Cold camping and battle tank created Cabby and Cabby method
It all started back in 1960, when Tore Nielsson, a producer from Värmland (Sweden), spends several unpleasantly cold nights in a tent. This was the first and last time that the Torah did something like that. This experience will force the Torah to think, “Why not start building caravans?”.
Nilson in those years was an active and successful entrepreneur-industrialist. In 1963 he opened his first caravan production company, Ingenjörsfirma Andersfors AB, in Kristinehamn. Three years later, he renamed the company as Cabby Husvagnar AB.
Primitive first caravans
These were the times when Shvedtsiya, however, like the rest of Europe, experienced an economic boom. Confidence in the future for many years to come, a boom in car sales and the development of auto travel. Swedish television channels run black and white Flintstones. The Beatles bathe in glory with their first hit Please Please Me. In a few years, you will see the first student riots and breakthroughs in youth cultures.
In those years, caravans were fairly primitive products, traditionally oval in shape, built according to simplified standards, using technologies from the 40s and 50s. The first competition appears in the growing market of caravans. All manufacturers are still very young and not everyone is destined to remain in this market. As in the automotive market during this period, British manufacturers of large and cheap mobile homes dominate the caravan market.
Skepticism about the traditional method of construction
While the Beatles make history at Abbey Road Studios in London, Torah Nilsson examines the caravan market and concludes that current caravan construction methods (similar to small wooden houses built on a wooden frame) are not sufficiently reliable and durable.
In the autumn of 1964, the first prototype of a caravan for 4 people was produced. In 1965, it began mass production with a volume of 1000 caravans in the next 5 years. Cabby Caravan quickly takes the lead in sales on the Swedish market.
Tank thermal insulation method
Sabby received some useful tips on the new method of body insulation from the army company Bofors from the city of Karskog. In the production of the Swedish tank Stridsvagn 103, also known as the Stridsvagn S, an innovative method of improving the insulation of the body was used. The battle tank used a new thermal insulation technology - a special mixture of polyurethane foam injected between the inner and outer layers of the skin. The result is a compact and lightweight sandwich without stiffeners. Durable and stable, capable of carrying out bearing functions. The new method eliminates the problem of cold bridges, increasing thermal insulation performance more than polystyrene foam and mineral wool, widely used at that time.
An all-season caravan was an important step in success.
Not believing in the usual panels with wooden frame, nails and loose insulation, Nilsson immediately throws an eye on this promising method. The new method of thermal insulation reduced the time of production and increased the service life of equipment. The sixth sense tells him that this step will lead the construction of an all-season caravan to a new level.
He quickly orders a sample from Bofors and buys the first body built in Denmark. In December 1964, the Cabby Method was born - an innovative method in the production of bodies for caravans.
Cabby method from the beginning
In 1965, the serial production of the first Cabby 400 caravan began. Unlike the traditional ovoid body forms of the caravan at that time, the Cabby 400 had straight planes and strict lines. The caravan price was 8,000 Swedish crowns (equivalent to 75,000 Swedish crowns in 2013). In 1965, the annual salary of a male industrialist was 22,000 Swedish kronor. A woman holding a similar post, the salary was 20% less.
The layout of the Cabby 400 caravan was as follows: two twin beds in the back of the trailer cottage, a mini kitchen, one bed in the front and an upper folding shelf. The length of the trailer was 390 cm, width 200 cm and height 230 cm. The dry weight of the caravan was 540 kg with the possibility of additional cargo up to 160 kg.
Gas stove and washbasin - the limit of luxury for 1965
Caravans first equipped with local gas heaters, at the same time performing the functions of wall lamps, running on gas. Pretty soon, Cabby is introducing a central heating system. Along the perimeter of the caravan, an aluminum pipe is laid with radiators attached to it. The heat carrier is the liquid antifreeze warming up from a gas copper.
Although the kitchen was simple by today's standards, a gas stove and a sink were a great luxury back in 1965.
Cabby is an outstanding caravanning brand.
Tore Nilsson was considered a very courageous industrialist, bordering on recklessness, when, in contradiction with industry in general, he introduced the Cabby method into mass production. Today it would be difficult to find a similar producer in any industry capable of taking such risky steps with courage in such a crucial part of the production process.
In 1965, in the first year of production, 50 caravans with a staff of 50 workers were produced. Sales grew every year and the need for a new plant was felt more acutely. In 1968, the new plant was founded on the outskirts of Kristinehamn and opened by the then governor (and part-time environmental activist) Rolf Edberg.
In the coming years, numerous models of caravans and even motor homes will be built at this plant.
Innovative corporate culture
Since its inception, the company has been pursuing its corporate culture that promotes development and innovation. Founder Cabby combines an authoritarian management system with openness, friendliness and humor. The well-being of its employees here is of paramount importance. Tore manages the company with a firm hand, but does not interfere in the details, always keeps his word at all times and instills in Cabby sales organizations the importance of always keeping their promises. This leadership style commands respect for Cabby.
Cabby for Tore Nilsson remains his main and most important company at all times.
Track in the world of caravanning.
Over the years, Cabby designers have been producing innovations that leave their mark on the global caravanning industry. Cabby was the first to introduce a standard toilet and a shower stall, a fridge cooling system for more efficient cooling, an AST stabilization system for better road performance and safety, a cross-sectioned frame for increased rigidity and caravan floor .
In 2013, Cabby launches the innovative CabbyLoo toilet. Toilet that burns waste.
Today, all Cabby caravans are still manufactured in Kristinehamn, which is a half-century-old tradition of caravan construction. Production is still based on the philosophy of Tore Nilsson. Almost all subcontractors are located in Sweden and other northern countries. The plant and its production processes are constantly being improved, but at a cautious pace, in order to ensure the high quality of the product.
What began as a good idea after several sleepless nights in a tent became part of Swedish industrial history. And the journey continues for almost half a century. Here at Cabby, they believe that the next half century will be just as interesting.