It was the year 1973 and the country was Poland, and the first Euro Caravan model was designed and produced for the consumer market.
The “126” design of the Euro Caravan originated from the Fiat 126p. The caravan was originally designed so that the small car could tow it freely. The trailer body was made of polyester-glass laminate so that the weight, depending on the equipment, varied between 280 and 300 kg.
The low weight and load capacity of just over 100 kg allowed the suspension to be used with rubber suspension blocks – the wheels were from the Fiat 126p. Inside the bodywork were two storage compartments, which were at the same time seating, and with the table were a place to sleep. There was also a wardrobe and a cupboard for food (a 60 ltr refrigerated space) over which the sink was located.
The trailer was equipped with gas and electric 12V and 220V and water installation. Such kits ran to the sea and to the lakes in the Masuria region.
The maximum speed of this car and caravan combination was about 70 km/h, so driving anywhere was very tiring. Still, the Poles were eager to use such combinations. The price of the new trailer was PLN28,000.