Jayco Melbourne 29D

1261945_jayco_melbourne_ext.jpgLuxury features used to be reserved for large Class A motorhomes, but
more and more the amenities we used to associate with these six-figure
coaches are finding their way into smaller lower-priced units. Jayco’s
all-new Melbourne 29D is the latest example of this trend, boasting
triple slideouts and other high-end details on a manageable Class C
platform.

 

“We’ve seen through market research that there are a lot of Class A
owners that want to downsize, and the Melbourne hits that market,” says
Paul Gardner, Jayco’s director of product development. “It has an
upscale, contemporary appearance and the features these buyers are
looking for.”

For example, Gardner notes the Melbourne’s gelcoated side
walls, which are curved instead of flat, and the aerodynamic one-piece
front and rear cap. The roof is one-piece fiberglass as well, and there
is even the option of full-body paint. Inside, the cabover bunk
traditionally found in family-oriented Class C motorhomes has been
replaced with a 19-inch LCD TV. That’s not to say, however, that the
Melbourne can’t accommodate overnight guests; the leather comfort
lounger housed in the streetside slideout converts into a bed, as does
the curbside dinette, also located in a slideout. And if you want more
room to stretch out, another leather comfort lounger can be specified in
place of the dinette. Either way, a small sofa table on the streetside
can be used for snacks or a game of cards, and stowed away when not in
use.

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The kitchen is cleverly arranged so that it is part of the
living area, yet uses as little space as possible. The Apollo
three-burner cooktop and convection microwave combination are located
just aft of the streetside comfort lounger, while the sink and generous
J-Stone solid-surface countertop space are arranged like a buffet at the
rear of the room. A 6-cubic-foot refrigerator is located on the
curbside, just aft of the entry door.

The bath area is located amidships and is divided by the
hallway. On the streetside is an enclosed toilet room with porcelain
foot-flush toilet, lav and overhead medicine cabinet, and on the
curbside, a shower with a glass door. This area can be separated with an
accordion door from the master suite, which features a walk-around
queen-size bed, overhead cabinet, dual wardrobes and a chest of drawers.

Certainly the Melbourne has a long list of standard features,
but what would a high-end coach be without options? In addition to those
already mentioned, the Melbourne offers another 19-inch LCD TV in the
bedroom, a Winegard satellite dish, a 400-watt inverter, a 15,000-BTU
air conditioner with heat pump (13,500 btu standard), a Dolby Digital
5.1 surround-sound system with DVD player, an exterior entertainment
center and an outside grill.

Available in four floorplans, the Melbourne lineup is already
sold out for ’07, but the ’08 models will be on sale by the time you
read this.

1 COMMENT

  1. I have purchased a Jayco Melbourne 29d 2010 model. Could you please tell me where the inverter is located on the vehicle.

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