it rankled to pay almost as much for the tie-downs as the truck camper, so I decided to build tie-downs instead. I welded up a pair of rear tie-downs using a bar attached to the tow receiver:
For the front tie-downs, I based my design on commercially available tie-downs:
During construction, I installed the tie-downs to make sure the fit was correct. To tie-down the truck camper, extension bars are installed to bring a mount point out beyond the undercarriage of the truck: