A prestige Sprinter has every mod-con, writes Mark Hinchliffe
THE new Trakka Jabiru Remote combines four-wheel-drive capability with motorhome comfort. The motorhome is based on a 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter van with a 3.0 litre CDI diesel engine, five-speed automatic gearbox with high and low range and 4ETS selectable four-wheel-drive.
It is priced at $175,000 and can be driven with a standard driver’s licence.
Trakka general manager Martin Poate says the motorhome is also fitted with safety features including weight-sensitive anti-skid control, anti-lock brakes, traction control, emergency brake assist and brake force distribution.
‘‘With high traction, improved steering stability and better handling safety, the Jabiru Remote 4x4 motorhome can easily combat mountainous areas, snow-covered roads and is effortless in everyday wet and slippery conditions,’’ he says.
The Jabiru Remote has two diesel-powered appliances — the stove and combination water and room heater.
The combination heater will heat the water or the room independently or together.
These draw from the vehicle’s fuel tank and one litre of fuel will power the stove for five days, cooking for an hour a day.
‘‘Diesel technology coupled with a 160W solar charging system for the two 100Ah house batteries and a 160-litre fresh water tank mean that a couple could be self-sufficient for around a week,’’ he says.
Traveller comfort is guaranteed with standing room throughout, plus airconditioning, radio/ CD and a 48cm high-definition digital TV/DVD.
The bathroom is fitted with a remotecontrolled toilet that slides under the vanity when not in use to allow greater space for showering.
The two front seats swivel around to the dining area and there is a king-size bed with privacy room divider at the rear of the motorhome.
There are also large storage compartments throughout.
Poate predicts the Jabiru Remote 4x4 will be a ‘‘hot seller with more people wanting the comfort of a motorhome, but still being able to manoeuvre across challenging terrain’’.
‘‘ The diversity of the type of customer interested in the Jabiru Remote 4x4 is quite surprising,’’ he says.
‘‘Many older couples wanting to experience something different when they are out on the road have shown interest.
‘‘For instance, our first customer for the Jabiru Remote 4x4 is 84 years old.
‘‘Generally speaking, we believe travellers of the 45 to 85 years demographic would find the Jabiru Remote 4x4 ideal.
‘‘Those who will purchase the Jabiru Remote 4x4 realise the fuel efficiency benefits and the benefits of not towing a cumbersome caravan off road.’’
Trakka products can be bought straight from the manufacturer based in Mount Kuring-gai in New South Wales or through its website www.trakka.com.au
All the comforts: the Trakka Jabiru Remote 4x4 motorhome has standing room throughout, plus airconditioning, radio/CD and a 48cm high-definition digital TV/DVD.