I was looking at European tent trailers awhile back and was surprised to learn that Jayco has a subsidiary company that builds trailers (or caravans if you live outside the US) in Australia. Looking at Jayco US and Jayco AU camping trailer models really highlights the difference in aesthetics between the two markets.
It looks like the Australian models are nicer than the US ones. They’re more expensive, too, but perhaps you get what you pay for? At the least, the interior designs of the AU Jaycos look better than what you see in US trailers. I get that brown shades are good for hiding dirt but some of the color schemes and patterns used in US RVs (not just Jayco) are quite unattractive.
Let’s do a quick comparison of Jayco US and Jayco Australia.
Here’s a US Jayco Jay Sport closed and open.
And here’s an Australian Jayco Swan closed and open.
They look pretty similar until you see the interior.
The interior of the AU Jayco model looks much nicer to me with the light-colored cabinetry and curtains. Plus, unlike the US models where there’s a single decor choice, there are options for interior colors and materials.
I also dislike the faux stone counter look in the US Jaycos. I don’t know why they can’t just have a solid color for the counters. I guess they’re going for more of a residential look? It’s a camper; I don’t want the countertops to look like an approximation of stone countertops you might find in a house! Perhaps they use the stone-look counters in the larger RVs and use the same stuff in the camping trailers for efficiency purposes. That makes sense from an economic standpoint but it just doesn’t look good. At least the countertops aren’t dark because the dark brown wood cabinetry and brown curtains make the interior too dark when the unit is zipped up, for example in rain or cooler weather.
Aside from the better interior options, the AU Jaycos also have an all aluminum frame, fiberglass exterior, and hearty looking suspension system.
The AU and US recreational vehicle markets are undoubtedly very different but it would be nice to see more options and better aesthetics for interiors in US campers.