In what I imagine was a price-related decision, Jayco opted for the Toyota Hiace as the base vehicle of choice for this model. You get a couple of options here from Jayco – petrol and manual gearbox as standard, or the optional diesel with four-speed automatic gearbox, although the Hiace is actually available in any combination.
Converting the van itself is mostly a matter of cutting a large hole in the Hiace roof for the pop-top, and smaller holes in the side for items like the gas cylinder bin and water fillers. There isn’t any external storage but the under-bed area at the rear does offer space for camping basics like hoses, power leads and camp chairs.
The interior space of the Hiace does minimise the number of alternative layouts that are available (compared to a VW van), even more so because the passenger cab seats cannot be used for anything other than driving.
Camping at this level really gets down to basics and that is what the kitchen is all about. There is a two-burner cooktop and a stainless sink with drainer. The cooker sits to the right of the sink, so there’s room to stack the dirty dishes before washing up. But if you don't option the hot water heater, you would have to boil water first on the cooker, unless you have mains power hooked up.
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