Expected to be the most capable Jayco caravan ever built, the Jayco Adventurer 13.43-2 is also one of the shortest caravans in the Jayco range, and the shortest caravan with an internal shower and toilet. It’s on display for the first time ever at the Victorian Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow, at Melbourne Showgrounds this weekend.
One of four caravans in Jayco’s all new, fully off-road range, the 13-footer is the only pop-top, although it still carries most of the features of it’s longer, canvas-free siblings. The floorplan features and east-west bed, lounge and table, with a kitchen against the rear wall. A combined shower-toilet area is in the rear, driver’s side corner. It’s on display for $65,861.
The pop top caravan weighs 1942kg in standard form, and there’s 192kg of weight over the ball at tare. The van’s ATM has been set at 2300kg, giving it a payload of just 358kg. Interestingly, this is below the standard for single axle Jayco’s with an internal shower – they’d normally get 375kg of load capacity, regardless of tare weight. By comparison, the three other Adventurers all get better than standard load-capacity.
Jayco hasn’t appeared to cut any corners with its off-roaders. The 13.43-2 is equipped with two 120ah batteries and a 120watt roof mounted solar panel. A top-of-the-line Setec 12/240V battery management system keeps it all in check, and that’s combined with a tablet style control panel, the JHub, which gives read-outs if all the vitals. All up it shouldn’t have any problems running the Dometic Waeco compressor fridge.
There’s an aggressive cutout at the back, ensuring it’s got the best-possible clearance off-road, and Jayco has upgraded the chassis on these models, even above the Outback designated caravans. The independent J-Tech suspension has also been improved, the most significant addition being a second shock-absorber. There are also rear recovery points, from factory.
Some of the smaller details really stand out. All the caravans are fitted with two spare tyres and wheels, but Jayco will also supply two wheel-mounted rubbish bins and a set of Maxtrax. Although the specifications say the smaller pop-top only has two 82 litre water tanks there are three under the floor of the one on display. I hope there’s an option to increase that payload. It’s also fitted with an external shower, complete with pop-up tent as standard. All models come with AL-KO ESC, an electronic stability control system for caravans.
Comfort hasn’t been sacrificed either – the van is fitted with ducted gas heating and a roof-mounted Truma air-conditioner, while the mattress is inner-sprung. Even if there’s no access to mains power, the brochure says 12-volt fans can be found in the bed area, although none are fitted to the van on display.
Overall, the smallest Adventurer has an excellent list of standard features and a very liveable floorplan. Its ground clearance and body protection should also lend itself to some very rugged touring.
What do you think of the new Jayco Adventurer pop-top?