Welcome to the 'Fat Gypsy' website.

The 'Fat Gypsy' (patent applied for) is an expanding car-towable touring caravan or 'glamping' pod or lodge or garden room/office with something of the flavour of a traditional gypsy 'bowtop' - where you can sleep, lounge, cook and/or eat in comfort. Or it can be fitted out in any other way you choose.

We have built a 12 ft 'Fat Gypsy' prototype in our workshops near Pewsey, Wilts., where we are more than happy for you to come and see the work in progress and discuss how the Fat Gypsy concept could be customised to your exact requirements.

The 'Fat Gypsy' is around 7ft wide when folded in for road transport and is fully 'street legal' but opens out to around 12ft wide on site. The length of the 'Fat Gypsy' as illustrated here is 12ft, but the length could be anything up to 20ft (the longer versions will sleep up to 8) and still be 'street legal'. This means that it would usually be classed as a touring caravan for planning purposes.

The basic shell of the 'Fat Gypsy' is made from glassfibre/epoxy/plywood/foam sandwich panels and can be finished internally and/or externally in 'real' wood or traditional green canvas and/or painted in various colour combinations complete with whatever traditional gypsy caravan artwork takes your fancy. Thermal insulation is built in to all the body panels so that the 'Fat Gypsy' will stay cool in summer and cosy in winter making it suitable for all-year-round use!

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Interior

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For the time being, to keep all our options open, we have left the interior completely bare - apart from some plastic sheeting on the back wall to represent the eventual veneered plywood cladding - and have not fitted any additional windows (even the big round one we have made for the back wall).

The round 'lights' in the centre of the roof are not actually lights but tri-wall polycarbonate sealed 'portholes'.

However, here are some ideas for an internal fit-out:

 

Fat Gypsy expanding car-towable gypsy caravan

 

On the inside, the fit-out of a 'Fat Gypsy' depends entirely on the owner's wishes. These illustrations (with back end panels removed) show a simple arrangement with a sofa/bed on one side and cooking/storage units on the other in an 8ft long version.

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There could be plenty of storage space: overhead lockers above the sofa, foot lockers under the sofa and even a generous amount of space....

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....behind the sofa, accessed by tipping the seat-back forward.

Fat Gypsy expanding car-towable gypsy caravan

To convert the sofa into a bed, first open out the foot locker doors....

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....then temporarily move the seat and back cushions out of the way.

Fat Gypsy expanding car-towable gypsy caravan

This will enable you to rotate the hinged upper seat-base through 180° until it sits on top of the foot lockers doors to form a bed-base.

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Then just put the two cushions on top to create a full-size double bed.

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The procedure for getting a 'Fat Gypsy' ready for the road also begins by folding up the sofa-bed. First, move the cushions out of the way....

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....and fold the seat-back down.

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Then lift up the bottom shelf on the curved panel behind the sofa-bed and clip it to the shelf above.

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Next, fold the outer side panel inwards to rest on top of the other sofa/bed panels.

Fat Gypsy expanding car-towable gypsy caravan

Then rotate the whole lot through 90° and clip it in the vertical position.

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This will allow you to lower the main curved panel and secure it in position.

Fat Gypsy expanding car-towable gypsy caravan

Putting away the kitchen and storage units on the other side would beeven simpler.

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Just close all doors and lockers, undo the catches and slide the whole unit (on wheels) into the centre of the floor and secure in position.

Fat Gypsy expanding car-towable gypsy caravan

Next, fold the outer side panel inwards onto the base panel....

Fat Gypsy expanding car-towable gypsy caravan

....then fold both panels up behind the kitchen/storage unit and clip in place.

Fat Gypsy expanding car-towable gypsy caravan

Finally, lower the curved panel and secure it in position. All that remains is to put the steps away, raise the corner steadies and the 'Fat Gypsy' is ready to be hitched up.

If you would like any further information about how a 'Fat Gypsy' can be customised to your requirements, please don't hesitate to contact us,

Peter Sylvester of Barry Hargreaves

at

epsylvester@tinternet.com

or on (+44) (0) 78 67 94 33 95