The solution to packing all your epic fun into the one ultimate trip
Are toy haulers the solution to the problem of space for your toys? Space is nearly always an issue when it comes to hitting the road and it really sucks when you don’t have room for your ‘adult toys’. I don’t mean those kinds of toys … I’m talking about outdoor fun like dirtbikes, pushbikes, kayaks, surfboards, SUPs etc.
One solution is to start looking at toy haulers. Toy haulers are part caravan and part storage so you can holiday in comfort but still enjoy off-road thrills. Jayco has two toy haulers in the Basestation and Work’n’Play and we’ve done a comparison of both.
Jayco Work’n’Play Toy Hauler
Let’s start with the Work’n’Play. Jayco describes it as part caravan, part garage and all adventure and at a compact 17ft, it sleeps 2 adults and 2 kids standard. It can sleep 2 extra with the addition of bunk beds and also features a toilet and shower. The ‘toy area’ of this lightweight hauler converts to a bedroom at night. As the name suggests, the Work’n’Play is marketed towards tradesmen as a mobile toolbox during the week and a weekender getaway.
Jayco Basestation Toy Hauler
At 23ft, the Jayco Basestation is a bit more serious as far as toy haulers go and features a lot more space. Designed with adventure in mind, it has a toilet and shower and doesn’t compromise on comfort in the living space. It sleeps 4 as a standard but can fit up to 8 and like the Work’n’Play, the toy area converts to a bedroom at night for the kids or extra adults.
Comparison of the Jayco Toy Haulers
|Sleeps||4 standard, up to 6||4 standard, up to 8|
|Interior height (mm)||1975||1975|
|Travel height (mm)||3040||3040|
|Travel length (mm)||6980||9000|
|Body length (mm)||8480||10,610|
|Weight tare (kg)||2065||2760|
|Water tank||Dual 82ltr||Dual 82lts|
|Jack type||High lift jack||Kojack jack|
|Rims & tyres||235 tyres on 15” rims||235 tyres on 15” rims|
|Axle rating/setup||JTECH independent coil suspension||JTECH independent coil suspension|
|Solar system||120-watt solar panel||160-watt solar panel|
|12v power system||Projecta PM235J||Projecta PM235J|
|Control panel||Projecta control node + bluetooth app||Projecta control node + bluetooth app|
|Auxiliary battery kit||100AMP auxiliary battery||100AMP auxiliary battery|
|BBQ/Bayonet||One gas bayonet||One gas bayonet|
|Awning||13ft 12v roll out with LED strip light||20ft 12v roll out|
|Mattress||Standard innerspring||Standard innerspring|
|Fridge||171L Thetford 3-way fridge/freezer||171L 3-way fridge/freezer|
|TV||24” LED TV/DVD||24” LED TV/DVD|
|Sound system||Furrion 5700 with CD/USB/Bluetooth||Furrion 5700 with CD/USB/Bluetooth|
|Hot water service||Nautilus gas instant hot water||Nautilus gas instant hot water|
|Cooking||Dometic two-burner cooktop||Thetford three-burner over/griller|
|Air conditioner||Ibis 4 roof-mounted||Ibis 4 roof-mounted|
More photographs of the Jayco Toy Haulers!
Work’n’Play Toy Hauler
Basestation Toy Hauler
Visit the official Jayco website for more information.
Pssst. Looking for somewhere uncrowded to unpack your toys? Read our article on Hipcamp Australia.