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Jayco Australia Unveils Double-Slide Trailer

June 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

On the heels of the 2011 Sterling travel trailer launch by Jayco Australia comes the release of the new Double Slideout Sterling.

According to the builder, which is an affiliate of Middlebury, Ind.-based Jayco Inc., the innovative Double Slideout Sterling brings “even greater levels of style and comfort thanks to its unique design and layout.” At the push of a button, both the bed and the dinette can expand or contract, providing extra room in the living area of the trailer.

The interior includes a choice of five stylish leather upholstery colors, patented aluminum furniture construction and a roomy refrigerator. The Sterling Double Slideout also includes Italian styled door handles, a new square vanity basin and energy-efficient LED lighting.

The new Sterling is also designed to handle Australia’s rugged terrain, offering a “Tough Frame” that is a combination of a strong aluminum frame bonded with ply and a fibreglass skin, giving owners peace of mind knowing their trailer is robustly built and virtually hail- and dent-resistant. As with all Jayco Australia products, the Sterling’s chassis is hot dipped galvanized for long life, strength and protection.

“Packed with features, the 2011 Sterling Double Slideout is certain to become one of Jayco’s most popular caravans,” said Marketing Director Andrew Ryan. “We were one of the first Australian companies to introduce the electric slideout function and we have seen a rise in the number of orders for the slideout feature in other models.”

Jayco Australia is also offering three-year roadside assistance and a 12-month warranty. The Sterling Double Slideout is available at all Jayco dealers across Australia and New Zealand.

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Jayco Australia Hires Timely Design Student

October 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A drawing of the Compact Caravan designed by an Australian design student.

A drawing of the Compact Caravan designed by an Australian design student.

Editor’s Note: Jayco Inc.’s Australian affiliate, Jayco Caravan Australia, was recently involved with a student design competition at a university there. One of the candidates for the top award (called the Tyson Award) was Heather Barrett. The staff at Jayco Australia was so impressed with her they hired her as an industrial designer. Following is a story about her from campertraileraustralia.com.au.

Heather Barrett, recent industrial design graduate from Monash University, impressed the Australian International Design Awards judging panel with her crossover caravan design.

Heather’s “Compact Caravan” was nominated for the James Dyson student design award, held earlier this year.

The Compact Caravan design included a slide-out elevated outdoor area with roof, mosquito net and pull-down seats, and an easy-to-recycle rotationally moulded shell. The appearance of the streamline body was modeled on the popular U.S. Airstream van (travel trailer) first designed in the 1930s.

The concept van (trailer) sleeps three and has a popup section for standing room. Jayco shared with Heather its manufacturing processes and has since recruited her, having been impressed with the outcome of her ideas.

“I guess my project was perfect timing,” she said.

“Jayco wanted to redesign the aesthetics of some of its products for younger audiences, and along I came. I am now fully engaged in a range of products, from tooling to the finished products.”

Would Jayco be adopting her Compact Caravan as a new line of production?

“As I envisaged it, I don’t think so,” she said.

“But that’s OK, I am sure we will both benefit from our association for some time to come.”

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