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Ted Rice replied to Russell gordon's discussion Help! What is this camper? in the group AVALON 'LIL TYKES
"I sort of remember my Dad asking me to get the number stamps out of the tool barn so he could stamp the VIN (serial no.) on the new tongue when he finished welding it on (the old one broke). So I would assume the serial number was on the tongue…"
May 11
Ted Rice replied to Russell gordon's discussion Help! What is this camper? in the group AVALON 'LIL TYKES
"Avalon was a Canadian company, but finding any information on it is difficult. This site lets you post photos to see if anyone recognizes what it is: https://www.facebook.com/vintagecampertrailers. The serial numbers were somewhere on the right…"
May 10
Ted Rice replied to Russell gordon's discussion Help! What is this camper? in the group AVALON 'LIL TYKES
"The interior design and the location of the windows and the door are quite different from my 67 L'il Tyke. Is there a plate fastened to the frame somewhere? It might be painted over. The frame and tongue do look similar to a L'il Tyke -…"
May 6
Ted Rice commented on camille brown's group AVALON 'LIL TYKES
"While working on the ceiling, I also made some new drawer fronts. There is still a lot to do, but that will probably be it for the inside this year. I do want to remove the rest of the tar from the roof and paint it with the white latex paint I got…"
May 17, 2018
Ted Rice commented on camille brown's group AVALON 'LIL TYKES
"Three years after beginning, I finally got the ceiling finished (except for putting in a few screws)."
May 17, 2018
Ted Rice commented on camille brown's group AVALON 'LIL TYKES
"That one looks like new! Great buy. My parents got tired of popping the 12 inch tires on the one we have, so swapped out the axle for one off a Saab 99 (Dad towed it with one, so it saved carrying a spare also). But he flipped the axle on it's…"
Apr 11, 2018

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Dry Camper
What's your camper's Brand, i.e. Travco, Shasta, etc.
Avalon
City and State where you are located. Do not use zip code, you know what it means but it means nothing to the rest of us.
White Creek, NY
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Retired for several years, love to camp and hike, do photography as a hobby, work unpaid as Town Historian and Archivist
What Interests you about the world of Good Old RVs?
Small and simple
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Our 1967 Avalon L'il Tyke was purchased by my parents used in 1968 for $600. My wife and I stayed in it on our honeymoon in 1969. In the late 1980's my parents gave it to us when they got a bigger camper. We used it sporadically when we had something that would tow it until about 2010, now use it regularly.

My Dad modified it over the years. He took out the icebox and put in a gas fridge, along with a small water system. When he backed into something, he built the storage box on the back rather than just repairing it. As the original 12 inch tires didn't hold up well, he put a SAAB axle and 15 inch wheels under it in the 1980's. The original tongue broke off in New Hampshire at one time and was replaced by heavier metal. He built a shelf inside in the back that one person can sleep in - if they are small and not claustrophobic! There are a number of other modifications, so it certainly isn't "original". Neither have all of the modifications worked out well!

My parents took it all over the eastern US, up the Gaspe peninsula, to Nova Scotia, etc. My Dad's idea of a vacation was getting up at dawn and driving 300 or more miles before looking for a campsite just before dark. Combine that with cramming four people and a dog into the camper, and it is a wonder I still love camping! Dad towed it with a SAAB 96, latter a SAAB 99. Both handled it well. Though I remember the authorities at Yarmouth, NS made him wait until last because they didn't think he would make it off the ferry - then watched amazed as he had no trouble at all! Then there was the time he lost his clutch slave cylinder and had to tow it across West Virginia without a clutch to get to a SAAB dealer!

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Still to be done:

Things that still need to be done:

1. Replace the ball hitch and move the jack forward. This year before using.

2. Repaint the frame and tongue. This year.

3. Finish scraping and repainting the roof. Hopefully this year!

4. Remove the inside shelf and overhead cabinet and finish the ceiling, then put everything back together. Maybe next year.

5. Refinish the inside paneling or replace it. Maybe next year while the shelf and cabinet are out.

6. Remove…

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Posted on May 13, 2017 at 6:04am — 1 Comment

The finished ramp:

The finished ramp being painted:

Posted on May 13, 2017 at 5:55am

Ramp

As my wife was laid up for several years I built this access ramp in 2015 so she could get in and out of the camper. It bolted onto the steps and came apart so it could be stowed inside while moving. Now that she is up and around we no longer use it.

Posted on May 13, 2017 at 5:53am

Roof

Then I started removing 47 years of accumulated roof coating of various types. I used kerosene to soften it, but that ran all down the sides, so I mixed up some napalm, which worked better but took a huge amount of styrofoam to make a small amount. Finally just did the scraping on very hot days with small amount of kero. Then removed the oil film with brake cleaner and… Continue

Posted on May 13, 2017 at 5:46am — 1 Comment

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At 9:05am on May 10, 2017, Rich Thomas said…

Super nice setup Ted, welcome to good old RV's !

 
 
 

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