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Old 12-27-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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Hello, I go by scotty and soon will the proud owner of a 1984 Avion 30P, there are things that I will need to do just to bring it to Texas, hoping that you give advice on what needs to be checked, it has been stored indoors and not moved for 2 years. My initial list is as follows.

1. Replace tires, wheel bearings/races & check brakes

2. Electrical, lights & wiring

3. Frame & axles

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I will be pulling it with F 150 ECOBoost with the heavy duty tow package, rated 11000 lbs. this puts me at the top of the 80% advised
by other sites that have been read. Any advice, recommends or comments would be most helpful. Happy New Year scotty

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Old 12-27-2013, 01:52 PM   #2
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At the top of that list, I would put, "Find and stop all and any leaks"

Concentrate on where things penetrate the shell, starting at the roof!

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Old 12-27-2013, 02:42 PM   #3
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Do you know how to test brakes? You it's have a functional battery and braking system to legally tow.

How far are you towing? Do you have sway and Weight Distributing hitch?
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:51 PM   #4
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Welcome and good luck with new purchase... If you haven't already mastered the "Search" process here, that is a good next step. Practice entering key words into search tab dropdown above, and you'll find hundreds of threads on topics of interest..

As for trip home, most critical item is to get wheels and tires and bearings in working order, and a very close second (equal under most state towing laws..) is having working trailer brakes... Those require a Controller on the truck, and working battery and 12V system on the trailer, and testing/adjusting to make sure they are effective. Brake lights are also a big deal, though you can rig brake light bar to tow vehicle lights if there are lighting problems in the trailer.. If wheels/tires/bearings/brakes aren't roadworthy, it is probably worth finding friend or rental of flatbed...

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Old 12-28-2013, 01:23 PM   #5
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The truck came with built in brake controller, ordering a Stabal-i- zer hitch. Question, is it better to go with 2 Deep Cycle 6 volt batteries for 12 Volts or a single 12 volt deep cycle battery? Thanks for all input. May all have a Safe & Happy New Year scotty
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:56 PM   #6
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It depends on what you will be doing in the foreseeable future. If it is going to be parked for a couple of years and plugged in. Go with a Wal-mart RV/marine battery. This battery will also be enough for your trip home.
No sense in buying expensive batteries if you are parked with power.
Not sure what kind of converter is in the coach. If it is original, it may not be an intelligent one.
Spend the money on an intelligent converter instead of a second 6 volt battery. Again if you will have it parked.
If you will be traveling and have plans to camp where power is not available. A new converter and 2 six volt batteries would be my choice.
I hear golf cart batteries work well.
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:08 PM   #7
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Welcome, gpscotty! I have the exact same Avion that you are purchasing. It is roomy, that's for sure! I purchased mine a year ago October & am still puttering on it. Not unlike an Airstream, leaks are a bugger. I agree with Aage here & would try to get those all buttoned up right away. Rotten floors happen and are kind of hard to detect until it's too late. The good news is that they're easier to fix than an Airstream! (don't ask me how I know :-)


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