weight on racks of 82 jayco swan

Submitted: Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 09:16
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Hi , We want to put a light small alloy dingy on racks on our old jayco swan camper trailer for a trip. This is all we intend to load on the trailer as we know they are not built to take weight. What do you think? Colud we still wind up the trailer safely with the boat on or is this just tooooo much?
Thanks Lenni
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Reply By: tessa_51 - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 18:55

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 18:55
No problem with the travelling side of things but I reckon the pulleys and bolts on a 23 year old camper might feel the strain if you tried to lift the roof with the boat on top. I had a 2000 Jayco Eagle and carried a pair of 12kg kevlar kayaks on the roof. Only wound it up once with them still on and could certainly feel the difference in the winding apparatus. Bear in mind that your cables have to go round corners and there is an enormous strain on the pulleys and the bolts holding them down.
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Follow Up By: lenni - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:08

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:08
Hi Tessa. Yes I think you are right.The strain would be fairly dodgy on the cable bolts and pulleys. I thought as much, but wanted to see what you guys thought about this. Thanks for the feedback.
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Reply By: bbuzz - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:46

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:46
I have an 82 Millard camper and broke a wire the other month. $450 later I got that one repaired! The others were 'acceptable'. My wires go under the van so they were accessible. I was told the Jayco wires are behind the skin and other inaccessible areas. I thought the boat was supposed to be offloaded before putting up the roof? The struts holding up the Jayco roofs are not very substantial, hence a common sense worry about any extra weight.
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Reply By: muzzgit (WA) - Monday, May 02, 2005 at 00:46

Monday, May 02, 2005 at 00:46
Jayco recommend no more than 80kg (from memory) while travelling. Remove before winding up, firstly because of the winding mechanism, and also for windy conditions which may crop up after setting up camp.
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