Bow Top Caravan Design
American Vardo has adopted the basic design characteristics of the traditional design, while enhancing it with the use of modern materials and assembly methods , making the new caravan useful for modern travel while maintaining the esthetics and charm of the original version.
The basic goal of the original American Vardo caravan was to provide a low cost, low weight, camping trailer that can be towed by a small vehicle. The design was inspired by the traditional “Bow Top” various developed for and used by the Romani people from the mid 19th century until the mid-20th century. The design was intended to to pull the caravan with a single horse, rather than the teams of horses required by the earlier versions.
The “Bow Top” with its lightweight canvas top has a low the center of gravity, making is less likely to roll over. The canvas is supported by a resilient strong framework of interconnected bows or hoops and attached to purlins resulting in a lightweight strong structure. The arched design provides the optimum use of space, providing the maximum width the level of the bed, which is somewhat elevated, allowing for additional storage. The ledge” feature allowed the caravans narrower at their base enables the caravan to be mounted on standard sized farm wagons, or, now, a standard utility trailer, as its undercarriage, thereby reducing weight and cost. The arch shape, also provides minimum frontal exposure at the top which has proven to be advantageous the modern design, since it significantly reduces wind resistance at highway speeds. In addition, the rounded shape improves the stability of the caravan by minimizing the effect of side winds.
American Vardo has adopted the basic concept of the traditional design, while enhancing it with the use of modern materials and assembly methods , making the new caravan useful for modern travel while maintaining the esthetics and charm of the traditional version.