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Value added luxury Jayco Sterling caravan brings home comfort wherever it parks

June 22, 2010
Value added luxury Jayco Sterling caravan brings home comfort wherever it parks

Leading Australian caravan builder Jayco's fleet flagship the Sterling was launched early in 2006 to replace the Heritage luxury range of Jayco caravans now the well priced Sterling has won a big following. The range can be viewed at
www.jayco.com.au

The Sterling range stretches from 5.45 (17ft 10in) to 7.79 metres (25ft 7in) models. Jayco has built its market leader position by offering the booming recreational vehicle (RV) market a luxury production-line manufactured caravan at attractive prices. The Sterlings winning ways stem from Jayco containing costs, and also 'value adding', which includes installing fixtures and features that are often only offered as optional extras in other brands.

Attention to safer towing is built into the Sterling package with reversing sensors and LED side and clearance lights.The Sterling also uses an in-built spare wheel compartment set into the fibreglass rear end of the caravan.

In April 2009 GoSee took delivery of the company Sterling 23 GoSee and towed from Dandenong South leaving at 4.38pm via Melbourne's Southeastern Freeway and travelled to the Werribee exit on the Geelong Freeway in just over an hour.

Our Toyota Sahara auto Turbo Diesel's speed ranged for 60kmh at the southern end of the run to 100kmh on Geelong Freeway.

The best fuel use instant read-out on the Toyota Sahara computer while towing the route was 11.5 litres per 100km. The Sterling really impresses GoSee on road. It is a beautiful thing to tow despite it being a 2800kg loaded luxury home on wheels. The Sterlings designed stability is a fine fit with the custom-fitted Hayman Reese Weight Distribution Hitch and Friction Sway Control.

From Werribee on the Geelong Freeway GoSee met a strong head wind of between 25 and 30kmh but even though this drove fuel use up we still averaged about 15litres per 100km for the entire trip from Dandenong South to the El Dorado Tourist Park in Ballarat Road,(A300 Midlands Hwy) Batesford - a

Geelong suburb. El Dorado is a Top Tourist Parks of Australia chain member. It can handle Recreational Vehicles of up to 12 metres and is particularly easy to access from the new Geelong By-pass road.

GoSee carries an RV friendly icon on participating caravan parks on this web site which shows the size of RV's which can be accommodated.The Melbourne CityLink route certainly helped efficient fuel use. In stop-start towing 16 to 21 litres per 100kmh is the usual fuel use range for the powerful Turbo-Diesel Toyota Landcruiser.

GoSee Jayco Sterling at Hayman Reese 018
GoSee Jayco Sterling at Hayman Reese 018

Using the tolled Melbourne Transurban Southeastern route with the Sterling 23 behind the TD Sahara was an easy going, stress free experience for towing despite the quite heavy traffic. The Sterling is part of a string of luxury caravans GoSee has used as company RV's from Jayco. The last two were both Heritage models.

The key benefit of the tolled Melbourne Transurban Southeastern route is the ability to maintain a steady cruise in higher gears with few stops.

The Sterling 23 has electrically driven extra space available through slide-outs on the lounge area andspacious bed. The electrics take the luxury expanding design to new easy to use levels in comparison with the GoSee Jayco Heritage it replaced.

Comfort comes through in the Sterling big time in every sense. Big people have room to move, the inner-spring matress more than holds its own with the best examples we have tried and the ensuite gains more space through clever design of cupboards.

The circular shower is notable for the space it saves which directly translates into roomy lathering space with all the trimmings.

Green  grass site  Setting-up GoSee Sterling awning at Junee Tourist Park
Green grass site Setting-up GoSee Sterling awning at Junee Tourist Park

Toilet, wash basin and good bench space add to the comfort. Twin 90 litre water tanks feed a pressure system which keeps the flow full on regardless of where the Sterling stops through an automatic 12 voltelectric pump which keeps the flow primed.

There is no manual labor in the Sterling. The kitchen, cooking area is complete in every detail with easy to use gas electrics, range hood, big deep sink and a big fridge, but GoSee prefers to use the Sterling's outdoor barbecue cooking area because it is fun, works well and keeps the caravan odour free.

Two 9kg gas bottles in the big boot handle cooking, heating and fridge cooling when required.

The GoSee Sterling lives in a steep driveway and benefits from the drop-down jacks which are used in place of wind-out stabilisers in both stability at rest and in the extra clearance at the rear of the caravan they provide when dealing with a slope.

The drop-down jacks fold forward which means the back of the caravan does not catch the steepconcrete driveway as the stabilisers on the GoSee Heritage did.

Jayco Sterling ensuite toilet and washbasin
Jayco Sterling ensuite toilet and washbasin

The big manual awning has a powerful rewind and is best handled slowly using the control strap on the awning spar.

Read the safety alerts and be aware that the folding bits can bite. Work in sequence with all locks when putting the awning up or down.

Check that the ratchet mechanism and all locks are closed before travelling.

There has been little adjustment needed with the Sterling. Cupboard catches have needed some adjustment on the GoSee Sterling and we put time into helping the twin water tanks breathe better.

This was because too much piping caused airlocks so GoSee worked on clearing pinched airbleeds .

Jayco released four new models in the 2009 fleet. They were the Sterling Caravan, Sterling pop-top, Discovery pop-top and Expanda HL Caravan in response to increased demand for 'road recreation'.

Increasingly, holiday makers seek an alternative 'route' to overseas travel and now choose to explore the myriad attractions that an Australian vacation offers, Andrew Ryan Jayco Marketing Manager/Director said.

With decades of experience developing an insight into what RV enthusiasts need and want- coupled with a drive to be at the cutting edge of technological advances - Jayco's research and development division has a lineup that presents something for everyone, he said.

Shady Site Brownhill Creek near Adelaide South Australia 4
Shady Site Brownhill Creek near Adelaide South Australia 4

Jayco constantly strives to provide recreational vehicles which allow owners to explore new horizons without forgoing 'home' comforts, Andrew Ryan said.

The Sterling Caravan, Sterling Pop Top, Discovery Pop Top and Expanda HL Caravan feature innovative exterior design, a range of upholstery choices, hard lids for the Expanda, alternate layouts and greater options to suit the Recreational Vehicle lifestyle, he said.

Both the Sterling and Discovery Pop Tops have evolved from a marriage of advanced technological and a willingness to listen to the end user, Andrew said.

So much so that the pop up option has more space now for the family on the road with an extending double bed, microwave, four burner gas griller, three-way fridge, 12v rangehood, overhead cupboards and lift up bed with orthopedic slats featuring extra storage.

The Sterling range takes it a few steps further and incorporates an LCD TV, DVD/CD/MP3 player, 3-way 110 litre fridge and 4-burner oven for starters, he said.

It also has deeper overhead cupboards and, for a great night's sleep every night, inner-spring mattresses.

The Jayco Sterling Caravan is hugely popular with fun lovers, he said.

Jayco Sterling  space saving circular shower
Jayco Sterling space saving circular shower

This 5 star on wheels has superior design and construction, while the generous cupboard space and living area makes the Sterling Caravan the flagship of Jayco's fleet, Andrew Ryan said.

GoSee added a 2009 Sterling caravan and 16ft Discovery pop-top to our company Recreational Vehicles in April 2009.

The Sterling 23 went straight to work after Jayco's Andrew Ryan handed the caravan over to GoSee MD Graham Wallace.

Straight from the Jayco factory at Dandenong South, Victoria, the GoSee Sterling was used as the test bed for a free GoSee Info Article on Touring Tasmania and towing through Melbourne.

The Sterling's first short road trip was from Jayco to nearby Hayman Reese for a full Weight Distribution hitch fit-out, ball weight scale check and the fitting of a customised Friction Sway Control unit.

A Hayman Reese Trailer Ball Weight Scale imported by Cequent was used to take the guesstimation out of setting up the safe caravan towing process. GoSee used the digital readout unit on the Jayco Sterling 23 and the GoSee travelling office the light Jayco 16.52 Discovery pop-top.

We use our flagship GoSeeAustralia Turbo Diesel Toyota Sahara (3200kg) with the GoSee company Jayco Sterling caravan. On the first run the Sterling was 2507kg with the water tanks full and the ball weight was 270kg on the Hayman Reese digital scales.

GoSee jayco Sterling on road near Jerilderie
GoSee jayco Sterling on road near Jerilderie

Like the Sterling the 16ft GoSee Discovery pop-top also went from Jayco to nearby Hayman Reese for a full Weight Distribution hitch fit-out with expert attention to setting the Toyota diesel tug and the caravan perfectly level.

Then GoSee towed to the Discovery to Park Lane Tourist Park, Traralgon. We moved on touring after a few nights to Glen Cromie Caravan Park near Drouin in Victoria's Gippsland.

We were the first caravan in the Gippsland caravan park after the Black Saturday bushfires.

Glen Cromie has now made an amazing comeback from near disaster in which floods followed the terror of the worst natural disaster in Australia's history.

GoSee uses a Thetford 335 Porta Potti in the Jayco Discovery which seems to have been made to measure.

Our GoSee towing tugs, particulary the truck-like Toyota Sahara HJ60 and the GoSee Holden twin cab Rodeo diesel manual ute need a load to settle the stiff suspension down for comfortable black-top road running.

The GoSee Jayco Discovery 16.52 poptop caravan has a light GVM of 1497kg, Jayco says which makes it something of a non-event on the heavy duty Hayman Reese towbars of the GoSee tow tugs.

In fact the Disco as the Jayco Discovery pop top is known among us is a towing snack for the modern automatic Toyota Turbo Diesel Sahara, the retro 1985 manual GoSee HJ60 Toyota Sahara turbo diesel and our Holden Rodeo twin cab manual diesel.

Jayco Sterling ball weight on digital scale 035
Jayco Sterling ball weight on digital scale 035

The fourth GoSee tug, our auto SUV diesel Holden Captiva makes easy work of towing the Discovery too. The three electronically fuel injected tugs -TD Sahara, Holden Rodeo and Holden Captiva are fitted with the engine efficiency aid the DPchip.

Jayco says the Discovery ball weight is 100kg which is about right depending on how the caravan is loaded according to the Hayman Reese Ball Weight Scale.

The flagship jayco Sterling weighs 2800kg fully loaded for the road and puts between 270 and 300kg on the towball.

Our Hayman Reese Technical Advisor Gary Gardiner recommended GoSee load more into the big Discovery boot at the front of the light caravan to help the Hayman Reese Weight Distribution system do its best work.

GoSee prefers to tow the Jayco Sterling 23 with our 3200kg company flagship towing tug the Turbo Diesel auto Sahara.

Editor's Note: GoSee is pleased to acknowledge Hayman Reese, Thetford, Rola and the Cequent group of companies as a major sponsor of this free website. Jayco is also a major sponsor of GoSeeAustralia and has supported GoSee for the past seven years. GoSee also has sponsor support from Caravan Insurance Specialists and Battery World.

For more information on Jayco contact: Andrew Ryan Marketing Manager/Director

Telephone: (03) 8792 2041 Facsimile: (03) 8792 2189 E-mail: andrew.ryan@jayco.com.au

Jayco Sterling towing aids fully fitted by Hayman Reese 040
Jayco Sterling towing aids fully fitted by Hayman Reese 040
Jayco Sterling electric slide-out lounge In
Jayco Sterling electric slide-out lounge In
Jayco Sterling electric slide-out lounge Out
Jayco Sterling electric slide-out lounge Out
Jayco Sterling slide-out lounge and  big fridge
Jayco Sterling slide-out lounge and big fridge
Jayco Sterling with Hayman Reese Friction Sway Control fitted 041
Jayco Sterling with Hayman Reese Friction Sway Control fitted 041
Putting down drop jacks for night at Junee Tourist Park
Putting down drop jacks for night at Junee Tourist Park
Setting-up for overnight at Junee Tourist Park
Setting-up for overnight at Junee Tourist Park
Slide outs add room inside Sterling Junee Tourist Park 23
Slide outs add room inside Sterling Junee Tourist Park 23
Sterling 23 dinette
Sterling 23 dinette
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