jAwA toUrEr

rear-fold hard­floor for off the grid travel

Camper Trailer Australia - - CONTENTS - Words And Pics MALCOLM STREET

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.

LONG-TERM TRAVEL

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.

the Verdict

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.

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