Jayco Journey: Review

By: Malcolm Street, Photography by: Malcolm Street

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With its easy layout and thoughtful features, Jayco’s new Journey is an adventure waiting to happen.

The brand new Journey is pitched to be Jayco’s flagship pop-top and is available in eight layouts, some with an onboard bathroom. My review model – a Journey 17.55-8 – has an external length of 5.71m (18ft 9in).


In keeping with the rest of the Jayco range, the Journey is underpinned by a hot-dipped galvanised chassis. Built by Jayco to its own specifications, the chassis has 100x50mm (4x2in) main rails and drawbar with pressed steel C-section cross-members.


Moving inside, if you’re a fan of space and light, then you’ll class this one a winner. With no high overhead lockers and screened windows in the pop-top gusset, the perception of space is good.

All the furniture is built in Jayco’s ‘Euro’ style, with curved corners for the most part. Behind the facade, the drawers have metal sides and runners, making them both strong and light. All the main wall windows, except the bathroom, have full curtains in addition to the integrated blinds and screens in the windows. In case the window ventilation isn’t quite enough, the pop-top roof and accompanying lifting devices have been made strong enough to support the Truma Aventa air-conditioner.

Those travellers who like the current market favourite layout – a front island bed with a full-width rear bathroom – will not be disappointed here, because that is exactly what you get.

In addition, the kitchen bench fills the nearside wall and an L-shaped lounge takes up most of the opposite side. Fitting in between the lounge and the bathroom wall is a 150L three-way fridge with a Sphere microwave above.


I liked...

  • Easy towing van
  • General layout
  • External boot space
  • Electrical setup
  • LED strip lighting

I would have liked...

  • A bit more room around the end of the bed
  • Better swivel for table


Weights and measures

  • Overall length 7.05m (23ft 1in)
  • External body length 5.71m (18ft 9in)
  • External body width 2.46m (8ft 1in)
  • Travel height 2.46m (8ft 1in)
  • Internal height 2.12m (7ft)
  • Tare 1825kg
  • ATM 2300kg
  • Ball weight 117kg


  • Frame Aluminium
  • Cladding Fibreglass composite
  • Chassis Hot-dipped galvanised
  • Suspension Leaf spring
  • Brakes 10in electric
  • Wheels 14in
  • Water 2x82L
  • Battery 1x100Ah
  • Solar Optional
  • Air-conditioner Truma Aventa
  • Gas 2x9kg
  • Sway control Al-Ko ESC


  • Cooking Dometic four-burner and grill
  • Fridge Dometic RM 2553 150L
  • Microwave Sphere
  • Toilet Thetford cassette
  • Shower Separate cubicle
  • Lighting 12V LED
  • Hot water Suburban 23L

Options fitted

  • None

Price as shown

  • $41,000 (on road, NSW)

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