Author(s): Don Jessen
In 1946, a practical-minded New Zealander became interested in caravans as a way of holidaying and decided to build one for his family in his garage.
From this humble beginning a story of Kiwi ingenuity emerged, with Liteweight Caravans growing to become an iconic New Zealand brand, which for over four decades led the country, and sometimes the world, in technical design and innovation. Liteweight produced more caravans than any other caravan manufacturer in New Zealand and, today, more than 25 years after the factory closed, the majority of its caravans are still in use.
This is a story as much about people as it is of caravans, and the person at the heart of the story is Tek Jessen, Liteweight¿s founder.
Don Jessen is the son of Tek Jessen, founder of Liteweight Caravans Ltd and author of the 2014 bestselling title Retro Caravans: Vantastic Kiwi Collections, also published by Bateman.