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!
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.
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