Jayco Feather caravan


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This second-hand Jayco caravan is light and easy to tow

Jayco Feather caravan
Jayco Feather caravan
  • The second-hand Jayco Feather reviewed is a small late-model caravan of good quality. It is a five-metre (including tow bar) single-axle caravan, weighing 950kg.
  • The caravan has a pop top with a four-exterior-clip locking system. When opened from the inside by two end levers, this gives an internal height of 2015mm (6’7").
  • The caravan’s awning measures 2.13 metres wide and 3.78 metres long, and covers the entire length of the caravan’s body
  • A new on-road Jayco Feather caravan with identical fittings would cost you just over $40,000 today. The price of this second-hand model is $5000 less at $35,000.
  • It is suitable to be towed behind most medium sized cars with engine power in excess of 1600cc (petrol or diesel)

The Jayco Feather is a five-metre (including tow bar) single-axle caravan. At 950kg, the overall weight is low, with a tow bar weight of 100kg. While this means that it is generally easy and light to tow, the loading of the caravan is very important in producing a good towing unit on the road.

The external fitments consist of a strong galvanised steel frame with the tow bar carrying all of the legal requirements and an electric braking connection, a hand brake, a three-quarter width front storage compartment carrying a 4.5kg gas bottle, the landing leg lever, an awning and other extras, a fold-down cover for the front window, and front running lights.

Both sides have a single window with the left-hand side housing the entrance door. This door has a lockable safety fly screen. The flat rear carries the spare wheel and appropriate lights.

The kitchen is on the immediate left of the caravan and includes a four-burner cook top incorporating one electric and three gas elements, a stainless steel basin and bench, a three-way fridge, and an externally vented range hood, a microwave, and cupboards and drawers.

A CD/DVD system plays through four speakers and to the right of the entrance is seating for four and a fold-down dining table. This then leads to the two single beds that can convert to a large double bed.

The Jayco Feather reviewed has a pop top with a four-exterior-clip locking system. When opened from the inside by two end levers, this gives an internal height of 2015mm (6’7"). The pop top includes four windows that can be opened and has fly screens covering those windows. It also has four vents that prevent internal heat build-up but are waterproof for the other weather. When this pop top is closed for motoring, the total exterior height of the complete van is only 2105mm (6’11"). This cuts the wind resistance to a far more economical standard.

The awning with the caravan consists of a complete wrap-around of the entrance side of the van and includes removable sides and door. It can house seats or additional camp beds and has a small area at one end for the fitting of a portaloo with privacy. The awning measures 2.13 metres wide and 3.78 metres long, and that covers the entire length of the body.

Additional features include four landing legs, electric brakes, alloy wheels and the tyres are faultless.

The Jayco Feather was imported from Australia in 2007; however it has covered only 200km and was traded back to the dealer early this year (2009). It is essentially a "NEW" Jayco Feather at a second-hand price. A new on-road caravan with identical fittings would cost you just over $40,000 today. The price of this second-hand model is $5000 less at $35,000.

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