A pres­tige Sprinter has ev­ery mod-con, writes Mark Hinch­liffe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

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.

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