Wheel­home ex­pands into the caravan mar­ket

Practical Caravan - - Showroom News -

The Moto-trek Trek­away on dis­play at the NEC isn’t the only ex­am­ple of a mo­torhome com­pany mov­ing into car­a­vans this sea­son. Es­sex-based firm Wheel­home has done the same, with its new model, the Dash­away. Dubbed an ‘e-caravan’ be­cause it is all-elec­tric, the 4.04m-long ve­hi­cle fea­tures an elec­tri­cally op­er­ated ‘Po­drant’ slide­out unit that can pro­vide you with a 6ft 5in long dou­ble bed when fully ex­tended – or two sin­gles of the same length. It also has an in­verter and a so­lar panel, which should make it pos­si­ble to spend at least one night with­out hook-up, a mi­crowave, an elec­tric oven, a top-load­ing fridge and a Porta Potti. Op­tions in­clude an in­no­va­tive bike rack that is mounted on the side of the ve­hi­cle. With an MTPLM of 1000kg, the Dash­away can even be towed by a car as small as a Ford Fi­esta. The com­pany – which has built a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing small mo­torhomes that are some­times de­signed for just one per­son – has al­ready built and sold the first model, which has been taken on test drives to the Shet­lands and Land’s End. A se­cond model is in pro­duc­tion. Wheel­home only plans to build around 10 per year. A one-berth model should cost from £19,230 OTR; a two-berth starts at £23,230 OTR.

ABOVE The new, all-elec­tric Dash­away can be towed by a small carLEFT Op­tional ex­tras in­clude an in­no­va­tive bike rack mounted on the side

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