The Baldwin Gypsy caravan was patterned after the Reading caravans which were built in Reading England roughly between 1870 and 1920.  The caravan exterior follows the original Reading design fairly closely, given the constraints of putting it on a flat bed trailer as opposed to having it pulled by a horse.  The location of the berth on the inside is close to the original design but the remainder is filled with the accoutrements of the modern RV. 

The Caravan was built working part-time over a period of one and a half years by myself, Burt Baldwin and my building partner, Bill Donovan.  We are both retired university professors,  Bill having taught in the history department and I in the sociology department. That’s Bill in the picture above working on the siding.

             Burt                                                     Bill

While camping on the edge of the Everglades in Florida, a neighboring camper drew this interpretive sketch giving us a bit of an idea of what the caravan would look like in the horse propelled days.