By Andrew Jenkinson
‘Micro’ caravans are the smallest touring trailers on the market, capable of being towed by the smallest contemporary cars (or even motorcycles). The micro caravan dates back to the early 1920s, and the earliest days of cars towing caravans. Generally speaking the ‘micro’ definition refers to lengths of ten feet or less, when average-size caravans were usually between 12 feet and 16 feet long. There was a micro caravan boom period in the 1960s to early 1970s, and a resurgence in the 21st century. Andrew also looks at micro motor-homes, built on lighter chassis than the average sized van more often used for conversions. Many of these caravans, both trailer and motor, were very small indeed, as makers strove to fit the users’ requirements into the smallest volume.