Choosing the right RV

We understand that choosing an RV to suit your family can be an overwhelming task. With so many different product styles available in Australia, how do you know what's right for you?

Truth be told, there are usually a number of styles of RV that will match your requirements. Before racing into the dealership to view our range, there are some important questions that you should consider. By answering these questions, we'll be able to quickly advise you on what products will suit your travel requirements. 

What's your family type and size?

Your family type and size will be the ultimate determining factor in the type of product that you should consider. You'll need to choose an RV which has adequate bedding to sleep all family members including the furry variety if travelling with pets.

What's your Vehicles Towing Capacity?

Every Make and Model of vehicle is given a Tow rating by its manufacturer. The ratings are known as:

  • Towing Capacity
  • Ball weight or Downball load capacity

It's essential that you understand these capacities before choosing an RV. Some people prefer to select their RV before purchasing their Tow vehicle to ensure that their vehicle will have suitable ratings to match the ATM and Ball weight of their RV. 

Have you set a budget?

Setting a budget is critical in determining the types of products available to you. It may also determine whether you purchase New or Pre-loved.

To make your entry to the RV lifestyle more affordable, you may decide to finance or part finance your RV. To find out more, or to obtain an approximate repayments guide, click here.

Where will you store your RV and how much room do you have?

Storage is an important consideration when choosing your RV. Do you have room at home, will you store it with a relative or pay to store the RV in a secure storage complex?

Considering the area that you'll have to store your RV will also determine the maximum overall size that your RV can be.

Will you stick to the bitumen or travel off the beaten track, such as on dirt roads or beaches?

This will determine whether you should consider a Touring or Outback model Jayco. Touring models are ideally suited to highway travel and the odd dirt road, as long as it's free of corrugations.

Outback models are designed with the adventure seeker in mind, they offer a stronger chassis, upgraded suspension, additional ground clearance and off-road wheels and tyres making them suitable to be towed on beaches and dirt roads and into more remote locations.*

*Please refer to Jayco's Outback Terms and Conditions before deciding if an Outback will meet your requirements 

Will you stay predominantly in Caravan Parks or would you like the option to Free Camp or stay in Campgrounds without facilities?

If you plan to stay mainly in Caravan Parks with amenities, you may choose an RV without Ensuite facilities or Solar and Battery equipment.

If you plan to stay in Free Camps or Campgrounds without facilities, you should consider an RV with the following facilities:

  • Ensuite with Shower & Toilet
  • Solar Panel and Battery - To power lights, 12V Pump & 12V Appliances
  • Larger Water storage capacity - Preferably 2 or more Watertanks
  • Grey Watertank - Recommended however not essential 

These options can be added to a variety of different product types.

Are you confident to tow?

If you are not confident with your towing abilities, you may wish to choose a smaller style of RV or a Motorhome.

The alternative is to enrol in a Towing safety course to equip yourself with the skills to hit the road safely.

To find out more about these courses, click here.

Finally, what type of holidays are you planning?

The type of holiday and duration of your adventures will help to determine what products will be most suitable. You should consider this as part of your purchasing process as its important to purchase an RV which will meet your requirements. The things to consider are:

  • Will you use the RV purely for weekends away?
  • Will you use the RV for school holidays and weekends away?
  • Will you use the RV for extended touring around Australia?
  • Will you use the RV for a combination of all of the above?
  • Will you make many single night stops? 

Now that you've worked through our series of Caravanners questions, below is a buyers guide for all Jayco models.

J-Pods

Budget: Low
Set Up time: Low
Holiday Style: Weekends away and short escapes
Family Styles: Gen Y's, Singles, Couples
Vehicle Size: Small Sedan 
Available in Outback model: No
Available with Shower & Toilet: No
Pros: Compact to store, Easy to tow, Lightweight
 

Camper Trailers

Budget: Low to Medium
Set Up time: Medium
Holiday Style: Weekends away & School Holidays. Not ideally suited to frequent overnight stops.
Family Styles: Gen Y's, Singles, Couples, Families
Minimum Vehicle Size: Medium Sedan to 4WD
Available in Outback model: Yes
Available with Shower & Toilet: External Shower available on some models 
Pros: Compact to store, Easy to tow, Ample living space when set up
 

Expandas

Budget: Medium
Set Up time: Medium
Holiday Style: Weekends away, School Holidays & Extended Touring around Australia
Family Styles: Gen Y's, Singles, Couples, Families
Minimum Vehicle Size: Large Sedan to 4WD
Available in Outback model: Yes
Available with Shower & Toilet: Yes, Ensuite models available 
Pros: Great family layouts, Easy to pack, Ample living space when set up
 

Pop Tops

Budget: Medium to High
Set Up time: Low
Holiday Style: Weekends away, School Holidays, Extended Touring around Australia & Overnight Stays
Family Styles: Singles, Couples, Families
Minimum Vehicle Size: Large Sedan to 4WD
Available in Outback model: Yes
Available with Shower & Toilet: Yes, Ensuite models available 
Pros: Roof lowers for compact towing & storage, Easy to set up, Lighter than Full Caravans 

toy haulers

Budget: High
Set Up time: Low
Holiday Style: Weekends away, School Holidays, Extended Touring around Australia & Overnight Stays
Family Styles: Singles, Couples, Families, Active Families
Minimum Vehicle Size: Large 4WD
Available in Outback model: Yes
Available with Shower & Toilet: Yes, Ensuite models available 
Pros: Garage storage area to suit Motorbikes or Quad Bikes, Ample storage space, Quick set up time, Large floorplans for extended travels, Secure 

Caravans

Budget: High
Set Up time: Low
Holiday Style: Weekends away, School Holidays, Extended Touring around Australia & Overnight Stays
Family Styles: Singles, Couples, Families
Minimum Vehicle Size: Mid-size 4WD to Large 4WD
Available in Outback model: Yes
Available with Shower & Toilet: Yes, Ensuite models available 
Pros: Ample storage space, Quick set up time, Large floorplans for extended travels, Secure 
 

Motorhomes

Budget: High
Set Up time: Low
Holiday Style: Weekends away, Extended Touring around Australia & Overnight Stays
Family Styles: Singles, Couples
Licence Requirements: Some models can be driven on C class licence otherwise Light Rigid
Available in Outback model: No
Available with Shower & Toilet: Yes, Ensuite models available 
Pros: No towing required, Genuine roadtrip style holiday, Quick set up time, Great for overnight stays
 

Why not drop into the dealership and talk to one of our RV specialists about turning your dreams into reality!

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