Presented by The Caravan Club to Prince Charles and Princess Anne as children in 1955, the Royal Caravan is fully roadworthy and functional, apart from the hotplate. The ash frame is clad in aluminium, insulated and lined.
The Caravan was built using traditional construction techniques by Rollalong Limited of Ringwood, a well-known caravan manufacturer during the 1950s and now operating as a leading provider of modular buildings and portable cabins.
It was originally presented with a set of Beatrix Potter books and a copy of Captain Marryatt’s ‘Children of the New Forest’, autographed by all who had worked on the caravan. The Duke of Edinburgh, patron of The Caravan Club, is said to have towed the caravan with a Hillman Husky shortly after presentation.
The caravan was refurbished at the time of The Club’s 75th anniversary in 1982 and re-presented to Princess Anne. In the run up to The Caravan Club’s centenary in 2007 the Royal Caravan was completely restored by Rollalong who originally built the caravan.
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