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The Complete Campsite Jabiru camper trailer is up for grabs. Read the review and find out how to win.
Complete Campsite has a rock solid reputation for building strong, reliable and comfortable offroad camper trailers, and the brand was duly rewarded when it took to this year’s Offroad Camper of the Year (OCOTY) award for its Jabiru softfloor camper trailer. And guess what? You could win it!
But first, the Jabba — as we’ve affectionately dubbed it — will spend a few months in the possession of CTA, taking us to awesome, remote destinations like Mungo National Park in utmost comfort. If ever there was a camper to be relied upon in isolated destinations like Mungo, this is it.
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TRAVELLING TO MUNGO NATIONAL PARK
Mungo NP is not a place you visit for gnarly 4WD prospects, rather for its natural beauty and incredible historical significance. That said, the seemingly endless dirt roads in and around the park are badly corrugated in places, so you want to be completely comfortable with the build quality of your camper as it rattles and shakes over unpleasant surfaces.
The Jabiru is equipped to deal with these conditions and worse, the nine leaf eye-to-eye rebound suspension system absorbing the shocks without a worry. It has 12in brakes and 16in wheels, providing 550mm of clearance for those times when you find yourself in more challenging conditions than those we found at Mungo.
The chassis is constructed of 50x50x5mm SupaGal, with Zincalume body panels at 1.5mm thick. The chassis is treated with a Rhino Solarmax coating; a polyurethane spray which protects against impact, corrosion and abrasion. The quality of the welds is excellent — a mark of a carefully crafted, premium product. At 100x50x3mm, the SupaGal drawbar is sizeable, and hosts a massive, carpet-lined tool box.
The drawbar also supports the Country Comfort gas hot water system, which feeds to the ensuite tent accessed internally from the 2.3x2.8m main tent. The canvas is Wax Converters 15oz (roof) and 12oz (walls), and the canvas pulls taut and tidy — this is, in fact, one of the things that impressed our OCOTY judges the most. There is enough floor space here for a couple of stretchers for the kids, or an internal living area in less than perfect weather, with room to spare.
The queen innerspring bed is accessed from the walk-up passageway, and is protected from dust on the road by a zipped canvas bed bag. I had this pulled up for additional warmth at Mungo, which seemed to work quite well. The passageway extends under the bed slightly, allowing this area to be used for storage without compromising access to the bed or risking going head over turkey during late night toilet runs. It’s the ideal space for plastic storage drawers to keep things in order.
There are three carpet-lined storage compartments inside the tent, each with LED lighting. The walkway also has a light; there are reading lamps and a dimmable LED strip light. That’s right, dimmable! A very nice touch indeed and indicative of the level of thought Complete Campsite puts into its camper designs.
THE BUSINESS END
There’s heaps of room to move in the kitchen, which slides straight out the back of the camper. There’s storage aplenty and loads of bench space, and although the bench was a little higher than I’d have liked it I had no problems cooking up several storms for all the crew at the three-burner gas stove. There’s an 80L Waeco fridge on a slide-out drawer, with a storage compartment behind which would easily accommodate a large plastic storage tub for your kitchen equipment or pantry items. The skylight in the canvas above the kitchen is a nice touch, and would certainly improve visibility in this area during less than radiant weather conditions — though luckily for us we didn’t experience these at Mungo.
The stove and gas hot water are fed by three 4.5kg gas bottles. There’s a 350W pure sine wave inverter, Anderson plug for DC charge, twin 100Ah batteries and an internally mounted 90L water tank with two additional jerries in lockable frames on the drawbar. All of this allowed us to be self-sufficient for the duration of our time at Mungo.
The Jabiru proved itself to be an extremely comfortable and functional home away from home at Mungo NP, and it’s not hard to see why it was the unanimous favourite in its category among our panel of five judges at Offroad Camper of the Year. With the comforts of home wrapped into an extremely capable offroad camper, the Jabiru is an obvious choice for jaunts into remote destinations like Mungo. Whoever wins this baby will be one happy camper indeed. Turn to the next page to find out how you can win.
> Gas hot water service, delightful in the desert chill!
> Internal carpeted storage compartments with lights
> Excellent canvas quality
> Internally accessed ensuite
I WOULD HAVE LIKED
> Lower kitchen bench
Originally published in Camper Trailer Australia #66, June/July 2013.