Jayco Outback eagle/hawk

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 09, 2007 at 18:07
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Hello to all, seems this has been covered before however threads date back to 03/04. We are looking at purchasing an eagle or hawk outback and am interested in when Jayco made changes to improve offroad ability. Models we are looking at range from late 03 with battery pack, treg coupling, full kakadu annexe and flys to an 05 model with just the annexe and fly only. Both have seen limited travel and seem in good nick is there a difference between 03-04 and 05 that may help with our decision.
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Reply By: Anthony - Tuesday, Jan 09, 2007 at 19:57

Tuesday, Jan 09, 2007 at 19:57
Hi Richard,

I'm not an expert on the jayco camper range. I have a late '03 model Dove outback.
The '03 camper trailers have an aluminum frame ('c' section) in the walls and a wood frame for seats and cupboards. The wood frame on ours uses staple on all joins with addtional screws and rightanlge brackets on a many of these joints for addtional strength.

I believe (from what I've read) the '05 model would have an aluminum frame (instead of wood) for the seats and cupboards.

Our '03 uses a 125 by 50mm RHS steel section for the A-frame. I know that Jayco was trying a few different size RHS A-frames around the time we bought ours. I think to change the level of flex in the chassis. I don't know what the '05 A-frame uses but we don't have any problems with ours (so far).

We have done about 7,000kms with the Dove, a lot on the back top but all a bit on dirt 4wd tracks in Vic. I hope to do some central and north west Aust track over '07 and '08.

I hope that gets you started. Cheers Anthony
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Follow Up By: Richard of NSW - Tuesday, Jan 09, 2007 at 20:03

Tuesday, Jan 09, 2007 at 20:03
Food for thought Anthony. Not be an engineer by nature I wonder if these changes are really all that significant. The 03 we are contemplating has additional extras for offroad and appaers to be in good nick. It seems to me from what I have rerad so far they may have been better to look at altering the suspension. Thanks for your input sand positive thoughts
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Reply By: zha zha cruiser - Tuesday, Jan 09, 2007 at 22:26

Tuesday, Jan 09, 2007 at 22:26
You know I have been through all of this and ended up buying a brand new camper trailer instead. It goes to more places. Many people mentioned to me that the Jayco's were never built to go off road. Just make sure the fridge will get cold enough.

Good luck.
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Reply By: Richard of NSW - Saturday, Jan 13, 2007 at 18:05

Saturday, Jan 13, 2007 at 18:05
Ended up getting an eagle august 05, in new condition. It will get us to where we want to go for base camp then we can shoot out from there. I know that camper trailers have there advantages of going more places.................but given our most recent experience in the Victorian High Country around the dedick trail, Mt Pinnibar, Cowombat and Ingeegoodbee tracks found that most trailers except for the really upmarket expensive ones would not have made it anyway.

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