Don Jessen was born into a caravan family. His dad started manufacturing caravans in 1946 – four years before Don was born. The company, Liteweight Caravans, eventually became New Zealand’s largest manufacturer. The business started in the garage at home, so Don was raised around caravans, later completing an apprenticeship in coachbuilding. He then went on to hold senior management roles in the company before becoming a director. Marilyn, on the other hand, came to caravanning when she met Don in her late teens, and soon accepted that ‘love this man, also meant love these caravans’.