SOUTHERN LAND JABIRU
Off-roading in style.
This Melbourne-based company is best known for its rugged camper trailers, but the cross-over Jabiru also attracted a loyal following.
The cross-over business is booming as many outback travellers insist on more comfort and improved weatherproofing.
Southern Land saw the trend and expanded its camper trailer range to include the Jabiru.
The initial model was a pop-top, with only 2.3m overall height when travelling, but a full-height, fixed-roof model is now available.
We like the roof-raising system for the pop-top. It uses air ‘struts’ that lift the roof effortlessly when inflated.
We checked out the company’s manufacturing facility and were impressed with the attention to detail.
As with its camper trailers Southern Land builds the Jabiru on a Supergal steel chassis, with sections of 100x50x3mm and 150x50x3mm and with cross members every 400mm. The welds are re-galvanised when the frame is complete and the whole can be hot-dipped if required.
Body framing is TIG-welded aluminium 25x50mm RHS and 25x25mm SHS tubing, clad with composite aluminium-skin panels and propeller-plate lower sections. The floor is also aluminium, with a timber-look finish on top.
Tare weight is around 1650kg, with a towball weight of 170kg and Cruise Master independent suspension rated at 2500kg. Wheels are Sunraysia, shod with 265/75R16 rubber.
The Jabiru has two standard layouts, with either a ‘north-south’ or ‘east-west’ bed arrangement. Single bed layouts are also available.
All Jabirus come with inside and outside kitchens, including sinks; two-way fridge; an ensuite with cassette toilet, exhaust fan and shower; external shower; roll-out awning; overhead kitchen cupboards; roof vent; three opening windows with screens and blinds; triple-locking side door; queen-size innerspring mattress; gas hot water system; 206-litre water tank; two 4.5kg gas bottles; two 150-watt solar panels on the roof; 400-watt sine-wave inverter; two 100 amp-hour AGM batteries with 12-volt and 240-volt charger; interior and exterior LED lights and ample storage capacity.
Options include ducted gas heating; a 50-litre grey-water tank; 40-litre second fridge in the storage box; stereo system; TV with wall bracket; water filtration; fridge upgrades; third battery; annexe and draft skirt; leather couch in lieu of fabric and a kids’ top-bunk.
Pricing for the Jabiru PT starts at $77,500.
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