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Old 10-10-2013, 10:33 PM   #1
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Haven't heard much lately from Aviator owners. HOT topic for awhile then nada. Some know now the Aviator style travel trailer we own are now discontinued. It's my hopes that we won't be forgotten as these were pretty pricey trailers and owners deserve continued support from Forest River. As I understand it? about 73 were built by a small group of people that were dedicated in building the Aviator Electra, and the Wright Flyer. The owners of these unts will either be blessed with a high quality trailer that will last as advertised or, cursed with an orphan with no factory support and a resale value far less than expected. In other words, a collector, or a failure that folks will run from like other composite trailer's like the Earthbound, and others that have failed.

So far, mine has been okay I guess, I'm new to the trailer aspect of life on the road so dont have anything else to compare to. I've owned plenty of motor homes over the years and after my last coach a Blue Bird Wanderlodge went up in flames due to a refrigerator fire I decided not to go back into a motor coach. Time will tell if this was worth it or not. So far I've been able to repair all defects myself....a lot simpler than my previous bus...thats for sure.

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Old 10-11-2013, 09:25 AM   #2
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FR will support the Aviator right up till the warranty expires on the last of the 70 original units. As it is now any Aviator specific parts, like cabinets, fabrics, carpet exterior parts, etc have to made as a warranty or request for said part is made. They do not stock parts for them. So my guess is that in a couple of years time we will own orphans. As far as resale, you can buy a brand new Wright Flyer with every option including 2nd A/c for less than 54,000 from the same dealer that I bought mine from for 67,000 back in May. I tried to trade it and, well lets just say I will have it a long, long time.
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:39 AM   #3
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Front and rear caps would be hard to get now. Windshields are the same going into the new redesigned Aviator. Cabinets we're on our own, I've spent quite a bit of time aligning and adding inner supports for strength. Caps are fiberglass and repairable if slightly damaged, exterior sidewall damage....couldn't answer that one. Im sure they could be repaired if not too seriously damaged.

Windows, axels, exterior, interior lighting, and all the other stuff aappliances and so forth are used in many other applications. So its not all bad, heck there's a lot of other people in the same boat ...just sucks about the amount of money spent verses the what there really worth.

But, I've always said, you don't lose anything if you don't sell it.

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Front and rear caps would be hard to get now. Windshields are the same going into the new redesigned Aviator. Cabinets we're on our own, I've spent quite a bit of time aligning and adding inner supports for strength. Caps are fiberglass and repairable if slightly damaged, exterior sidewall damage....couldn't answer that one. Im sure they could be repaired if not too seriously damaged.

Windows, axels, exterior, interior lighting, and all the other stuff aappliances and so forth are used in many other applications. So its not all bad, heck there's a lot of other people in the same boat ...just sucks about the amount of money spent verses the what there really worth.

But, I've always said, you don't lose anything if you don't sell it.

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not very crowded in this boat less than 25 across the country from what I have been told. At this time FR is bending over backwards to keep the parts flowing, they seem to overnight most parts no matter how big, you do have to wait for the item to be made but they ship them fast. My hope is that exterior parts become impossible to find, that way if the front window breaks my insurance will total it, a lot like the yugo in the 80's. but than again the insurance Co. will probably still be able to buy me a new one for far less than I paid and save money.
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I think it will take a lot more than windshields to total one. Unless of course the object that broke the glass continues inside the coach and tears other stuff up.
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depends on when one breaks one, if the manufacturer that produced it no longer does so or wants a lot to produce a new one, insurance would total it. As I said remember the Yugo, when they stopped importing parts any damage became a total loss. Lets hope things like this do not happen but with a total production of 70 units how many parts suppliers are going to continue to supply them? Just this week my local dealer had to replace the upper cabinets in an aviator FR had to have it made, of coarse it came in damaged so they have to make another one, but the point is if after warranty is over who is going to pay the price if you need said cabinets, windshield, end caps etc if you have to pay a producer to make it for you the cost would be great.
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Located an awsome aviator type Rv, after 11 trips this one crashed killing 11 people then Joseph Stalin scrapped the projects for 2 more to be built and had the Engineer/Project Manager executed.
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I want one, but even at the much reduced price, I won't chance it. The reasons given above mirror my thoughts, and hence my reluctance. They are beautiful and unique trailers, and look to be very functional... ie. the coolest TTs ever made, in my opinion... I would also have to upgrade my TV so I'm gonna stick to what I have for now. I wish you all the best with your Aviators...
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Located an awsome aviator type Rv, after 11 trips this one crashed killing 11 people then Joseph Stalin scrapped the projects for 2 more to be built and had the Engineer/Project Manager executed.
now that I like. I see a lot of the same engineering in our Aviators.
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now that I like. I see a lot of the same engineering in our Aviators.
now that's funny.
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I have a love hate relationship with my Electra at the moment. It has been at the dealer/factory more than it has been with me since its purchase 60 days ago. I know that once the issues are worked out with it I will be very happy. My problem with it has been a leak that has proved difficult to locate. So far both my dealer and FR have been trying hard to get the problem resolved.
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Wonder what it would have been like to be in that beast when they touched off the guns on board . . .
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Wonder what it would have been like to be in that beast when they touched off the guns on board . . .
Can you imagine? Those cannons are huge.
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[QUOTE=bridge707;479439]I have a love hate relationship with my Electra at the moment. It has been at the dealer/factory more than it has been with me since its purchase 60 days ago. I know that once the issues are worked out with it I will be very happy. My problem with it has been a leak that has proved difficult to locate. So far both my dealer and FR have been trying hard to get the problem resolved.[/QUOT

I hope they get it done for you, I don;t know what they can do at the factory as it was a dedicated group of employees who build them and with the demise of the Aviator I would assume they have all been executed, I mean reassigned. It does amaze me that such a highly trained bunch could have made so many stupid mistakes, examples are, the handles on the cabinets, it never occurred to the monkey installing them that the round head screws may impact the cabinets upon closing and dent the cabinets, or if you try to put in too many screws into the 1X1 boards that hold you table top on ( wright flyer specific problem) that they would split, or if you don't screw into something solid the screws just pull out and the switch face plates fall off, and the list could go on. so good luck with it ass you are probably in the same boat as the rest who paid far more than you can buy a new for now, thanks to FR dumping them at a much discounted price to dealers.
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I have a love hate relationship with my Electra at the moment. It has been at the dealer/factory more than it has been with me since its purchase 60 days ago. I know that once the issues are worked out with it I will be very happy. My problem with it has been a leak that has proved difficult to locate. So far both my dealer and FR have been trying hard to get the problem resolved.
I had a severe leak in front on the counter in the front, soaked everything cushions. Had to reseal both windshields. Since then, all is well. Where is the water showing up inside the unit?
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