CAMPING - CAMPER TRAILERS
Jayco’s 2019 CrossTrak hybrid camper is aimed at off-roading couples, with low ball weight and tare weight, yet generous payload.
Hybrid, pop-top campers have increased in popularity in Australia, because of their ease of setup and low weight, allowing them to be towed by a wide variety of vehicles, from mid-sized SUVs to large 4WDs.
At the February 2019 launch, Neil McGowan, Jayco’s research and development manager said the strength of the Jayco CrossTrak ensures it’s fit for Australian conditions.
“Jayco chassis have been specifically engineered in Australia, tailored for Australian conditions and we’re proud to lead the market in caravan trailer suspension.
Key design features of the CrossTrak are lightweight design, giving a claimed tare weight around 1150kg, with a low towball weight of only 95 kg. Overall length is 5100mm; body length is 3900mm, with a travel height of only 2400mm and width is 2200mm.
Wheel track is similar to that of popular 4WDs, allowing for easy off-road towing.
Pricing is keen and starts at $35,990.
Jayco CrossTrak features Jayco’s Endurance 2.0 steel chassis that’s hot-dip galvanised for corrosion protection. The chassis mounts J-Tech 2.0 trailing-arm independent suspension.
Jayco’s vacuum-bonded, quad-layer wall construction uses a lightweight aluminium frame clad with hail- and dent-resistant fibreglass. Interior furniture uses screwed aluminium frame construction.
The pop-top tent sides are cut from grey waterproof Boltiflex vinyl, with high wear resistance and a PreFix finish coating, making it easier to clean.
The CrossTrak design features an outdoor kitchen and the rear door opens to make a spacious outdoor shower area, with a drop-down privacy tent and flexible solar panel.
Jayco’s exclusive battery management technology, JHub, comes as a phone app, enabling owners to monitor battery and water levels on phones within Bluetooth range.
A 720-litre tunnel boot provides enough space for a portable fridge and storage.
The outdoor kitchen comes with a two-burner gas hob, stainless-steel sink and overhead storage.
Inside, there’s a high-flow Sirocco fan, innerspring mattress, 100Ah battery and commercial-grade, UV-resistant interior fabrics.
We’ve asked for an evaluation vehicle, but we did that with the Jayco JTrak camper trailer last year and we’re still waiting. We’re not holding our breath!