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Avondale Perle Olympus DD6 (1988 model) Pre 1990 review

Overall caravan rating


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Key information

  • Year of manufacture: Pre 1990
  • Berth: 6
  • Single or twin axle: Single axle
  • Type: Touring
  • MIRO (Mass In Running Order): 674 kg

  • MTPLM (Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass): 900 kg

  • Length: 5.92 m
  • Width: 2.14 m
  • Shower? No
  • Toilet? No

Caravan summary

What's good?

Well balanced design with beds at each end, and the heavy equipment over the axle line.
Massive double wardrobe for the size of caravan.
Discreet storage for rear double bunk.
Substantial bunk supporting bars (removable) across the two rear side windows. These bars doubled up as a good fixing to secure a folding camp-cot placed on the side seat base (once the cushions were removed. Curtained off rear sleeping area.
An excellent starter 'van for a young family.
Rear double bed could be left up during the daytime if only two using the caravan.
Towed many thousand of miles across Europe and provided reliable and perfectly dry holiday accommodation for many years.

What's bad?

No installed shower.
No installed cassette WC, but sufficient space to carry a Porta-Potti.
Limited headroom for the lower double bed at the rear, when the upper double bed is deployed.
No battery or battery box as standard.
Short front settee, so nowhere to stretch out and lounge.
Orange grab handles affected by sunlight so faded and became brittle.
Water ingress to front gas / spare wheel locker.

Would you recommend it?


Style & comfort ****

Do you like the way it looks?

It's a good basic starter 'van, with clean lines, and appropriate 'holiday colours'.

Is it comfortable?

Yes very comfortable, if a little cramped for 6 occupants.

Ease of towing *****

Is it easy to tow?

very stable to tow, and the large front gas locker will swallow a huge amount of light bulky equipment, such as an Aquaroll.

Reliability & water ingress *****

Anything to look out for?

I purchased the first prototype, and that had damp issues from a front wall joint that was designed out for the production models.

Practicality *****

Does it meet your holiday needs?

With ease. Apart from many thousands of towed miles in the UK, it was also used it to tour extensively through France and Switzerland over a five year period.

Any modifications?

In standard form the spare wheel is mounted centrally in the front locker, with a gas cylinder each side.
I relocated both gas cylinders to one end of the locker, and the spare wheel to the other. This then left the central area free to carry an Aquaroll, a waste water container, various leveling blocks, and the hitchlock when traveling, and stay within the noseweight limit of 100Kgs.
Fitted a Labcraft TP2 battery box/charger into the base of the large double wardrobe, venting it through the floor.
Upgraded the corrugated waste pipes, to domestic smooth 1.25" piping.
Installed 240V mains consumer unit and a number of sockets.
Added an LED night-light over the rear bunk for our daughter who was a toddler at the time.
Added side repeater indicators to the front of the caravan body so indicators could be viewed from in front of the caravan rear wall - very useful in town traffic.

Buying experience *****

Did you buy it new or used?


Where did you buy it?

Franchised dealer

What was the seller like?

Very accomodating, and helpful. Bought caravan at a discount as it was the protortype show model at the Earls Court Caravan Show in 1988.


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