Bushranger Joey: Review
Compact but full of grunt, the Bushranger Joey is a feature packed Aussie legend.
The Bushranger Joey is a shining example of Australian design, construction and ingenuity, while also delivering a high level of comfort for a most affordable package. The camper trailer is as surefooted on rocky trails as its namesake, and has the offroad credibility to help you explore this great land in confidence and style.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Out in front, the 100x50x3mm galvanised A-frame drawbar includes a flexible Treg offroad coupling for towing security over tricky terrain, and the turning clearance is surprisingly good. There is a handbrake with 10in electric brakes and a removable jockey wheel that can be used for longer stays when disconnected from the towing vehicle. Adjustable rear stands give the Joey excellent stability when set up, although you may decide not to worry about them if just pulling over for the night.
At the front, there is a mesh-style stoneguard, twin 4.5kg gas cylinder mounts, dual jerry can holders and the spare wheel mount. The entire base of the tub has checkerplate surrounds and components for longevity and abrasion resistance, and the lower section at the front has further wear padding to reduce stone damage. The body shell itself has a 3mm Alumabond composite panel outer surface with 19mm of insulation and 3mm Tuscan Dawn timber internal panelling, allowing terrific hot and cold weather comfort especially when combined with the Truma Saphir Comfort air-conditioner/heater.
The Joey has hot and cold pressurised water from the Duoetto 12/240V unit with 10L capacity, which runs both the internal sink and an outside shower unit from two 60L poly water tanks that are tucked neatly away on the underside and shrouded for protection. The external features continue with a large fold-out table, lighting and power inlets and outlets.
There is a comfy upholstered seat immediately to the left of the entry door, on the nearside, before a compact storage unit with a triple-fold table that extends out. This storage unit also holds the Sony sound system and hot water service. Two people can sit comfortably at the table, with the second seat being the edge of the innerspring double mattress.
HITS & MISSES
- Compact and relatively light weight
- Great storage
- Level of comfort
- Accessory selection
I would have liked…
- The addition of a grill
BUSHRANGER JOEY SPECS
- Tare 1140kg
- ATM 1600kg
- Suspension Austrack independent shock absorbed leaf
- Brakes 10in electric
- Coupling Treg offroad
- Chassis Full box-section galvanised
- Drawbar 100x50x3mm galvanised
- Body Aluminium exterior, foam, timber composite
- Wheel/tyre 16in all-terrain tyres
- Style Hybrid
- Box size 2900x2050mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 4500mm
- Gas cylinders 2x4.5kg
- Water 2x60L poly
- Cooktop Smev two-burner internal, Swift two-burner external
- Kitchen Stainless steel sink with hot/cold mixer, Waeco 80L compressor fridge
- Battery 2x100Ah deep-cycle Century
Price as Shown
- $ 39,995 (drive-away Vic)
Check out the full feature in issue #90 July 2015 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.