Jayco Expanda

Jayco Expanda Adventure Road Trip


Jayco’s Expanda range of caravans is a fine example of vans developed with households in mind. With fold-out bedrooms at one or both ends of the van, they offer good internal living space and much less lugging length when compared with a traditional caravan.

In the case of our evaluation caravan, an Expanda 18.57-6, it came with just a front fold-out room, but also for older children who may not wish to share it includes bunk beds rather than a second fold-out room.

Our van also came prepared for rough-road use, being fitted with the Jayco Wilderness Load.

The Expanda is developed significantly in the Wilderness style, featuring a Millennium hot-dipped galvanized framework with 150x50mm (6in x 4in) rails.

A vital quality of the Jayco chassis is the punched steel slots that maintain the weight down without shedding stamina, while also supplying somewhere to run cabling as well as pipes.

A number of the Wilderness inclusions are located under the chassis: Al-Ko Wilderness fallen leave springtime suspension, Al-Ko offroad electric brake magnets, 15in alloy wheels, as well as longer corner stabilisers.

In the architectural department, an aluminium frame is sandwiched along with an interior wall ply, polystyrene foam for insulation as well as an outer covering of ply and also fibreglass sheet.

Traditionally, the door is a Camec triple-locker safety and security item and the home windows are tinted receptacles. There’s also a front boot.


When unhitched and also level, there are the common products like the corner stabilisers and also awning to take care of.

Not to neglect the fold-out room at the front. Setting this up is just an issue of downfall a couple of external clips, lifting up the roofing and also reducing the bed base. Inside, the cushions just need to be unstrapped as well as outlined to make a comfy bed.

Inside, Jayco’s pantry cabinetry is carried out in its “Eurostyle” theme, in our case completed in a walnut hardwood look. Aluminium is utilized for framing in areas destined to birth a bit of weight, such as the dinette and beds.

In years gone by, locating a shower room in a van of this size would’ve been uncomfortable, but having the increasing bedroom up front makes this setup fairly sensible. Obviously, you are not going to get the whole nine yards, but what you do obtain ain’t bad.

There is a flexible-hose, variable-height shower, a Thetford bench-style cassette bathroom as well as a washbasin. The basin is just one of those brilliant fold-down products so it’s not in the way when you’re remaining on the bathroom, and is an important part of the moulding, which additionally includes a cutting cabinet.

A shower drape keeps the spray off the commode seat but also for those who dislike drapes that stick, it might be simpler just to clean the bathroom down.

Being a family van, there are two collections of beds, with the primary bed remaining in the fold-out. It gauges 1.83 x1.5 m (6ft x 4ft 11in) as well as, with big screened windows all round, is my sort of bed in warm summertime climate.

Obviously, in colder or wet weather you could simply zip up the interior canvas flaps. An asset of the hard-top roofing (as opposed to canvas that’s used with the camper trailers) is that it maintains condensation to a minimum.

It’s not easy providing appropriate illumination in the extended room, but Jayco has actually created a good solution: a straightforward expansion light that connected into the fixed roof covering light. Keen going to bed visitors could do well to purchase a low consumption LED analysis light.

Member of the family are not forgotten with both 1.9 x0.75 m (6ft 3in x 2ft 5in) bunk beds. Both beds have their own windows as well as checking out lights, however just the lower bunk has a power point (located at the foot of the bed). A smaller sized ladder could be used by the top bed passenger and a largish sideboard prevents any unintended rolling out.

Between the bunk beds and also shower is a full-height wardrobe with hanging area, 2 drawers and 2 floor storage lockers.


Frequently in family Motor homes the table and also seats do not conveniently fit a family members, but this set does it with space for 5 individuals. 2 halogen under-locker lights illuminate the table, as does a nearby ceiling-mounted incandescent.

There isn’t really a powerpoint for the dinette, yet a single point that additionally services the kitchen bench is nearby.

The TV place in a van such as this refers using a placing factor that offers the least downside, which in this case is the wall over a waist-high cabinet by the entry. It could be seen from both the dining room and also front bed, both which may have to be used for family watching.

Family members wedding catering does call for an affordable cooking area bench and Jayco provides with this Expanda. The offside bench comes fitted with a Smev four-burner cooktop and stainless steel sink with drainer. It has both storage tank and also filtered alcohol consumption water.

Constructed in an L shape, the bench not only fits in quite well yet offers a relatively great amount of benchtop location in addition to cupboard and cabinet area.
Reverse is a 175L Dometic three-way refrigerator with a Ball microwave over.


Given this Expanda is fitted with an Outback Load, it’s a little weird that a home battery isn’t a common feature, though one is readily available as an alternative.

Every one of the 12V lights is provided by Jayco’s typical Setec power converter that runs from either 240V or 12V. A couple of 12V outlets within would be good for camping far from mains power, as would certainly much more energy-efficient illumination.

Towing the Expanda isn’t really a crucial matter thanks to its ATM of 2451kg. That puts it conveniently right into mid-range 4WD lugging territory and our Jeep Cherokee absolutely dealt easily throughout heaven Mountains west of Sydney


It’s not tough to see why the Jayco Expanda would certainly keep a caravanning household really satisfied. The van has all the advantages of a normal caravan with the additional possession of the expanding front room which permits whole lots more space.

In addition, this Expanda comes fitted as an Outback for some rough-road discovering. A plus in anyone’s publication.


– Front expanding bed plan with hard roof covering
– Moderately sized family members kitchen
– Great general storage
– Easy to tow
– Excellent sized home windows for bunk beds


– No powerpoint near the dining room
– No battery fitted as standard
– Lack of 12V sockets and energy reliable lights


Overall length: 7.24 m (23ft 9in).
Exterior length 5.72 m (18ft 9in).
Exterior width (incl awn): 2.47 m (8ft 1in).
Internal elevation: 1.98 m (6ft 5in).
Nameplate Tare: 1976kg.
Nameplate ATM MACHINE: 2451kg.
Unladen round weight: 144kg.
Frame: Aluminium.
Chassis: Hot-dipped galvanised.
Suspension: Tandem axle leaf springtime.
Cooktop: Smev four-burner (3 gas, one elec).
Fridge: Dometic RM 2553 175L three-way.
Microwave: Round.
Shower: Vari-height, flex-hose.
Toilet: Thetford bench.
Illumination: 12V incandescent/halogen.
Gas: 2 x 9kg.
Fresh water: 2 x 82L.
Cost as revealed: $42,400 (tow-away).

To experience this luxury caravan without paying a big lump sum to own it, you can try hiring it from a local caravan company such as Luxury Caravan Hire www.luxurycaravanhire.com.au.

If you have questions regarding to this caravan, please feel free to contact us on info@strahanseaplanesandhelicopters.com.au