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ABC - ABC-Karossen
AB in Mönsterås, started to construct caravans
in 1977. They were pioneers in using glued sandwich
panels. The company still exists but they stopped making
caravans in the end of the 80's.
ALFREDO - A folded caravan, constructed by Alfred Jönsson in Katrineholm, in the end of the 50's.
- A caravan, constructed by Ingenjörsfirma
Andersfors AB in Kristinehamn, in the mid 60's.
- A caravan from the early 60's.
Bergkvara Industri AB
in Bergkvara, made a few types of the BIAB caravan in
the mid 60's.
Carlsson AB in Nossebro, made the BOCA, that
also was called Nossebrovagnen, from 1962 to 1972.
AB Lamellplast in
Lindome, made the BOHEM from 1961 to 1965. It was a monocoque design in
- AB Åseleprodukter
in Åsele, made the BOREVAGNEN from 1966 to 1974.
- Elofs Bil &
Husvagnar in Ludvika, modestly started to
construct the BORG in the mid 50's. From the mid 60's
the manufacturing was quite rational, but ended in 1968.
Tore Nilsson in
Kristinehamn, started the CABBY company in 1963. Their
first caravans came out in 1965. In 1968 CABBY built the
largest Scandinavian caravan factory but also the most
modern European caravan factory, at the time, and the
CABBY method was introduced. That was a method to use
urethane foam between the outer aluminum sheet metal and
the inner plywood, without using any wood crossbars, to
achieve maximum insulation ability. In 1969 the CABBY
company was sold to the Boise Cascade corporation in the
USA. The British Cavalier, the French Digue
and the Dutch Kip
was also part of the Boise Cascade corporation. Later
they were in turn sold to the Bendix company in the USA.
In 1976 CABBY was sold back to Tore Nilsson, but he also
acquired Cavalier and Kip. In 1979 CABBY acquired 75% of
Digue. In 1982 the CABBY corporation got economical
trouble. In 1985 CABBY launched their first motorhome.
In 1988 the motorhome business became a company of its
own. In 1989 the company founder, Tore Nilsson, passed
away. His son, Per Nilsson, took over the leadership. At
the end of 1990 and during 1992, the activity at CABBY
was reduced heavily, due to economical problems. In 1993
CABBY started to make motorhomes within the caravan
company again. In 2001 CABBY became part of the Tirus
Group. In January 2016 CABBY went bankrupt. In the
spring time of 2016, the Polar company acquired the
& Bilverkstad in Grunnebo, constructed the
CAMPA in the mid 50's.
- Rowa (Rolf Wallin)
in Tillberga, constructed the CAMPMAN in the end of the
- Carman in
Lindesberg, started production of the CARMAN in 1962.
in Mölltorp took over the production. It was a plastic
- Two different manufacturers, independent of each
other, used the COMFORT brand. It was Termo
Industrier in Eskilstuna in the early 60's and
in Hallstahammar in the mid 60's.
- Bolin Båt AB
made the COME-ON from 1978 to 1981. It was a plastic
fibre-glass design with urethane insulation. KABE acquired the
company and it became Kabe Hus AB.
E-Be Trailer in
Malmö, constructed the caravans from the mid 50's to the early 70's.
- AB Eksjöverken
in Eksjö, made the Exclusive from 1963 to 1966. It
only came in one version, the Exclusive 600.
- Karlskoga Husvagnar AB
in Karlskoga, made the FAMILY from 1965 to 1968.
FAVORIT - Mauritz Bohlin AB in Vega, south of Stockholm, started production of the plastic fibre-glass design VIKING in 1962 but changed the name to FAVORIT in 1965. The door was on the left side on the VIKING but was changed to the right side on the FAVORIT. In 1970 AB Harry Wennberg in Stockholm took over the production. In 1972 the Electrolux company took over and finally in 1973 the Nycab company took over the production until 1981. The MF-400 was the most common version. Among others, the Swedish Railroad company, SJ, used approx. 300 of them. There were also the versions MF-540 and MF-600 but only very few were made, maybe less than 10. The MF-600 had a boggie chassis.
Floby Industri AB
in Floby, made the FIAB caravans from 1965 to 1971.
- Fjugesta Trä- &
Byggmaterial AB in Fjugesta, made the caravans
from 1961 to 1967.
- From 1962 to 1964 Sävar Snickerifabrik
was subcontracted to make the Stilmaster caravan. In
1965 they started to make their own models. In 1966 they
branded them Äss-vagnen. Basically they were copies of
the Polarvagnen. In 1967 they started to brand them as
Fjällvagnen. In 1986 acquired, the newly founded
company, Fjellvagnen AB the production and moved the
activity to Vuollerim in Norrbotten. In 1989 Fjellvagnen
was bankrupt. It was refounded as Fjällvagnen Caravan
AB. In 1991 the company was bankrupt again. Piteå
Produktion AB acquired the company and they manufactured
caravans only to direct orders. In 1998 the company was
sold and soon it disappeared from the market.
GEV - Georg Ericssons Snickeri in Valskog, constructed the GEV from 1962 to 1971.
- AB Junohus in
Uddevalla, constructed the caravan in the end of the 50's.
in Heby, constructed the caravans from 1962 to 1972.
HOLIDAY - Heurgrens Båt & Motor in Stockholm, made the plastic fibre-glass HOLIDAY in the early 60's.
KABE - Karosseri
AB Elit in Tenhult. Kurt Blomqvist constructed
a caravan in 1958 for his own family. He sold it before
the family had used it, though. Instead Kurt Blomqvist
modestly started a caravan factory in 1959, while he
still worked for the Air Command. In 1962 Kurt Blomqvist
staked on the caravan manufacturing on full time and he
left the Air Command. In 1969 completely new factory
buildings was finished. KABE started KAFI in Finland. In
1976 a series of KABE caravans, with a low price tag,
was produced at the Panther factory in England. They was
branded as the Nordica. In 1985 KABE started to use
sandwich panels. In 1986 the spare part and accessory
company Kama Fritid AB was founded. In 1987 KABE
acquired the British Fleetwood company. In 1995 acquired
the bankrupt Öggestorp. In 2004 Fleetwood was sold to
Adria. Here you can read their own book KABE 50 years.
KABI - A combined caravan and boat by MDY Produkter AB in Linghem, in the early 80's.
Kalix Husvagnar AB
in Kalix, made the plastic fibre-glass caravan in the
caravan constructed in the mid 60's.
- R. Lindhe in
Gothenburg constructed a few types of simple caravans in
the end of the 50's.
KONSTRUKTIONER - Drawings and manuals was made
Konstruktioner in Karlstad to make your own caravan.
- Paul Larssons
Snickeriverkstad in Mellösa, constructed the
caravan in the mid 60's. It was also sold as a kit.
MHF-trailern - A small DIY caravan, in the end of the 50's.
in Dorotea, made the MYRAN from 1993 to 1994. It was a small caravan that
resembled the Polar 300.
MYRBY - Myrby Snickeri in Enköping, manufactured a wide range of caravans from 1959 to 1966. In 1961 the name was changed to TRIMAB.
- The CABBY factory was subcontracted to produce the
Nordic for Husvagn-Svensson
from 1980 to 1981.
NORRLANDSVAGNEN - Norrlandsvagnar
in Bygdsiljum, constructed the caravan from 1961 to
1971. Since 1963 they have constructed staff trailers,
and that is still their business.
- See the BOCA.
NYCAB - Lars Nyström in Uppsala, used to make boats in plastic fibre-glass but started to produce caravans, using the same production technique. It was a well insulated and sophisticated caravan. It was approximately 5,5 meters and the look resembled the Polar Ambassador. In 1973 NYCAB took over the production of the Favorit from Electrolux.
- Olofsfors Bruk
constructed the caravans P600 and P650 in the 60's. P650 was, just
like Stjärnvagnen (OPIO 600), SELGS and UVI, a copy of
an SMV 10.
ORUST - Intermittent AB in Ellös, manufactured the caravan in the mid 60's.
- A caravan from the mid 70's.
POLARVAGNEN - Bertil
Holmqvist and Håkan
Wallin in Junsele, started to construct
caravans in a barn in 1964. The caravans was desiged for
use in the cold northern Swedish winters, so they had
urethane insulation, double windows and a heating
system. In 1966 the factory barn in Junsele was stroke
by a fire and a new factory was built in Dorotea. In the
beginning there was only the TB
model (TB=tvärbädd=across berth). In 1967 there was also
the LB model
(LB=långbädd=along berth). Both of them was 4 meter
caravans. In 1970 they launched the Diplomat
model. It was a 5 meter well equipped caravan. In 1971
they launched the luxurious Ambassador
model. It was a 6 meter two axel caravan. That far, they
had used the original Polarvagnen look and shape. In
1972 they launched the new look and shape, applied at
model. Basically, they kept that look and shape until
1990. In 1991 they introduced the High
Back models, having full hight in the rear end
of the caravan.
- Wanners Snickeri
& Karrosserifabrik in Lidköping, made the
RESVIL from 1948 to 1972.
- R. Håkansson
constructed the RH caravan at his company AB
Eringsboda karrosseri-industri, from 1948 to
RMS - RMS Industri in Skultorp, constructed the caravans from 1964 to 1966.
ROHAB - Ronneby Husvagnar AB in Kallinge, made caravans of British origin but in 1970 they acquired the production of the OPIO caravans. See the OPIO history.
See the CAMPMAN.
SAABO - SAAB produced the caravan in their factory in Ljunga, outside of Norrköping, from 1964 to 1968. Saabo was designed to be very light, to be suitable for cars with less powerful engines, like the SAAB 92.
SELGS - Just like the OPIO 600, it was a copy of the SMV 10.
A folded caravan, constructed in Bromma, at about 1960.
SMV - Sörby
Mekaniska Verkstad in Örebro, started to
construct caravans in 1948. SMV was the dominant caravan
manufacturer in Sweden during the 50's and the 60's. By
handbuilt craftsmanship they now make a handful of
caravans a year on direct orders. In 1986, Raimo Tunsved
took over the business and by then he already hade
worked for the SMV company for more than 20 years. In
March 2016 Raimo Tunsved passed away and nobody seemed
to be willing to continue the business. But then Henrik
Karlsson steps in and rescues the company and continues
SMÅLANDIA - Sävsjö was part of the British CI. They made improved versions of Sprite for the Scandinavian market. From 1985 to 1990 they also made SMÅLANDIA at the Sävsjö factory.
- The Carlsson
used to work for ÖGGESTORP but they set up their own
caravan factory, SMÅLANDSVAGNEN in Tenhult, in 1985. In
1990 they went bankrupt. The Sanbi company in Aneby
acquired the business. In 1991 bankrupsy stroke again.
The company was refounded and was acquired by Thor
Nilsson in Sjöbo but the manufacturing was still in
Aneby. The business was not profitable and was closed
down in 1995.
- Adolf and Reidun Sellgren
used to work for POLARVAGNEN but in the end of 1982 they
set up their own company, SPECIALKAROSSER in Dorotea.
They made special purposed trailers based on Polar
caravans. They also made the Easy Camper. In 1992 they
went bankrupt but was re-founded and was able to
continue with their business.
- Ege Westin in
Hallsberg, made the SUN-WEST from 1961 to 1965.
SVELAND - The caravan dealer Bengt in Örkelljunga had the SVELAND manufactured for him in England to his own specification from 1971 to 1981.
- The caravan was constructed in Urshult, in the end of
SÄVSJÖ - The CI
caravan factory in Sävsjö was set up in 1976 by the
British CI company, to make the Sävsjö caravans, but also to make improved
Scandinavian versions of Sprite, for the Scandinavian
market. The British CEO pronounced Sävsjö as "Safe
Sure". In 1982 the CI Group went bankrupt. In 1986 the
company changed its name to Sävsjö
Caravan AB. In 1987 the Polar
companies joined into one company, called Polar
& Sävsjö AB. In 1990 Smålandia was stopped
as a brand name. In 1991 the production was closed down
in the Sävsjö factory and was moved to the Polar factory
in Dorotea. In 1991 the Euroliner series was launched.
1997 was the last year of production of the Sävsjö
- Was an early sandwich plastic fibre-glass design and was manufactured
during the 60's.
- See the MYRBTY.
UVI 650 was another SMV 10 copy, in the mid 60's.
VÄRÖ - Väröbacka Karrosserifabrik constructed the caravan in the early 60's.
VOLVO - Linells in Braås, constructed a folded caravan for Volvo, in 1957, as an accessory for the Volvo PV 444.
YBO - Lindströms Husvagnar
in Ystad started to produce the YBO modestly in 1966. It
was a very high quality caravan. Fritidsbostäder AB in
Everöd, took over the production in 1971. In 1974 they
went bankrupt and the production was closed down.
YNGSJÖVAGNEN - Heides Karrosserifabrik in Yngsjö made carriage rides, already in 1922. Then they have made coaches for ambulances, buses, trucks, etc. From 1959 to 1965 they made caravans.
Åsele Transport Mekano constructed
a caravan in the early 80's without any windows or
interior. The customer had to do the rest them selves.
ÄSS-VAGNEN - See the Fjällvagnen.
ÖGGESTORP - In 1963 Bertil Larsson started to construct the LBE-vagnen in Öggestorp. Bertil used to work for KABE in Tenhult. The company changed its name to ÖGGESTORP Husvagnar AB. Popular models during several years was Drabant, Comfort, Regent and Baron. In 1994 the Colibri was launched. It was a completely new design. In 1995 they went bankrupt and was then acquired by KABE.