Time to Roam Magazine Issue 9 - June/July 2014 - Page 30

| tried + tested caravan review JAYCO SILVERLINE 25.78 - 5 OUTBACK Key Weights Tare mass 2905kg, ATM rating 3380kg, GTM rating 3159kg Empty ball mass 221kg, Max ball load 268kg Chassis and associated components Hot Dip Galvanised Pressed Steel C Section (PSC) Chassi, 6” A Frame, 12” AL-KO Electric Offroad Brake Drums, AL-KO Electronic Stability Control (ESC) control device, JTECH Independent Suspension, 16” 6 Stud Alloy Wheels (1 Spare – mounted under chassis, Standard AL-KO 50mm Ball Coupling. Body construction Multi-layered vacuum bonded walls with fibreglass exterior, Aluminium Frame with added galvanised plating for secure fitment of internal furniture. External accessories/appliances Coleman Roof Mounted Airconditioner, Carefree Roll-out Awning with LED, External Fold-out Table. Internal accessories/appliances 12V Electric Slideout, Dometic RMD8555 3 Way Refrigerator, Smev 4BO Full Oven, Suburban 240V/ Gas Hot Water System, Thetford Toilet, Microwave, Sphere 3kg Top Loader Washing Machine, 21” LED Television. Electrical 1 x 100 Amp Deep Cycle Battery - Mounted under the bed, 120W Solar Panel with 20 Amp Regulator, Setec 12V/ 240V Battery Management System, Drifter LED control panel to monitor water and battery levels. Water and gas capacity 2 x 82L Water Tanks, 2 x 9Kg Gas Bottles on slide is mounted under the chassis, allowing space on the A-Frame to be used for a handy storage tray - particularly useful for water and sullage hoses in transit. Another standout feature on the Silverline is a slide out tray holding two 9kg gas bottles. This protects them, minimises the risk of theft and adds to the aerodynamic look of the van. The downside is it does unfortunately reduce available space in the front boot considerably, but with the extra storage up back, it’s a reasonable compromise. To power the Silverline, the 100 amp battery and Setec Battery Management System is located under the bed. In the 25.78 - 5 Outback layout, the battery and water levels can be monitored at any time simply by referring to the Drifter LED control panel, found in one of the overhead cupboards in the kitchen. The same cupboard also houses controls for the slide-out, hot water system switch and the regulator for the 120W solar panel which is a standard inclusion throughout the Silverline range. Clever use of lighting inside enhances the overall ambience of the caravan and sets the Silverline apart as a true 21st century van. LED strip lights are fitted up underneath the overhead cupboards directing a consistent down light down and eliminating the need to fit individual reading lights. LED strip lighting is also cleverly installed into the awning roll, making it so much easier to enjoy the outdoor space. In this particular layout the kitchen is located at the front of the caravan. The fittings and appliances in the kitchen and in fact throughout, are incredibly modern – with the Silverline sporting a very sleek flush fit range hood. Overall the size of the kitchen was on the small side on our test model, but other layout variations offer a larger kitchen area. Clever touches, like a metal turntable shelf system maximise the space available for storage. A beautiful timber finish throughout coupled with soft-close drawers and elegant and stylish catches truly adds a real touch of class to the Silverline range. When it comes time to relax, the 25.78 - 5 Outback certainly has ample space to put the feet up. The large leather club lounge wraps around the table which is mounted off the base of the lounge, not the floor giving more leg room. The ensuite is laid out in a clean and practical fashion