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If you’re looking for a touch of European class and a motorhome built on a robust chassis, the all-new 2023 Jayco Optimum MS.24-4 could be just the ticket, says Randall Johnston.

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On first inspection, the MS.24-4 looks great. The first thing you notice is the massive Led-lit awning, which proves to be one of the most well designed and robust I’ve seen on a model of this size when extended.

At 3,620kg, the vehicle is not overly heavy for a unit of this size and the seven-speed, four-cylinder, 2.2L turbo Mercedes diesel engine (with its 71L fuel tank) has plenty of pep. Jayco uses the highest-specified Mercedes cab and chassis, with all the attendant bells and whistles.

The MS.24-4’S layout is intuitive and simple yet very practical and functional. The lounge is generous for a four berth, considerin­g the vehicle is reasonably compact at 7.55m long. Having the toilet and shower tucked behind the front driver’s cabin makes sense, rather than having the bathroom facilities between the lounge and the bedroom.

The standard kitchen includes a fourhob, Dometic stovetop and grill with pull-down top over the hob, providing additional bench space when the hobs aren’t in use. The unit that I looked at had the optional full oven fitted, and the addition of a full-sized Sphere microwave adds yet more functional­ity. A full-size stainless steel sink and a full-height Thetford refrigerat­or allows much more capacity than the half-size units still found in many models.

The loft above the driver’s cabin is very spacious – it’s easily large enough to sleep two people. The main bed (as well as the large lounge it is positioned above) is probably where this motorhome shines the most. It is lovely and large, and it is kept at a height that’s well above the dining area/lounge.

The sleek Mercedes merges beautifull­y with the Jayco Optimum livery of the cab. The silver cab is exclusivel­y for the Optimum model, while the standard Conquest model is a white cab. The awning is what makes the MS.24-4 shine. Extending a full two metres, the awning means you can set up your own outdoor area and make yourself at home.

The 2022 Jayco Optimum MS.24-4 is a modern caravan from a highly trusted manufactur­er, with the added German style and reliabilit­y of Mercedes. The layout is functional, safety has been made a priority and the motorhome boasts plenty of the high-end features that come as standard. Find out more at

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