Jayco Outback

Submitted: Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 17:21
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Hi forumites,

I'm currently kicking tyres on a Jayco Outback Destiny with toilet/shower and double bunks. I'm looking for feedback good and bad on it and suggestions for other makes.

I'm looking at an offroad van so therell be no hassles getting down to my favourite camping spot, not to go where the Kedrons/Bushtrackers go.

Cheers Wilko
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Reply By: tripping oz - Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 18:28

Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 18:28
Wilko it will be ok if you stay on the bitumen !!
You get what you pay for we went with a gold stream and it was great, i believe a little heaver?
Good luck
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Follow Up By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 18:35

Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 18:35
Thanks David,

I didnt know goldstream make a Caravan, I'll take a look.

Cheers Wilko
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Follow Up By: tripping oz - Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 18:51

Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 18:51
sorry mate i missed the bunks:)) so not sure.

we just spent 2 days at camping expo and looked at every think ,ended up buying a Majesty 3 bunks and are planing on travailing for a few years
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Reply By: Mark C - Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 18:33

Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 18:33
Wilko, I have a 17.55.3 outback and have travelled many dirt roads such as GRR etc they are not bush trackers but do the job if you take reasonable care$for $ good value IMHO.

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Follow Up By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 18:37

Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 18:37
Thanks Mark,

Thats the kind of feedback I'm after. I'm looking at the 17.55.5sh and just dont wanna buy a lemon.

Cheers Wilko
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Follow Up By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 20:26

Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 20:26
I have an 18'6" Discovery o/back and have just come off the Oodnadatta track. The electric brake cables got shredded and therefore not working due to stone damage. Silly really - it wouldn't cost them much to protect those cables but that was all, and we got along at a fair lick due to sch hols time restrictions. If you have time on your hands and can take it easy, like Mark said, you should be ok but you do need to take it easy on long dirt roads. We often camp in areas that aren't really rough, maybe a bit pot-holed but just need a bit of clearance and use that as a base.
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Follow Up By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 21:10

Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 21:10
Thanks Steve,

I take my time If the kids miss a week of school so be it ; ) Not planning on doing many of the rougher tracks in it but the Oodnadatta should be ok, Agree with you about clearance, Its the main reason I'd like an off roader.

Cheers Wilko
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Reply By: Notso - Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 18:59

Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 18:59
Is it a dual axle with standard load sharing leaf springs.

If so check the centre hanger that holds the rocker arm in the middle. Some of them are butt welded onto the bottom of the chassis rail.

Brother in Laws ripped a piece out of the bottom of the chassis rail.

They did do a mod on the later vans, not sure what year from.
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Follow Up By: Mark C - Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 19:04

Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 19:04
Notso,centre hanger on outbacks is welded either side of 6inch chasis if it gets ripped off the whole 6x2 chsis rail will have to go with it.
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Follow Up By: Notso - Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 19:32

Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 19:32
Good, the brother in laws wasn't.
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Reply By: guy007 - Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 20:56

Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 20:56
Hi Wilko,
I have a Jayco Discovery 17.55.3 Double bed with shower toilet in the OUTBACK model.
We graduated to this after taking our offroad camper all over Australia.
With a few easy mods and some careful driving to conditions you can go most of the places that the big 3 tonne plus boys go.
After some very easy blacktop trips I was concerned with the number of plastic corner brackets that hold the furniture to the frame breaking and the short screws pulling out. I replaced these with aluminium angle held in place with multiple screws and construction adhesive. I used a fair bit of Liquid Nails and even if I could not fit the angle I filleted the glue to every angle joint and even used a plastic tube extension on the cartridge to get the glue in. This ensures that the different furniture pieces do not fret against each other when subjected to corrugations and twisting. The slight give in Liquid Nails [ or even better use Sixaflex] helps absorb the vibration.
I reinforced all the drawers by running thin model aeroplane super glue into all the drawer joints and bracing the bottoms with small square aluminium strips as well as filleting some more with Liquid nails.
The draw runners are held in with only a few screws and these easily fall out. I used extra screws as well as gluing the runners on. I also added extra hinges to the cupboard doors.After this the furniture was as solid as a rock and these mods only took a day to complete.
Underneath the van there are a few things that you can do to protect the underpinnings. I fitted a full width mudflap to the chassis cross member underneath the front boot. This helps protect all the normally exposed pipes and wires underneath. The tank guards are flimsy and are easily dented with rocks and they do not protect the pipe fittings. This is easily fixed by gluing sections of old rubber backed carpet tile [using Liquid Nails again] to the front of the tank guards and extending the guard to protect the pipes.[ie full width]
I also gave the underneath of the van a heavy coating of thick black underbody coating as well as doubling up on the sealing of all penetrations into the van.
Having done all that the van has survived some pretty rough treatment over some very corrugated and uneven roads including Gulf and desert tracks in recent months.
I have had some issue in getting the van to sit level behind the raised Landcruiser which have included raising the van tow hitch which was mounted to the bottom of the draw bar and raising the handbrake lever for better clearance. This will not be entirely addressed until I fit straight axles to replace the overlay models.
As my Discovery is very similar to your Destiny I hope these thoughts are helpful.
With sensible driving to the conditions your Destiny will go 90% of the places the Gall Boys have traveled albeit with more care, less speed and dont forget your tyre pressures
I am situated in Mudgee NSW and willing to talk if you so desire.
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Follow Up By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 21:16

Monday, Jul 25, 2011 at 21:16
Thanks Guy,

Great ideas to make it stronger. I've heard that structurally the jayco's are sound but it was the smaller things like draws etc that can break. I've ad to do similar to my Cub camper

Cheers Wilko
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Reply By: geoffqld - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 10:05

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 10:05
I've had mine down the Strezlekki, Oodnadatta, GCRx2, Tanimi (rough) and have little trouble. Like the previous poster I covered all the pipes to the tanks and put covers over the exposed wires, except the brakes. The only trouble I have had is that the en suite door has fallen off twice, we now brace it with rubber and a bolt fitting, we lost the brake wires on one side, and the slider drawer has come off. I reckon the carpet on the tank protection is a great idea and wish I'd known about it before. The other thing I have done is remove the spare wheel off the back because I didn't like the idea of carrying it there on corrugations, its in the ute. Just remembered we smashed with rocks/gravel the plastic cover right up the back that drains any gas under the stove. Took a long time to get the dust out of there.
Very happy with it as we couldn't afford the real deal and with a little bit of preparation we saved a lot of dollars.
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Follow Up By: geoffqld - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 10:19

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 10:19
Further to the above, when we did the Tanimi there were 2 Bushtrackers went down at about the same time, We were told that one broke a spring and the other broke a spring hanger. We broke a leaf spring on my GU Patrol ute so it was very rough. I carry a spare spring for the van but haven't needed it yet.
Very happy with it.
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Follow Up By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 18:43

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 18:43
Thanks Geoff,

Its good to know if I just poke along and be careful that it could do it, My offroad visions for the van would be going thru table drains or getting to a fav riverbank spot with out ripping the van's bum off.

If I'm heading really offroad, I'm taking the oztent.

Cheers Wilko
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Reply By: ozjohn0 - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 20:02

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 20:02
A sections from the Jayco outback model warranty as 'Not Being Covered'.
# Movement or damage caused by dislodgment of appliances
and fittings resulting from use on corrugated or uneven
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Follow Up By: Graham & Ann - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011 at 16:27

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011 at 16:27
Consider getting coil/shocker suspension if your travelling rough corrugated roads, we have this in our 2002 Evernew van and can still leave items on the bench tops on most bush roads. Vans now done 142211km including GRRd, Tanami, Plenty, Cape York, Oodnadatta, Birdsivelle etc... no problems, rebuilt suspension at 95000km ie bushes/shockers. In my opinion ff you use any of the leaf suspensions you need to have a very strong built van to take the same punishment, as most leaf van suspensions use short leaves that don't bend much, they tend to bounce along, if using coil/shocker build can be much lighter ...ie cheaper...save $$$$ for other things..........
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Follow Up By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Sunday, Jul 31, 2011 at 19:34

Sunday, Jul 31, 2011 at 19:34
Thanks Graham & Ann,

I wont really be heading down corrugated tracks, I'll do mostly black top with the ability to go thru table drains etc to get away from other campers.

Cheers Wilko
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Reply By: henrie - Sunday, Jul 31, 2011 at 17:54

Sunday, Jul 31, 2011 at 17:54
We currently own a Jayco destiny outback 17.55.3 we have travelled many roads so far.[ Eg.between Winton and Stonehenge after the heavy rains last year very washed out in the culverts]
We do have simplicity suspension on our van and have lined the underneath of van with galvanised plating[very thin] to protect exposed plumbing and wires. The van is now 4yrs old and other than the drawer problems others have, we are very happy with our Jayco. So far about 20,000km and about to start off on another trip which will be about 7,000km.
Our next van would be a Jayco without a second thought, we bought ours new and can't fault Jayco for service.
Hope this helps. Henrie
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Follow Up By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Sunday, Jul 31, 2011 at 19:36

Sunday, Jul 31, 2011 at 19:36
Thanks Henrie,

Just about convinced just gotta do some haggling. Good idea about the Gal plate.

Cheers Wilko
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Reply By: Member - sassenach.girl (QLD) - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 at 09:27

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 at 09:27
Hi Wilko,

We've got a new Jayco Discovery 17.55-5SH outback on order, to be delivered in 8 weeks time. Bought it for the same reason as you .... we consider it a "dirt-road" van and it sounds like we'll be doing the same sort of tracks as you. Will be following others advice -- hubby will be getting underneath and covering pipes with rubber tubbing and the water tanks with outdoor carpet (or similar). Will also be fitting a Stone Stomper to protect the upper body from stones.


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Follow Up By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 at 20:08

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 at 20:08
Thanks Sass,

Yes I'll be doing the same to mine, PM sent as well.

Cheers Wilko
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