Motorhome & Caravan Trader - - News&reviews 2012 Johnno’s Evolution -

“Now that’s a nice look­ing trailer!” shouted one of the blokes en­joy­ing his af­ter­noon frothy. We were set­ting up the 2012 Johnno’s Evo­lu­tion, and this was just the first of its many ad­mir­ers.

As soon as I ar­rived home with the Evo­lu­tion, the kids were all over it. Be­fore I could blink, four year old Lu­cas had the kitchen open and was crawl­ing around in­side the tray, while his sis­ter de­manded that Daddy put up the tent.

Pack­ing the Johnno’s for the trip was a breeze. Af­ter hav­ing spent many hol­i­days try­ing to cram ev­ery­thing into the Pa­trol the space af­forded by the trailer was wel­come.

The bed lifts on pow­er­ful gas struts, mak­ing it easy to get the stor­age boxes, sleep­ing bags, chairs and clothes neatly into the tub.

The front tool­box is cav­ernous and holds the an­nexe poles and the shower tent, with plenty of room left over for light and bulky items (keep­ing weight off the ball).

The lid also houses the spare tyre, so it lifts with the as­sis­tance of gas struts.

This is an in­cred­i­bly easy soft floor to set up, as you only need to ad­just two in­ter­nal poles and bung in a few pegs for the main tent.

The an­nexe folds over the roof for overnighters, and it fits snugly so it won’t flap around.

But set­ting it up for a longer stay is also easy, sim­ply flip it over and add the poles, work­ing your way out from the cen­tre. It is supplied with spreader bars and I am sure you could get away with­out us­ing them all.

The trailer is kit­ted out with a hi-lift jack and

Max­trax, and not just be­cause they look good. Hav­ing, frus­trat­ingly, left my lev­ellers at home I was scratch­ing my head won­der­ing what I could use as a re­place­ment, un­til my wife asked, “What about those orange things on the front?” Bril­liant! I had one wheel on the Max­trax and the trailer level in a jiffy.


In­side, the in­ner­spring queen mat­tress was very com­fort­able and large midge proof in­sect screens al­lowed plenty of air­flow and light.

The nine foot tent is not huge but it is more than ad­e­quate if you use your nog­gin. We put up the kids stretch­ers as bunks, halv­ing the bed space. We also splashed out on a fold­ing cup­board so we weren’t trip­ping over bags; there was plenty of space left over.

The two LED light strips at­tached with vel­cro, one in­side the tent and the other in the kitchen. Power is supplied by 150Ah worth of AGM bat­ter­ies, which sit snugly in a side cup­board along with the in­verter. If this was my cam­per I would def­i­nitely be adding a bat­tery mon­i­tor.

The 12V out­lets are lo­cated in­side the fridge slide, which opens from the side of the trailer into the tent area. Un­for­tu­nately, this slide also lets mozzies in­side, so it would be nice to have one where this wasn’t an is­sue.

Fi­nally, for a bit of a ‘glamp­ing’ touch, in­side the cam­per there was a small flatscreen TV, sit­ting in a cus­tom-made holder that al­lows it to be placed on var­i­ous vel­cro strips around the cam­per. All we needed then was a hard drive full of movies to keep the kids en­ter­tained when it was wet.


The thought that ob­vi­ously went into the kitchen on this 2012 Evo­lu­tion is im­pres­sive. A Sovereign bar­be­cue and Bromic wok burner re­placed the usual gas stove, some­thing I was ini­tially wary of but which I soon warmed up to (pun in­tended).

The Sovereign al­lows you to make ev­ery­thing from a roast to pan­cakes. One night we even cooked a spag bog on it, sim­ply lift­ing off the hot­plate and us­ing the fry­ing pan on the grill, while heat­ing the wa­ter on the wok burner. A sur­pris­ingly ver­sa­tile set up!

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Above: The lid lifts eas­ily on gas struts. Left: A busy fam­ily liv­ing area!

Clock­wise from left: With some clever or­gan­i­sa­tion, there is plenty of tent space for a fam­ily; the nose cone is truly enor­mous; an easy set up; the kitchen is unusual but im­pres­sive.

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