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Happy when it rains: On the road with Britain's caravan crowd

Updated 1743 GMT (0143 HKT) May 19, 2015
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A boy looks out of a caravan in Devizes, England. Photographer Gareth Iwan Jones spent some time last year with British caravanners -- people who vacation in small trailer homes that they tow to all corners of the UK. Gareth Iwan Jones/INSTITUTE
A "welcome" step outside a caravan in Oban, Scotland. Gareth Iwan Jones/INSTITUTE
"There are certain elements of (caravanning) that lend itself quite nicely to family time," photographer Gareth Iwan Jones said. "There's definitely a lot of family bonding that goes on in caravans. Big family groups that go out together, two or three generations doing it at once." Gareth Iwan Jones/INSTITUTE
Jones traces an interest in caravans to fondly recalled vacations of his youth, but he said he approached the subject as an outsider interested in documenting UK leisure experiences. Gareth Iwan Jones/INSTITUTE
A girl and a dog relax at a caravan site in Somerset, England. Gareth Iwan Jones/INSTITUTE
"I'm pretty sure any caravanner would tell you a similar thing: emptying the toilets on caravan is never fun," Jones said. Gareth Iwan Jones/INSTITUTE
A caravanner enjoys a meal in Scotland. Gareth Iwan Jones/INSTITUTE
Jones' photographs, collected in a newly published book, show a world familiar to many British "staycationers": damp fields viewed through rain-spattered windows, fluttering Union Jack flags, mugs of tea, and fleeting moments of utterly glorious sunshine. Gareth Iwan Jones/INSTITUTE
A caravan travels down the road. Gareth Iwan Jones/INSTITUTE
A caravanner holds tongs while camping in Scotland's Cairngorms National Park. Gareth Iwan Jones/INSTITUTE
Caravanning "strips everything back a little bit," Jones said. "It goes back to a simpler way of living, and that seems to be the appeal for a lot of people." Gareth Iwan Jones/INSTITUTE
A caravanner naps at a campsite in Devizes. Gareth Iwan Jones/INSTITUTE
Even cats caravan. Gareth Iwan Jones/INSTITUTE
A rainbow over a caravan site in Glencoe, Scotland. Gareth Iwan Jones/INSTITUTE