The stakes were obviously high when Jayco set about designing the next generation caravan to take over from the popular Sterling, which has been at the “top of the charts” for buyers of big caravans for several years. Can the Silverline meet expectations?
Review by James Field.
The new Silverline stands out from its predecessor with a stunning euro-influenced aerodynamic, sleek exterior. But that’s only the start…
The Silverline range consists of eight base layouts (six with slide-outs) offering several module options so buyers can create their own personalised floor plan if desired.
All Silverlines are fitted with alloy wheels, longer-lasting nitrogen-filled tyres, AL-KO Electronic Stability Control that complimenting a new sophisticated independent suspension system. The Outback versions also come with upgraded coils. The JTech suspension has been extensively tested over two years at the Australian Automotive Research Centre, covering thousands of kilometres under extreme conditions.
Jayco’s range of Outback RVs have all been designed and constructed to give added strength and ground clearance for unsealed roads.
Storage space is maximised outside the Outback with the addition of a large storage locker just behind the rear awning arm. The shelves can easily be repositioned or removed to adequately store a wide variety of items, such as awning walls and poles or perhaps even a generator.
On the model we tested the spare tyre is mounted under the chassis, allowing space on the A-Frame to be used for a handy storage tray – particularly useful for water and sullage hoses in transit.
Another standout feature on the Silverline is a slide out tray holding two 9kg gas bottles. This protects them, minimises the risk of theft and adds to the aerodynamic look of the van.
The downside is it does unfortunately reduce available space in the front boot considerably, but with the extra storage up back, it’s a reasonable compromise.
To power the Silverline, the 100 amp battery and Setec Battery Management System is located under the bed. In the 25.78 – 5 Outback layout, the battery and water levels can be monitored at any time simply by referring to the Drifter LED control panel, found in one of the overhead cupboards in the kitchen.
The same cupboard also houses controls for the slide-out, hot water system switch and the regulator for the 120W solar panel which is a standard inclusion throughout the Silverline range.
Clever use of lighting inside enhances the overall ambience of the caravan and sets the Silverline apart as a true 21st century van.
LED strip lights are fitted up underneath the overhead cupboards directing a consistent downlight down and eliminating the need to fit individual reading lights.
LED strip lighting is also cleverly installed into the awning roll, making it so much easier to enjoy the outdoor space.
In this particular layout the kitchen is located at the front of the caravan. The fittings and appliances in the kitchen and in fact throughout, are incredibly modern – with the Silverline sporting a very sleek flush fit range hood.
Overall the size of the kitchen was on the small side on our test model, but other layout variations offer a larger kitchen area. Clever touches, like a metal turntable shelf system maximise the space available for storage.
A beautiful timber finish throughout coupled with soft-close drawers and elegant and stylish catchestruly adds a real touch of class to the Silverline range.
When it comes time to relax, the 25.78 – 5 Outback certainly has ample space to put the feet up. The large leather club lounge wraps around the table which is mounted off the base of the lounge, not the floor giving more leg room.
The ensuite is laid out in a clean and practical fashion, with the 3kg top loader washing machine neatly installed in a full length cupboard next to the toilet out of sight.
Overall, the 25.78 – 5 Silverline Outback is an incredibly stylish, well-appointed and competitively priced caravan. As is often the case with Jayco, you’d truggle to find something else that compares for the same price. It’s refreshing and promising to see Jayco moving with the times and striving to be cutting edge in what is now an incredibly competitive global industry.
Jayco Silverline 25.78 – 5 Outback
RRP: From $78,000