Jayco Discovery Outback Van

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 17:48
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Hi Everyone,
Been a member of ExplorOz for the past two years and enjoyed the site.
Hoping to receive some advise, we are going to purchase a second hand caravan pop top. We are keen on the Jayco Discovery Outback.
Can you advise us on the good and not so good features of this van. As it will be some considerable outlay with money we want to purchase the right van which has to last us a long while.

Any input or advise would be gladly accepted.

Cheers for know.

Allan and Ang

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Reply By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 19:55

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 19:55
Hi Allen,

Weve just laid down the $ on an Discovery outback pop top. I went for it as they are good value for money, strongly built and have been tested time and time again ,you dont get half the sales of caravans in this country without being reasonably good.

The down sides as I can see are the underneath protection is woeful. Stones can smash plumbing etc, but is easily fixed (just wish Jayco would fix it at the factory).

Try www.expanda.com, they have plenty of good ideas.

Cheers Wilko
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Follow Up By: JAMES B - Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 21:13

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 21:13
www.expanda.com ???
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Follow Up By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 21:20

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 21:20
Doh try "www.expandasdownunder.com"
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Reply By: Member - Wayne B - Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 21:59

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 21:59
Hi Allan
We own a 2010 discovery outback. Been plenty of places in it with no real dramas. The pipe work underneath is a bit ordinary. I have covered most of the pipes with that round foam and flexible plastic tubing. Birdsville 2011 we broke both of the drain pipes but easily fixed on our return. We love it.
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Reply By: Member - Allan H (NSW) - Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 04:21

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 04:21
Thank you for taking time to reply sounds like our choice of vans is right and we will continue to search. Thank you again.

Allan and Ang
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Reply By: Member - geoffqld - Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 09:25

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 09:25
We have had one for 6 years plus and the only troubles we have had are the drains as mentioned, rocks regularly separate the brake power lines (made connections so that I can reconnect easilly, the ensuite door has fallen off twice and the gas drain? under the kitchen got damaged by rocks and filled the van with red dust. We put plenty of extra protection underneath before we went anywhere. It has been down the Tanami (waste of time), the GCR twice, Oodnadatta, Strezlecki, and many other dirt roads. I estimate in excess of 20,000km of dirt roads. I would certainly buy another one if the need arose. We priced proper off road vans and decided it would be far cheaper and easier to repair the Jayco as required and have not regretted that decision.
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Reply By: Geoff H18 - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:14

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:14
Hi Allan and Ang

We have a 16.53 OB pop top and are very happy to date.Like somebody elses post our plumbing pipes were smashed on the way to birdsville,the other problem we had with the trip was dust ingress(annoying but we had fun).Recently the glass to (the back one with the elec element)shattered and this was fixed as Dometic acknowledge a problem.All in all a great little van for the 2 of us and the dog and with the toilet and shower we can probably free camp for 5 days
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