We put the spotlight on our newest arrival, the Bushranger Joey micro hybrid, to determine what makes it so damn likeable. This is what we discovered!
First released in 2008, the Joey was an early player in the micro hybrid sector and a welcome alternative to its hard floor canvas camper siblings. Protected from the elements by an insulated hard-shell body, it offered a broader usage spectrum, with both internal and external living areas.
The early versions had ribbed aluminium cladding sides and a fit-out like many off-road vans, with an internal kitchen including stove, sink and fridge; internal seating; and external BBQ/stove. But unlike other hybrids, it was offered with both twin single and double bed floor plans.
The second-generation Joey was fitted with the updated aluminium composite wall structure, with improved visual appeal and a point of difference.
Anita and I reviewed the Joey for Camper Trailer Australia magazine in June 2013 and immediately fell in love. Perhaps its only restriction at that time was limited clearance, due to the square tail and relatively low riding independent leaf suspension later rectified with the Alko Enduro independent coil suspension upgrade.
In the double bed floor plan, the bed runs across the front of the camper, with storage both above in cupboards or below the bed which lifts on gas struts. A trifold table sits on the near side with a single lounge chair in the far corner; the bed is used for the second seat. On the far side you’ll find the two-burner stove with glass splash back, stainless sink with 12V pumped water and laminated bench top. An 80L 12V/240V dual zone fridge freezer fits below the bench next to cupboards and drawers.
The second floor plan is a twin single bed layout which runs north south. Infill cushions are available if you’re looking for the ultimate sleeping option. This way you can sleep apart or together in any direction. The twin single layout uses more of the 10ft body so has a modified layout. The trifold table fits between the beds, with seating either side for dining. And the fridge and cupboards further rearward. Infill cushions can also be used around the perimeter of the beds when not in use, acting as a backrest for couch use. It’s quite clever the way its all been done to maximise the internal space.
A pop top roof raises from the rear only, with gas struts positioned to offer the best assistance. With the optional solar panel fitted towards the front (near the roof pivot point), there’s little if any impact on the roof struts and the roof lifts easily, unlike others we’ve used.
Large windows in the pop top vinyl help with airflow, aiding the two side windows and lockable screen door.
The foundation of the Joey is a galvanised Preston chassis finished in Duragal paint for improved appearance. The chassis is rated at 1600kg, so you don’t need a large four-wheel drive to tow it, and payload is 640kg above the standard tare weight. Out in the wild, Alko Enduro independent coil suspension massages out the lumps and electric drum brakes wash off speed.
To appeal to bushies at heart, the Joey is offered in basic trim for $44,990 drive away, leaving you to add only the extras you really need.
There’s plenty of options to customise a Joey to your needs. Our stock Joey has been packaged with many of the popular touring accessories such as roof mounted solar, awning, hot water, dual batteries, TV/DVD, external picnic table, stone guard and more, totalling $55,910 driveaway.
The Joey is manufactured by Bushranger Campers in Pakenham Victoria. The company was established in 2001 and has a long history as a low volume, quality, boutique builder.
Body Length 3000mm
Height 2250mm (without solar)
Weight 960kg Tare
For more information on the Joey, see HERE.