When Julie and Brad Meilak set out to travel across Australia a few years back, they searched for an RV to accompany them on their adventures. The couple looked high and low for just the right model, but when that search came up empty, they decided to build their own travel trailer instead. The result was a lightweight towable that performed very well both on and off-road. So well, in fact, that when the Meilaks returned to the States, they decided to launch a new business dedicated to bringing their trailer to the US market.
Fast forward to today, and Wombat Camper is up and running in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The company—named for the cute marsupial from down under—has established itself in Roanoke, VA. There, the Meilaks are focused on improving the design of their original trailer and shipping their first completed models to customers.
The Wombat Camper takes some inspiration from the classic teardrop, although it has its own distinct profile. The trailer is 18’ long and 6’4” wide, with a dry weight of just 2,600 pounds. That is due in part to its lightweight fiberglass body, which increases durability while keeping bulk to a minimum. Fiberglass also happens to be very thermally efficient, making the RV a cozier place to camp during a cold weather outing.
With its 18” ground clearance and 30º departure angle, the trailer is well suited for off-road travel. It comes with a heavy-duty chassis, integrated rock sliders, and a reinforced suspension to help keep it protected when wandering off pavement. The standard 31” tires help it smoothly navigate over mud, sand, and snow, although optional 34” tires are available for those who need a bit more performance.
Inside, you’ll find the Wombat is surprisingly roomy, with more amenities than most other trailers of this size. It comes with a fold-out queen-size bed and a dinette with seating for four. The modular kitchen includes a stainless steel double sink and a two-burner induction stove, while a small slide-out refrigerator is accessible from both the interior and exterior of the camper. There is even an ample amount of counter and storage space for meal prep.
The compact towable ships with a 45-gallon fresh water and 25-gallon grey water tanks. Those are attached to the sink and the wet bathroom, which includes a shower and an optional toilet. An onboard water heater supplies hot and cold water both inside and out of the trailer, while a built-in water management system makes it easy to monitor current levels and refill from a variety of sources. The Wombat’s tanks, waterlines, and valves all fall inside the camper’s thermal envelope, which helps keep them from freezing during cold weather outings.
In terms of onboard tech, the Wombat does come with a Bluetooth sound system, LED lighting, and a built-in control system for monitoring the vehicle via a 4.3” screen or connected smartphone app. The trailer includes integrated 110-volt AC,12-volt DC, and USB charging ports throughout the cabin. Lithium house batteries are an optional upgrade, as are solar panels and a 1500-watt inverter.
The design for the Wombat includes a surprising amount of storage space for a relatively small trailer. The interior of the towable has cabinets and other cubbies totaling 40 cubic feet of space, with 5.5 cubic feet in the kitchen. External storage adds an additional 19.4 cubic feet, with some compartments offering access from the interior and exterior of the vehicle.
Other noteworthy features include 10” electrical brakes, a full-size spare tire, and a large awning. The trailer comes with exterior lighting that can be controlled via smartphone, as well as a spacious outdoor meal prep station. A ten-speed, remote-controlled fan mounted on the roof of the bathroom provides additional ventilation, and built-in reading lights in the sleeping area are also welcome additions.
After completing their first full-production model last fall, the Meilaks are now accepting new orders for delivery in 2023. For more information and specifications, visit the Wombat Camper website. And check out the company’s Facebook page for videos, photos, and further insights into this exciting new RV.
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