Why an A'van? That's easy: you can fold it down to half its height in 20 seconds and it won't cause the fuel-guzzling drag a normal caravan does.
The A'van – starting price $25,000 – is strong. None of the walls are made from canvas.
The triangles on either side fold on top of each-other, and so do the quadrangles front and back, all resting on the bench tops inside for towing.
They are great for two people on a trip of a couple of weeks (although too small for extended living, having no bathroom, for example).
Why these simple advantages spawned a veritable cult – very benign, to be sure – is a bit of a mystery, until you discover the friendly like-mindedness of the owners.
Photos: Like Doctor Who's telephone box – it's so much bigger inside: June Hicks in her A'van in Alice today, at the MacDonnell Range Caravan Park. Chilling outdoors in The Alice after couple of days of rain. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
They are members of the A'van Club of Australia which will be holding its AGM in The Alice in April next year. About 400 people towing 200 of the cute caravans (pictured) are expected, according to Ald Brendan Heenan.
Then in May the Honda Goldwing motorcycles club will descend in The Alice. A huge gathering – 5000 to 7000 people – will take place here in 2014 when the Ulysses Club for mature-aged bikers comes to town, says Ald Heenan.