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Old 07-21-2011, 10:02 AM   #1
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Dating an Avion

Stumbled upon an Avion in a field and it caught my eye (as only Airstreams had before). I have no idea how old this abandoned treasure is and would like to find out. The only identifying marks I could find were T-20 and 1663. Anyone out there know how to decipher the year from this?
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Old 07-21-2011, 02:49 PM   #2
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Not sure, but you may find something here. Looks like a website for an Avion club of sorts...

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Old 07-21-2011, 03:21 PM   #3
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you're dating an Avion? So which is it:
  1. Does her mother know? ..or
  2. Isn't she a bit old for you?


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Tourist!!

It's a Tourist 20' and the year is 1962 or 1963 based on your number and '63 looks like the last time they made the Tourist in the 20' length. Looks like Sheri has given you a link too.

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This link has models and years that go back to the 50s. Take a look around and see what you may find.

Post pics. We LOVE our Avion, you can see our photos in our gallery.

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Old 07-21-2011, 04:20 PM   #6
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There is nothing wrong with an older lady! She has the experience and while she may be a bit less flashy than the young ones, give her a good cleaning, blow out the dust from her tubes, upgrade a few worn parts, and some aluminum tanks and she'll look brand new! lol

You should get her and call her Mrs. Robinson! And a short 20 footer could be a good fishing/hunting/boys or girls weekend out to go with a longer airstream.

On a serious note I would guess this an Avion "Tourist" model that dates from 1962 or 1963. It was originally priced at $3750 as of July 21, 1962. It probly weighs about 2680lbs. Avions are built like tanks-6 inch frames. For more info, check out Dr. G's website on Avions. Avion Travelcade Club former Member Travel Fifth Wheel Fleetwood Trailer RV aluminum Cayo Camper Trailer For Sale Wanted Repairs Winona Lake Indiana Unit

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Old 07-25-2011, 07:01 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the Avion links. I am a 54 model so a 62 or 63 wouldn't really be robbing the cradle, would it? And I am a she and am hoping that this particular model is a he...
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If it's not a "he" make the best of it, we won't tell. I have a 1964 T21 and just love it!
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The serial # on my '63 T-20 is 1857, thats around 200 units away and may be from the same year.
Going from memory here because I'm too lazy to look it up. T-20 would be a '62 or '63. I don't recall seeing any '61 T-20s and they grew a foot in 1964 to become the t-21.
1963 was the first year they used anodized aluminum for the skin. Prior to that, they used raw aluminum panels you can polish. Admittedly, after 48 years, the two look identical but you might be able to make a shiny spot on the '62 with a pencil eraser. The '63 will simply laugh at you for trying such a silly thing and may go a shade darker just for spite.

That said, its turned out to be a fantastic, classy and durable little trailer.
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:20 PM   #10
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Hey 64,
I have a '63 H-24 and wouldn't trade her for anything. If she is a '63 with anodized skin, don't dismay. Though she will never be run people off the road shiny, she can have a nice satiny luster.
And it's true what the others have said, these trailers are built to last. I've never heard of a frame failure on an Avion.

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