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My Mini Could Tow That by Don & Marilyn Jessen

Miniature caravans known as ‘tinies’ or teardrops’ have become very popular in recent years, due to their versality and small size. Whether new, vintage or classic, authors Don & Marilyn have put together a collection that celebrates these small, but perfectly formed mobile spaces across Australia and New Zealand.

Every tiny caravan has generous colour photographs and the personal history of the vehicle. It celebrates the clever use of compact spaces and how quality design stands the test of time.

There are so many standouts in this book, but if I had to choose a few, I reckon you can’t go past:

Michael’s Mini Camper S, that features on the cover. It was built to match his Min Cooper S tow car, and even though the floor plan is just 2.4 metres by 1.2 metres, it can accommodate four people. The secret is the large awning, which houses another two beds, a table and four chairs, and a toilet and shower.

Keith and Tracy built their own teardrop camper after going on holiday and their accommodation they had booked had fallen through. Now they never have to worry about that again, with a teardrop that is a travelling bed and kitchen on wheels. It’s beautifully rustic as well.

Gerald and Kim swapped a car for an old 10-foot caravan that was destined for the dump, and they have lovingly restored it to a funky design, with a bold zebra striped exterior.

I thoroughly enjoyed looking through this book and reading the different stories. It will inspire many people about the joys of these tiny caravans.

Reviewer: Iain McKenzie

Bateman Publishers, RRP $39.99