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Trakka campervans – so much to love

Why I love Trakka campervans

Ever since I first came across Trakka campervans a few years ago, I’ve been in love with them.

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I have always been taken with RVs that are the smallest size possible, but have everything you need: a bed (preferably permanent), cooking facilities & food storage, a toilet and shower, and somewhere to sit inside.

That’s a lot to ask for in a camper van, so to also ask for a nice looking interior as well as some innovation in design and features; well that would just be too much to ask!

Trakka deliver all of that, in spades.

What are Trakka campervans or motorhomes

I notice that Trakka make a slightly different distinction in their vehicles. They have 3 main models: a campervan and 2 motorhomes.

What they call a motorhome, is what I (and I think, most other people) would also call a campervan. Simply because it is built on a van chassis… and it has a sliding slide door, just like a van.

I suspect they’re making the differentiation because many people would still think of a ‘campervan’ as a small van for backpackers; with a bed, sink and storage built in.

Whereas the campervans that are standing height, have a toilet and shower and full solar set-up etc may be considered more a motorhome than a campervan.

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Innovative features

What I love most about the Trakka brand, is the innovative features that they’ve come up with.

If you’ve spent any amount of time looking for a campervan to buy (or just dreaming about buying one, like me) you’ll already know that so many campervan all look the same. So. Many!

They have the same layout, the same fridge, sink and stove top, the same kinda ugly decor.

It wasn’t until I found Trakka, that I finally found some innovative ideas and products.

Here’s some of the things I’m talking about:

Thin tabletops – Trakka call them SlimTec tablestops, a high pressure laminate which means that you get a product which is thin, strong, heat resistant and, most importantly, light weight.

Inside view of Trakka campervan showing seats turned around

Dual opening fridge door – the double hinged door means that you can open the fridge from either side, without needing to change the hinge.

Switch mode bathroom – the bathroom is still a wet bath… which normally means that you barely have room to stand while doing gymnastics over the toilet to have a shower… except the switch mode bathroom slides the toilet seat out of the way, under the basin.

Just plain genius, in my opinion.

Slide away toilet fits under the basin in the Trakka campervan

Inside / outside fridge drawer – this might be a bit on the gimmicky side, but there is an option to have a fridge drawer installed on the end of the kitchen counter. This can be accessed from either inside or outside the van, making it a good drinks fridge if you’re entertaining outside. It can also be used as a freezer, which would be more practical for me.

Trakka campervans

See the 3 campervans / motorhomes below, 2 with a toilet & shower onboard, and 1 without.

Trakka Akuna

There are 3 different layouts of the Akuna model. The A2 & A4 which are built on the Volkswagen Crafter LWB, the one below is the A2M built on the smaller Volkswagen Crafter MWB.

At just shy of 6m long, this campervan fits into a normal car park and would make that transition between city and country easily.

And having north/south beds in such a short van is perfect for us!

The A2 and A2M (i.e. the MWB version) is available with 4Motion (AWD).

Trakka Akuna A2M
Vehicle Volkswagen Crafter MWB (2WD or 4Motion)
Length 5.99m 21’
Height 2.72m (2.87 with air con)
Internal height 1.92m
Fresh water 140L
Grey water 80L
Toilet cassette 16L
GVM 3,550kg
Payload 505kg
Max towable 2,500kg

Price from $177,154

Trakka Jabiru

The Jabiru has similar layout options to the Akuna above. The J2 & J4 are built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 419 LWB chassis.

And the J2M is built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 419 MWB chassis.

All 3 of these models are available in AWD.

Below we take a look at the Trakka Jabiru J4.

Exterior of the Jabiru J4 camper van by Trakka.
Interior of the Jabiru J4 camper van by Trakka.
Floor plan of the Jabiru J4 camper van by Trakka.

Trakka Jabiru J4
Vehicle Mercedes-Benz Sprinter LWB
Length 7.125m
Height 2.75m (2.9m with air con)
Internal height 1.92m
Fresh water 140L
Grey water 80L
Toilet cassette 16L
GVM 4,100kg
Payload 600kg
Max towable 2,000kg

Price from $241,355

Trakka Trakkadu

This little campervan gives you the best of both worlds.

It’s small enough to use as a daily driver, with seats for 4; but the pop-top roof allows you to also sleep up to 4, with 2 kids in the loft area.

Trakka Trakkadu 340/450
Vehicle Volkswagen T6.1 LWB
Length 5.3m
Height 2.06m
Internal height over 2m
Fresh water 50L
Grey water 30L
Toilet cassette N/A
GVM 3,000kg
Payload 470-600kg
Max towable 2,500kg

Price from $143,679

Trakka Campervans / Motorhomes

So what do you think of the Trakka camper van / motorhomes?

It’s a high spec product, so I’m not at all surprised by the price of these units ($140,000-$200,000+) but it does currently put them in the ‘tell him he’s dreaming’ price range for us.

If ever there was a Trakka campervan I could rent to try it out, I’d be straight onto that!

Trakka now also do modular conversion kits which they call Trakkit.