Reinventing the Gypsy Caravan

Tonke Campers Tonke Campers

Tonka Campers, cre­ated by Dutch doc­u­men­tary film­maker Maarten Van Soest (and named after Maarten’s daugh­ter), offer a refresh­ing take on dis­pos­able travel. They are obso­lete already, in the best pos­si­ble way, and mature rather than date.

Eschew­ing the typ­i­cal molded plas­tic and vinyl, they are hand-built in a vil­lage in the south of the Nether­lands using tra­di­tional meth­ods and mate­ri­als. Rus­tic lux­ury awaits on the inside, with pol­ished mahogany fit­tings, teak floors, porce­lain sinks, chrome faucets and glass windows.

In as lit­tle as 15 min­utes, the camper unit can be removed from the vehi­cle, allow­ing for place­ment in a gar­den as a guest cot­tage or inspi­ra­tional workplace.

  • Piou

    Whaou ! I love this…

  • Kate

    Oh I love this sooooooo much! We are cur­rently research­ing car­a­vans so we can take a break from our farm in the down time next year and travel for 6 months. NOTHING is any­where near as gor­geous as that. In fact they are all so ugly that we are hav­ing trou­ble com­mit­ing to any.

  • jodi

    this is awe­some! So cool that it can dou­ble as a lit­tle guest cot­tage on your property.

    My hus­band just said “I would love to have that.” :)

  • chelsea­fuss

    love it!!!!

  • char

    I have a GIVEAWAY for an orig­i­nal water­colour of mine on our Blog…have a great day…I just thought I would share too.


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  • kylie3sheets

    Oh I love it! What is it about car­a­vans? Do they remind us of cubby houses from child­hood with all the mag­i­cal imag­i­na­tion that came with them? I just want to run away on an adven­ture in one of these ;) Thanks for shar­ing this. K

  • cabrizette

    Excel­lent !!! vin­tage travel !

  • Design Mom

    So appeal­ing! Does this mean I want to run away with the gypsies?

  • home­made grits

    dreamboat/van. think­ing about you!!! thank you for the birth­day wishes!

  • mag­gie

    hi! thanks for leav­ing me a com­ment, love your blog!
    ↓love the co-zen uten­sils for kids, wish it was a bit cheaper…
    can i link your blog from my blog? i’, for sure be com­ing back frequently ;)

  • torta­gialla

    Wow, beau­ti­ful design there…I love all the wood, such mod­ern yet folky look­ing style at the same time. Thanks for vis­it­ing my blog and it’s so cool you live on a farm and have all those ani­mals — I want that one day — even though I know it’s not all fun and games, I think it’s still fan­tas­tic :P

  • Stacey

    I love it. I could pic­ture myself romp­ing through the Irish coun­try­side with my fam­ily in this beauty! Thanks for shar­ing! Love your blog!

  • plaisirssim­ples

    this is AMAZING!!! I want to live there!!

  • yuriymizyuk

    Share taxis are the main sys­tem of pub­lic trans­port in many coun­tries (espe­cially devel­op­ing coun­tries) and are known by many dif­fer­ent names around the world (see table). They often are pri­vately owned and have an anar­chic oper­at­ing style, lack­ing cen­tral con­trol or organ­i­sa­tion.
    Yuriy Mizyuk

  • mitchd­cba

    I learn so much.
    Thank you so much for all the won­der­ful infor­ma­tion.
    gypsy horses

  • Anony­mous

    I been look­ing for a cus­tom camper.This is great. If you need fur­ni­ture for a small space check out

  • Low Plains Drifter

    Gor­geous wood­work and floors!

  • boiler repair London

    Nice very inter­est­ing post. Thanks!