|2021 MeerKat (in University of Iowa Hawkeye colors)|
As the beautiful little yellow and white fiberglass camper pulled into our corner of the campground (three tiny/little trailers together!), I felt the beginnings of a dream coming true. For the last couple of years I've wanted to write about the MeerKat. To me, the simple, elegant lines and composition of the camper just shout out that the MeerKat is a classy, well-built tiny trailer. And now a beautiful yellow and white model was pulling in, pulled by a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE! Lucky me!
|Dan and Holly Berkowitz|
This is the third trip the Berkowitzes have taken, one that is exciting with their new trailer, but also one that stirs up treasured memories. "We haven't been here for many years," Holly said. "The last time we camped here was with our kids when they were this tall," she added, measuring waist high with her hand and smiling sweetly.
Dan provided some information about the MeerKat 5x9 trailer. The units used to have sliding windows, but evidently they became hard to stock at some point. The company began building the campers with push-out windows, something Dan likes much more because they can be open when it's raining. They unit also comes with a small awning that attaches with a keder rail. An extra that can be purchased is screened room siding that attaches to the awning, providing some protection from insects.
Some MeerKat Eye Candy
|Beautifully finished interior|
|A lively yet elegant seating/sleeping area|
|A door-side view with awning and pop-up extended|
Dan also related some frustrating experiences as new owners of the MeerKat. One realization was that the spare tire is optional. "Who would want to buy a trailer and not have a spare?" Dan asked. Then they discovered that with their RAV4, the front mounting of the spare limited how tight a right hand turn could be--you could execute "a moderate right hand turn." Buying a hitch extender solved that problem. Another surprise was that the door fit so tightly that it couldn't be opened. The Berkowitzes finally got it open went inside, and then realized it was also extremely difficult to open from the inside, especially while experiencing a mild, claustrophobic panic attack! They escaped, though, and then their sales rep led them through the steps of readjusting the door's latch.