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Telescoping wooden caravan raises the roof on small living


Woodenwidget has managed to put a very interesting spin on the classic pop-up camper. It's designed a sort of wooden gypsy caravan with a two-part body that rises up at camp. The ingenious, little Slidavan tucks low to ride behind the car, then grows to full size to provide a comfy place to cook, eat, sleep and live. And Woodenwidget doesn't want to sell you a Slidavan; it wants you to build your own at home.

Like so many that end up building their own camping trailers, Woodenwidget founder Robin Benjamin, who's better known simply as "Benjy," started his journey somewhere around the intersection of frustration and disappointment. He was searching the market for a light, simple and affordable camping solution that would also be spacious and comfortable enough to not only sleep in, but to stand up and cook in. Large, heavy and/or expensive trailers were out. Teardrops were out. Claustrophobic or poorly designed caravans? No and no.

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