jayco camper

Submitted: Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:10
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G'day all, recently I purchased a second hand Jayco camper, my question is. How do I identify what model it is (eg Swan,Finch,Dove etc). I was told by the previous owner that it is a swan? Also I would like to convert the axle to take 15" 4WD wheels/tyres, has anyone done this modification? Thanks.
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Reply By: Ozboc - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:16

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:16
Can you possibly post a picture of it --- or if the add is still online from where you bought it -- show us and we can tell you all you need to know

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Reply By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:22

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:22
Mullo have a look at Jayco web site they have floor plans on the camper trailer page. This might help.http://www.jayco.com.au/

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Reply By: Member - Matt H (SA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:51

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 21:51

As others have said, look at the Jayco website. One of the best indications is to measure your camper (lengthwise) and compare it to the measurements supplied on their site. Jayco seem to run with the bird theme - ie; the Dove is one of their smaller offerings, up to the Swan and Flamingo which are their largest offerings. (The size of the bird increases with the camper size).

To compare against the Goldstream we have, a Jayco Flamingo is comparable in size to the Goldstream Storm. Interior layout will also tell you what model you have.

As for your axle conversion, that's probably not too difficult providing you have the clearance for the bigger rims and tyres.

Cheers, Matt
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Reply By: Member - Geoff P (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 21:08

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 21:08
Hi Mullo,
We had a Jayco Penguin off-road for a few years and I wanted to do the same thing (have the wheels the same as the car) so I asked the Dealer (Page Brothers, Melbourne) if it was possible. I was told there is not enough room in the arch for a 10.5 R15. I tried one of my wheels just too see and there ain't much room. Good luck!
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Reply By: Member - Glenn H (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 22:08

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 22:08
Hi Mullo, we have a 1979 Swan - but maybe not for much longer as it is , well, old. Anyway it originally had Holden 13 inch rims with 5 studs and Mighty Rib light truck tyres. Went to 14 inch with 195 light truck tyres which fitted OK. Last year decided to fit 16 inch rims and 245/70 Dueler A/T to match 4WD 6 stud. Had to remove galvanised mudguards and panel beat out the sides to give extra width so tyres would fit. Also trimmed the 7 ply flooring back so the now larger guards would fit flush against chassis. No problem with clearance above tyres. But it is tight on the inside and it does rub a bit if you hit a big bump too fast. Lots of screws and lashings of silicon sealer and it's done 12,000km so far including 4000 of dirt in the Red Centre. Give it a go if you are into DIY projects. Cheers, Glenn

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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn H (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 11:57

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 11:57
PS I forgot to mention that it was an on-road and I had it lifted 5.5 inches to give extra clearance. i.e. axle now 5.5 lower with respect to original floor and guards, so plenty of room above tyres. A bit of a squeeze next to step, especially when it got bent on the Cape. See pic of van in my profile, which is before the larger tyres but after the lift. Warrie

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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 20:44

Thursday, Jun 18, 2009 at 20:44
Hi Warrie,
Yours is an 79? that colour scheme, do you know when they changed it?
The reason I ask is, We just purchased one with the same green yellowish stripes along the side and was told it was about an 87 model. It doesn't have the factory compliance plate because it has had a full A framed chassis put under her to accommodate 16" wheels ans Atko 12' brakes So it now states Home Made 2007.
Jayco Swan
Sorry about the darkness of the pictures.
Just curious to what year it is.


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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn H (NSW) - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 18:30

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 18:30
Gidday H & F, read your email this am then took a while to track thread. Anyway, the pix of your van are not too dark and it's an impressive rig. Far more has been done to it than mine, but what does it weigh? My plate says 760 kg tare but on a weighbridge it came in at 1100 with just the stuff you leave in it between trips. i.e. cutlery, crockery, toiletries, linen and a humungously heavy camp oven!! The extra metal from a thicker axle and the two 3m lengths of 100mm by 50mm box 4mm thick steel welded under to lift it adds to about 100kg. Where the rest comes from has got me beat!!
Our green and gold stripes were popular in the early eighties but I'm not really sure if they went thru to '87. Jayco had a nice orange and silver striping which I thought superseded ours about '85. I guess if you check the van adds for a month you will see enough 1980's models to detect the colour change.
Good luck with your travels. Our Jayco has done 80,000km with 50,000 in the last 4 years on the new suspension to the Cape, GRR and Central Oz. After 30000 of which 4000 was dirt the left side guide where the slipper springs slip was worn from 5mm to 2.5mm so it cost $120 up at Seisia on the Cape to get a new one welded on.
As I said on the post, she's pretty old and tired now after nearly 30 years and the tracks she's done. It is for sale so could be beefed up like yours. Cheers, Glenn

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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 19:59

Friday, Jun 19, 2009 at 19:59
Hi Glenn,
We bought it off a bloke in Logan, Brissy.
He's done two trips around the block with her behind his Disco.
Just rego'd it last week, so we had to Blue Slip it. A trip to the weigh bridge, everything taken out, tanks emptied, two spare wheels taken off, tool box cleaned out and gas bottles & batteries removed, she came in at a hefty 1240kg.
As for being a 87 model, I think you right, it would have to be a bit earlier than that. I will watch the vans for sale to find it's age.
We're looking forward to a few years of traveling with her. She's solid enough, just needs a bit of TLC.
Thanks for your thoughts Glenn


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Reply By: Brian (Montrose, Vic.) - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 22:10

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 22:10
Try looking on the ID plate which should be on the inside of the draw bar, I'm pretty sure ours states the model etc.
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Reply By: aka - Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 08:34

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 08:34
Years ago it was from memory Finch 10 ft , Dove 12ft and the Swan which I had was 14 ft but that was 20 years ago
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