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Is it a caravan or a bach? Actually the Carabach is a bit of both

 

BY ROB POOLEY

The Carabach-695Jason Wilson is a self-confessed tinkerer with romantic notions. From his evolution of ideas has emerged the Carabach. 

This is not so much a caravan to be towed from place to place but more a means of temporary dwelling or accommodation that can be fitted out with all the comforts of a modern caravan inside and a rustic look outside being clad in standard guage timber. 

There is little doubt that the market is wide open for short term housing and while big might be beautiful, big, in terms of housing, is mostly unaffordable.

 If you think it’s basic you’ll get no argument from Jason, but the Carabach can be configured internally to offer a couple or small family short term accommodation – no different from those who spend a month or more at the beach over summer – or for temporary or seasonal workers in a variety of industries. 

“This is simply an evolution of ideas,” says Jason. “Materials can be adapted to suit. This is single wheeled though tandem would make it easier towing. Then again, it’s not meant to be towed about like a caravan hence the name Carabach. It’s multi-functional, suited to a sleepout or Air BnB and it’s insulated with Pink Batts.”

This prototype sports 100-year-old sash windows and a real live solid wooden door. At 6m x 2.4m inside there’s lots of room for many purposes plus ample room for a pot belly stove and a big double bed.

This one is wooden framed. The next will be steel framed with a central beam. 

“Rough and ready but generally the look I was trying to create,” says Jason.

Want to know more? Contact Jason on 027 712 7409.

The multifunctional Carabach can incorporate a range of materials and layout designs to suit.

 
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