Jayco Flamingo using off road....

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 10:39
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We are thinking of purchasing a Jayco Flamingo ST off road camper... has anyone any experience of towing/using off road and could share their experience? Thanks
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Reply By: pmk03 - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 12:33

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 12:33

Depends on what you mean as "Off Road" We have a 2007 Eagle Outback & with a couple of under body mods to protect the water tank & plumbing & also better stone protection on the shocks, we take our on all the usual track llike Oodnadatta, Strez, Birdsville, Plenty, GCR etc without any problems. If this is the type of travel you mean you should have no problems. Watch your speed & drive to the conditions & our experience has always been good.
We also have a wide stone mud flap on the back of our patrol that reduces the number of stones making it through to the camper.
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Reply By: Novice4WD - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 13:33

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 13:33
Appreciate the information, hints and feedback. Our off road interests will be taking in the tracks mentioned. We have a list of places to go to and cannot wait to get started. Thanks again
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Reply By: OREJAP - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 13:48

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 13:48
G'day Novice 4WD, Just a heads up, the Jayco is an "Outback" not an off roader. We have a Jayco too & some people get all vain bitter & twisted if you refer to Jayco as off road. I think years ago that was the name but I think after problems with customer complaints Jayco changes the name from "off road" to Outback". If I am wrong I am sure someone will correct me LOL. I have towed campers,trailers & vans over numerous unmade tracks & roads. The most damage & consistent damage was through stone strikes. Underneath the c/t at the front & m/guards are the usual places to suffer but more importantly driving to the conditions by lowering the tyre pressures in the vehicle & C/T too. So if you lower your pressure on the vehicle do so in the trailer too. Put underneath coverage on your pipes,stone guards around your shockers & gal plate/cover over your water tank. Covers/stone protectors for shockies you can purchase from a 4WD accessory shop or get them made if you know someone, likewise the protector for water tank. A jayco outlet may be able to help. The Jayco's are a good product & will go everywhere most others will go,just take it easy. A stone guard across the front is better that a rubber mat across the back of your 4WD. A large mat across the back of your vehicle may prevent air cooling your rear tyres hence the high chance of tyre blowout. It also doesn't prevent stone strikes from vehicle passing you IMHO.
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Reply By: AGNI4x4 - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 16:52

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 16:52
A screen across the front of the camper / trailer is usually fitted more to prevent rebound of rocks and stones into the rear of your vehicle and taking out your rear window rather than to actually protect the towed vehicle. A flap across the rear of vehicle will stop most of the rocks getting thru and you will find at highway speeds on the black top where tyre heat build up is most prevelant that the flap will actually be lifted by the air pressure acting on it.
How seriously "off road" you want to get is the key and in the real rough stuff it will be light suspension that will fail first as the endless hours of corrogations punish it with out mercy.
Cheers and happy travels
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Follow Up By: Novice4WD - Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 20:39

Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 at 20:39
Thanks to all for your valuable information. I will certainly take it all on board before making the final decision.
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