Jayco Out­back Swan

Think­ing about a wind-up hard-floor camper? Lets take a look at some of the fea­tures and ben­e­fits of this fam­ily favourite design.

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T he hum­ble wind-up camper has been en­joy­ing a resur­gence in pop­u­lar­ity, par­tic­u­larly among fam­i­lies. If a roomy, well-ven­ti­lated liv­ing and sleep­ing area, as well as a per­ma­nently set-up kitchen and din­ing room, is on your wish­list, then this style of camper trailer may be the one for you.

The Jayco Out­back Swan (shown here) is a great ex­am­ple of the wind-up hard-floor camper with plenty of fan­tas­tic fea­tures as stan­dard, and a range of op­tional ex­tras that will take you from camp­ing to glamp­ing, in­clud­ing an ex­ter­nal shower, slide- out bar­be­cue, bike racks, TV/stereo sound sys­tem and 12V so­lar power ca­pa­bil­i­ties for recharg­ing on the road.

Most wind-up campers are a rel­a­tively quick set-up (of­ten around 10 min­utes) plus another 20 min­utes if you want to go for the full an­nexe on longer stays. Where they re­ally out­per­form other campers, though, is the two dou­ble or queen-size beds, which means that ev­ery­one will have the same com­fort­able sleep that they would get at home; and that lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween a good camp­ing trip and a ‘great’ camp­ing trip!

UN­DER­NEATH In­de­pen­dent Coil Sus­pen­sion is stan­dard on this Out­back Swan, as are drop-down sta­biliser legs on each cor­ner, a must for a good, solid set-up. Up front, a large stor­age boot en­sures all your gear is able to travel safely with you on ev­ery...

READY TO TOW When all packed up, the wind-up campers’ com­pact size and height means bet­ter rear vi­sion when driv­ing, plus stor­age is never a prob­lem, whether un­der your car­port or in­side the garage.

This kitchen has the works, in­clud­ing fridge, stove top and grill, sink, large bench space, mi­crowave, com­fort­able din­ing area and plenty of cup­board and drawer stor­age. Also no­tice the handy linen closet which folds down dur­ing the pack up.

IN­SIDE For ver­sa­til­ity, a com­fort­able club-style lounge area for re­lax­ing, that also con­verts to be­come a third dou­ble bed, is a good fea­ture to con­sider.

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