Packed with fea­tures

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - CLASSIFIED­S - Stu­art Martin

TOW­ING the com­forts of home doesn’t mean you must re­sort to a large car­a­van and an SUV to tow it.

Cam­per trail­ers rep­re­sent a vi­able op­tion for a fam­ily get­away and don’t have to be sim­ply bare-bones ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Jayco’s range of seven cam­per-trailer mod­els – Pen­guin, Swift, Dove, Ea­gle, Swan, Hawk and Flamingo – of­fer dif­fer­ing lay­outs and spec­i­fi­ca­tions to sleep as few as three and as many as eight peo­ple, with some ex­tra of­froad ca­pa­bil­ity also on of­fer.

The en­closed wind-up roof and pull-out bed sys­tem is a proven win­ner – Jayco have been mak­ing cam­per trail­ers since 1975 – and of­fers am­ple space from a com­pact pack­age.

The range of­fers a new roof, split-door and ex­te­rior de­sign for 2013, with ex­truded pow­der­coated side walls, a built-in an­nexe track and a one-piece fi­bre­glass roof sheet.

The in­te­rior uses alu­mini­um­framed tim­ber fur­ni­ture and qual­ity trim ma­te­ri­als, all on a gal­vanised steel chas­sis.

The list of stan­dard fea­tures in­cludes a queen-size bed (ex­cept Swift and Dove), a four-burner gas grill, three-way fridge, mi­crowave (in Swan and Flamingo mod­els only) and power-friendly LED light­ing, an 82-litre wa­ter tank and a gas bot­tle.

Op­tions avail­able in­clude a roof-mounted air con­di­tioner, aux­il­iary bat­tery sys­tem, so­lar panels, an ex­ter­nal slide-out BBQ, a DVD/CD player and speaker set-up, a trailer sta­bil­ity con­trol sys­tem, ex­ter­nal shower, a va­ri­ety of awnings, and bike and roof racks.

Get­ting fur­ther off the beaten track might war­rant the ad­di­tion of the Out­back pack, which ups the over­all height by 250mm to im­prove ground clear­ance.

Other fea­tures in the Out­back range in­clude leaf springs, dampers with stone guards, a dou­ble step, a jerry can holder, beefed-up cross mem­bers and A-frame, drop jacks, mud flaps and check­er­plate trim fin­ish.

Op­tions for the Out­back in­clude 16in wheels, a shock­proof swivel cou­pling, 100 amp aux­il­iary bat­tery and an ex­ter­nal shower (not avail­able on the Dove and Swift mod­els) and in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion on all bar the Swift.

Jayco also uses ni­tro­gen in its tyres, which it says im­proves han­dling and safety, fuel use and and tyre wear.

The Jayco cam­per trail­ers range in (un­loaded) weight from about 900kg up to 1200kg, de­pend­ing on model and ac­ces­sories fit­ted, so the choice of tow­ing ve­hi­cle (and its braked tow­ing ca­pac­ity) is less of a lim­it­ing fac­tor.

The Jayco cam­per trailer starts from $16,431 or the Out­back ver­sions kick off from $19,318.75, ex­clud­ing freight, pre-de­liv­ery and regis­tra­tion.

Open road: The Jayco Swift camper trailer (above) and the spa­cious in­te­rior (above left)

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