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Old 08-16-2010, 11:24 AM   #1
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Where have all the Avions gone ?

While I am a proud fellow Airstream owner, I will admit to dabbling in Avion ownership. My question is, not that Airstreams are a dime a dozen, I have not seen many Avions for sale. Search for them on the Avion site, Ebay, Craigslist and Jaxed ( a great site combining Ebay and Craigslist listings)
You won't turn up more than one or two in a month, especially the Vintage ones. So, do people hold on to them, there weren't as many built or what ? The listings I have found are always for the 28' Travelcader or the truck campers. I own a 1968 28' Travelcader. I have researched them and wonder where all the smaller sized ones are. Most listings are for the ones built in the 80s and 90s. They seem to be as 'rare' as the Spartan.

I enjoy following the history of the Airstream and would love to document the Avion's history as well. Have been to the silveravion site, but it pales in comparision to this site .

Lots of progress on my 'paintball' battered Avion.
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:30 AM   #2
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Looks like some pretty good progress!

I'd guess that Avion made a lot fewer Avions than Airstreams. Over the years a lot of have been lost to accidents and time. I don't know anything about production numbers, or if they were perhaps produced for certain parts of the country, so maybe there are places where you'll find more Avions than others. All I know is that you're right, the 'vintage kin' are a lot harder to find than the Airstreams of the same vintage.
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:40 AM   #3
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The Cayo brothers never produced Avion's in the numbers like Airstream. This combined with the fact they stopped silver skinned production in the 1990 timeframe means the numbers are small and will dwindle.

We have a 1973 Travelcader 25' complete with Flamingos of course.

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Old 08-16-2010, 01:06 PM   #4
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My dad had a 1977 Travelcader 26 footer, he got it new and kept it in new condition the whole time he had it. It was a very well built unit with beautiful interior wood cabinetry. My dad was convinced Avions were better built than Airstreams. When he passed-on (mid-1980s) my mom tried for years to sell it locally (upstste New York) and through two different Avion dealers. The trailer was basically as-new. After several years of trying she ended giving it to the Red Cross for the tax deduction.
Sorry dad, I just think the old Airstreams look nicer, they are both clearly built well enough to withstand the test of time.
Must be that Airstream production numbers were a lot greater that Avions.
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Old 08-16-2010, 02:09 PM   #5
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There are lots of 34'ers on the market from the last few years of production of aluminum-skinned trailers.

A few older, smaller units come up for sale now and then, but they're rare.
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...I enjoy following the history of the Airstream and would love to document the Avion's history as well. Have been to the silveravion site, but it pales in comparision to this site.
The Silveravion website has some useful information but it is not the "Exchange Platform" AIR is. There is a Yahoo Groups page for Avion owners that is avaiilable. There are also several Avion Aficionados who are walking encyclopedias on the brand. Bob Muncy is one of them and he published "Silver Avions and Cayos" last year. Its a first hand account of the birth and subsequent demise of Avion. AFAIK it can only be purchased through Bob's son who lives in western North Carolina.

Here's a link the the TCT blog that describes the book and how to purchase it.

TCT Campfire Blog Archive “SILVER AVIONS AND CAYOS” by Robert J. Muncy

Good luck with your 68.

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PS Here's the yahoo groups link if you haven't already checked it out.

avioncampingandrestoration : Avion Camping and Restoration - Repair,
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Do a national search on Craigslist. At any given time there are 50+ for sale from the period 1956-1990 (lower numbers for Silver Streak; Streamline has the lowest numbers as production ceased after 1973).

One has to be wiling to travel, obviously, and many of the better trailers go quickly.
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