Buying Jayco Swan - anything to look out for?

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 at 09:19
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G'day all,

My daughter and son-in-law are looking at buying a (maybe late model) Jayco Swan. Is there anything in particular to look out for by way of faults etc?

thanks,

glids
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Reply By: DIO - Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 at 09:59

Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 at 09:59
They are a pretty good all-round camper van.

Watch for water leaks.

Look for any tears etc in canvas (need to have roof lifted).

Faulty winch (roof lifitng)

Poor 12 volt wiring/connecting to interior roof lights. (May cause overheating and fire).

With roof extended and bed ends pulled out have a look at the line of the door to check if the front right corner of the van is drooping. Some have reinforcement placed along chassis rail on near-side of van to prevent such movement. If there is any obvious movement, it can genarlly be controlled by welding a section of appropriate metal along chassis rail.
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Reply By: PradOz - Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 at 15:04

Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 at 15:04
As above plus look for any mildew, mould on underside of canvas sections. Also lift up, even remove the mattresses and check out base and underside for mould or problems.

Look for loose, missing screws etc around bed rails on inside and alond top of canvas inside in corners. look under beds on outside when slid out for anything loose or missing.

You should not have too many problems on a late model excepting owner caused problems like the 4 latches or winch. it shouldnt have any sag in door side for a late model. to check simply wind roof up a little, close door and check gap along right hand side (handle side). The gap should be same top and bottm on this edge. when the camper is up, check the top section of door fits easily. Also check wind up struts are not bent (same as bed slides)

i would suggest you open and shut everything, put camper and annexe up/down yourself in your own good time. Dont rely on current owner or dealer to do it. If there are any dras they should show up while you do it.

check around underside for rust, excess dirt, mud, dust etc from off road. check all tyres etc. also look around inside cupboards for ants etc, can be drama to remove. Check the canvas in the bottom corners from outside to see if there is any rip or tear. The top support bracket for the bed rail that goes over the bed (above the bed end window) can get loose. Really just check using common sense. If it doesnt look right, check that out (ask here or elsewhere).
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Follow Up By: PradOz - Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 at 15:04

Saturday, Apr 10, 2010 at 15:04
should say DRAMAS not dras - doh!!
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Reply By: glids - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 09:33

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 09:33
Thanks for the responses guys.

cheers,
glids
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