Knaus Schwalbennest

by Christina Nellemann on February 27th, 2012. 17 Comments
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Tiny House Blog readers who have perused the book “Teardrops and Tiny Trailers” by Douglas Keister may have seen the delightful little Swallow’s Nest trailer owned by Lowell and Janice Vivian. This trailer was originally built in 1961 by the German trailer company, Knaus. For its 50th anniversary, Knaus is selling the redesigned Schwalbennest in a limited edition retro design.

The diminutive trailer is just over 12 feet long and about 7 feet high. It weighs about 1,245 lbs. and has a maximum load capacity of about 400 lbs. It includes an awning, three windows and a skylight, outdoor lighting, integrated blinds, lights, a two-burner stove and sink, a fold-out work surface, a refrigerator, a four gallon water tank and a gas heater. It sleeps two people on the 4.5 ft. by 7 ft. fold-out bed. The trailer also contains a full wardrobe, storage under and behind the benches and above the dining area.

Each of the “Nests” have a specially designed identification plate with their respective serial number and are equipped with “Swallow” upholstery.  The price of the Schwalbennest is €5,990 or about $7,900. It is currently only available in Europe, Iceland and Great Britain.

Photos courtesy of Knaus and

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

17 Responses to “Knaus Schwalbennest”

  1. tinycottage says:

    cute as a button! but 400 lbs load capacity? a couple of adults, clothes, groceries, etc. and you’d be over that quickly.

  2. Hazel says:

    Sweet! I love it! The finishes are very classy, and the gas mileage for towing must be a big selling point. Good for a summer holiday trip or as a weekender.

  3. Angie says:

    Looks as if they have the new fiat 500 pulling it, so that’s a really small car, so these must be okay for compact up sized cars.

    And the burners on the edge of the cabinet with the sink behind them makes me concerned for those using the sink or cooking – making coffee or tea.

    But it is a cute little thing.

  4. Steve says:

    “It is currently only available in Europe, Iceland and Great Britain.”

    Damn! I want one!

  5. GeoNomad says:

    It’s impossible not to think of that awesome Norwegian movie, Kitchen Stories.

    The researchers were supposed to live in tiny teardrop caravans in the Norwegian winter.

  6. That is really nice for such a good price! Wish I lived in Europe.

    • Emilian says:

      Live in Europe…? I doubt that many non-eu people actually would like to live in Europe. We have the whole EU system to make great things expensive or not allowed. The canadian and american tourists are shocked by our pricelevel incl. foodprices. So the above concept is for few people in the EU.

      • Mallthus says:

        On balance, most EU countries have healthcare for all, stronger consumer protections, more worker protections, etc. It’s a trade off that some non-Europeans would prefer (such as my family) and that some Europeans bristle at and would like to change. Isn’t it nice that not all places are exactly the same?

  7. Sean says:

    1200 plus pounds and towed by Fiat 500?? Diesel maybe? I know my HHR with a bigger engine isn’t rated to tow that much. Great looking trailer and nice to see such great finishes in a relatively affordable trailer… please bring it to Canada!!

  8. David Rhodes says:

    How could this travel trailer be brought to and sold in the USA? Anyone?

  9. Noah Fing-Whey says:

    Greece has all that you are looking for! Perhaps you can move there rather than fighting to bring Greece here.

  10. Charlie says:

    I’ve never seen that particular combination of kitchen sink, gas burners and fridge before. You would never have access to the sink while you were cooking without reaching over hot pots and pans. If it could be reversed (burners in back, sink in front), I think that it would be much more usable.

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