Video Review: Jayco Sterling Outback

The Jayco Sterling Outback is built to tackle rough roads and there’s a good reason why the Sterling is one of the most popular caravans in Australia.

JAYCO STERLING OUTBACK RATING CARD

VALUE FOR MONEY

While it’s not the cheapest Jayco on the road, you do get a lot for your money in the Sterling. In the mid-to-upper end of the market, it’s probably also one of the best-value blacktop tourers on the road. It’s the Ford Territory of caravans: reliable, not overtly flashy, and fitted with a swag of features for a reasonable price.

TOWABILITY

The Jayco feels very stable on the road, staying steady and true behind the tow vehicle.

SETTING UP AND HITCHING UP

The sterling has a very clean and tidy A-frame with a centre jockey wheel and plenty of space for WDH brackets.

SUITABILITY FOR INTENDED TOURING

Jayco gave this van its ‘Outback’ pack which is intended for some rough road touring. It gets Al-Ko Rocker Roller suspension, underslung axles (21ft models onwards), solar provision, an external 12V point, 16in alloy wheels, 6in main-member chassis, Al-Ko offroad electric brake magnets, side checkerplate and more.

LAYOUT

Given the length of this van, most of the features – front bedroom, full-width rear bathroom, nearside dinette and offside kitchen – are well proportioned. In its extended length, there was very little space to squeeze past the bed, and the dinette was also a little tight on space. The large windows are lovely and there was some good storage in place.

QUALITY OF FINISH

Inside, the Sterling is cohesive and clearly shows the benefits of a mass-produced rig. Everything fits well together, with no obvious gaps. The Sterling proves that high-volume manufacturing doesn’t have to equal poor attention to detail or shoddiness.

BUILD QUALITY

Jayco has made the Sterling to its normal standard, with a few extras to make it an ‘Outback’ model. It is a well-made van, and everything is properly aligned. The cabinetry is precision-cut and well finished.

CREATURE COMFORTS

The Sterling has all the features you’d expect at this price-point, including large fridge and combo washer-dryer, and a few little luxuries such as the Waeco wine bottle fridge and a filtered water tap.

INNOVATION

The new Dometic entry door and very tall rear external storage locker are innovative features of the Sterling, as well as the touch-panel lighting.

X-FACTOR

The Jayco is now so familiar to caravanners that there is not much new or exciting about it. But the sense of knowing exactly what you’re getting is strong with a Jayco.

THE CARAVAN WORLD VERDICT

The Jayco Sterling is one of Australia’s best-selling caravans – it’s the flagship of the largest RV manufacturer in the country – and it’s not hard to see why.

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