Jurgens Xpedition Off road van

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 12:59
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Hi everyone we recently purchased a Jurgens Xpedition 2006, so far so good with its finish and appointments.
Have an issue though with some of the trailer light electrics and was needing advise on how to access the rear tail lights area. It appears to be held in place by a fibre glass covers. Does anyone know how to easily get to these lights without wrecking the covers?

Any ideas would be helpful, Jurgens Australia were no help as not their van and have directed me to the Sth African website which has no contact details.
Cheers
PH
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Reply By: Member - Robert W (SA) - Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 09:00

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 09:00
We have a 2005 model, but do not know how to access the tail lights. Some years ago their was a group of Expedition owners who shared email addresses. If you contact me privately I could try them. I could also tel you a few more things.
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Follow Up By: P&A - Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 18:54

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 18:54
Thanks Rob as not a member I can't send message any ideas?
Cheers
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Follow Up By: bruce b2 - Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 12:20

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 12:20
sorry i can't help but just wondering if Robert is not an advocate of this brand. i've had a look at them recently and sort of considering until i read these two posts
thanks - bb
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Follow Up By: P&A - Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 17:26

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 17:26
bb
Like allot of things if you dont know the right technique or method then can lead to frustration and damage. Nothing wrong with the van at all and we are excited about using it to see Aus and ticks alllot of our boxes in a van.
Just need to get to the trailer lights easily
PH
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Follow Up By: Member - Robert W (SA) - Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 18:07

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 18:07
I am not sure what an advocate would be. We live near Adelaide, and since 2006 we have taken the Jurgens on 2 trips to outback Queensland, about 12,000 km each, to the Pilbara and Kimberly and back through Wolf Creek crater and the Tanami Track, 15000 km, another trip to WA about 12,000 km, and various east coast trips. We do love our van, but have made a number of modifications.

On the negative side, we have had 2 wheel bearing failures(possibly my servicing may have helped), and a leak in the roof which necessitated removing the roof. The problem was the failure of the small joins in the fibreglass roof-side panels caused by the van flexing on atrocious roads. I have converted the lap joints to butt joints with plenty of sealant and that should solve the problem.

The fibreglass panel over the tail-lights seems to be riveted on, so it should be easy to drill them out and rerivet when replacing.
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Follow Up By: P&A - Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 21:45

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 21:45
Robert W
Sounds like you've had some good trips in the van which we will get to eventually once have more time. We are also in changing a few things in van to suit us. What vehicle have you been towing with. I've got a Nissan Pathfinder 2010 at present which has plenty of grunt
Cheers
PH (also SA)
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Reply By: Nev (TAS) - Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 18:00

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 18:00
PH,
here is one of the Jurgens dealers in Sth Africa. May be worth trying this contact form

http://www.dealers.jurgensci.co.za/rlq=1&cplctry=full&cplprv=9&lid=1094#b_listings_anchor_1094

All the best
Nev
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Follow Up By: Nev (TAS) - Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 18:03

Follow Up By: P&A - Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 21:47

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 21:47
Nev
Will send email to the Sth Africans and see if get a response, thanks for the link
PH
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Follow Up By: P&A - Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 12:02

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 12:02
To Nev(Tas) and Robert W (SA)
I got a very informative response for the service people in Sth Africa, here is there response>

"Greetings from South Africa.To get access to the taillights you don't have to remove the fibre housing,you must gently push the light into the
fibre housing,pull the rubber that secures the light in the housing out and than pull the light out the same way.You will than have access to the wiring and the back of the light.Once you've repaired the problem than you put the rubber back in the housing and than gently push the light back in place.
I hope this will help you if not feel free to contact us again.

Kind regards
James
Cara-Camp
service@cara-camp.co.za"

I managed to do this on the weekend and also found the screws that hold the rear panels on the van so could get them both off. For reference the top panel is held on by three screws which are under the reflectors, prise them off gently with a screw driver as held on with double sided tape and silicon and this will expose screws. Once the top panel is off then drop off bottom panel be taking out all screws holding it on. Can then easily get to loom etc. Will need to reseal the bottom panel with Sika flex or silicon. Its also easier if take side panels off as they interlink with rear panels.
As it turns out there was nothing wrong with the van wiring but the plug on my Nissan Pathy which was changed at last service to rectify a backing sensor problem I suspect.

Anyway all good now, back together and working as should, the Cara-Camp contact fellow was very helpful and will probably contact again if have a problem.

Cheers and thanks again for your inputs.

Paul H
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Follow Up By: Nev (TAS) - Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 12:20

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 12:20
Good news. Glad you are all fixed up now. Happy travelling.
Rgds
Nev
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Reply By: AdrianLR (VIC) - Tuesday, Jul 01, 2014 at 23:29

Tuesday, Jul 01, 2014 at 23:29
We also have a South African camper (Echo4x4 Kavango) and I've found the 4x4community.co.za forum very helpful. There are lots of Jurgens owners on the forum who may have advice beyond what dealers will give out such as modifications, recurring problems or just to share experiences.

Adrian
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Follow Up By: P&A - Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 at 08:54

Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 at 08:54
Thanks Adrian will give this forum a go as well in the future if need be.
Cheers
Paul
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