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A great indoors for the great outdoors : the story of Liteweight caravans / Don Jessen.

By: Jessen, Don [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Albany, Auckland : David Bateman, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Description: 159 p. : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits ; 19 x 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781869539054 (pbk.).Subject(s): Jessen, Tek, 1919-2012 | Lightweight Caravans (Firm) | Caravans -- New Zealand -- History | Caravans -- Design -- New Zealand | Travel trailers -- New Zealand -- HistoryDDC classification: 629.2260993
Contents:
Introduction -- The young Tek -- The war years -- A new beginning -- Riverlea Road: the new factory -- The early '70s: the boom years -- The late '70s: boom and bust -- The innovative '80s -- The last hurrah! -- List of Liteweight models -- Identifying Liteweight models and year of manufacture -- Independent reviews of Liteweight models at manufacture -- Jessen family members who worked for Liteweight.
Summary: "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."--Publisher's website.
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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.

Introduction -- 1. The young Tek -- 2. The war years -- 3. A new beginning -- 4. Riverlea Road: the new factory -- 5. The early '70s: the boom years -- 6. The late '70s: boom and bust -- 7. The innovative '80s -- 8. The last hurrah! -- List of Liteweight models -- Identifying Liteweight models and year of manufacture -- Independent reviews of Liteweight models at manufacture -- Jessen family members who worked for Liteweight.

"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."--Publisher's website.

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