Avion’s are HOT! The prices of them continue to go up, especially since the RV industry boom during COVID where new RVs simply could not be produced fast enough to meet demand. This blog post gives you information to help you in your search for your Avion.
Pricing (2023) can range from $FREE for a total wreck in a field to $40K for a pristine rig with upgraded systems like new plumbing, roof fans, new appliances, subfloor, furnace, on demand hot water heater and solar and more. Given their excellent construction over other all aluminum trailers they are normally worth the investment IF you are wiling to do some or most of the work yourself to maintain and do any further improvements needed. If you cannot do the work yourself- be prepared to have deep pockets and patience as there are very, very few professionals who can work on Avion’s correctly and they are in high demand-making a long wait for appointments. Please do not take your Avion to modern shops whose mechanics are not used to or trained to deal with vintage trailers. Oh sure, the simple refrigerator or toilet repair or replacement is fine, but not internal systems, frame, body or flooring please! Check out our “Resources & Links” page for list of where to get materials and tips/resources on where to get repairs done.
What does that mean for vintage trailers – and specifically Avion’s?
- More and more people are scoping out abandoned woodlands, prairies and meadows and finding “hidden gems”- Avion’s long abandoned by once well meaning owners.
- Many have found them in so-so shape and brought them back to life (sometimes to the good, sometimes to the not so good- but as they say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”)
- Some have been purchased by “flippers” and a word of caution here, that new interior paint job, new vinyl or wood flooring and a new staged look may be hiding shortcuts or missed necessary repairs just to make a buck on unsuspecting buyers. Do your homework! Use our list below to help!
- Other’s have purchased a well cared for near original rig but perhaps continued to personalize it, or making some more modern upgrades but maintaining the classic Avion look.
ARE YOU MAKING APPOINTMENTS TO SEE AVION’S FOR SALE? Take along our handy reference sheet complete with helpful tools to bring, a check list of exterior and interior places to check, questions to ask. Click this link below!
It does not matter what, year, length or model. Many of the components and things to inspect and look for are all the same. The items on this list are purely suggestions and should not be construed as advice or a complete list. They are merely suggestions compiled from us and fellow Avion owners on various online forums and groups who have “been there, done that” and have responded many times over to this question. No one has all the answers but hopefully our check list will help you to find YOUR perfect Avion!
**Hiring a professional certified RV inspector is always a good investment and can save you huge $$ in the long run. You may wish to give them our check list sheet since many inspectors may only be used to newer, more modern RVs and may not be familiar with the Avion construction or the known “weak points” they develop over the decades. Then, let them do their job!
You can find Certified RV Inspectors here-https://nrvia.org/locate/
We wish you every success in finding your Avion. The hardest part is being objective when looking at trailers for sale. The right one, at the right time, is out there for you. Just be patient.
All the best,
2 thoughts on “Looking to Buy an Avion? Tips for your walk thru inspections!”
I have a 1983 10.3 meter for sale. Twin bed rear bath stored inside for the last 16 years so many upgrades. New drapes, new upholstery, new toilet, new flooring throughout, new fridge, Rick Rives 316-737-5093. I am located in Wichita Ks. I would like to get $15,000 if you know of any one looking I would appreciate your help in sending them my way. I can send pictures, thank you
Thanks for your info. We are assuming you have already posted it on the multiple Avion Facebook groups. They are perhaps the best place to attract buyers. Many have had success with Craigslist and eBay. There are also many Facebook groups for Vintage trailers and they are a good place to post too. If you belong to the TIN CAN TOURIST national club for Vintage RV owners they have a very active classified space that gets sent out to thousands of members around the USA. The dues are very cheap to join and may be worth it to get to a targeted audience. We belong and love the group and their rallies. Good luck with the sale! Be sure to post lots of photos when you list places!
-L & K