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Old 08-29-2017, 08:06 AM   #1
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Our redone 1978 34' Avion

I told my wife let's buy a camper on Friday we can camp in on Saturday.

Well that's not what we ever do.

Found this 1978 34' Avion that we knew had some floor rot but was in otherwise good condition. The previous owners had replaced the AC and put 6 new tires on it. Come to find out the floor rot was a little more substantial with the entire front living area and all of the bathroom floor completely gone.

So our camper quickly turned into a bigger project than we anticipated.

We ended up replacing all interior and exterior lights with led, most of the plumbing, bathroom is all new except the tub, built a front queen bed, water heater, fridge, flooring, updated the cabinets and hardware, plus all the things I'm forgetting. We resealed the roof, removed and resealed the front windows, all new window glazing, rebuilt all exterior hatches, everbrite on the exterior, adding a new rock guard and rear bumper soon.

It took us about 10 weeks start to finish.

Here are a few pics and while I'm definitely not a camper expert I'll try to answer any questions.
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:07 AM   #2
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Here are some of the new pics!
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:10 AM   #3
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Very nice!
Took us 4 summers to just get ours back on the road... you're fast!

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Old 08-29-2017, 08:19 AM   #4
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1978 disappears!! I like original even if not "up to date", but I'd say your work is just great.

I hope that LED exterior lighting is done, or on the short list (new fixtures), as incandescent just won't cut it anymore. New breakaway switch and I'd recommend John Barca / Les Adams thread on RV.net for upgraded brake wiring.

Avion has the same shock absorber problem as Silver Streak. No info from Monroe on OEM technical spec any longer available. The Avion forum website may have something, and I did up a thread years back on this site. (I also recommend Centramatic balancers after balancing on a Hunter GSP9700; and alignment should be verified).

If those tires are ST labeled, I'd lose them fairly quickly. Too much to read on the subject, but there are far higher quality tires available (Yokohama RY215, in 7.00-15, for example).

The Dexter stub axles are a special order item. An old thread here details the very long wait by an owner stranded when one broke. Might be good to have a spare.

You all have done an impressive amount in a short period. And, no such thing as too many pictures.
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Old 08-29-2017, 09:03 AM   #5
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Great renovation!

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I told my wife let's buy a camper on Friday we can camp in on Saturday.

Well that's not what we ever do.

Found this 1978 34' Avion that we knew had some floor rot but was in otherwise good condition. The previous owners had replaced the AC and put 6 new tires on it. Come to find out the floor rot was a little more substantial with the entire front living area and all of the bathroom floor completely gone.

So our camper quickly turned into a bigger project than we anticipated.

We ended up replacing all interior and exterior lights with led, most of the plumbing, bathroom is all new except the tub, built a front queen bed, water heater, fridge, flooring, updated the cabinets and hardware, plus all the things I'm forgetting. We resealed the roof, removed and resealed the front windows, all new window glazing, rebuilt all exterior hatches, everbrite on the exterior, adding a new rock guard and rear bumper soon.

It took us about 10 weeks start to finish.

Here are a few pics and while I'm definitely not a camper expert I'll try to answer any questions.
10 Weeks?! That would have taken us 10 months, at least. Please tell me you all are retired?
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Old 08-29-2017, 09:09 AM   #6
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Looks great - enjoy that "new" trailer!
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Old 08-29-2017, 09:15 AM   #7
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Thanks I'll look into the axles and shocks.

All the exterior lights are new led. The only thing on the exterior is for the rock guard to get here and we are gonna build a new rear bumper with some c channel. We removed the factory rear cargo area and added that space to the bathroom so now it's actually roomy. Im gonna add a receiver hitch to the bumper and use an aluminum rear rack for extra cargo room.

Nope not retired and we've got 3 kids but my dad has a big shop so we were able to work at night also. It was just me, my wife and a buddy who helped do the work but we worked almost every day until late to get it done.

Some things I would have done different but overall happy with it. We wanted to keep a vintage feel and she liked a beach cottage vibe.
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Just beautiful!
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Old 08-29-2017, 10:55 AM   #9
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Old 08-29-2017, 12:29 PM   #10
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[QUOTE=slowmover;2000931]1978 disappears!! I like original even if not "up to date", but I'd say your work is just great.

I hope that LED exterior lighting is done, or on the short list (new fixtures), as incandescent just won't cut it anymore. New breakaway switch and I'd recommend John Barca / Les Adams thread on RV.net for upgraded brake wiring.

Avion has the same shock absorber problem as Silver Streak. No info from Monroe on OEM technical spec any longer available. The Avion forum website may have something, and I did up a thread years back on this site. (I also recommend Centramatic balancers after balancing on a Hunter GSP9700; and alignment should be verified).

If those tires are ST labeled, I'd lose them fairly quickly. Too much to read on the subject, but there are far higher quality tires available (Yokohama RY215, in 7.00-15, for example).

The Dexter stub axles are a special order item. An old thread here details the very long wait by an owner stranded when one broke. Might be good to have a spare.

You all have done an impressive amount in a short period. And, no such thing as too many pictures.

[I had an axle break, I ordered one from CAYO and had it within two weeks. R Webb 1978 28J PS Great Job!]
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:30 AM   #11
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Very nice! Hope you guys have lots of fun and adventure in your "new" tailer.
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Outstanding Job!

You all did amazing work ... looks wonderful ... you should be very proud of a job well done.
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Looks great! Another Avion saved!!
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Looks very nice. Giving me all kinds of ideas!
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