Jayco 2008 Simplicity Inderpendent Suspension

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008 at 23:40
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Hi guys, 1st time user what a great Forum ..... I am looking at purchasing a new Jayco Eagle Outback . just wondering if any one has had any experience with Jayco's simplicity independent suspension , is it worth spending the extra $800 to get it fitted when i order it . i will be going Off Road with it but nothing too rough (Cape York etc) did that last year with out a trailer & that was bad enough. i notice all the Coromals & some Goldstream's have Independent suspension & every one says how good they are ?????? thanks
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Reply By: Baz & Pud (Tassie) - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 05:41

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 05:41
G,day Kiwiausie
We dont have a Jacyco Eagle, but do have a C/Van with simplicity suspension and would have to say for $800 go for it.

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Reply By: Member - Mottleman (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 07:58

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 07:58
I've had an outback eagle for 6 months now and went through the same. I ended staying with standard as I was worried about ability to fix on the side of the road or in a small town. I have since found that the suspension 'as is' is much better than most give it credit for as long as you know how to place your towing and trailer wheels well.
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Reply By: Dunaruna - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 08:14

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 08:14
From a workshop point of view the simplicity is a very good heavy duty setup, they are multi adjustable and repairable but your 'side of the road' comment is a valid one.

We see very few failures unlike conventional leaf slippers or even rock & rollers.
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Reply By: jeepthing - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 12:27

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 12:27
very robust suspension in my view, your trailer will tow and track better. The weight on each tyre will be evenly distributed as well
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Follow Up By: Kiwiausie - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 16:54

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2008 at 16:54
hi . thanks for your reply's ..do you have the independent suspesion on your camper .. it's funny some of the dealers say it is a good setup & some are saying why waste your $800 on something that is not as good as the standard Outback suspension . as i have not seen the Jayco Independent suspension set up it is hard to say..??? is it simmular to the Coromal independent set up.
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Follow Up By: jeepthing - Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 09:19

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 09:19
I had a Penguin Off Road, the suspension is simply heavy duty springs with shocks and it certainly worked quite well and didn't give me any problems. To me the downside to this type of suspension is that the load is not evenly distributed at all times on each wheel/tyre. This means that you need to ensure that each tyre's load rating will be able to handle extra loads placed on it.

My Penguin came with Dunlop Roadgrippers that had a load rating of 975kg each tyre, total load 1950kg. Fully loaded the camper came in at around 1400kg, well within the total load of the tyres. However depending on the road travelled/terrian there would have been occasions when each tyre was taking loads of say 800kg. Whereas with the fully independant suspension the tyres are not subjected to variations in load which means handling is also improved.

I'm not familiar with the Jayco independant suspension but it wouldn't surprise me if they use Simplicity...most caravan manufacturers contract frames, suspension out anyway.

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Follow Up By: Kiwiausie - Friday, Feb 22, 2008 at 08:53

Friday, Feb 22, 2008 at 08:53
thanks for all your reply's keep them coming
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Follow Up By: Kiwiausie - Sunday, Feb 24, 2008 at 10:37

Sunday, Feb 24, 2008 at 10:37
get back up there
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