Micro vans coming to a site near you

Designed in Italy, the new range of Wingamm micro vans manufactured by Volkswagen is coming to Australia.

If you don’t want a large caravan or RV and prefer something smaller and easier to tow, the Wingamm Rookie might be the van for you. Built as a single fibreglass unit, its tare weight is only 780kg, which means it can be towed legally by everything from small cars to heavy-duty 4WDs.

Launched at the recent Leisurefest in Melbourne, the Italian-built Wingamm Rookie will be marketed exclusively in Australia by Little RV Co, a new offshoot of Roma Caravans. Despite its diminutive size, the Rookie features a combined shower/toilet/vanity ensuite, a four-seater lounge that converts into a queen bed, a Truma hot water service, two-burner cooktop and sink, ducted reverse-cycle airconditioning, an 80-litre Vitrifrigo three-way fridge, a 120Ah AGM battery, provision for solar power, and 65-litre freshwater tank.

These new style micro campers will compete with traditional wind-up or pop-top campers and caravans. The benefit of the Rookie is its instant set-up, as there’s no winding or labour involved to prepare it for use when you arrive at your camp. Its smaller size also provides better fuel efficiency when towing long distances.

Sliding side windows and an opening roof hatch are included for ventilation and an awning is available to fit into the sail trail built into the van’s door side. Little RV Co plans to offer the Roma Rookie on the rental market, to let Australians trial it and become familiar with this new type of van.