On Jan 22, 2006, old374 wrote: Hi, I have recently purchased an old van from a country property and I am trying to find out some details about it . It is 9ft 6" long and 5ft 10" wide. It has a porthole window on each side as well as an opening window on each side. There was a tag on the drawbar which reads as follows:
RYDEASY Trailer Built by : JC Rydstrom 700 Princes Hwy, Kogarah
Nothing stamped in the model or serial numbers boxes. It is a full plywood van with front galley, dry ice chest , sink and stove area, it has a large wardrobe and overhead cupboards on each side. There is a 'U' Shaped seating area which turns into a double bed.
Reply by trodler: I have had a look through all of my Motor Manual Caravan Magazines from the 40s on and all I can come up with is the manufacture's Name and Address starting in the early 50s. Maybe RYDEASY was only a small caravan builder.
Post by Don Ricardo on Oct 6, 2013 21:33:31 GMT 10
On 19 April 2011, Rydeasy responded to a post by Old374 as follows:
My name is Jeanette Rydstrom and I believe your van was made by my father, JC Rydstrom. He carried on a one-man business in Kogarah in the late 1940s and 50s, making trailers and towbars and caravans. This van would be quite rare as he only made a small number of caravans. I can't tell you much more as I was a young child at the time, but I don't remember the porthole windows, nor the cut-in small door. Perhaps they were added later. I hope your renovation was successful and if you see this post would love to see an updated photo. Best wishes, rydeasy On 20 April 2011, Rydeasy posted again providing some additional information:
Jiust came across your posting the other day and I can tell you that the caravan was built by my father, JC Rydstrom, who ran a one-man business in Kogarah in the late 1940s and 50s. The caravan is quite rare because he only built a few vans to the best of my recollection. His main trade was in towbars and repairs but he also built trailers. I hope that you see this response because I am interested to know whether you completed the renovation. The basic caravan looks as I remember it, but I am not sure about the porthole window. I think that may have been added later and ditto the inset door in the main door.