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Dashaway - The Small, Compact Touring Caravan

Compact caravaning - The new age!

The Dashaway e caravan is believed to be the first two berth caravan in the world designed specifically to be towed by not only most little cars, old and new, petrol or diesel, such as Ford Fiesta, Suzuki Swift, VW Polo, but also Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid and pure electric cars with a towing capacity of 720kgs or more.

"Towing? its got to be dead easy, regardless of what you're towing with"
(Caravan and Motorhome Club, August 2019)

Designed specifically to meet the challenges and demands of the latest and forthcoming vehicle legislation and technology to allow you to enjoy your leisure time, not just today but for the future too.

Towing with a small / electric car

This is due to Dashaway's lightweight, streamlined dimensions and de minimus electrical drain on the tow car means it can be towed by some current Hybrid cars, such as the Toyota Prius and Toyota C-HR, also Plug-In Hybrids (PHEVs) such as Volkswagen Golf GTE, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Pure electric cars too such as Tesla model 3, Jaguar I-Pace plus there are plenty more coming soon.

Dashaway e caravan (‘e’ being for electric) is super-stable - awarded a 99% score or towing by the Caravan and Motorhome Club August 2019, compact and light-weight on the road, making minimal demands upon the tow car. Therefore, we feel "Future-proof caravanning" has arrived!

Micro touring caravan at its best

On the road, the Dashaway interior accommodates the retracted ‘Podrant’. The Podrant houses the fridge, part of the bed and your bedding, both whilst travelling and on-site. This is in stark contrast to a ‘normal’ caravan where you’re lugging around a large and mostly empty box of air.

“The secret to the internal space is found in the pop-top roof and clever Podrant folding side”
(Camping and Caravanning Club August 2019).

"there's a lot of really intense engineering gone into this one"
(Caravan and Motorhome Club, August 2019)

Dashaway; makes sense then, doesn’t it? Once on site, or in a lay-by for a snack, the space enhancing, counterbalanced Podrant is easily deployed with just one hand, in a few seconds.

  • External height, roof lowered; 1.83m (6’0")
  • Shipping length (overall length); 4.0m (13’2”)
  • Width, overall on road; 1.72m (5’8”)
  • M.I.R.O. (mass in running order) 644kgs
  • M.T.P.L.M. (maximum technically permitted laden mass) 720gs - 1,000kgs
  • User payload: 76kgs to 356kgs
  • Width, main body only; 1.24m (4’1”)
  • Width, on site with Podrant deployed; 2.34m (7’8”)
  • Internal height at kitchen, roof raised; 2.13m (7’0”)
  • Internal height ‘mid-ships’, roof raised; 1.8m (5’11”)
  • Internal height, roof lowered (enough to sit) 1.37m (4’6”)
  • Double bed; 1.96m (6’5”) x 1.34m (4’5”)
  • Single bed 1.96m (6’5”) x 0.84m (2’9”)
  • Floor space remaining with double bed in place; 1.10m (3’7”) x 0.68 (2’3”)
  • Floor space remaining with single bed in place 1.10m ( 3’7”) x 0.95m (3'1")

One or two berth options

Double bed: The Dashaway has a class-leading double bed 6'5" x 4'5". What's more, it is made up by repositioning just a single cushion in about 5 seconds! Can any others offer that? "double bed that takes literally seconds to make up" "beds are really comfy"
(Caravan and Motorhome Club, August 2019).

Two single beds: The Dashaway can have two single beds - again created by repositioning just one cushion.

Single berth: The Dashaway can be made up as a really large single bed, almost 3' wide, giving even more floor space.

It is important to note that all facilities remain accessible at night time regardless of which bed configuration you chose with decent floor-space for using the Porta Potti.

Electric induction hob & microwave - No gas!

Dashaway has a unique to Wheelhome, independent all electrical cooking set-up which includes an Induction hob (a fast and efficient cooking system with instant heat control) and microwave (plus you can have an oven/grill too), which run from the built-in Inverter and Lithium batteries, or campsite hook up. Therefore, many mains voltage appliances can be used including sandwich makers or a kettle. What is an Inverter? A device that cleverly changes 12 volts from the very high capacity auxiliary battery into 230 volts.

“The secret to the internal space is found in the pop-top roof and clever Podrant folding side”
(Camping and Caravanning Club August 2019).

If there's no gas, how long can you last on electric?

How long will the battery last and what about recharging? A couple of days in inclement weather, far more in clement weather. In fact, in reasonably bright weather, Dashaway can actually be self sufficient thanks to the bespoke solar panel. When connected to campsite hook-up the battery can be kept ‘topped up’ additionally by a battery charger so you can use the inverter as well as hook up. Fresh water storage is a 23 litre portable tank (on wheels). The water is electrically pumped to the stainless steel sink and drainer. A 23 litre waste (grey) tank is also provided.

“...created a solution that’s practical and fun”.
(Camping and Caravanning Club August 2019).

For two great adventures, feel free to enjoy Stephen's account of the unexpected journey to the Shetland Isles or to the beautiful French Alps, click below.

Stunning Millau viaduct, southern France. 

Want to see some more photos of Dashaway in France? Click the Dashaway to French Alps tab.

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If you would like to know more then please give us a call or come and visit. We would love to talk you over the in’s and out’s of all our models and answer any questions you might have.