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A Visual History of Caravans (ePub)

Photographs from the 1920's to Modern Day

Colour eBooks Hobbies & Lifestyle > Travel P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Photographic eBooks Transport

By Andrew Jenkinson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
File Size: 66.5 MB (.epub)
Pages: 104
ISBN: 9781399092326
Published: 8th November 2022


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This book is a visual and informative look at the heritage of the touring caravan covering over a 100 years of this now very popular form of leisure. The book witnesses the UK being the inventor, developer and major producer of touring caravans. Images; (many from the Authors own personal archive) shows how caravan interior/exterior design has evolved and has been influenced by domestic trends through the decades. With nostalgic images the book brings to life this often forgotten yet important aspect of the modern touring caravan. Covering imported caravans as well as UK manufactured models shows just how continental tastes differ from UK buyers.

The touring caravan is a modern and sophisticated leisure vehicle that has evolved since the first commercial built Eccles brand caravan back in 1919. A then rich mans hobby, it became more affordable by the 1930’s and this was made possible with more modern production techniques. The design of the caravan emerged from a basic box like profile influenced by the 1800’s horse drawn gypsy caravan that became a fashionable form of holiday with the gentry. Dr Gordon Stables a retired Naval Officer influenced this idea with his specially built horse drawn caravan “The Wanderer” – now on show at the Broadway Caravan & Motorhome Club Site. Stables wrote of his adventures and caravanning in a sense had begun. The book contains many unpublished and rare images which also features cars from the period too. Andrew writes for Practical Motorhome, Practical Caravan and Park Home and Holiday Caravan Magazine amongst others and attends all major related shows.

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SAHB Times (published by the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain) Issue 112, Spring 2023

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Practical Caravan

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Highlight: 'This lovely tome is a joy, detailing a visual history of design and engineering
over the last century, through the medium of the touring caravan.'

Camping and Caravanning Magazine

If you've spent any of the last 100 years on holiday in a caravan, the chances are you'll find something to remind you of it among these pages. But even if you haven't, this lovely tome is a joy, detailing a visual history of design and engineering over the last century, through the medium of the touring caravan.

Camping & Caravanning magazine - February 2023

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Caravan (Magazine)

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Park Home and Holiday Living

About Andrew Jenkinson

Andrew grew up with caravans from his grandparents owning two touring caravans’ in the late 50’s and early 60’s. His own parents bought their first caravan a 1968 Sovereign 343 4 berth. Andrew became instantly fascinated by the design and different manufacturers and became a UK Industry expert, appearing on TV/radio and writing 14 books on caravan, motorhomes and static caravan histories to date. His passion has evolved over 50 years amassing a very substantial archive. He also has his own Youtube channel: The Caravan Industry Expert-Andy Jenkinson.

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