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Judging by the size of some of their motorhomes, it’s difficult to imagine US campers embracing something as compact as a pod caravan, but there seems to be a bit of a resurgence in the miniaturised mobile accommodation at the moment.

At least that’s the conclusion drawn by design web site Core77, based on the variety of thriving manufacturers it found for a short piece it recently published on ‘teardrop trailers’.

Makers range from Amish craftsmen who build modern-looking vans using high-tech materials, to more traditional designs with aluminium body shells and wood-panelled interiors.

Some of the manufacturers sell across Europe, but even if you’re not on the lookout for a tiny two-berth to tow behind a Swatch Smart car, the piece is still an fascinating read and links to some other useful ‘van web sites.

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