Carry tinnie on Jayco Dove campervan

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 06, 2010 at 10:46
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Anybody know whether a Jayco Dove can take the weight of a 12ft tinnie on top?

Anybody with a post 2005 Pathfinder with factory rails is carrying a 12ft tinnie. We've been advised a tinnie is too heavy?
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Reply By: OREJAP - Saturday, Mar 06, 2010 at 10:59

Saturday, Mar 06, 2010 at 10:59
I have the boat rails on mine & carry my tinnie. Just don't wind up roof with weight on (obviously) The main concern with these is the weight on the rear bar (spare wheel). People tend to put a heap of weight on there which is a No No according to Jayco. Apparently it causes the body to flex.
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Follow Up By: Nicki&Len - Saturday, Mar 06, 2010 at 12:20

Saturday, Mar 06, 2010 at 12:20
Just wondering what your set up is. Did you set it up yourself? Do you have a winch to get the tinnie on and off. Some of the set ups are pretty expensive so want to look at all options?
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Reply By: Marny - Saturday, Mar 06, 2010 at 11:33

Saturday, Mar 06, 2010 at 11:33
The pathfinder roof rails are rated at either 80 or 100 kg (Cant remember which off the top of my head). You need to include the weight of the cross bars in this so would probably be pushin it
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Reply By: PradOz - Saturday, Mar 06, 2010 at 16:31

Saturday, Mar 06, 2010 at 16:31
Hi N&L

I asked Jayco about the max load capacity that could be put on their new roof racks you see on their camper vans. They told me 120Kgs with roof down - NEVER wind roof up with a load on it. So if your tinnie is under 120kgs and you are happy to take off each time you wind it up, it would be no problems. With the roof down you should be able to slide it on and off easily - about 1.5 metres to roof height from ground. Their racks are not that expensive and look neat, but they are easy to build and install yourself if you can weld.

RE the reply about BODY FLEX: What year Dove is it? If its an earlier model you can strengthen the chassis on the door side by welding another steel channel on the chassis that side. Just look under any newer model Jayco camper and you will see what i mean. To check if chassis on the door side has sagged (which is the weakest side on any camper) just close the door and see what gap you have between door edge and door frame on the lock side at the top and bottom. The margin should be even but seldom is, normally wider at the top showing some sag at the rear. To protect the chassis from that on the door side - simply wind the rear leg down as often as you can when camping or when its stored, or use a wind up jack to support it. Cheers....
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Follow Up By: Nicki&Len - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 11:48

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 11:48
Thanks for your help. Really good information.
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Reply By: Nicki&Len - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 11:47

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 11:47
Thanks for your assistance. Much appreciated and useful info.
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