The seven meter long Sprinter drives along a row of eucalyptus and stops in the middle of a clearing, having found its spot for the night. The electric awning deploys and moments later the driver and passenger are comfortably enjoying a cool Australian evening protected from the rain. ‘Jabiru’ is the name of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter that Trakka has converted into a motorhome. Forty kilometers north of Sydney, the family-run business specializes in converting vans into luxurious campervans and motorhomes. Alex, the founders’ eldest daughter, explained how every detail of the Jabiru is designed to ensure maximum comfort. The front seats can simply be turned around after driving, allowing maximum use of the front cabin; two-meter-long single beds are easily converted into a double bed and the bathroom toilet electrically retracts underneath the basin to provide a very large showering space. Given the demanding nature of the Australian countryside, Trakka has even developed a special package option for travelling around the ‘land down under’ in high-end luxury.
“Tasmania offers some of the most beautiful unspoiled landscapes,” explains Alex. A tour through the Tamar Valley to discover unexpected wineries is only one of her many travel recommendations. But first, you need to be well equipped. The Remote Pack is intelligently configured for long journeys around Australia. It allows the motorhome to run on energy from only one source: diesel. This means that there is no need to search for gas to refill the supply for the cooktop, the water or room heating, even in the most far-off places. If the Jabiru Sprinter’s hundred liter tank does not allow enough autonomy, the Remote Pack also features solar panels for greater sustainability. A smart way to make most of the Australian sunshine.
Like most of the team, Alex has been with Trakka for a long time. Her father, Dave, founded the business in 1973 on “the dream of freedom when travelling around great and diverse Australia”. His passion for mobile adventures started when he was a teenager driving along the coast in search of the best surfing waves or up into the mountains for skiing. His girlfriend joined the company in 1975 and their three children now support them running a team of twenty five people. Their relationship with Mercedes-Benz began in 1997 and their Jabiru is one of their most desired models. The vehicle is named after a town in Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory. The team’s passion for camping and travelling is the best guarantee for well-designed vehicles. Nothing is left to chance: Trakka also offers a four-wheel drive version of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter for those looking for greater adventure in the Australian wilderness.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Long Wheelbase
3.0 L V6 Turbo Diesel
Front swivel seats; single bed layout (convertible into double bed); Switch Mode Bathroom (with retractable toilet); LED strip lighting; roller shutter doors; reversing camera
Remote Pack: Diesel-powered cooktop, water and room heating; solar panels; 18 mm insulation
The shown conversions were carried out by independent third parties. The suppliers and conversions were not checked by Mercedes-Benz. In this respect, these illustrations do not represent an assessment of the supplier and/or conversions by Mercedes-Benz.