Mini Cowley Caravan shows that good things come in small packages

The Mini Cowley shows you can travel light and in luxury.
The Mini Cowley shows you can travel light and in luxury.

Tuesday, 23, Jul 2013 02:30

by Daniel Mackrell

Mini has continued to show that size doesn't matter by producing a compact caravan model which has all the comforts of home.

Since first revealing the Cowley caravan at the Geneva Motor Show last year, the company has developed two other mini camper designs aimed to demonstrate "maximum touring pleasure with minimal footprint".

The tear-drop shaped Cowley caravan weighs under 300kg and has a mini kitchen made up of a twin-burner gas stove, a water tank and a sink.

There is also an on-board battery which is charged by a solar module, and this makes it possible to power a fridge, a TV and an audio system.

The snug caravan has two sleeping berths, and has been described by Mini as a "luxurious overnight solution" which aims to show creative ways of utilising space.

Mini has kept to the style they are famous for, including the Mini racing stripes, and sliding windows on both sides, similar to the classic Mini design up until 1969.

The name Cowley comes from the factory where the Austin Mini was built, and it is also the home of the current models under the new name of Plant Oxford.

Mini doesn't currently intend to offer the Cowley caravan as a production model, instead the company designed them as concept vehicles that show the company's creativity and skill.

One of the other designs in the Mini camping range is the Mini Clubvan Camper, which is the world's smallest luxury Campervan.

There is also the Mini Countryman ALL4 Camp which features a roof-top tent that fits onto the top of a Mini and is well suited for tackling rough terrain.

For pictures of all three designs you can look at the slideshow below.


Find more photos like this on CaravanTimes

Comments - What do you think?
Related stories

help wanted

we have just bought a very old massager voyager folding caravan, and at the moment wish we hadn't we are having gr...

New Bailey? Or is it new?

Check the build dates Check the tyre dates Has it been in a field for 10 months? Be warned , just ask and check...

astral caravans

Who owns one and if so whats yours like,, what are your opinions of them? ...

Electric cars

I do wonder about the government anoucement as it effective so far ahead that there is no guarantee it will ever b...

Awning seating

Hi We've got the "director" type fold out chairs with the cup holder in the arm.  Comfy enough for a wee bit but a...

Awning. Height

Hi could anyone please advice the awning height for a Sterling Eccles sport 442 2014 as it has nothing in the hand...

porch awning for bailey willow

I am in the process of purchasing a bailey retreat willow, I am looking to fit a porch awning to it but not sure t...

GT65 Turin

Hi just joined site. I am about to purchase a Bailey GT65 Turin it ticks all the boxes for us. There are 2 vans we...

Government announcement on banning diesel and petrol cars

With all this crazy rush to ban diesel and petrol cars, I don't hear anyone saying 'what about the caravan and mot...

Two sites that do not accept bookings.

Hi all.  Tried to book into a site within Oban, "no we don't accept bookings" was the reply when I enquired. Askin...

For Sale

Burstner Nexxo t720 - 2012 - £44995

Burnster Nexxo t720

Low Low profile chasis motorhome

Rapido A-Class 999M - 2009 - £54995

Rapido A class 999M

This flagship Rapido model is based on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis (very rare) with the fantastic Mercedes 3.

Monaco Knight 38 PDQ - 2006 - £79995

x

THE most practical RV layout ever on the market with four slide out rooms, full cream leather interior and light oak cabinetry creates even greater feeling of space.

Niesmann+Bischoff Arto 69 PL (auto) - 2011 - £61995

Niesmann + Bischoff Arto 69 PL

One of the best build qualities in the industry including aluminium sandwich construction, deep double floor and front electric thermo windscreen blind make this motorhome fully winterised.

In pictures: testing the new Auto-Trail V-Line Sport 635 to the extreme

Caravan Times' Favourite Adventure Couple, Simon & Faye, CHeck out the new Autotrail V-line

This weekend however, we decided to test out how sporty the Auto-Trail V-Line Sport 635 really is.

PLANS VETOED: Essex caravan park plans vetoed again

Possible site location at Port Flair

Plans for a 70 pitch caravan park in Essex have been rejected by the local council for a second time.

Caravan site gutted in huge fire causing £1m in damage

Burnt out caravans at the site. Pics from Devon & Somerset Fire Service

An enormous fire has ripped through 160 caravans causing £1 million in damage at a site in Somerset

Caravan dealership launches new online store

Managing director Chris Talbot

Cheshire's largest caravan dealership, Leisure Sales, has unveiled its brand new online accessory store