Every year at the Covi Motorhome and Caravan Show in Auckland, a building at the carpark entrance is taken over for the Jayco display, and what a lot of makes, models and styles they now produce, from camp trailers, pop-tops, tough off-road capable caravans to big-build motorhomes.
Speaking with distributors weeks later, they were glad to take delivery of the latest 2020 Silverline Touring caravans – we had seen the Outback model at the show, but this particular model was still to arrive.
The Jayco Silverline is a large unit at just over eight metres in towing length. A good-sized tow vehicle – 3000kg or heavier – will be required for this luxury caravan designed for two, though you can upgrade and get a further bed setting layout for the club lounge.
There are lots of upgrades to look at on these models: pull-out exterior kitchen unit drawer for one, and bike racks and satellite dishes another. Exterior showers, gas BBQ bayonets, picnic table in the wall, TV and entertainment in an exterior hatch are just some items that are standard already or a simple addition to choose. In New Zealand, satellite dishes, solar upgrades, or specific TV requirements are done here.
The club lounge positioned in the caravan’s nose is a feature in this particular model, so comfortable for entertaining. The kitchen is first-rate, with plenty of storage options to stock up for a family or more. The slide-out area extends the length of the bed when parked up, but I couldn’t check if there is walk-around room when the slide-out isn’t extended – I hope so as the rear full-width bathroom would be used by me more than the bed, lol.
I don’t know why but it is always fun in a Jayco bathroom; opening a lid and finding a washing machine tucked away is so unexpected, and handy. It is good to understand how much water you use in an activity (in this case about 26 litres a load), but these machines are mains only so you will be parked up and hooked up to an outside water and electricity supply when in use so it won’t be a problem.
These latest model Jaycos are tech’d up with all sorts of technology. You can even download apps to your phone to control operations such as opening and closing your awning. There is an Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker with Alexa Voice control – yes seriously you can talk out loud from the bed and turn off the light outside or turn something on.
The clever 360-degree cameras are useful for on-the-road viewing, assisting parking and manoeuvring, and for security. The awning is electric, there is a Wi-Fi extender on the roof, and Bluetooth monitoring on the water tanks and batteries.
Wow, more technology than I have at home that is for sure, and did you hear about the baby who now only responds to Alexa as her name not Lucy. So much fun for those who love that stuff – caravans have certainly come a long, long way.
This model looks luxurious with its leather seating, glossy high spec’ finishes to the cabinetry, certainly a big enough model to spend a lot of time in, by yourself or with friends in the big lounge area.
At 21 feet it is still not the longest caravan in the range, but it does do the job beautifully for its weight category, built for two but with the option of adding in another bed option.
Jayco caravans are available at distributors around New Zealand.
Construction and chassis
Interior framing is aluminium for strength and durability. Outside, the tough, vacuum-bonded frame is encased in the body shell constructed using fibreglass, polypropylene and polystyrene foam that Jayco boasts gives their vans better strength, lightness and insulation, sandwich pressed to produce a one-piece fibreglass skin, that is hail and dent resistant.
A big boxed chassis, made of Australian steel, which assists in reducing weight, increasing performance and strength. It is hot-dip galvanised, and the all-new-designed longitudinal rails added provide additional floor support. Alongside this is a dedicated plumbing and electrical area for servicing and making it easier to get grey tanks fitted to the vehicle.
The JTECH suspension with independent coils, is well known on Jayco builds, designed to offer greater stability, precise handling for a smoother ride and generally improving the towing experience. The twin-axle trailer is fitted with electric brakes and a brake unit (tow secure emergency braking unit).
Jayco Silverline Touring 21.65.3 caravan (two-berth)
Dimension and Weight
Tare weight 2560kg, Tow ball weight 184kg
Body length 6760mm – travel length 8040mm
Travel height 2950mm, width 2470mm, interior height 1975mm
Self-Containment and living
12V electric flush cassette toilet – separate full-size shower box
2 x 9kg gas bottles
2 x 82L fresh water tanks (no grey fitted, optional)
b60W solar with controller system, 100Ah Battery
4-burner cook top, separate oven and grill
216L 3-way automatic fridge/freezer
3.3kg washing machine
Smart Technology fitted
360-degree reversing camera
Bluetooth enabled for battery and water tank monitoring app
Electric awning, Bluetooth enabled for app
Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker with Alexa Voice control