The Jurgens Xplorer claims to be the “King of the Great Off-Road” – and this royal rider recently received a facelift.
I took one of the new models out into the Overberg for a look-see. With the new Safari Xplorer 2016 facelift, it’s clear that the manufacturer has listened to what their customers had to say: they’ve come out with a stronger, sleeker and more comfortable off-road caravan.
As with the Xcape, the re-designed decals and charcoal chequer plates and black rims make the Xplorer ready to get off the tar. On the mechanical side, the larger suspension rubbers on the 1 800kg heavy-duty axle make a marked improvement to the suspension absorption.
There are also hot-dipped, galvanised front skid bars, a heavy-duty jockey wheel with a removable bracket clamp, a cargo tie-down rail on the A-frame, and a lockable spare-wheel bracket with removable studs.
Other innovations include the fibreglass wheel arches and rubbing strips which are stone-chip resistant. The fibreglass entry step has a stoneguard checker plate that offers protection against dust. Access to the gas storage box is now much easier, thanks to the outside-mounted parking jacks with separate crank handles.
Further improvements include a clipon bathroom basin (on the passenger side), a recessed pull out shower-head, a new towel rail and hooks, a dust filter fitted to the pop-up roof and a freestanding outside table.
The outside pull-out kitchen area is pretty similar, except that the 90L National Luna fridge/freezer has been replaced by an 80L SnoMaster unit. The changes on the Xplorer have upped the Tare a little, from 1402kg to 1420kg.
The storage wardrobes, cupboards and lockers now have removable canvas zip doors, just as in the Xcape.
The interior curtains, finishes and furniture have been changed − they now come in attractive natural grey tones.
I read an interesting comment on the web from new Xplorer owners. They say: ‘Although there are only the two of us, we went for the Xplorer due to the following: When doing overnight stops, we sleep on the two side beds in the rear, and when we have a couple of nights, we sleep in the front. Watching the stars at night from one’s bed whilst in the bush is amazing.’
The Xplorer is a four-sleeper, with a slide-out double bed in the front (the size of the side hatch has been increased slightly for the facelift model), and two adult single beds in the back section, which doubles as a dinette area. The table can be dropped to convert the back into another massive double bed.
Jurgens Safari Xplorer Information
Overall length: 5775mm
Overall width: 1975mm
Height (roof closed): 2343mm
Height (roof open): 2700mm
Track width: 1627mm
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Independent swing-arm suspension
Dust compression hatch
12V deep-cycle battery system
External shower hose
Privy tent with basin and shower
60L water tank
2 x Jerry cans
Geyser – 220V or gas