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Old 11-09-2012, 08:29 AM   #1
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Just to get away from the Fiat Fiasco, here is a link to the Knaus Swallow Nest mini trailer, in english. It is a reintroduction of a 50 year old design. Neat paint choices are shown at the bottom.

BTW: You don't have to go all the way to europe to buy one, it is also available in Iceland....

Knaus Schwalbennest
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:12 AM   #2
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"Only available in Europe, Iceland, and Great Britain." I'm glad to see that GB has finally left Europe! Boy, that's cute as a bug's ear. Kind of fun the way a wide-angle lens makes the inside BIG!
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:29 AM   #3
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I should get one of those for my dog!! It is too small for me.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:01 AM   #4
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I'm impressed that it can be pulled by a Fix It Again Tony.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:23 AM   #5
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also available in Iceland....

Just what they need for the 1 day of summer.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:30 AM   #6
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Just to get away from the Fiat Fiasco, here is a link to the Knaus Swallow Nest mini trailer, in England. It is a reintroduction of a 50 year old design. Neat paint choices are shown at the bottom.

BTW: You don't have to go all the way to Europe to buy one, it is also available in Iceland....

Knaus Schwalbennest
Great design, perfect for two and would be lots of fun!

Would work well for quick run to a photo opportunity's or getaways saving time on setup and take down.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:09 PM   #7
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Cute, but it makes the 13' eggs look amazingly spacious in comparison.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:25 PM   #8
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Cute and classy! Love the paint job options.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:39 AM   #9
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There is someone in NC building a similar trailer, it's on ebay, 2013 Custom Toad micro camper.There is also a vintage similar size camper a couple miles from us in someones yard, and a member on the tnttt forum has one.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:56 AM   #10
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I think there are two interesting aspects of this small trailer.

First it has very attractive appointments. The Dinette/Bed has sloped backs for comfort and as well the bed is basically a true double bed.

Secondarily it is being pulled by a Fiat, having owned a new Fiat during the 70's gas crunch, I am not a Fiat fan based on old experience.

This trailer looks like a product that could have a US market.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:08 PM   #11
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A couple more comments;
How cute!
  • The interior definitely has a European flair.
  • 'Love seeing the designer bag in the closet! Talk about "glamping"!
  • We loved driving a Fiat on our trip to Italy. Seems as if the car was made for narrow hairpin turns and white-knuckle driving there. Please note: I would never want to tow a trailer in Italy! We did see lots of small truck campers, though.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:37 AM   #12
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Seeing the, ahem, 'discussions' about what vehicle can tow what trailer, I thought you guys might like to see this photo (not mine) of a very similar-sized Weferlinger trailer being pulled by a Bond Minicar Mark F. The Weferlinger was effectively an East German copy of the West German Schwalbennest.

The Bond Mark F (see Microcar Museum exhibit) had a 250cc single cylinder engine producing all of 9.5hp (and what use could a sane person have for more than 10hp?). If you follow the link, you can see how this entire motorcycle engine and gearbox was suspended in front of, and drove, the front wheel, turning with the steering.

And the bicycle? My guess is that it was carried so that when the outfit got to a steep hill, the passenger got out and pedalled since clearly the engine couldn't get them all up a hill. Or maybe the bicycle hooked on front of the car, 'double heading' like a railway loco?
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:31 AM   #13
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Whoooo look at the front end on the Bond Minicar... thanks for the explaination Andrew as to why it needed to be so long up front! LOL
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