dave & cris’s
aussie jays camper
There is just such a
huge selection of camper trailer manufacturers compared to a few years ago. One
of the booming markets in sales of recreational vehicles and more so dual cab
utes as is the camper trailer segment at the moment. Choosing a camper trailer
that fits within your budget and with all the goodies you want is a chore. The
amount available on the market can really chew through your thinking progress
and send you into the land of confusion as to which model to pick.
I recently went through this process and after 18 months found a manufacturer
that I was happy with to build me a trailer and listen to what the customer
wanted. In a sense a rare find as with quality over quantity, sometimes vice a
versa is the priority of some other manufacturers. After looking at hundreds at
shows and on manufacturers premises I managed to find one on Ebay of all places.
Brand new and bang on my budget!
Jason Donnelly and his lovely wife Rebekah run Aussie Jays Campers and are
relative new comers to the camper trailer scene. With a history of building boat
trailers Jason started on camper trailers by building his own and after the
relatives seeing the results they started ordering.
Now living in a town house doesn’t give you a lot of room to build these
trailers and after struggling through building quite a few Jason moved into his
current factory premises at Williamstown 18 months ago. With something like 260
built so far you can bet Jason is in it for the long haul.
As for quality I dropped into the factory three times before ordering a Big Red
model. Being fussy with quality control you will find Jason basically does all
the work himself. Seeing these trailers in various stages of build and
discussing with Jason about the process and quality of material he uses (all
Australian steel) on the trailers after the third visit it was a no brainer for
me as to whom was building mine.
But not only are the trailers built with long term reliability in mind, Jason
and Rebekah have chosen the Austrack range of tents to sit on top of his off
road and on road models.
With a choice of 9 foot or 12 foot tents Austrack have a good reputation of
being one of the better quality canvas tents around on the market today. Also
the great news is the Austrack comes with a screened annex and a full canvas
annex in the package, so no need to purchase any add on pieces for the tent.
With three models to choose from you get a choice of a semi off road model or
two off road versions with the Big Red model being the most popular with the
customers. With fantastic features of two jerry can holders and a 4 kilo gas
holder, 59litre water tank with stone guard, toolbox and a stainless steel
kitchen plus a myriad of other features as standard, they really are great value
for money. Best of all Jason will customise a trailer to suit whatever your
chosen tow vehicle is and with a 12 month warranty on the trailer and Austracks
12 month warranty on the tent you can be assured any problems in that time frame
will be rectified.
You can find Jason working away at factory 2/11 Macaulay Street Williamstown in
Victoria during the week and Saturdays if you want to drop in and have a good
yarn about his trailers or alternatively his website
And no doubt you can ring Jason or Rebekah on 03 9397 5217 to discuss your
specific requirements or just to get quotes on the range of trailers they offer.
As for me I have just taken my camper for a 2,500 kilometre journey and it
handled all conditions on and off road well. No more sleeping in tents on blow
up mattresses for me and the wife and you could say I have put myself back into
the category of being a ‘Happy Camper’ again.
Dave Howard for this article.