BUYERS GUIDE - 4X4 CAMPERVANS
Taree-based Jacana Motorhomes is best known for its conversions to 4×4 trucks, but the company is now employing its expertise in smaller vehicles. The Hiker is based on Toyota’s new HiAce van and can be ordered in 2WD and 4WD configurations.
The standard rear wheel drive HiAce van has diesel or petrol power and comes with manual or automatic transmission, in a choice of long and super-long wheelbases. Jacana does the Hiker conversion on all these variants and Bus4x4’s 4WD conversion can also be fitted to any HiAce variant.
The Bus4x4 HiAce report is in our Buyers Guide, Campervan section.
Jacana’s campervan conversion starts with an in-house, fibreglass pop-top roof fitment and with moulded rear window extensions that increase the width of the van at those points. This width increase allows fitment of a east-west double bed.
Under the memory-foam bed is a folding lounge with seatbelts that can seat two people and double as a kids bed for two. Both beds can be left made-up.
Also under bed is a multi-drawer module that can be accessed through the rear doors. The drawer module, galley and wardrobe are constructed from lightweight marine-grade plywood.
The interior floor plan takes the space-saving advantage of an optional swivelling passenger seat.
The galley sits immediately behind the driver’s seat and features a 65-litre front-opening fridge/freezer, a sink with hand pump and a diesel cooktop. A wardrobe with shelf flanks the galley.
Electrical system inclusions are an external 15-amp socket; 120Ah deep-cycle battery with mains and 12v charging; 150W solar roof panel; power outlets; LED lighting and USB outlets.
Water supply to the sink comes from a 55-litre water tank.
Options include diesel room heating; a manual awning; flyscreens; TV with external aerial and DVD player and a body wrap.
The photographs are of a 2WD HiAce, but the Bus4x4 conversion looks the same, other than for a massive increase in ground clearance. An access step is provided with the 4WD version!
We’re planning an evaluation of the Jacana Hiker in early March 2020.