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Old 06-01-2013, 03:47 PM   #1
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Avion Travelcade Club

Here are some photos from an Avion Travelcade Club Brochure, and a application for new members. Circa 1975.









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Old 06-01-2013, 10:48 PM   #2
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I wonder if there are any that are still in existance today.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:23 AM   #3
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I know of at least five for sale within a couple hundred miles of me, from 23 to over 30 feet long. Great old trailers. Better built than a AS. Jim
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:51 AM   #4
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Thanks for adding this thread.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:39 PM   #5
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this was the first time i saw an avion in real life. really well built. im am 100% airstream through and through, but it looks like the rumor that avions were a better built trailer is true.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:56 PM   #6
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I have several Airstreams and a 1983 10.6 metre(34') Avion. While I really like my Airstreams(especially the vintage ones), I can definitely say that thoughtfulness of design and craftsmanship goes to Avion.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:58 PM   #7
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There is a whole Avion world that runs parallel to the Airstream world! There are rallies & everything! I bought a 1984 30 ft. Avion last October. I've finally gotten around to sprucing it up for a family camping trip in about a week. I've had several Airstreams & have to say that I think the Avions are better built than my AS's were. I still have my little Bambi II, but her frame was long gone & we built a new one for her. The Avion's frame is WAAY beefier than an AS. It just doesn't have all the dreamy history that the Airstream does! There are plenty of them around & the price of them is usually quite a bit less than an AS.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:13 AM   #8
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Sign me up! I should have my 72 Avion V-25 ready in a week or so. Too bad Avion went under. I never heard of them before I bought my Avion in February but so far I have been happy with my purchase. As far a quality goes I never worked on an Airstream but my Avion has held up pretty good considering it spent the last 15-20 years sitting in a field as a hunting camp.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:57 AM   #9
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My Grandfather had Airstream trailers in the 1950s. He sold them and went to Avions in the mid 1960s. He then bought a 1969 Avion camper which I bought from him in 1983. My father bought a 1988 Avion 34' trailer in 1993 and I bought it from him in 2000. The reason the family went to Avions starting in the 1960s was because they were better built. On the used market, they are usually cheaper, which is a big win for the buyer. Besides, if they need refurbishing it will probably be cheaper than an Airstream.
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I owned a '69 31' AS. Unfortunately it succombed to frame fracture. I replaced it with a '90 34' Avion. It is heavier but has a very solid frame.
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Someone on this forum was comparing the empty and gross weight of 34' Airstreams to 34' Avions of the same era. Surprisingly enough there wasn't much weight difference. The weight difference of the heavier Avion frame probably isn't more than 250 to 350#. At today's prices of steel at approximately $1.00 per pound (less for the manufacturer) that isn't much of a cost increase on a $75,000 trailer to make it last for a few generations.
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And don't forget fresh water capacities. That, along with other differences can be where weights diverge the fastest (TW concerns, as both of these trailers are easy to tow).
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:25 PM   #13
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Like others here, I have both an '06 Safari 25 FB and an '85 Avion 30' and agree to the superior build quality of the Avion. I bought mine for $5000 and everything works! I had 30 amp service installed and will use it as a guest house next to the Animas River with killer views of Engineer mountain.
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Avions sure are durable, I can walk around on the roof and bounce a basketball off the side of my trailer.
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