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Old 07-21-2012, 11:27 PM   #1
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We purchased our Avenue in February of this year and have made three major trips.

After the first trip I found this site and wanted to get more info on the Avenue. To my surprise no members that own an Avenue has written about their experiences. I have read a few threads on the Interstate however the Avenue is a different vehicle. After posting this thread, I hope other Avenue owners will post their experiences so that we can help each other out and share our experiences.

This is the second Class B we have owned, the first being a Roadtrek Popular. In comparison, the Airstream in my opinion is more luxurious and comfortable not to mention the wow factor when looking at it from the outside and the inside.

One thing I did notice right away was that the ride comfort was the same in both the RT and A/S. Looking under the Avenue I noticed the shock absorbers were OE. I thought that was a little odd given the price that I paid for the Avenue and the hundreds of pounds in additional weight. After three months, I changed out the shocks myself in the driveway with a couple of jack stands and the jack that came with the Avenue. I replaced the OE shocks with a complete set of Bilstein's. The difference in the ride comfort and handling is 100% better! I highly recommend changing out the shocks as one of your first mods.

Another quirk was the bathroom door opening during some stops and turns. I used a door stop and it works most of the time however, Airstream could have done a better job at securing the door. I will send A/S a request to see if they can send me a fix. Additionally the back up camera monitor is a black and white model mounted on the the rear view mirror. Looks a little cheap however it gets the job done. I would have preferred a color monitor that was integrated into the dash with the stereo.

Driver and passenger windows were not tinted. Granted each state has its laws on how dark of a tint you can apply however, as much road time Class B'ers log, I feel A/S should have lightly tinted the driver and passenger windows. Regardless I had them done and they cut down on the heat and glare by at least 60% not to mention it gave the Avenue a sleeker look that blended in with the rest of the tinted windows.

From our last trip out west to Seattle this month, one of the latches to the exterior house battery door came loose and was lost. I didn't notice it until we returned home and I was washing down the Avenue. My luck it was the latch that had the lock. I emailed A/S for a replacement, waiting for a response.

Other than that, I/We absoulutely love the Airstream Avenue. We have used just about everything in the Avenue (even the shower) however due to the summer heat, we haven't used the heater or the heated tanks.

Looking forward to our next trip next weekend to the lake for a few days with friends.

Have a fantastic road/camping trip and thanks for reading my post!

SF,
Brad
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:52 PM   #2
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Update to my last post in July. I received a reply back from Airstream on the latch that was lost on the trip back from Seattle. Airstream said since I am not the original owner, I will have to replace the latch at my own expense and emailed me a list of dealers in the area.

I kind of expected the response since I am the second owner of the Avenue. I bought the Avenue in February 2012 from an RV dealership in North Texas; it had less than 2,000 miles when I purchased it.

Also in the last week of July the back-up camera went dead. I unplugged it and check the connections, then plugged it in no joy, looks like a dud. The back-up camera is made by Valor multimedia, a search on the internet didnít help much, I couldnít find my model and most of its products are covered for only a year. My deductible for the extended warranty is more than what the back- up camera is worth so Iíll replace it in the future with a color back-up camera integrated into the stereo dash.

During the three trips mentioned previously, we used the generator a few times to run the A/C and to charge the batteries. The noise from the Onan 2.8 kW generator is loud needless to say. Since then I have search the internet for a fix. A post from, Roadtrek Life was convincing and I gave it a try. Link:

http://roadtreklife.blogspot.com/2011/08/diy-installing-onan-resonator.html

I worked on the project this weekend and took some before and after videos just like the one from Roadtrek Life, here it is:

Before:
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After:
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I think it is very similar if not exactly like the mod on Roadtrek Life.

Interestingly, why hasnít Airstream offered or even incorporated the Onan resonator into the build of the Avenue or the Interstate? For the price a consumer pays for either vehicle, Airstream should have added the resonator and as I mentioned before, the upgraded shocks.

Anyway, I ordered the Onan resonator online from American RV Company for $38.78 plus $9.78 for shipping. I received the resonator within a week and bought a U bolt 5/16Ē x 2.5Ē x 3.5Ē and some metal spacers from ACE Hardware. The U bolt and spacers were needed to use the existing generator exhaust pipe hanger.

Here are the pics of the mod:

Before:
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After:
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I used a hack saw to cut off approximately 10Ē of the generator exhaust pipe then inserted the pipe into the resonator. I had to pound on the exhaust pipe with a rubber mallet to get it fitted into the resonator, the fit was very tight and it is solid with no wiggle.

Overall it was a moderate project that was done in two hours. I noticed the generator exhaust is muffled with the resonator (not sure why they call it a resonator when it muffles the exhaust noise). A search of similar mods on the internet reveals that the generator noise cannot be completely eliminated due to the air intake located at the rear of the van and the mechanical sounds emanating from the generator. Iíll experiment with a shroud (piece of tarp, etc.) covering the rear bumper to the ground to reduce the noise when dry camping or running the generator while temporarily stopped. Let you know in the future how it pans out.

Hope this was helpful/interesting and thanks again for reading my post!

Have a fantastic road/camping trip!

SF,
Brad
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:55 PM   #3
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So, Airstream doesn't allow you to transfer the factory warranty to the second owner? Ouch.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:05 PM   #6
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Driver and passenger windows were not tinted.
I'm not trying to hijack your thread, but you hit on one of my pet peeves.

I strongly believe driver and passenger windows should NOT be heavily tinted. They need to be light enough so someone outside the vehicle can tell if they have eye contact with the driver. That's the only way you really know if it's safe to proceed through an intersection or cross the path of the vehicle.

If you don't believe it's necessary to make that eye contact when you are driving in another car, try it when you're riding a bicycle or are a pedestrian. The consequences are serious and you'll realize how important it is.

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Old 10-11-2012, 08:59 PM   #7
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So, Airstream doesn't allow you to transfer the factory warranty to the second owner? Ouch.
Skater,

Airstream allows you to transfer the balance of the factory warranty to a second owner, for a price and after meeting certain requirements.

Airstream replied back to me in September and stated the Avenue was put in service (purchased new by the original owner) in December 2010. At that time the 36 month warranty clock was started. By the time I contacted Airstream, 15 months was left on the warranty.

If I wanted to transfer the warranty, Airstream stated that I had to get it inspected by an authorized A/S dealer. The local dealer charged a minimum of $180 for the inspection, no telling what else would have been charged if something did not pass.

Additionally, A/S stated, after I had a copy of the inspection, I would have to fill out their transfer warranty paper work, include a payment of $250 to transfer the warranty, and wait for their approval of the transfer.

Wow. Needless to say I passed on the transfer.
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:05 PM   #8
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Hello,

I'm new to the forum and have been looking for posts about the AS Avenue. I hope you all don't mind if I post on a couple of old threads and ask if you Avenue owners are still happy with your vans? Any problems?
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