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Old 06-09-2015, 01:24 PM   #11
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ALSO REMEMBER that all the major appliances and other components carry a manufacturer ( of that item) warranty of one to three years , your call !!!
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Old 06-09-2015, 01:43 PM   #12
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There are actually now a few used originals for sale on RV trader. There wasn't any for a while. Strange for the RV world, the price keeps going up and are listing for quite a bit more than the last of the new ones sold for. If you can, consider looking at a used Wright-Flyer. It is hard to beat bunks if you have kids but the WF has a nice sleeper sofa and the table turns into a very large bed as well.
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:01 PM   #13
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I know these units very well as my WF was up there getting service 2 times. These units were an attempt to get the costs of building these units drastically reduced. Everything was cheapened including the frame work and the axials, tires, etc. The head of FR hired his home remodeling contractor to attempt this project. He is a young guy with good ideas but the budget was killing him. I actually have some pictures of the units being built. And yes these units have a wood floor and wood structure. The only resemblance to the original Aviator was the body, and those walls and front and rear caps where leftovers from the original builds. Basically this unit is a Pilot as he use components from the pilot plant across the street.

In my opinion, find a used one and enjoy it. I have seen the way these new units were built and would say "Run Forest Run"!

The original unit was very good as I did compare it to an Airstream, as I originally was going to buy an Airstream. Today, since Thor bought Airstream, it is junk as Thor has cheapen it dramatically but they still hold the price and people buy them because it's an Airstream.

FRs problem with the unit is two fold, in my opinion, they are not set up to market higher end product, it's all about a price point with FR and marketing to the masses. Second, with a few minor floor plan changes the unit would have been more acceptable.

I think FR is a company that if a product doesn't take off the first year and make money, they dump it. Plus they started making the Aviator when the market was soft. If they would have stayed in, today they would have trouble keeping up with orders as the RV market is booming and price doesn't necessarily rule the purchase.

I throughly enjoyed my WF, and yes it had issues which FR repaired to my satisfaction with no questions asked. It was my entry into the RV world and glad I did it. I am the type of person that doesn't like "Me too" product, especially when your spending this kinda money. The last thing I want is to be assigned an RV site only to pull up and see the same unit I have in the spot next to me. With the Aviator, this is highly unlikely and if it does, that would be cool!

My unit was the 19th unit to be built and I was buyer #6.

At the time FR had a gentleman named Brian Moran running the Aviator Div and handling customer service. This gentleman was absolutely all about customer service and made it his personal goal that every Aviator owner was happy and satisfied. I must say his magic worked for me as he was the most pleasing person in this industry I have ever met. His heart was truly into making the Aviator RV fly! Unfortunately FR didn't give it time enough to really get its wings.

I wish today I had kept mine just as a collectors piece as some day it will be sought after like old Airstreams are today! Once you see one going down the road, you never forget it!


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Old 06-15-2015, 12:18 PM   #14
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:19 PM   #15
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Notice in the photo how thin the side wall is and the wood framing in the front.


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Old 06-15-2015, 01:34 PM   #16
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Thanks for sharing that info ToyBoy. As an owner, I find the Aviator story interesting. The pictures are great for seeing how they put together the three leftovers. You can really see the differences between the originals and these. I didn't realize they had so little in common and they did not use composite and aluminum in the structure. Post anything else you got!:
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Yes please more pics would be great thank you for such a thorough response
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If you had the $ down to 24k, and you're looking to save another 10k on something cheaper, what exactly are you looking at to get a new 24 - 30 foot TT for 14K? Am I missing something here?
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Ten grand is an exaggeration I've seen other new bumpers pulls for $18ish on close out with tpo roofs.
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Old 06-23-2015, 09:01 PM   #20
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The more I see and hear about other TTs, and the more time I spend doing mods on my WF, the happier I am we bought this great unit. Yep, it had bugs as all new units do, but what you get in innovative construction materials and design far surpasses the nit-pick upfront problems.
This is my 4th RV and I couldn't be happier now that I've gone full solar with inverter. The DW is even happy.....and that is saying a lot!!! She fell in love with it on sight and like me, is still learning all the neat things it will do, not to mention it's a dream to tow, just tongue heavy. [4 x 125 amp hr batteries up front]
FR did stick garbage Tow Master tires on it, but since all 4 of them have now exploded and been replaced with "E" rated tires, we are good to go. I'd buy it again.
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