The Jayco Terrain is a new luxury adventure van


There is a new luxury minivan on the market called the Jayco Terrain 19Y that is likely to seriously compete with the current lineup of vehicles created to combine rugged adventure with creature comforts.

Jayco is owned by Thor Industries, which also owns Airstream. It’s been around since the late 1960s, a pioneer in those pop-up motorhomes that your parents or grandparents may have owned. They have decades of experience designing living spaces in trailers and RVs. With the new Terrain, they entered the luxury van game aimed at millennials and empty-nests looking for premium vans with off-road capabilities.

Thanks to the pandemic, the demand for such vehicles has been huge, as Americans continue to hit the road in search of adventure and respite. Some are weekend warriors, while others are fully embracing the #VanLife movement, seeking transportation created for remote work and play. What these folks have in common are deep pockets for a vehicle, which in this case starts at $201,000.

What do you get for that kind of expense? A Class B motorhome just 20 feet long with a sleek interior, smart engineering and enough features to get you off the grid, at least for a while. The base vehicle is a solid and highly desirable Mercedes Sprinter 2500 4×4 minivan that has been outfitted for off-roading and hauling outdoor gear.

There is a 3.0L V6 engine with 188 hp and 325 lb-ft. torque to keep you moving. For the expected rough roads, it is equipped with Koni shocks, a rear stabilizer bar and BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. On the dashboard is a Mercedes infotainment system and a 25-inch touchscreen, along with adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and blind spot assist.

To attach a few kayaks, skis, a paddle board or a roof box, there is a roof rack accessible via a rear mounted ladder. There’s also a power fold-down bed in the back of the vehicle that opens to reveal a garage for even more adventure toys: think hiking gear, climbing gear, snowshoes, ski boots and snowboards.

While transporting and storing gear is important, that’s only part of the story. The interior is the kind of premium interior you expect from a Mercedes. The plush, heated driver and front passenger seats can be rotated to face the interior of the van. There is a fold-down table and two additional reclining passenger seats to create a small dining-like space.

The van bathroom is located just behind the two passenger seats and contains a shower, cassette toilet, removable bamboo shelves, washing line and roof vent. The kitchen is on the opposite wall and has an induction hob, fridge, sink, pull-out counter and pantry. The terrace awning, on the other hand, can be deployed for outdoor living and even dining, thanks to a drop-down table. The bedroom is at the rear of the van, a drop-down bed which can be stored in the ceiling when not in use.

The Terrain comes with LED lights, an air conditioner and a heating system. Power is provided by a 48V 210AH lithium battery that generates 10.2 KW of power, plus 200 watts of rooftop solar panels designed for off-grid living.

Go to Jayco Terrain 19Y for more information.


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