Neat pictures of old caravans!
We live in an age of motor vehicles. Few of us could consider, for safety if nothing else, taking to the roads in a horse drawn vehicle. When the automobile seemed here to stay, caravanners in Europe adapted to the new technology.
The earliest models look essentially like their horse-drawn cousins, just stuck onto a truck chassis. In this era, I suspect they were topping out at 35 mph.
This is the earliest side-door design I have found which changes the dynamics of the interior layout. Note that in the vehicles above, the driver is still fully exposed to the elements. A far cry from our modern experience. Note the “driving coat” worn by the pilot of this beauty.
This French innovation has boxed-in the driver’s compartment making it suitable for foul weather. Still, I would be worried about those huge, non-safety glass windows.
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