BUYERS GUIDE - 4X4 CAMPERVANS
The Jacana Seeker fit-out is available on medium-wheelbase and long-wheelbase VW Crafter vans, with 4Motion four-wheel-drive available as a low-cost option.
We’ve covered the post-2019 VW Crafter 4Motion in the Heavy Duty section of the website. It’s the ideal base for a medium-mobility campervan that won’t go where a fully-kitted, hard-core 4WD ute will go, but suits those who want a campervan that can get off the beaten track.
Jacana Motorhomes is best known for its large-4WD-truck-based motorhomes, but has recently moved into the campervan market, with conversions for HiAce, Crafter and M-B Sprinter vans.
The Jacana Seeker medium-wheelbase (MWB) model suits a travelling couple and the long-wheelbase (LWB) model has more interior volume and seat-belted places for four people.
The LWB passenger bench seat doubles as a dinette couch and both front seats swivel to make four-facing seats around a removable table. In the MWB model the driver and passenger seats swivel to form a two-seat dinette.
The standard gross mass rating of the MWB model is 3.5 tonnes, but that can be increased to 3.88 tonnes, in conjunction with the 4Motion 4WD kit. The LWB 2WD and 4WD models have four tonnes GVM.
Both models have an east-west double bed that can be fixed, with storage space underneath, or be a liftable type so that a dinette or ‘toy’ space is available under it. Bed length can be increased by the fitment of optional ‘spoiler’ window extensions on both sides of the van body.
Standard equipment in the MWB Seeker includes: double-glazed windows with screens and blinds; a Fiamma three-metre awning; insulated roof; lightweight plywood cabinetry; waterproof flooring with vinyl overlay; underbid storage with inside and outside access; dinette table; S?S sink with mixer tap; 150-litre 12V/240V fridge/freezer; diesel cooktop; 800W microwave; exterior fold-down table; 70-litre water tank; diesel water heater; water pressure pump; mains water inlet; fibreglass shower module; Thetford cassette toilet; 15-amp electrical socket; lithium house battery; 200W solar panels with regulator; 240V/12V charger; flush-mount LED lighting and USB outlets.
Options include 4Motion with GVM upgrade; loft bed; TV; 240V aircon roof-mounted unit; diesel room heater, rear dinette under loft bed; door flyscreens, powered entry step and an outside shower kit.
Standard equipment in the LWB model is as for the MWB model, plus a passenger bench with seatbelts; wardrobe and 95-litre water tank in lieu of 70-litres capacity and options are the same.
Pricing for Jacana Seeker models starts at $139,600.
Outside the standard layout and popular options, Jacana is happy to incorporate additional owner requirements and we inspected a Seeker MWB model that was quite different from the standard layout.
In their vehicle the very experienced remote-area-touring owners opted for a forward position of the toilet and shower module, along with a liftable bed over a rear four-seat dinette.
They also stipulated upgraded electrics, with a 2000-watt inverter. The forward shower/toilet location allowed the plumbing, toilet dump and electrical system components to be arranged in a single location, behind the RHS sliding door.