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Old 08-04-2005, 02:58 PM   #1
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Airstream vs Avion????

What is the main difference between the two? (other than the obvious) I missed another AS this morning someone else bought it just before I could get to it. That makes others 3 me 0.

I found an AVION 30 in my price range and it looks nice, but I don't know anything about them. I can't find any sites like this one in support of the Avion's so I thought I might try here and hopefully not get my head bit off. Any help would be useful. Thanks guys, Gary
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Old 08-04-2005, 04:14 PM   #2
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Old 08-04-2005, 05:56 PM   #3
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Avion is a currently defunct division of Fleetwood. There are, beyond the obvious, several important differences to consider:
First, Fleetwood has stopped manufacturing these trailers, so any parts you need that are Avion specific you will have to procure from donor coaches (read junk trailers).
Second, Avions are considerably heavier than similar-sized Airstreams. One reason is that Avions use mostly all wood inside, instead of plastic and aluminum that can be found in Airstreams.
Third, because the aluminum used on the exterior is a different type than that used on Airstreams, they cannot be polished to a high shine like most older Airstreams can.
Fourth, (most important?) they are not Airstreams.
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Old 08-04-2005, 06:35 PM   #4
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At some point, Avions were made with anodized aluminum, making polishing unnecessary, and for all practical purposes impossible. I never personally liked the anodized look, but that is a personal thing. The older ones (60's or so) were regular aircraft aluminum, much like Airstream.

The parts problem means that almost any accident involving the skin will result in totalling the coach. Some used parts are available, but Avions apparently were made in even smaller numbers than Airstreams.

The wood interiors, particularly in the later models, are very striking.

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Old 08-04-2005, 06:49 PM   #5
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The older ones (60's or so) were regular aircraft aluminum, much like Airstream.Mark
And I knew that, I have no idea why I didn't put that in my post.
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Old 08-04-2005, 07:17 PM   #6
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Thanks for the information guys, I am feeling a little frustrated and obsessed with this drive to aquire my AS. I find myself going as far as stalking AS owners. How crazy is that? Becareful out there. Gary
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Here are some more sites.

http://my.execpc.com/~drg/avion.html

http://my.execpc.com/~drg/saf.htm

http://my.execpc.com/~drg/avionfsw.html = many links here

http://silveravion.com/

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/...ndrestoration/

Check these out if you are interested in Avion

Also, you can find parts from other than wrecks at a company called Cayo.

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Old 08-04-2005, 09:59 PM   #8
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Don't give up looking for that Airstream and don't settle for anything less than a good one.After I bought mine several great coaches have become available in my area.Just a little patience.
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I love our Airstream, but I am also an admirer of Avions. They are very well built, lasting, and beautiful coaches. In the ones I have seen, the storage and wood interiors are to die for. There are active Avion forums full of people who discuss, rave, and problem solve with their Avions just as we do with our Airstreams. I don't mean to sound disloyal to AS and this forum at all, but I think if you were to find an Avion that you like and that is in excellent condition that you would also find lots of support and enthusiasm from other Avion owners. And of course you can stay on this forum too I think several of our members here are currently Avion owners or were owners formerly of Avion. I still have my eye on a "little" one here locally-very sunken in the ground, very green, but oh, so charming. Best wishes however your search turns out for you!
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