2013 Jayco Octane ZX Super Lite 161 Review

An affordable and customizable Toy Hauler

By Agata Gutkowska, Jan. 11, 2013, Photography by Jayco
If you have an active lifestyle, you want a toy hauler that lets you relax after a busy day outdoors. The 2013 Jayco Octane ZX Super Lite is made for adventures on the road but does not compromise the comforts of home. Five different floorplans are available, but we’ll look at the most popular model – the 161.

2013 Jayco Octane ZX Super Lite 161 Exterior

The ZX Super Lite 161 measures in with an exterior length of 20’7”, exterior width of 102”, exterior height of 127”, and interior height of 81’. Its cargo length area is 8’ and its cargo carrying capacity is 3,470 lbs. The Octane ZX Super Lite has an unloaded vehicle weight of 3,530 lbs., dry hitch weight of 470 lbs., and gross vehicle weight rating of 7,000 lbs. For water, it has a fresh water capacity (including the water heater) of 37 gallons, a gray waste water capacity of 28 gallons, and a black waste water capacity of 32.5 gallons. The optional fuel station takes 24.8 gallons and the optional generator set fuel tank takes 4.0 gallons.

2013 Jayco Octane ZX Super Lite 161 Living Area

Jayco’s construction team includes Amish craftsmen, whose woodworking techniques have been passed down from generations. The toy hauler is built on an I-Class cambered structural steel I-beam frame that makes it strong and durable. It has a utilized 2” laminated floor construction with tubular aluminium frames. As well, it features a magnum truss roof system, which Jayco claims is 50% stronger than its competitors’. Included in the standard exterior equipment are a systems monitor panel, water heater bypass system, 30-amp power service, and auto-ignition furnace with a wall thermostat. The ZX Super Lite has a .024 mesa crimp aluminium exterior and a diamond-plated panel on the front.

2013 Jayco Octane ZX Super Lite 161 Kitchen

Outdoor living is made easy with the many features that accompany the 2013 Jayco Octane ZX Super Lite. If you prefer bathing in the wild outdoors or if your bathroom is occupied, make use of the outside shower. If you love barbeques, then pull up a few patio chairs and cook your meat outside. You can listen to music from your marine-grade exterior speakers. In the customer value package you can get patio awning with adjustable pitch. The G20 dark-tinted, safety glass windows give you privacy when you’re relaxing inside. The floors in all rooms of the ZX Super Lite are covered in diamondflor vinyl.

After a busy day outdoors, you’ll want to eat a proper dinner. Although small in size, the kitchen is well equipped for eager cooks who enjoy homemade meals. The 161 comes with a deep double-bowl sink that has a cutting board cover. Included in the customer value package is the 5 cu. ft. flush-mounted refrigerator with a Pebble Grain insert. Cooking and boiling needs are handled by a two-burner range stove and convection microwave.

2013 Jayco Octane ZX Super Lite 161 Sleeping Area

Eat your dinner at the indoor/outdoor dinette table. You also have an option to get the fold-away dinette, which is perfect if you are travelling with less than two people. Otherwise you can choose the fold-away sofa. Kick back and watch television with the help of a crank-up digital TV antenna. If you love quality sound, consider adding the Sony Xplod 10” subwoofer and 500-watt amplifier.

When you’re in the wild outdoors, having a good night’s sleep is a priority. Curl up on your electric queen bed with its 600 lb. capacity. It features under-bed storage with gas struts. Also, store your belongings in the Concord Cherry cabinetry with raised panelled doors and drawers on overheads. Jayco includes plenty of storage space throughout the toy hauler, including ball bearing drawer guides with 75 lb. capacity and full-drawer extension.

2013 Jayco Octane ZX Super Lite 161 Bathroom

If you love taking bubble baths, then you’re in luck. The Jayco Octane ZX Super Lite 161comes with a tub and shower, concealed with a glass shower door. There’s a marine toilet with a foot flush and a small sink. The bathroom is simple, but has the necessities.

The Octane ZX Super Lite comes with many possibilities and many options to choose from. You can choose the Customer Value Package or the Customer Value Package with 15,000-BTU A/C. Other options include aluminium rims, retractable screen wall, self-contained 3,500-watt generator, and fuel station with a 24-gallon fuel tank.

The 2013 Jayco Octane ZX Super Lite 161 sells for around $29,000. For more information, visit http://www.jayco.com/.

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