New Age Wallaby: Review
A spacious kitchen and bathroom make the New Age Wallaby a very comfortable ride.
One of the characteristics of earlier New Age caravans is that they tended to have contemporary internal colour schemes. Well, nothing has changed in that department and the white/grey/chocolate brown interior of this Wallaby looks good. A feature of pop-tops is that the screened windows in the gusset add a considerable amount of fresh air and natural light and this one is no different.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Built in a pretty conventional fashion, the Wallaby pop-top has a DuraGal box section 100mm railed chassis, meranti frame, aluminium cladding and an aluminium roof. Setting up the pop-top is quite simple by undoing the corner roof clips and remembering to set the awning for opening rather than closing – it makes such a difference when trying to lift the roof, which is normally quite easy.
External bin space is limited to just a front tunnel boot which is quite spacious, even with the battery charger and breakaway system battery in place. Up front, the single 9kg gas cylinder is found on the drawbar while, at the rear, the spare wheel is mounted on a simple arm and situated quite low, for easy access and minimal lifting.
Weighing up, the Wallaby comes in with a surprisingly high Tare weight of 1570kg and an ATM of 1870kg. That puts it well and truly in the small-to-medium tow vehicle capacity and, indeed, my Nissan Navara had no difficulty across the Blue Mountains. With its lower travel height, the Wallaby is an easy towing proposition.
HITS & MISSES
- Low travelling height (compared to a caravan)
- Large bathroom for a van of this size
- Reasonably-sized kitchen
- Good price
- Tunnel boot with good capacity
- Pleasant interior decor
- Nice glossy brochure but lacking any specifications
- Too-low microwave
- 12V fuses awkward to get at
NEW AGE WALLABY SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 6.8m (22ft 4in)
- External body length 5.2m (17ft 1in)
- External body width 2.41m (7ft 11in)
- Travel height 2.38m (7ft 10ft)
- Internal height 1.99m (6ft 6in)
- Tare 1570kg
- ATM 1870kg
- Ball weight 100kg
- Frame Meranti timber
- Cladding Aluminium
- Chassis DuraGal
- Suspension Leaf spring
- Brakes 10in elec
- Wheels 15in
- Water 1x80L
- Battery 1x100Ah
- Solar No
- Air-conditioner Truma Saphir
- Gas 1x9kg
- Sway Control No
- Cooking Dometic three-burner cooktop
- Fridge Dometic RM2350 90L
- Microwave Daewoo
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Suburban 23L
Price as shown
The full test appears in Caravan World #544 December 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!