Jayco outback on GCR

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 19:21
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Planing a 4 mth trip to Queensland from Perth in a years time thought I might take the Great Central Road I will be towing a 21ft 2009 sterling outback full van
Tow vehicle is a 2005 lc td
I would like some feedback on how people think the trip would go with this combination I travel to road conditions however have only towed this van on gravel for about 150kms
What extra precautions should I take a polycarbonate screen is being modified from my old Pajero to fit the back window of the LC
Thanks in advance
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Reply By: Member - troy s (WA) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 20:34

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 20:34
Hi there Steve,
We travelled the same way to QLD last August, have actually just pulled back home for a few weeks, then keep going up again.
If you like having a hema guide book, take the 'Outback Way' travel atlas. It'll show you most of the sights on the way, and it is a good bit of read, and maps to boot.
We towed a Goldstream poptop and had no dramas, we passed basic sedans, and anything from full onroad vans, to big buses. As you pointed out, drive to the conditions, lower pressures, and enjoy the road.
Some Sections the road was so good I struggled to keep 90km and under, some spots we had to slow down to 30 odd.
As good as we had it, I do know 2 seperate parties and different times, that went through all there spare tyres, but be prepared and murphy's law will mean you won't need them.

All the best, enjoy the drive
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 20:38

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 20:38
Hi Steve. Can't advise you specifically on the GCR but it may depend on what suspension your van has. If it is upgraded to the Simplicity suspension then you may be able to endure rougher road conditions. i have the same van with standard roller rocker and although it seems to be OK on rough tar I think corrogations may be a different thing with it alltogether. Will be interested to see if you get any replies from hands on owners. Cheers,Bob

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Reply By: geoffqld - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 20:54

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 20:54
We've towed our Jayco 18ft Outback Destiny over the GCR twice, once each way. West to east is more picturesque I reckon. We had very little trouble, stone damage to drain outlets behind rear wheels and the gas escape plastic cover under the rear kitchen got knocked off and let a hell of a lot of dust inside. We loved it and plan to do it again. We towed with a Patrol 4.2tdi ute, had a stone guard on the caravan drawbar and a rubber strip under the towbar, very little traffic and spectacular scenery well worth doing.
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Reply By: steved58 - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 22:05

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 22:05
Thanks for the replies
My biggest concern is if the inside of the van can stand up to the corrugations

The van has not got the simplicity suspension but I think it is alright if driven to conditions

Dust ingression into the van is something I am interested in how to prevent

I am glad that it seems to be a road that I can go on its a long way round along the Nullarbor to the Alice having done that twice with a standard jayco poptop hence the new sterling outback
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Follow Up By: geoffqld - Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 07:57

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 07:57
The only trouble we've had inside our Jayco is that the en suite door has fallen off twice but we carry a pop riveter and one drawer fell apart easily fixed and the sliding wire drawer falls off regularly. The van has done approx 6000km on dirt including the Tanimi.
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Reply By: BrownyGU - Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 00:09

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 00:09

I did the road about 3 weeks ago, and we were fortunate enough that 75% of it had recently been graded, the sections that hadn't been were quite corigated, we towed a Goldstrem Storm, with Cruisemaster inderpendant suspension, I ran all tyres at 30psi, and we had no problems at all, some water crossings (although dry) were a bit rough and sometimes quite sandy, but if the road is in the same condition as when we went I reckon most "on road" type vans could do it, stone damage would be the major concern imo.

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Reply By: carlsp - Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 07:57

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 07:57
Hi Steve,

Recently I have swapped from a Kedron to a van whose name I will not mention, but it has the same suspension as a Jayco Outback. Easter was it's first trip away and I was absolutely amazed at the difference in performance. So I will vote with the others that say look at suspension. The min I would do is put a shocky at each wheel. This might mean welding some mounts to the frame.

Put some covers over the PVC drain pipes and replace the plastic water tanks drain taps as these can get knocked off by a rocks and you will loose all your water.

Duck tape all the air vents in particular the one at the bottom of the door.

Take the caravan spare off the back of the van for the gravel section and out inside if possible.

Make a rear vindow stone cover for the LC and duck tape it on.

Get to the Ayes Rocks sunset viewing area at least 1 hour before sunset.

Good luck with the trip, I am sure you will all have a great time.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 08:07

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 08:07
Hi Carl

Don't think I am nosey, but why did you go away from a Kedron. From what you hear, they are supposed to be the bees knees of Outback Caravans.

Just curious.


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Follow Up By: carlsp - Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 12:58

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 12:58
Did I say, I swapped it. I should have said "the wife' wanted something different.

No they are fantastic caravans but we can live in a caravan park in something bigger and much cheaper. Economics and a bigger bathroom.
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