Optimum and Conquest - The American Jayco
In America we can also find motorhomes - not only the huge buses adapted for travelling purposes, but also Fiat Ducato, Mercedes Sprinter and Iveco Daily.
‘Holiday trips do not necessarily need to mean lack of comfort. It’s enough to take it with you’- that’s how the American brand Jayco advertises their motorhomes. It is comfort that is to be the main discriminant of the company’s products.
Jayco specializes in production of caravans, but in its offer they also have two motor homes, promoted as vehicles, which therefore do not need to be towed, like the caravans.
This is the smaller of the two motorhomes, but at the same time - as the producer states- it will be hard to find another vehicle of this type in a better price in America. The vehicle is available in five lengths with seven different plans of the upstairs. Depending on the version, two or four people can spend the night in the car.
From the outside Conquest can be recognized by the massive piping in the front, high superstructure on the drivers cab and tinted windows on the sides. The base for the larger version of Conquest is Fiat Ducato (644 cm, 713 cm, and 799 cm). Two other models are also available (744 and 792 cm) built on Mercedes Sprinter.
The interior isn’t surprising. Ceiling cupboards are rounded, while the other furniture has modern, straight lines. What is very differentiating when it comes to Jayco motorhomes is the patterned, but not cliché upholstery, which fits well with the dark fronts of the furniture.
The shortest versions do not have a bed over the driver and passenger seats- instead there we can find a spacious cubby hole. The bed is situated in the back and can be placed on the floor or under the ceiling. In the second case, below we have a recreational area with sofas and a table.
In most versions the bathroom is very small. The exception is the longest Conquest, which has the bathroom in the back, in the whole width of the cabin and even a wall that slides outside, next to which the bed stands. There are versions with single beds, and with an alcove situated over the heads of the driver and the passenger.
Vehicles based on Fiat Ducato are equipped in a 120 litre fresh water reservoir and a 75 litre grey water reservoir. In the Mercedes, it is respectively, 150 litres and 80 litres.
Every model is equipped with car navigation system Tom Tom (Fiat) or Becker (Mercedes).
This is a model for slightly wealthier clients. Maybe due to lower popularity only three versions of this motorhome are available. The shortest is Mercedes Sprinter (792 cm), after that Fiat Ducato (837,5 cm) and the longest Iveco Daily (870 cm).
In Iveco the fresh water reservoir has 240 litres of capacity, so it might come as a surprise that the grey water reservoir is only 80 litres.
In the Fiat and Iveco we will find not one, but two walls sliding outside- the area inside is larger thanks to moving the bed niche and the dining area beyond the outline of the car. In Mercedes only the bed slides out.
In every version of the Optimum, we can find a large bathroom at the back of the vehicle and a washing machine as a part of standard equipment. The equipment itself is the largest difference between Optimum and Conquest. Solar panels (120 Watt) or the satellite television system are simply a standard here.
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