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Old 03-09-2014, 02:42 PM   #1
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my first 1985 Avion 25H

This is my first restoration. I hope I did not bite off more than I can chew and I hope I didn't pay too much ($2700). Any help would be greatly appreciated. One of the front curved windows is broken and I understand they are very hard to find. Any other suggestions for a long term replacement? Any thing I should look for…leaking, axles etc? I plan on gutting everything but leaving the interior skin. Thanks in advance
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:23 PM   #2
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Nice looking trailer. Does that one have the independent leaf springs? Those Avions are well built and I think you are going to enjoy it. I would definitely repipe the polybutelene piping with PEX.
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Old 03-09-2014, 10:13 PM   #3
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Nice looking trailer.
If that floor is in good shape that's a great buy. IMO.
Should be a pretty quick job.
Congrats
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Old 03-09-2014, 10:21 PM   #4
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my first 1985 Avion 25H

Try phoning Chuck Cayo of Cayo RV repair in Watervliet, MI. His family started the Avion company. He may be able to help you out with a window. I love our Avion! Built like a tank.
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:55 AM   #5
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Looks nice from the picks! Most of the interior looks original ( upholstery, curtains, cabinets). Same with the exterior (except porch light). While gutting it is a personal choice, it sure doesn't need to be...those are cherry wood cabinets and wood work. What fridge is in it?
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:58 AM   #6
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You done good!
Enjoy it!
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:33 PM   #7
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Maybe try enjoying it the way it is, you may find you like it. Fix the window. Then if you still want to remodel you may have a better idea of what you want to do. Jim
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:02 PM   #8
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Nice find. I love those trailers. Does not look like it needs much.

$2700 is a great price. An airstream of the same era is good shape would cost you 3 times that much and you have a better trailer.

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Old 03-10-2014, 01:52 PM   #9
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Appears to be a nice buy.

If no leaks and the hitch / a-frame is solid, I would concentrate on axles, hubs, bearings, brakes and tires first.

Followed by battery related and all exterior running lights. Then plumbing (go Pex), LP systems, 110 volt systems, A/C (maybe not important in IL.), refridge, and all the rest of the 12 volt.

Then use it a bit..........see what you really want to do!

Enjoy!
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:37 PM   #10
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We had a 1985 Avion 25 foot with the rear full bed. Ours was in excellent condition and we sold it last year for a lot more than you paid. I loved all the wood on the cabinets. All my curtains were in really good condition. My unit had been garaged kept for many years. We have had 3 fifth wheels and now our 30 foot airstream, and
by far, my favorite was the Avion. The rear full bed was just too small for us. I wish
we had the twins and we would have kept. We replaced all our plumbing with pex and shark fittings. Hope you enjoy!!!
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:51 PM   #11
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My Avion had some damage in the rear from a leak. I found it to be in the window frame. I believe two more of my windows have leaks in the frame as well. I just completed fixing two rotten spots in the floor in the front area of the trailer. If you discover you have leaking windows, check under the outer rubber gasket of the window & seal the seam where the aluminum extrusions join each other. I'm still working on tracking down the leaks, but this area seems to be the problem for the window leaks. Also, you should check your awning brackets to make sure they're sealed with Tempro (not silicone). Mine really weren't sealed very well. Making sure the trailer is all sealed up is a pretty timely job, but once you do it (and you should) you will have a dry trailer for a long time!

PM me if you're gutting your interior....I might be interested in some of your stuff!
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Old 03-12-2014, 05:04 PM   #12
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I know this is a stupid question for most of you, but what is the easiest way to remove the cabinets intact? How solid are the walls? How do I attach the new cabinets I am going to install as well? I imagine this think interior shell
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It's too bad you're going to destroy all of that hand-made woodwork inside that beautiful trailer. Avions in that good of shape are tough to come by...you're going to be ruining a piece of RV'ing history.

...should've found a trailer that wasn't cared for on the inside or excessively worn out to destroy. It's sad gutting such a great example of old America craftsmanship that doesn't exist anymore.

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Maybe he can sell them to someone that needs them.
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