My wife and I have been going camping for the past 26 years...
We started off crawling on all fours in a small tent, when our babies were small, towing a small trailer with our 88 SWB soft top.
Then, as our kids grew bigger we replaced our tents for bigger ones and changed vehicles until we reached our 130 Double Cab with a larger trailer.
Our kids have now grown up and my wife and I still go camping and take the kitchen sink! We have a large Outwell Norfolk Lake Tent, which has the luxury on parr as that of a Roman Emporers Tent - carpets, camp kitchen, camp cupboards, proper bedding, and all!
It takes around 3 hours, yes 3 hours! to get it unloaded and set up, but we don't mind as it becomes our home from home!
It's the going home bit that does us in i.e. 3 hours to dismantle everything and get it packed etc.
So, I have been thinking, maybe it's time, to exchange the camping gear for a caravan.
So, I have been looking at various caravan websites and have looked at several makes and models; the modern ones look very OK, but they never appear to be strong enough and the design I am looking for, probably doesn't exist
I guess I am trying to look for one that has the same looks and lines as that of a Defender, which will be just as strong, robust and practical.
Then I thought, "wouldn't it be nice if Land Rover designed and produced their own caravan version"...... it could be running on Land Rover wheels and could be towed anywhere in the world, desert terrain to artic conditions!
We could get away from the traditional caravan colours of cream, cream or grey! .......and instead Land Rover would turn them out in their own colours and make them available in single or twin axle models!
I think that I would be proud to tow a caravan made by Land Rover, both Caravan (in Keswick Green of course) and, in my case Defender would compliment each other to a tee!
The nearest design that I have seen would probably be too heavy as on a recent visit to Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chayham, Kent, there was a heavy vehicle vintage display and one of the lorries had on tow one of these site operation wagons! It did look strong, robust and reliable just like our Land Rovers! (see image!)
I''ll think that I will write to Land Rover at Solihull and ask their design team, very nicely, if it's time for them to design and produce their own make of Land Rover 'Safari' Go-anywhere' Caravan...!