Our new Trakka Jabiru Remote - First Trip Impressions

There is no way we can think of, for them to improve on this vehicle.

Sheehy - Jabiru 419 C

My wife Noela and I returned to our unit in Dee Why recently after a three week trip to Mackay, Qld travelling via the Australian Country way, the inland highway, which avoids the busy Bruce Highway and passes through many of the small South East Queensland country towns. We both kept remarking on what a complete package our vehicle is and how well Trakka has matched their interior fit out specification to the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter specs to create a perfect combination. As Martin Poate knows, we have sold our unit in Dee Why and bought a small beach house in Lennox Head and because of the different settlement dates are planning to live in our Jabiru Remote to bridge the gap. We now think of it as our real home until we make the move to Lennox.

The only trouble we have experienced in upgrading from our second, top of the range, Volkswagen based Trakkadu Pop Top camper to the larger vehicle is now finding things because the amount of storage in our new “home on the road” means we kept forgetting where we put stuff. The much larger fridge also means we need to fill the shelf where I keep my beer to avoid rattles so I now keep several days “happy hour” supplies of both beer and wine in the fridge unlike previously where we had to keep the bulk of the drinks in the rear Volkswagen storage area. This new Jabiru motorhome is for us very much like a compact beach home on wheels and means you have to adjust your thinking accordingly. No more scrimping on supplies or even fresh water because 160 litres lasts us two weeks.

Another bonus is that the huge two metre long queen size width bed which means there is plenty of room for three even with our little dog (the security system) hogging the middle section.
How we love the four large aircraft style overhead storage lockers with roller shutter doors in the bedroom which have space for all our clothes for both summer and winter. Noela loves the compact hanging closet for evening wear which also has room for all of her makeup and various handbags. She also loves her galley kitchen with diesel fired ceramic cooktop and especially the convenience of the fridge position which at eye height makes it so easy to find everything in the shelves. We both love the ease of closing the Jabiru Remote window blind system for privacy and insulation while the large outward opening windows in the bedroom gave great ventilation through the built in insect screens in the warm weather in Queensland.

As designated driver, I really like the low fuel consumption of the V6 3.0 Litre Mercedes-Benz turbo diesel engine. As we are never in a hurry to get anywhere we usually cruise at an indicated 95 Kmph and this gives us over 1,000 Kilometres range from the 100 litre tank. Overtaking has to be done carefully however as I saw over 130 Kmph on the speedo when overtaking a caravan at one stage. This Mercedes really gets up and goes when you need it. We have yet to use the electric awning apart from extending it to impress our adult kids and other campers together with the luxury of the optional electrically operated side door our van came with. Whoever in the Trakka brains trust decided on the combined specifications of the base vehicle and the Trakka Jabiru Remote fitout to produce this motorhome really knows their stuff and has obviously done a lot of camping.

Sheehy - Jabiru 419 B

Sheehy - Jabiru 419

Sheehy - Jabiru 419 A

Wording and Images: Morgan & Noela Sheehy

You’ll find full Jabiru Remote Motorhome pricing and specifications on the BROCHURE.

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