Taking the Holiday Road to Family Fun


Jayco camper trailer

14th July, 2006

Camper trailers for decades have been the first choice entry into recreational vehicles both because they offer a relatively low-cost ownership option and just as importantly families love them because they provide variable sleeping arrangements, with many able to accommodate up to seven.

For that very reason Jayco concentrated on retaining the many sleeping configurations in its 2006 camper trailer releases, which have proved exceedingly popular for the first six months of the year.

As there are lots of berths, camper trailers are very much favourites with children, because they often want to take friends along on holiday. Those extra beds make it possible.

Jayco retained seven different camper trailer models for 2006, from the compact designed-for-a-couple Penguin, with no external bed extensions to larger Hawk, Eagle, Swan and Flamingo models, each with the capacity to sleep up to seven. In between are the Finch and Dove that sleep five.

Jayco too has ensured that it has retained its standard camper trailer height at only 1.6 metres, which means that there is little wind drag behind conventional tow cars, and almost none behind a 4WD.

Externally the most obvious change is the new look automotive graphics and inside the décor is very fresh with the introduction of new colours for walls, curtains, cushions and floor vinyl.

The inclusion of a brushed aluminium four-burner stove - with one burner an electric hot plate - and new recessed stainless steel sink add to the new styling. The Dometic top controlled three-way RM 2330 fridge remains a standard feature.

Jayco camper trailers come as either standard road models or in Outback mode, which transforms them into more robust, ideal towing companions for all-wheel-drive and 4WD vehicles.

The Outback range now counts for at least 50 per cent of all Jayco camper trailers built each year as more RV owners seek out remote holiday locations.

Outbacks have added strength as the chassis uses 150 mm x 50 mm RHS members and 125mm x 50mm RHS is used in the “A” frame. Additional bracing is also included in the side frames.

Extra ground clearance is achieved with an underslung axle. For a better ride over rough terrain ALKO Outback leaf springs and ALKO off-road electric brake magnets are used. Shock absorbers also come with guards to protect them from stone damage. The same applies to the water tank.

A full-height pebbleguard is available on most models and an aluminium checker plate finish also gives additional protection to the sides and rear of the Outbacks, which also have a bumper bar with spare wheel mounted.

The inclusion of the bumper bar and spare wheel increases the overall length by only 600 mm and the increased height because of the larger wheels and off road tyres and extra ground clearance is just 250 mm. Such a level again ensures wind drag is negligible.

While Jayco has built a reputation and loyal following among Outback owners, experience has shown that for the really “rough stuff” common sense touring simply comes into play, with the camper trailer used as a base station rather than trying to “rock up” with anything hooked up behind.

Other Jayco news: here.

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