Micro Caravan









Here are some photos of my Micro Caravan. It’s made by hand with not very much machines (handsaw mostly to get real straight lines) and is made in Holland bij me (Jurgen Jas). Fed up with campin in a tent and not being able to find a real nice micro caravan I designed one myself, using bits and pieces of earlier designs from others. This micro caravan is towed by a Suzuki Alto wich runs while towing 15,8 km per liter (have fun calculating this in gallons per mile).

A small, hand-built, DYI camper built in Holland by Jurgen Jas. Photos, owned and shared by Jurgen Jas.

Originally shared at Tiny House Swoon.



  1. Dean July 16, 2016 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Nice job, scarey what you could do with power tools !

  2. Ardith July 16, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Very cool, Jurgen. Your design and skill to build the micro caravan are impressive.

  3. Linda July 16, 2016 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I want one

  4. Tim July 16, 2016 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    15,8 km/liter => 37.16 miles/gallon. 🙂

    Jurgen gets better mileage pulling his micro caravan than I get driving my car empty.

  5. Nancy July 16, 2016 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Love it!!!

  6. Neva July 16, 2016 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Oh I want one that can be pulled by a car. Yes. And yours is so neat Jurgen. I could totally see myself traveling in a camper like this.

  7. Diana July 16, 2016 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    This is just about perfect. You’ve done a great job. Please come to U.S. and sell them. I would happily purchase!

  8. Stefanie July 17, 2016 at 12:25 am - Reply

    Can anyone buy one? How much is this caravan?

  9. Jean July 17, 2016 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Mr. Jas,
    Is the expansion for the purpose of being able to lie down flat to sleep, or is it to increase the feeling of expansiveness inside your inventive, creative caravan? Either way, you have a great talent.

    • Mitchell July 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      I googled his his website and there’s a picture of a bed in the expansion:


    • Jurgen Jas July 29, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Hi Mike. The slide-out (fold-out) is firm enough to lie on with head or toes. Also a very nice lounche bed and creates more living space at the same time. the trailer is realy small, just 1,6 meter wide and 2,8 meter long. Sorry for answesring late but I am in France on a holiday. Thanks for all the reactions.

  10. Missie July 17, 2016 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    That car you’re pulling with gets about 38 mpg (miles per gallon). Impressive workmanship and design. You must get many people stopping you to see inside.

  11. Morning Star July 18, 2016 at 4:53 am - Reply

    You have made an excellent camper. Could you add solar or does it already have this feature? Will you make this camper to sell to the public? How many pounds is it weighing un packed? Thanks for sharing with the world! /*

    • Jurgen Jas July 29, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Sorry Mike should be Jean. Anyway empty it already weighs 490 kg so solarpanels and batteries is not an option. Most campstes have hook up to electricity. There are no drawings of my caravan and no book. Making one your own might have to wait until I finish making one. Perhaps I might research wether a company might be interested but I think it is a difficult shape to manufacture. Making a profit will be a great challenge, but who knows. Thank you all for alk the nice reactions. Enjoy my pictures and camping. Grwwtings from me.

  12. gunguru01 July 18, 2016 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Best pop up (and out) camper I’ve ever seen! I would love to see the build process.

  13. Susan July 18, 2016 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Seriously? You built this yourself?! It’s amazing! (Move over, [email protected], you’ve got competition.) You need to find a way to get this to market!

    • Curtis Beardsley July 18, 2016 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Amen!! I would love to have something like this beautiful and well designed camper. I don’t want to buy a gas guzzler to go camping. [email protected], move over, indeed!

    • Janina July 19, 2016 at 11:48 pm - Reply

      I have to agree with Susan. You have a new business in the making! And I love how the yellow of the pop up turns the whole interior sunshiney. Absolutely charming.

  14. Bob July 18, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Google says :

    15,8 (kilometers per liter) = 37,1639042 Miles per gallon. That’s impressive, even when you replace the comma with a period.

  15. BigPaul367 July 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Jurgen, damned fine job, you are my Creative Brother. (‘If not doesn’t exist, create it!’) Sounds like the Suzuki is working awfully hard to tow this little trailer. I suggest something Turbocharged to replace it when the time comes, 9.81 MPG is not terribly good. My Vintage Slant Six (1964 Plymouth Valiant) gets 12.9 when towing a 1780 pound (807.39 Kilos!) Teardrop Trailer, also homebuilt, WITHOUT a turbocharger and I am building a Turbo Motor to replace the tired (213,800 miles) engine. I want to get as close to 20 MPG (32.19 Kilometers) when it is complete. The original transmission (3 Speed Auto) will be replaced with an Overdrive Automatic. I love your design, the finished trailer is a real Beauty! Be proud, my Friend, be PROUD!

  16. Sarah July 18, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Could you share a book on instructions to make one ?

  17. Amanda Burton July 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    37.2 mpg. Impressive.

  18. Megan July 18, 2016 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    I love it! I think it is very beautiful and practical.

  19. Sophia July 18, 2016 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Love the layout. It seems so small on the outside but surprisingly very functional and comfy looking inside.

  20. Truman Green July 18, 2016 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    This is so fantastic. It would usually take a team of designers, mechanics, carpenters and
    engineers, plus a corporate structure, to built something this special. But Jurgen has the ability to do the work of all.


  21. Mike Wofsey July 20, 2016 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Just beautiful. Leaves [email protected] in the dust. If you can find a way to make these affordably, streamlining your production as much as possible, while maintaining your design aesthetic, you could sell these everywhere.

  22. Dawn July 25, 2016 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Wow Jurgen! Beautiful, well done! You are truly an architect! I hope you enjoy camping in your creation for many years to come. 🙂

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