Kabe is a Swedish caravan company that goes back to 1958 and specializes in high-quality but low-volume production of caravans. It could be that the name rings a bell with you, and that's because it’s the company behind the one-off Kabe Imperial Tower, the two-level towable landyacht introduced in 2007 as a PR stunt. Built to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary, the Imperial Tower offered 26 square meters (279.8 square feet) of living space, including a private balcony on the second floor – is a phrase you're not likely to see anywhere else in relation to a towable.
It was fully functional and was paraded around trade events throughout Europe, adding a new world record to Kabe's already impressive list, that of the tallest caravan in Europe. In the '70s, Kabe had introduced the Imperial Hacienda line, which, at 11.57 meters (37.9 feet) in total length, was the longest caravan on the old continent.
In the right configuration, the new Imperial Hacienda lives up to the "hacienda” in the name ("ranch” or "estate” in Spanish) and can sleep as many as eight people. They'd all have to share the same bathroom, which is located at the rear of the trailer, which could be slightly inconveniencing, but they'd sleep on comfy beds and have plenty of space to move around.
The Imperial Hacienda shown in the tour below is configured for a family of six. You can see there's some compromising happening in terms of kitchen facilities over sleeping, but the kitchen is still fully equipped, if slightly more compact. There's a large U-shaped sofa with an expandable table in the front, in the dining area, with another L-shaped couch in the living room. That one also has a table, so it can do double duty as dinette and converts into a bed at night by folding out one of the couches.
Other details that mark the Imperial Hacienda as a premium trailer, other than pricing (more on that later on), are a heated shoe closet, a drying rack hidden inside one of the cupboards, and the electric headboard in the main bedroom. Kabe also offers a huge amount of storage space, as would benefit an entire family on the road for an extended period.
The bathroom is perhaps the "most standard" area inside the caravan, offering a flushing toilet, a small sink with vanity, a shower room, and even more storage. It's nothing spectacular, but again, it's more than enough to work even for a large family of 8.
That last part is yet another thing that marks this record-breaking caravan as a premium product. The 2023 Kabe Imperial Hacienda starts at €127,134, which is approximately $136,500 at the current exchange rate. Here's to hoping the other seven people you plan on sharing it with will chip in on that because that's a lot of money for a lot of (mobile) house.