Jurgens Travado TR2505: Review
Stand out from the crowd with the Jurgens Travado TR2505, a stylish van that suits its purpose and tows very well.
With its distinctive Euro styling and eye-catching interior, it doesn’t take long to realise the Travado TR2505 is the latest van from the Jurgens stable. While the Travado TR2505 is well-built and has good ground clearance, it’s important to remember that it was designed for good handling of rough road, not offroad use.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
Both the body and the chassis have been specifically designed to create a structure which is strong while being as lightweight as possible. At nearly 7m (23ft) long, the Travado has a Tare weight of 2412kg and an ATM of 3000kg, giving a good load capacity of 588kg.
For the most part, the Travado’s electrics are well set up, however, I found it a bit odd that the 12V main switches are located under the front dinette seat. The biggest problem with that is that activating the electric entry step requires the main switch to be turned on.
The 240V powerpoints are mostly located where they should be but there are no 12V/5V USB charging points. There are plenty of very bright LED light fittings and, in addition to bed and dinette reading lights, there are downlights in the roof hatch mouldings and the pelmets that adorn the overhead lockers. Given this van’s intended use, the optional 150W solar panels are a welcome addition, boosting the van’s ability to stay off the beaten track.
Stepping in through the rear entry door reveals an island bed at the front, a full-width bathroom at the rear, a nearside cafe-style dinette and a kitchen bench opposite that. The interior colour scheme mostly consists of greys and black, except for the bright red leather dinette upholstery. It is very striking and certainly catches the eye, however, if potential buyers find it a bit too much, more muted tones are available.
Despite the darker hues, the interior is still quite bright, due to two large, marine-style hatches in the roof and the good-sized windows all-round. There’s an odd exception to this and I’m not sure if it’s structural but the position of the kitchen window means it is entirely covered by the smoked glass lid of the cooktop when it’s open, making a surprising difference to the natural light in the kitchen.
Other than that, the kitchen bench is well-appointed with a stainless steel sink, four-burner cooktop with grill and oven, and a 184L fridge with a Camec microwave above. Given the length of the kitchen bench, there is a reasonable amount of benchtop working space plus a good selection of drawers, cupboards (one with a wire basket pantry) and overhead lockers (most fitted with an extra shelf).
Opposite the kitchen, the brightly coloured dinette is comfortably large with hinged footrests at the end of each seat that go well with the side cushions on the wall. Sitting between the two seats, the tri-fold table can be moved in and out as required and under the table are a couple of open shelves which are much easier to get items, such as books, in and out of. Above the dinette, the overhead lockers have clear acrylic doors and, like in the kitchen, each has a shelf inside.
THE WRAP UP
It’s not hard to be impressed by this van with its Euro styling, which makes it stand out from the more mainstream caravans in the market.
HITS AND MISSES
- Unusual looking interior
- Plenty of storage
- Grey water tank
- LED lights
- Well laid out bathroom
- Relatively lightweight
- Kitchen window location
- Main 12V switch location
- No device charger points
- Mattress shape
JURGENS TRAVADO TR2505 SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.03m (26ft 4in)
- External body length 6.93m (22ft 8in)
- External body width 2.49m (8ft 2in)
- Travel height 2.9m (9ft 6in)
- Internal height 1.947m (6ft 5in)
- Tare 2412kg
- ATM 3000kg
- Ball weight 273kg
- Frame n/a
- Cladding Aluminium composite
- Chassis Hot-dipped galvanised
- Suspension Cruisemaster CRS independent
- Brakes 10in electric
- Wheels 16in alloy
- Water 2x80L (fresh); 1x60L (grey)
- Battery 1x100Ah
- Solar 2x150W
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway Control Al-Ko ESC
- Cooking Thetford Caprice four burner, grill, oven
- Fridge Thetford N614E.3F 184L
- Microwave Camec
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Atwood 23L gas/230V
- Solar panels; leather upholstery; external marine speakers
Price as shown
- $77,990 (on-road, NSW)
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The full test appears in Caravan World #551 July 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!