rear-fold hardfloor for off the grid travel
Rear-fold camper trailers have been around the camping scene for many years, with the principal feature of interest being their quick set up and pack up times. Over time, the type has flourished and evolved to keep up with the public’s appetite for touring comforts; the Jawa Tourer model certainly looks to be representative of the latest and greatest, but how does it stack up?
Like many other camper trailers available in Australia these days, the Tourer’s chassis and main bodywork is built in China, with much of the fitout and general finish, including the electrical and gas essentials, done here in Australia.
Jawa offers a one year warranty on its trailers. Under the Tourer body, the hot dipped galvanised chassis has 100x50mm RHS rails and drawbar designed in the standard camper trailer style. Trailing arm independent suspension fitted with coil springs and twin shock absorbers connects the chassis to the 16in alloy wheels. Stopping power comes from 12in electric brakes. Quick-drop corner stabilisers are fitted all round.
Jawa has tailored the Tourer for couples or small families embarking on extended travels. There’s a 120L water tank fitted behind the wheels, plus a dedicated 50L shower tank forward of the suspension mounts to help preserve your drinking supply. Both tanks have alloy checkerplate for protection. On the extended drawbar, a considerable amount of storage space has been built in. Large bins with gull-wing doors take up most of the space and there’s an additional bin up front, also with a gull-wing style door that contains two jerry can holders for extra water or auxiliary fuel. All the storage bins have pinch-weld seals to limit dust and water ingress.
Two 9kg gas cylinder rings are fitted on either side of the front facing bin, both protected by large alloy checkerplate stoneguards. The drawbar also contains all the essentials like the poly-block hitch, jockey wheel, handbrake plus a bracket-mounted hand winch for opening and closing the trailer.
Setting up the Tourer in its basic form is simply achieved by undoing the body clips and swinging the floor over to form up the tent. Swinging the rear-mounted spare wheel out of the way first definitely makes that process quicker! The tropical roof is included in the roof canvas and, if you desire more under canvas area, then there is the 5800x2450mm awning, which covers the kitchen as well. Additional canvas is also supplied to cover the front of the trailer including the drawbar. At the time of writing, an ensuite tent, complete with shower
and port-a-loo was included in the price as a bit of a bonus. You’ll need to connect it to a portable hot water unit if you want warm showers, though. And if the under-canvas area is not enough, an optional second bed-room extension is available for the tent end of the trailer.
Inside the tent, large screened windows with flaps on either side are fitted all round and doors are fitted to both sides of the tent. To let in more light and air, the canvas wall area on the awning side can be unzipped and removed.
In the trailer bay, an innerspring mattress occupies most of the space and sits high enough to accommodate four good-sized drawers. Some of the essential power fittings are found at the base of the bed on either side – 12V switches, voltage and current monitors, 12V and 5V USB charger outlets, plus light switches. Once you have figured out where everything is, you’ll find it is quite convenient.
A feature of the Tourer is the well set up kitchen. A stainless steel bench slides out from the trailer bay. It faces forward and contains a
large four-burner cooktop and a stainless steel sink/drainer, which is supplied with 12V-pumped water. The gull-wing door next to that opens to reveal a chest-style fridge on a slide and stacked slide-out pantries with extra stainless steel benchtop space. The kitchen setup is designed in a sort of U-shape and everything needed for cooking is close to hand.
On the other side of the trailer, the matching storage bins have enough space for all the necessary canvas, including the awning walls, with room for other camping essentials.
Electrically speaking, the Tourer is quite well appointed with two 100Ah deep cycle batteries, an energy saving LED light system,
12V sockets fitted in a variety of places and a 50A Anderson plug for charging the batteries. There’s no 240V mains supply, so the bonus 180W solar panels that are currently supplied are a welcome addition.
For hitting the road, or should that be bush track, the Tourer offers plenty of essential ground clearance for handling undulating terrain. In the weights and measures department, the trailer has a Tare mass of 1390kg and is designed with an ATM of 1986kg, giving it a nearly 600kg load capacity, which should be more than adequate for most travellers.
However, I always think it’s good to keep the weight down a bit, especially if rough bush track travel is anticipated. Loading up the front storage boxes will add to the towball weight, so it would be prudent to make sure the maximum towball rating is not exceeded, particularly with a smaller tow vehicle.
In terms of long-term touring comfort, the Jawa Tourer stacks up well. It not only comes with the convenience of an easy rear-fold setup but plenty of water and fuel capacity, a generous under canvas area when fully erected and good storage capacity as well.
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Checkerplate steel protects your auxiliary fuel sources; The 100x50mm RHS rails are 4mm thick; The awning encompasses the kitchen; Most items within the U-shape kitchen are within easy reach; The gull wing doors supported on gas provide instant access to gear stored up front. Independent suspension with coils springs is standard.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The large entrance lets in air and light; Divided storage under the bed keeps things organised; Monitor your fuses and battery setup from inside; The bonus ensuite is included in the price for a limited time.