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Old 05-22-2013, 09:01 PM   #21
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going to pick mine up this Friday, after talking to the factory rep. today at the local dealer turns out Forest River has only had 15 units sold to the public as of today.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:10 PM   #22
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Welcome to thevClub

Welcome to the Aviator Club. Apparently, this is a small club. However, that doesnt change my mind about the Wright Flyer we just purchased.

Please share: which model did you buy? Which color? Where did you buy it?
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:29 PM   #23
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we got the wright flyer, with the premium paint all options except the sony tablet. seems like a well built trailer, on par with my airstream. will see how it stacks up this weekend when we hit the campground. got it at giant recreation world here in winter garden as the owner just bought the last 19 2013 aviators the forest river had on hand.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:03 AM   #24
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Sounds like a great unit. We also got the WF with the premium paint and all the options. Tammy is now working on getting the Sony tablet to work, as it is a few updates behind. We bought ours in Omaha at AC Nelsen and it was the only one they had, and they were getting anxious to sell it. It is clear that the Aviator is currently priced too high for the market, and it will be interesting to see how FR adjusts.

Let me know how your experience pans out, and I will keep you informed about how it works for us.

All the best
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:46 AM   #25
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well the one i got stickered for 89,000 we paid about 64,000, thats a bit higher than other places but I had to dump my 2013 36 CKTS. Was told the 2014 will be less expensive by means of using cheaper components and construction, knowing Forest River they will ruin the model instead of just going after the high end travel trailer ( Airstream) market.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:57 AM   #26
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I don't know Bob, but that sounds pretty reasonable for a full-time quality unit. I look forward to pics and your impressions. What tv are you going to use with it? Is it pickup day today?
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Old 05-25-2013, 03:13 PM   #27
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Hi All,

I just bought a WF Aviator from Giant Rec about 2 weeks ago. I was really close to purchasing an $89,000 Airstream 27' Serenity, thank God I didn't. Started investigating the Aviator for both design and construction and was convinced this was the way to go. Seems with an Airstream you are buying into the quoted "Lifestyle".

List on the Aviator was almost 91,000 with tablet and 2 A/Cs, premium paint, etc etc.... The Airstream has none of the electronic and fireplace options plus the slide on the Aviator gives great room in the living area. We used it last weekend and had a great time. ACs keep the unit really comfortable and quiet, in Florida 2 ACs is a must. Rained like Cats and Dogs one night and didn't know it was raining without looking out the window. The unit's a little heavy in the tongue but a good quality hitch fixed that problem right away. Im pulling with a 2013 F-150 Ecoboost and doesn't even know its back there except for the fuel mileage, LOL! Ouch. I have had a few issues but Giant Rec jumped right on them and got them fixed. It seems no matter the price, they all have stuff to repair.

I am told the serial numbers so far run from 1903 to 1973. 35 are WF and 35 are Electras. My serial is 1922. I was told it takes from 6-9 months to build because of the new materials and its all hand built. I was told they have never made a Spirit yet in this platform but have made a Spirit in a Pilot platform. I have been in a Pilot Spirit and its a BIG trailer! Nice layout but I am really happy with the WF layout. The beauty with this is that the slide can be closed and the unit is still completely useable. The Spirit is not.

I heard also that FR, if they continue with the current Aviator line, is going to keep the exterior but take cost out of the interior. I think thats a bad move. FR should make it even more upscale to compete with the new Airstream Land Yacht that lists for $150,000. 25 are going to be made and all are already sold and it wont be out until August.

I would like to see better fabrics or leathers for the upholstery and another color for the wood or even a brushed aluminum finish. Also a choice of flooring other than linoleum. The loveseat/bed fold out should have an option to just make it a loveseat recliner, we're never gonna have 6 sleeping in the unit. We were afraid we were going to have to purchase a new mattress, but the mattress is very comfortable and seems to be of a higher quality than most RVs. The structure seems to be built as strong as a brick s--t house and all the doors and hatches function well, right from delivery.

A couple of small wants would be to have an electrical cable reel and a water hose reel to make life easier. Who says you can't have Prevost luxury in a travel trailer. I have always said, if they made a Prevost travel trailer they couldn't make them fast enough. For the moment, the Aviator seems to be the Prevost of the travel trailers.

The all fiberglass roof makes for no caulking on a yearly basis except for the one vent pipe coming through the roof. Hallelujah! That will save some money and leaks! And the all painted exterior surface should prevent fading because no decals for the graphics are used.

LOOK OUT Airstream, the Aviators have you in their sights!!!!

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Don't Cheapen the Aviator

Toy Boy,

Your observations are spot on, as I see it. FR built a lux trailer, a game changer, leave it as such. They need to work on marketing and manufacturing efficiencies, not cheapen the product. We looked at the Pilot version of the Spirit-of-St Louis online. Sorry, a real disappointment.

We have already addressed the reclining love seat vs hide-a-bed issue. La-Z-Boy makes a reclining love seat called the Cole which fits the slide out perfectly. We are also replacing the mattress. Other than that, we will hit the road with OEM goods.

We looked at 5ers (Cedar Creek) and Airstreams, but nothing matched the Aviator for the quality, storage or unique style. FR needs to support this great new product line, not retreat in defeat. Success requires fortitude, not timidity.

Hope you enjoy. Keep us posted.
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Old 05-26-2013, 02:24 PM   #29
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Thanks Rovingbear,

You are right, sounds like FR needs a better sales department. People are still saying the economy stinks, but believe me there is plenty of money out there burning holes in peoples pockets that are looking for the best of the best. I have several friends that have large buses (Prevost) and thought they had talked me into that money pit ($1,500 for one tire, PLEASE), but when I showed up with the Aviator, they started thinking maybe thats the way to go. The appearance of the Aviator had their jaws dropping and couldn't wait to get inside and look around. Its simple to tow and simple to setup and can also get into Parks where the buses aren't welcomed. Also when you store it your not worried about keeping the engine, batteries and oil up. They were afraid that the interior was going to be cheesy but to their surprise they liked everything but the upholstery. They asked if there was a more upscale version and i said not yet. They liked the size and had never really thought about a trailer before but had looked at Airstreams but were not impressed. One of them said maybe he'd buy one for something different when he didn't want to go through the hassle of getting the bus ready to go for a short weekend trip to the beach.

I have been looking at campgrounds in the Great Smokey Mountains operated by the USFS and the largest sites only allow 35' units in most parks. What I would like to see FR add is an generator or provisions to mount a generator on the back as the Park Service campgrounds dont have electric hook-ups.

How do you plan to get the love seat into the slide? I know the love seat thats in there can be taken apart but not sure about the Lazy Boy love seat as to getting it into the trailer.

I think that FR should not use the name "Travel Trailer" but go a little more upscale and call it the first luxury "Towable Coach"! After all the original coaches were pulled by horses. Part of my own business, deals in the mega and super yacht world and the builders and designers create this "Snootiness" attitude and for some reason makes their clients want the vessels even more, and seem to enjoy bragging about the price they paid to their friends. FR should aim some of their sales efforts more toward the celebrity market as many celebs use Airstreams on their appearance sites.

I have to admit, its exciting owning something that only 15-16 people in the US and Canada own. Its shows we're either ahead of the norm or dumber than a box of rocks! LOL

I hope everyone has a Great Holiday!

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I don't know Bob, but that sounds pretty reasonable for a full-time quality unit. I look forward to pics and your impressions. What tv are you going to use with it? Is it pickup day today?
Michael
just back form our first outings here is our list of warranty items.
1. entry door out of alignment, deadbolt will not lock and frame being scraped up.
2. a few hinges need adjustment
3. strange flashing of LED in bathroom and slideout when bathroom fan is turned on.
4. no flow from kitchen fawcet.
other items missed by dealer during prep. due to rush for us to us it at Disney last week. as far as tow vehicle I am using a 2012 F350 DRW
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