Jayco J-Pod: Review

By: Michael Browning, Photography by: Stuart Grant


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It’s back to basics with the practically designed Jayco J-Pod.

Rather than offer a pre-configured product, the J-Pod is a relatively blank canvas at its launch pricing of $9900 (tow-away, Vic), leaving couples, families or even trade and commercial customers to paint their own vision. It was due to go on sale more than 12 months ago priced at less than $8000, but the prototypes required a bit more work.

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

As launched, the $9900 J-Pod comes standard with a galvanised steel chassis, 195 section tyres on 13in wheels, a spare wheel and jack, a large but shallow under-bed storage area accessible from two external hatches, a fire extinguisher and two double-glazed push-out windows with inbuilt blinds and flyscreens. Inside, there’s a lift-up double bed with innerspring mattress, with a shallow but empty storage space below, a roof hatch and a 12V LED internal light.

If you want more – or something different – get ticking on the growing options list. Given its keen price, most people will go for the heavy but huge optional two-part tent ($694) that encloses and attaches to the J-Pod’s open tailgate and almost trebles the living space to cater for family campers. Our test model also came with a full length roof rack with attachments for one or more bikes. Another option that many will consider a must-have is an A-frame toolbox, which also comes with a gas ring that attaches to one of the optional gas cylinders for cooking.

HITS & MISSES

I liked...

  • Simple, no-frills design
  • Ease of towing
  • Potential for range of lifestyle customisations

I would have liked...

  • A small water tank and hand-pump
  • More A-frame carrying options

JAYCO J-POD SPECS

Weights and measures

  • Overall length 3.63m (11ft 11in)
  • External body length 2.47m (8ft 1in)
  • External body width 2.11m (6ft 11in)
  • Travel height 1.94m (6ft 4in)
  • Tare 485kg
  • ATM 749kg
  • Ball weight 39-65kg

External

  • Cladding Fibreglass composite
  • Chassis Galvanised steel
  • Suspension Leaf spring
  • Wheels/tyres 13in wheels with 195 tyres
  • Gas 2x4.5kg (provision only)

Internal

  • Lighting 1x12V LED

Options fitted

J-Pod tent section $694; roof racks $247

Price as shown

  • $10,841 (tow-away, Vic, base price $9900)

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