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Gaziger

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Posted: 02/12/20 07:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm at a point in my life that I am considering purchasing and refurbishing a vintage TT. I am looking at a 1987 Avion 28' 3 axle with new tires (and some new but uninstalled parts) v a 1970's Airstream (several options). The seller is asking $5K for the Avion and the Airstreams are all over the place.

Everything I've read indicates the Avion is a better quality trailer but that Airstream is more popular and appears to hold its value better and may appreciate faster.

Any thoughts? I have the skills to do the work myself and the time, which is why I'm even considering this. This would be kind of a job until I decide what I want to do from this point forward.

BTW, I'm in SW Alabama so there are lots of options for TT's around here.

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I appreciate seeing a restored Avion more than an Airstream.


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guy over the hill rebuilds airstreams about one every couple years can,t tell them from new. says he can sell them before there finished.

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Posted: 02/12/20 08:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No first hand experience but have always heard Avion was better built.

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At that age, inherent value will be based on condition not brand.

Refinished, my guess would be that an Airstream would have more market recognition so easier to sell.

Avions had squarer shoulders so a little more storage.

Airstream more sleek looking.

Matter of taste.


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My two cents...
Although I do like the look of both trailers, I feel they are way overpriced for what you get. I understand the reasons folks are drawn to these Aircraft style trailers. Rather than choosing this style of trailer I would choose a similar sized and equipped non-aircraft style travel trailer at a cost savings over an Airstream or Avion.

Just my opinion-- but if the only choice was Avion or Airstream I would go with the Avion due to the looks and uniqueness or the Airstream if I was looking for a better resale value.

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Strictly a matter of choice.

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If you plan to keep it, pick either one.
If you plan to sell it in the not to distant future...
Pick the Airstream.

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Posted: 02/12/20 06:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I like the old Silver Streak aluminum trailer as well. Kind of like the Avion in it's more square.

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I voted with my pocketbook when I bought an Airstream.


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