Packed with features
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)