jayco finch how good are they ?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 19:21
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HI every one does any one out there have a jayco finch .just would like to know how good they are and any problems they may have as my wife and i are planning to buy one a 2005 model . At the moment we have a fully off-road jumbuck campertrailer . The most we will probably do off road will be medium corrugated roads, forestry trax , nat parks - nothing like the Gunbarrel Hway. we have deliberated over selling the jumbuck but have been given differing opinions on the Finch so are wondering what the general view is out there???we already travelled oz in a kwik camper but now have young kids. thanks all
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Reply By: Member - TonyG (Qld) - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 19:45

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 19:45

I do not have one personnally, but I have long conversations with people who have.

They have said to me that they are amazingly comfortable, and easy to use.

They said the good points compared to camper trailer is:

- Easy to setup, a bit faster than trailer
- Nicer kitchen
- great to use at powered campsite & water supply site

The bad points (compared to camper)

- feels too squashy inside with 3 young kids
- there annex on jayco not as big as camper
- weight is heavier than their camper

They are still very happy with jayco, but just their thoughts

Hope this helps


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Reply By: muzzgit (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 22:24

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2005 at 22:24
We have a jayco camper, along with good freinds of ours who we travel with regularly, and we love it. Stopping at roadside for a cuppa is easy peasy, and storage on the floor is very handy.

The finch is one of the smaller Jayco models and it might pay to measure the width of the main bed for you and the missus. Our freinds have the hawk and the beds are a bit bigger, ours is a penguin (no slide out beds) and I find the main bed is a bit narrow, which really comes to light in hot weather.

Setting up for one night stops is simple, and having cupboards, a sink and fridge inside ready to go is worth the extra weight in my opinion. Plus all the newer Jayco's are setup ready for battery power if you want to go down that path.


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Reply By: Patcher - Wednesday, Jul 20, 2005 at 02:11

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2005 at 02:11
We have the '04 Dove outback which has the upgraded suspension, as yours does. It's been on some rough tracks and nothings fallen off. We also have installed solar power, gas hot water (truma), external shower etc. See if you can get the dealer to throw in inner spring mattresses, ours did. They also threw in end flies, 12 volt battery system and on road costs.

The Finch has 2 double beds wheras the Dove has a queen bed at one end and a double the other. It tows well behind our diesel Rodeo. Like the others say, it's easy setting up camp and we have it down to about 10 minutes with the Coolibah awning extended.

Good luck

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Follow Up By: pump tec - Wednesday, Jul 20, 2005 at 20:49

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2005 at 20:49
thanks pat for your reply how many Litre is the engine in your rodeo ?. the other reason for picking the jayco finch outback is i don't like towing any thing to big and heavy we have a Nissan patrol 3 Lt turbo 2004 model and i wonder how it will go towing it ? i don't think it will have any problems as i see smaller Car's towing a lot bigger types of vans and how is your fuel economy.
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Follow Up By: Patcher - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 15:52

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 15:52
You'll have no problems with the Patrol Mr. Pump. It should town better than the Rodeo due to due higher engine KW rating. We get around 12.5 litres / 100 km when towing. The Rodeo has a 3 litre Intercooled diesel engine.


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Reply By: Steve - Wednesday, Jul 20, 2005 at 08:44

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2005 at 08:44
I have a 15' Viscount, bunks for the kids and huge annexe. These Finches sound nice little jobs but as others have said before, like my van, you can take these vans along corrugations and even worse, but...... it's only a matter of time. The wear and tear is accumulative. Ours has been great to take the family around and will carry on giving us good service for a couple of years or so, yet. But eventually we're going for a good off-road camper. Sounds like you're going the opposite way. Our main concern regarding campers has been ease of putting up for an o/night and storage space.
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Reply By: muzzgit (WA) - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 00:54

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 00:54
I tow my Jayco Penguin with a 3.0 auto patrol no worries. It scoots along in 3rd gear (it's not good to tow in overdrive...manual or auto) at about 95 to 100 without breaking a sweat and eats hills no worries. As for fuel, on our big trip up to Broome we used between 6 and 9 lts less at each fill up than our freind with a 4.2 80 series towing their hawk.

You won't have any drama's with your new patrol, just don't flog it to death.


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Reply By: kimprado - Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 18:35

Thursday, Jul 21, 2005 at 18:35
I'm going through the same process as you. Almost purchased the a Jayco, but then had a look at the Goldstream. No comparision.
The Goldstream is more expensive and the quality reflects that. Picking mine up in September.


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Reply By: pump tec - Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 08:08

Saturday, Jul 23, 2005 at 08:08
Hi Kim
We also looked at the Goldstream/ which is lovely but out of our budget, champagne taste ! on a beer budget! they didnt have hot dipped gal chassis but had everything else as far as Mrs Pump is concerned ! Pity we can win Lotto ! Heard a few negative reports but get that with Jayco too! where do you plan on travelling ? Do you mind telling me how much you paid and what extras? did you buy it in Qld ?
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