year 1974, length 28 feet, sleeps 3
Like many things these days, the AVION was found on Craigslist.
In 2009, it was driven down the coast to Big Sur from Oregon.
Not too much is known about its history, but whoever owned it took loving care of this trailer - everything from the Birchwood furniture to all the appliances were still functioning and in great condition.
The restorations that were made to the AVION included new flooring, new upholstery, new curtains, modernized lighting, new countertop trims and cabinet knobs.
An interesting story is that the company "AVION" was founded by some guys who quit working at AIRSTREAM in the 50's because they wanted to build their own aluminum trailer - one that would be superior to the AIRSTREAM, of course!
Unfortunately, the AVION company does not exist anymore. At some point it was bought by FLEETWOOD, which is known for building plastic trailers.
The AVION "LA GRANDE" gets a lot of recognition for its spaciousness. Some guests' first words upon entering the AVION have been: "Oh my god! This trailer is bigger than my studio apartment in Manhattan!"
With its well designed interior and plenty of room to enjoy, the AVION is a trailer that makes you want to extend your stay.
year 1965, length 22 feet, sleeps 2
The expedition that the AIRSTREAM SAFARI took to get to Big Sur was a rough and dirty journey.
Found in the High Desert of Anza, CA, this trailer appeared wonderfully preserved by the dry desert winds - the original mahogany furniture was shiny and beautiful, and everything looked well taken care of.
The fact that this AIRSTREAM had been owned by the same person since 1965 was also promising. The original handbooks and manuals were covered with hand-written side-notes, done by someone who obviously took great pride in his little house on wheels.
What started as a highly motivated TLC-cleanup, turned into a 2-year complete renovation, in which everything inside the trailer - from the linoleum tile floor to the furniture, the insulation between the aluminum walls and all the appliances - had to be replaced.
Today, the trailer is immaculate inside and out. Although it had to travel down a long, dusty, road to get to where it is now, all the love and care that went into restoration has made it the new and improved vintage AIRSTREAM that it is today.
SORRY, NO PETS!!
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