After collecting a new Jurgens Jindabyne PT2270 bunk van from the Amazing RVs dealership in Seaford, I made tracks along the South Gippsland Highway before turning off at Lang Lang and on to the Bass Highway en-route to Kilcunda. A big part of the popularity of the Jindabyne pop-top is its light towing weight (Tare 1407kg), allowing it to sit comfortably behind many regular family cars. And the PT2270 proved an agile 18-footer, tugged effortlessly by our Toyota Fortuner Crusade tow vehicle. The ride was smooth and steady, assisted by the van's AL-KO independent rubber suspension.
During breakfast, I asked Meredyth what she thought of the Jindabyne after her night spent in it. She agreed with me on the level of comfort, and wasn't perturbed that it was sans an ensuite (no shower or toilet).
I’ve previously tested a couple of Jurgens vans and the Jindabyne PT2270 is typical of the breed - a well-engineered product with built-in strength while keeping weight to a minimum. This philosophy starts with the C-section Optima chassis and one-piece Integra floor that are bolted and bonded together to add structural integrity.
Internally, you can see Jurgens has put a lot of thought into how to accommodate a family of four in a snug little van. The double bed (6ft 3in x 4ft 8in) is comfy for parents (Meredyth and I can attest to that) and there is a plush dinette to accommodate two adults. But where this van shines is the space dedicated for littlies.
The Jindabyne also has a functional kitchen to feed the growing family. There’s a four-burner cooktop and grill, 128L fridge/freezer and 20L microwave, but no hot water provided by the hand pump to the sink.
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