We finally found our Avion! Meet Lucy! She’s a 1973 Avion LaGrande 25′. Ain’t she a beaut?
I had been obsessively searching for a 1970s Avion All-American 23′. The shorter lengths are rarer (especially the 23′). And I wanted one in super fantastic, original condition.
Avions are better built (structurally and interior finishes) than their better known Airstream sisters. You can do some simple research online to read more. Though ours is a 73, here’s a link to an 1972 Avion Brochure. (BTW, 1972 was the first year Avion added the grey tank, and we highly recommend having a grey tank.)
Though Avions are not as common, they are less expensive than their fellow Airstreams. Avions were built between 1956 – 1990. They aren’t terribly difficult to find, but I started narrowing my search to specific years and sizes and then adding the “fantastic” condition requirement, so I knew I had to be patient to find her.
In 1966, Avion or newer Avion for the spray foam insulation (instead of fiberglass) sandwiched in between the shells. The foam insulation strengthened the shell, and I didn’t want to offer mice fiberglass batting to take up residence. I also preferred the body style with fewer aluminum panels at the corners (to limit leak penetration points).
In 1978, Avion trailers began to put on weight again. There was a previous weight hike when they switched to spray foam insulation. They also changed their windows in 78, and I preferred the look of the aluminum frames (for purely aesthetic reasons), so I decided I would look for the years 1973-77.
I had my requirements: 1973-1977 Avion 23′ preferred (which is really 24′) or 25′ (which is really 26.5′) in super, fantastic ORIGINAL condition. I didn’t want ANY cosmetic updating. We would handle the design ourselves if needed. The hunt was on!!
It took several months of looking EVERYDAY. I checked ebay, SearchTempest for Craigslist, and FB Marketplace. I was obsessed with finding her. It was the same when I searched and found our Uhaul CT13, Sally.
And finally, after five months of really aggressive searching (I was “light” searching for several months before this 😂), she popped up 45 minutes away!! Honestly, I would have driven to Canada for the right trailer, so we were just SUPER lucky!!
So, here she is!! This is the all original tour of Lucy! Leave me a comment below with what you’d change! Paint? Counters? Curtains? Sofa?! (I mean sofa for sure, right??)