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The History of Caravanning: From Early Travel Trailers to Go-Pod Micro-Tourers

Caravanning, or traveling in a caravan, has a long and fascinating history that dates back to the early 19th century. From the earliest travel trailers to the modern-day Go-Pod Micro Tourers, caravanning has evolved and transformed over the years. In this blog post, we'll explore the history of caravanning and how it has led to the development of the Go-Pod Micro Tourers we know today.


Go-Pods Micro-Tourer Caravan in Bude, Cornwall
Go-Pods Micro-Tourer Caravan in Bude, Cornwall

The Early Days of Caravanning


In the early 1800s, wealthy travellers in Europe began to use horse-drawn carriages as mobile homes, with some even building elaborate caravans with luxurious interiors. These early caravans were heavy and difficult to move, but they were a precursor to the modern-day caravan.

1900s Travel Trailer for Go-Pods EU Website
1900s Travel Trailer

In the early 1900s, travel trailers began to emerge in the United Kingdom. These early trailers were small and simple, with a basic wooden frame and canvas walls. They were lightweight and could be towed by automobiles, making them accessible to more people.

The Golden Age of Caravanning


The 1920s and 1930s saw the rise of the golden age of caravanning, with people across Europe and America embracing the freedom and adventure of caravan travel. Caravans became larger and more elaborate, with wooden interiors, full kitchens, and even bathrooms.


During World War II, caravans were repurposed as mobile homes for soldiers and their families, further fuelling the popularity of caravanning as a means of travel.


1936 Pontiac Motorhome
1936 Pontiac Motorhome

The Modern-Day Caravan


In the post-war years, caravans continued to evolve, with lighter and more aerodynamic designs that were easier to tow. In the 1960s and 1970s, caravans became more luxurious, with features such as air conditioning and heating, bathrooms, and even satellite TV.

Today, caravans come in all shapes and sizes, from small, lightweight trailers to large, luxurious motorhomes. The Go-Pod Micro Tourers are a modern-day example of the evolution of caravanning. These compact, lightweight caravans are designed for easy towing and manoeuvrability, making them perfect for road trips and outdoor adventures.


As you can see, caravanning has a rich and fascinating history that has led to the development of the modern-day caravan. From the earliest travel trailers to the sleek and stylish Go-Pod Micro Tourers, caravans continue to capture the imagination of travellers around the world.


Modern Caravan - Go-Pods Micro-Tourer
Modern Caravan - Go-Pods Micro-Tourer

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