Jayco expanda On Road modifying to Off Road (Gravel)

Submitted: Monday, Mar 21, 2011 at 10:59
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Wanting to hear from those who have done/thought of doing it.
Costs, Pros and Cons

Ideally 16.49-3 or 17.56-2 size wise if that helps
Still searching for a Outback van just want to weigh up if an on road model comes up for sale at the right price do I include in the choices or discount it and keep looking for an Outback model.

Cheers Michael
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Reply By: landed eagle - Monday, Mar 21, 2011 at 17:36

Monday, Mar 21, 2011 at 17:36
Hi michael H,

I own a 16-49-3 Outback Hardlid Expanda.
My best mate has a 17-56-2 on road and ordered it with the axles underslung to give him a bit more clearance but it still doesn't have the clearance that mine does.
The outback version has bigger wheels and chassis so sits taller on the road. Mine tows like a dream.
If you're planning a fair bit of gravel work I'd look for an Outback version but bear in mind that these vans aren't 'offroad' vans.

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Follow Up By: Member - michael H (NSW) - Monday, Mar 21, 2011 at 18:22

Monday, Mar 21, 2011 at 18:22
Thanks eagle
The 16.49-3 is what I can afford the 17.56-2 Outback is what I would like :-)

Cheers Michael
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Reply By: Member - Michael P (QLD) - Monday, Mar 21, 2011 at 18:56

Monday, Mar 21, 2011 at 18:56
I went through this exexcise in Dec 2007.Too long a story as to why I had a 2006 Jayco "Eagle" pop top, the van suited me quite well except going off/rough road.
Basically put an extra chassis under the origional 75x50 box section with extention for dual spares, strengthened draw bar. To upgrade capacities complete new axle spring setup. 2 tonne Alko with 6 stud LC hubs, HD brakes etc. springs replaced & with suspension hangers.
There was a few small extras (gerry can holders etc). Engineering certificates weighbridge certificaters before& after,labour inc. This raised the van about 7".
Four new wheel rims & tyres single axle.
Cost in 2007 $6469.73 Money very well spent.
Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: Member - michael H (NSW) - Monday, Mar 21, 2011 at 20:39

Monday, Mar 21, 2011 at 20:39
Thanks Michael PJ
Just the sort of info I wanted, Dual spares great idea, LC hubs, Gerry can holders. I am almost convinced on buying the onroad model just so I can modify it to suit my needs, You don't get any of these other options with a standard Outback

Cheers Michael
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Reply By: John and Lynne - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 08:39

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 08:39
We had an Outback Dove for a few years. It was a good little rig with the Outback suspension giving much better clearance on gravel roads than the standard. However, as already said, this did not make it suitable for really rough work. If you want to go really "Off Road" look elsewhere - even if it means a good second hand camper trailer to suit your budget.
The real issue we found with the Jayco was the light construction of the internal fixtures. There was no way the cupboards and other fixtures would have stood up to the corrugations etc of serious long term off road use. You will note that Jaycos warranty does not cover such use for its Outback models.
Before going any further we suggest you have a really close look at how the fixtures of the van you like are constructed and how they are attached to the walls. Then give careful thought to the travel you are really planning or likely to be doing and how long you intend to own the rig. Also, before modifying any van, check carefully with your insurance company!
It is a lot of fun looking at vans and planning a purchase. It is never cheap. You don't want to get it wrong through impatience! Good luck! Lynne
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Follow Up By: Member - michael H (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 09:58

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 09:58
Thanks for the advice Lynne
I already have a Trak Shak Camper Trailer which I don't use to its full off road capability (Work commitments) so the plan is to stock the van ready to travel at a moments notice and use it a bit more.
The raised suspension is more for creek crossings and clearance rather than goat trail off the beaten track camping.

Cheers Michael
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