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#1 nra1ifer OFFLINE  

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Posted October 23, 2013 - 09:48 PM

I bought a 1995 Ford F250 with a 7.3L PowerStroke Diesel almost 2 years ago with the intention of pulling either a travel trailer or a 5th-wheel trailer. Well, I finally stumbled across EXACTLY what I was looking for in a travel trailer: a 1987 Avion model 34W (which means there is a bed in the rear of the trailer.) My wife and I made a whirlwind trip to Hancock, MI (Michigan's Upper Peninsula) last week to pick up the trailer. I was certainly watching the weather reports, because there was NO WAY I would consider pulling a travel trailer in bad weather! Anyway, prayer works!!!! We left last Wednesday at about noon, drove straight through with the exception of a couple of hours for a nap in a casino parking lot. Got to Hancock, MI at about 11am Thursday (1050 mile drive). Checked into a hotel and crashed for a few hours, got up and took a walk through the downtown area, ate dinner, then got a good night's sleep. Met to make the deal on the trailer at 9am Friday. VERY nice family that lived about 5 miles north of Hancock. (BEAUTIFUL countyside, by the way!!) Left by noon, towing the trailer back towards home. Snow was expected Friday night, so I surely wanted to get south PRONTO!!! Made it home Saturday by noon! The toughest part of the trip was getting the trailer in my back yard..... it had rained, so the area around the pull-through gate was soft. Had to put down some slabs of bark from my wood splitting to get some traction through the gate, but I finally got it where I wanted without tearing up the back yard. The trailer is not in perfect shape, but it IS in good shape. Needed TLC, mostly. Since Monday night, I've spent a lot of time doing general cleaning... giving it the "White" treatment. It's looking VERY nice, and will be a great trailer once I get it the way I want it!

 

Like I said.... prayer works!!! You should see the weather forcast for Hancock, MI! Glad we could get this done LAST week!!

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Posted October 23, 2013 - 09:57 PM

Nice trailer. Looks good in the pictures! I love the Houghton Hancock area. About 8 1/2 hrs. from us. My dad spent a lot of time there when he was younger and worked in the CCC camp near Houghton. That bridge is really a land mark. Glad you had a good and safe trip. Thanks for the story. Roger.


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Posted October 23, 2013 - 10:05 PM

Paul. Sometimes the trips are as much fun as the item you are getting. Glad you had a great time and good weather. That is a very nice Avalon you bought there, it should serve you well for years to come.


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Posted October 23, 2013 - 10:21 PM

I knew right away where the first photo was taken without even reading your story. The Quincy mine on top of the hill was a dead give away. Beautiful country and it looks like you ended up with a nice trailer. :thumbs: 

Hope you get a lot of use out of it. 


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Posted October 23, 2013 - 10:40 PM

Thank you for the comments. I really wish we had more time to stick around the area, but we were determined to be back home for church on Sunday, then had a birthday lunch for a dear lady we know... 95th birthday!!!! Didn't want to miss that!

 

The trailer is in pretty good shape, considering the age. There are awnings over all of the windows (in excellent shape), and all of the appliances/systems work  well. The only issue it has is in the 12V circuitry. There is a 12V kill switch on the control panel inside that is supposed to be a way to disconnect ALL of the trailer from the battery.  It also doubles as a breaker. As it is now, the breaker is always off, and trips when you try to turn it on. Last night I found a wiring diagram in the Owner's Manual, examined the wiring behind the control panel, and saw that there is a wiring problem that wiil be easy to correct. I cannot figure out why a previous owner made the wiring change. But, it results in no 12V lighting when I'm disconnected from a 110V outside source. There are hand-written notes in on the wiring diagram of how to put things back to normal "to use the kill switch". The notes match up to the wiring diagram, so it should be an easy fix.

 

Other than that... let's see.... general cleaning, inspect the suspension and the brakes, fix a window crank, inspect and do some preventive maintenance to make sure the entire outside of the trailer is sealed, and some cosmetic touch-up here and there..... it'll look like new when I'm done. I bought the trailer for about 1/2 of what comparable trailers go for, and I talked him down enough to more than finance the trip there and back!


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Posted October 23, 2013 - 10:50 PM

That bridge is really a land mark. Glad you had a good and safe trip. Thanks for the story. Roger.

I read some interesting history of that bridge. Over the years, other bridges were brought down by ships running in to them. This bridge was finally built. and used to be normally lower to accommodate rail traffic via the lower level, with auto traffic on the upper level. Sometime in the 90's, I think, the bridge was raised, eliminating the rail traffic and converting that level to auto traffic. That allowed most pleasure craft to pass under the bridge, eliminating the need to lift the bridge so often, which can be lifted 100 feet to allow taller ships to pass. Also, during a particularly hot summer, the bridge swelled to a point that it could not be lifted at all!


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Posted October 24, 2013 - 12:21 AM

 

 

Let's see.... general cleaning, inspect the suspension and the brakes, fix a window crank, inspect and do some preventive maintenance to make sure the entire outside of the trailer is sealed, and some cosmetic touch-up here and there.

 

Don't forget rodent and bug control measures while not in use. Mouse stink is hard to get rid of. 


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Posted October 24, 2013 - 04:22 AM

That is quite a trailer you found.

Hope you enjoy using it!


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Posted October 24, 2013 - 04:46 AM

That is a very nice trailer you found.  Congrats!  My wife would give me heck if I had that, at is would become a 'deluxe' deer hunting camp cabin every fall!


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Posted October 24, 2013 - 06:09 AM

That is a very nice trailer you found.  Congrats!  My wife would give me heck if I had that, at is would become a 'deluxe' deer hunting camp cabin every fall!

That's one of the possible uses I'll have for this trailer.

 

What part of west central Missouri do you live? Anywhere near HWY 71? That's the route we took through Missouri to Kansas City. (Speaking of that...... are you on the Member Map? http://gardentractor...ums/membermap/)


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Posted October 24, 2013 - 08:34 AM

Nice trailer, man it sure looks long.

is it a model of Airstream or a totally different company?


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Posted October 24, 2013 - 08:39 AM

Enjoyed your story. We never start a trip without holding hands as a family & praying first. That is a good looking trailer. When you get her cleaned up show us some inside pics. Thanks


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Posted October 24, 2013 - 11:28 AM

Great Story, Glad you made it back before the weather turned bad.  We used to have a 28' travel trailer and had a great time with it. When we moved out here we didn't use it as much since now we are out in the country and then the wife's health went down so instead of seeing it sit and rot we decided to sell it.  We still talk about those days and the fun we had.  I hope your trailer brings as much joy to you and your family as ours did to us.


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Posted October 24, 2013 - 12:08 PM

Man that was a haul! I found this info a while back when I was looking into some travel trailers. I relaly like the Avion trailers.

 

http://www.gradeless...n/1984/1984.pdf

 

http://my.execpc.com...g/avionrem.html


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Posted October 24, 2013 - 04:20 PM

That's one of the possible uses I'll have for this trailer.

 

What part of west central Missouri do you live? Anywhere near HWY 71? That's the route we took through Missouri to Kansas City. (Speaking of that...... are you on the Member Map? http://gardentractor...rums/membermap/)   

 

 

71 hwy is only about 4 or 5 miles from me.  I am in Raytown, which is landlocked by Kansas City.....I am on the member map, I think.....did u take 71 thru Joplin?..or did u cut over to 13?


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