Re: Cool Surfing Caravan
That sounds very interesting.. my major doubt would be cost. Have you seen the price of a new caravan? Even the tiny pod ones are ridiculously expensive, and they would be too small to cater for board and wettie storage. Then you have ongoing costs such as storage (over £300/annum in the north of England if you don't have space at home), servicing, campsites etc (you can't really stay 'offsite' like you might in campervan). I'm getting towards the higher end of your age limit (:( ), have a good job and no kids draining my finances, but I couldn't afford a new or nearly new caravan. Most people I see with new caravans are middle aged or retired.
I have an old 1990ish 2 berth that I pull with a Skoda Fabia estate. I sometimes hang wetsuits in the bathroom if the weather's wet. I often think it'd be cool to have a storage area that you could fit one or more boards in and hang wetsuits, that's accessible from the outside. However, you'd have to consider factors such as space and weight distribution for towing. You might sacrifice the bathroom and use a similar size storage space? You'd also need to consider ventilation to prevent the dreaded damp problem.
Another issue with board storage is that, unless you're camped right by a surf spot, you're going to be driving the boards to/from the beach so they'll either fit inside your car or you'll strap them on the roof. I definitely can't see myself taking a board off/out of the car at the end of the day, putting it into to caravan and then putting it back in/on to the car the next morning. So the only time I might use the storage in the caravan is while towing, but when towing I try to put as much as I can into/onto the car and as little as possible in the caravan. However, I always find somewhere to hang my wettie up to dry every evening and that can be a bit of an issue, so a ready made place in the caravan would be cool.
I like the 'bespoke' idea, it's not really something that's on offer from the various caravan manufacturers, though there's probably a good reason for that. Do you think offering bespoke layout/options would increase costs?
Hopefully I've given you some food for thought.