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3rd April, 2006

The lure of the unknown and the realisation among baby boomers they now have available to them the ability to discover what’s really out there across Australia has them turning to recreational vehicle (RV) ownership, and for many rather than towing they are opting for motorised models.

Responding to the demand for motorised RVs has seen Jayco, Australia’s No. 1 RV manufacturer of caravans, pop-tops and camper trailers, in just over two years become recognised as one of the country’s premier builders of motorhomes.

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    Jayco’s 2006 range has four Conquest Series motorhomes available either in “high roof” or “low roof” configurations and all reflect the kind of luxurious finish that has been used in its top-of-the range towable RVs.

    The turbo diesel Fiat Ducato is Europe’s No. 1 vehicle used in motorhome manufacture both for the hire and private touring markets and it has an established track record as a highly efficient and reliable turbo diesel vehicle in the commercial transport sector. An automatic transmission model is to be released later in the year.

Its performance levels make it an easy vehicle to drive, with an extremely comfortable driver’s cabin layout. Jayco has added a cruise control that also makes driving over long distances much easier.

Jayco’s design expertise comes to the fore in building accommodation modules to the same exact standards applied to its top-of-the-range caravans, released in 2006 as Sterling models.

Conquest motorhome models start at $92,990 plus on-road costs. Jayco’s competitive pricing stems from using high tech state-of-the-art processes, including computer-driven engineering systems and the experience it has gained in over 30 years of RV manufacturing.

The look of the motorhome is extraordinary as it has an automotive finish, developed from using Jayco’s Tough Frame construction methods of sandwich panelled walls, that have a high-gloss, almost dent resistant sheer, fibreglass finish. New 2006 striping and decals add to the automotive styling.

Vehicle length is 6.9 metres (22ft 7in) and internally Jayco’s experience in layout design provides lots of living space in two layouts with the double bed in two different configurations - one crossways, the other lengthways.

The height of the beds is around thigh height (approximately 700 mm – 2ft 3½ in) providing an enormous storage locker, accessed easily by raising the gas-strutted bed.

“High roof” layouts offer an extra double bed compartment above the driver’s cabin and “low roof” models offer an option of additional cupboards in lieu of sleeping space in the luton (the above-cabin area).

Extra storage is available under the dinette seating, in kitchen and overhead cupboards and in a wardrobe.

The shower and toilet compartments are easy to access and have their own ceiling vent.

Motorhome furniture has Jayco’s Euro-styling and smooth, distinctive lines. The 2006 range use new colours in the walls, cushions, curtains and bench tops have new coloured laminex with curved edging.

Fixtures include brushed aluminium appliances, including a four burner gas stove with one electric element, range hood, microwave oven, large RM4401 refrigerator, 240 volt - gas hot water system, with 80 litre water fresh water tank and 55 litre grey water tank. There is also a 100 Amp/H auxiliary battery and provision for a second battery.

A recessed stainless steel sink with glass lid are also being included.

A Coleman air conditioner 17in flat screen TV and DVD/CD/MP3/AM/FM 12 volt stereo and a Jayco clock are standard. The TV is connected to a wind-up television antenna. A Fiamma F45 awning extends the living options of the Jayco Discovery to the outdoors.


Jayco Fiat Ducato “C” Class motorhome at a glance

Jayco Fiat Ducato Technical Specifications

Engine: Water-cooled common rail turbo 4-cylinder 2.8 litre 93.5 kW diesel engine transversely installed driving the front wheels.
Valves: Single cam, 2 valves per cylinder.
Capacity (cc): 2,800
Compression Ratio: 18.1
Power (kW/rpm): 93.5/3,600
Torque (Nm/rpm): 300/1,800
Transmission: 5 speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels.
Brakes: Twin hydraulic circuit, front ventilated discs, rear drums, automatic wear adjustment.
Fuel Tank: 80 litres.
Performance & Fuel Consumption: Top speed 150 km/h
CUNA fuel (l/100km) 9.57
Warranty three years/180,000kms
Anti-lock brakes (ABS)
Driver and passenger airbags Side door anti-intrusion beams
High mounted rear stop lamp Laminated Windscreen
Power steering Adjustable steering
Factory fitted cruise control Keyless Central locking
Electric Windows AM/FM Radio and CD
Air Conditioning Electric Mirrors
Full size sliding and fixed windows Lockable Water Filler
Fiamma F45 Windout Awning Annexe Light
240V External Powerpoint External Access to 1 x 9 litre Gas Bottle
Tinted wind-out windows Electric Fold down step
4 Burner stove and oven. RM4401 Fridge Wind up TV Antenna
Stainless steel sink with drainer Microwave Oven Coleman roof-mounted air conditioner
Thetford Swivel Cassette Toilet 240V / Gas hot water service Double bed above driver cabin in some layouts.
Molded Vanity in Bathroom Coaxial TV Point Hot/Cold Mains pressure mixer taps to vanity and sink
Range hood Rounded Timber bench edging Seat Belts to Dinette Seat (x2)
Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker 80 Litre Fresh water tank Provision for additional battery
Setec 20amp 240V to 12v Converter 55 Litre Grey Water tank Provision for solar power
100 Amp hour deep cycle battery 17" flat screen TV

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