Jayco camper Trailers - Outback versions
Submitted: Friday, Aug 05, 2005 at 16:30
Member - Drew T (VIC)
Has anyone had any experience with the "Outback" versions of Jayco camper trailers? Are they tough enough? Their website doesn't give a lot of detail
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Reply By: flappa - Friday, Aug 05, 2005 at 16:42
Friday, Aug 05, 2005 at 16:42
Friend of mine has an Outback Swan (I think thats the model).
His has been dragged all over the country , into some very offroad places
They love it. Still in practically one piece. They have had a few of the cupboards give way due to the corrugations , but nothing glue and screws couldn't fix.
We are giving serious consideration to buying one.
Are they tough enough ?
They will go anywhere you want to take one , of that I have no doubt , but , what would the long term effect be ?
I dont think they will last anywhere near as long as say an Offroad Campertrailer under the same conditions , but , moderate offroad use , I think they would stand up just fine.
Reply By: Penguin (NSW) - Friday, Aug 05, 2005 at 16:54
Friday, Aug 05, 2005 at 16:54
I have an Outback Penguin and have very few complaints with it. The major differences are an underslung axle, shock absorbers, bigger brakes and a heavier frame that the standard version. Ground clearance is great and it goes anywhere the Landcruiser goes but is a bit heavy (1400-1500kg).
We've just returned from a 6500 km trip in the Queensland
- Mt Isa - Lawn Hill
- Carnarvon Gorge
- then back down the NSW coast
) and the only problems were from stone damage underneath. We've also taken it to the Victorian High Country.
I can well imagine some of the woodwork falling apart given that it's held together with glue and staples but, as Flappa said, a few screws should fix that. It hasn't given us any problems though.
Would I buy another one? Probably yes.
Follow Up By: John - Friday, Aug 05, 2005 at 19:25
Friday, Aug 05, 2005 at 19:25
I would be interested to know whether you set up a stone guard for the front of the penguin.
I have a Flamingo outback and heading off to the outback soon and am a little concerned about the lack of stone guard for the front and the rebound effect on the back window of my landcruiser.
Follow Up By: Penguin (NSW) - Saturday, Aug 06, 2005 at 12:35
Saturday, Aug 06, 2005 at 12:35
I had a piece of shadecloth suspended between the trailer and the car with occy straps. I also had a rear window protector. I made it out of some corflute (like corrugated cardboard but plastis) and attached it to the rear window with velcro. That all seemed to work fine - no damage to the front of the trailer or the rear of the car.
The damage was restricted to underneath the trailer. Things like the shock absorber guards were knocked off, the brake wires were damaged and the inlet pipe to the water tank
was holed. Largely superficial stuff that can be fixed on the road.
Follow Up By: John - Sunday, Aug 07, 2005 at 12:04
Sunday, Aug 07, 2005 at 12:04
Thanks Mike for your information.
I like the shadecloth idea for its simplicity and also its effectiveness. Though I hadn't also considered the necessity for something like your window protector.
Reply By: Pedirka - Friday, Aug 05, 2005 at 21:30
Friday, Aug 05, 2005 at 21:30
We had a Jayco off roader for three weeks, towed it up to Queensland
via the Strezlecki (spelling?) Track.
we had a potential deadly problem when a rock must of kicked up and broke
off the spout from the water tank
. This caused us to lose all of the water in the tank. Found out when we stopped for the night in the middle of no-where. Lucky we had 20 litres in the car. Next morning our priority was to go to the next nearest town for water.
We also could not believe the weight of the Camper, we were very aware that we were towing.
We did'nt try before we bought.
Dust was also a problem for us.
Just my opinion, dont mean to be a downer!
Reply By: AJB - Friday, Aug 05, 2005 at 21:47
Friday, Aug 05, 2005 at 21:47
We had an off road eagle from 94-97. Were living mainly in NW WA and towed it most places
. Up and down the Tanami, around the back of Lake Gregory
and around the Gulf etc. Only dramas were the water outlet smashed off once near Burketown
, a couple of hinges breaking and a bit of dust entering. The outlet problem was solved with a home made guard extension, dust was minimised by opening roof pressure hatch but the hinges were just replaced. Good van but got sick of setting it up. We did smash the back window on the canopy on the ute along the Tanami also. Actually smashed the next bit of glass a bit further down the road so got both repaired at Alice on hot Saturday morning so a stone deflector is very neccessary. Went onto a on-road Westport and now got an off road expanda. Heaps easier for mid day roadside
stops and now we have a family to consider. Horses for courses when it comes to campers, caravans and vehicles.
Reply By: Blackie - Friday, Aug 05, 2005 at 22:57
Reply By: pump tec - Saturday, Aug 06, 2005 at 22:36
Saturday, Aug 06, 2005 at 22:36
Hi drew MY WIFE
AND I JUST SOLD OUR OFF-ROAD CAMPATRAILER AND HAVE BROUGHT A JAYCO FINCH OUTBACK . 2005 MODEL .SOME FRIENDS OF OURS HAVE ONE AND HAVE BEEN EVERY WERE IN IT WITH OUT ANY PROBLEMES AS LONG AS YOU DRIVE TO THE ROAD CONDISIONS AT THE TIME . THE NEWER VERISIONS 2002 ONWARDS HAVE BEEN MADE ALOT STONGER AND DONT SEAM TO HAVE MANY PROBLEMS AS THE EARLYER MODELS DID. THIS SITE HELPED US TO WITH LOTS OF GOOD ADVISE FROM OTHER PEOPLE ON GOOD AND BAD POINTS IT ALL HELPS BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY U HAVE TO DO WHATS BEST FOR U.THE REASONS WE GOOT RID OF THE CAMPER IS WE NOW HAVE A 8 MONTH OLD BABY GIRL, WE WANTED MORE COMFORT AND GOT SICK OF GETTING WASHED OUT EVERY TIME IT RAINED WITH A WET AND MUDDY FLOOR AND A BIT MORE SUCRITY AND STORAGE .THE BEST OF LUCK TO U HOPED THIS HELPED.