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Old 03-25-2014, 01:52 PM   #1
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Baja Package

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I am trying to decide how much the Baja package helps with off-roading. I am looking at the Swift SLX series. Bigger wheels and raised platform helps to on dirt and rocky off roads, but the real issue is shock and vibration to the entire trailer and exposure of trailer to elements such as dirt, dust etc.

is anyone aware of other features to the Baja package that help off-roading or have experiences with the Baja Package?

I am also looking at Starcraft Extreme package and RPods. Does anyone have off-roading experiences or knowledge of how these trailers compare to the Jayco Baja.
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:49 PM   #2
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Hi There, We just took our new 184BH Baja on its first trip last week. So I'll try to lend some insite with my limited experience . The Baja also has larger fresh water, holding and Propane tanks than the regular Swift. Comes with 4 stabilizer jacks rather than 2. However they aren't any larger, so you will be cranking them up and down a bit more. I want to say that the Hot Water tank is larger too, but I can't confirm that right now. The mud tires are LTs, C rated IIRC. This hopefully, will help prevent sidewall damage if your truly off-roading it. A nice benefit with its increased ground clearance, was the fact that I could easily store a container of firewood underneath it, to keep it dry. I found that it towed well, even with high crosswinds on the freeway. Hope that helps!
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:28 AM   #3
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Hi,

What are you towing it with? I have a Nissan Xterra.

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Old 03-26-2014, 09:13 AM   #4
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2010 4Runner. It managed to pull up some steep grades without too much trouble. The braking was surprisingly good, better than I expected. But after one trip with it, I ordered a set of LT tires. Those poor Ps just don't have the sidewall strength.
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:07 AM   #5
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That is good to know. I have off trail tires on the Nissan.

Great description on Baja version. Saelspeople couldn't tell me as much detail
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Old 03-26-2014, 01:39 PM   #6
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I also have a 184BH Baja and did our first camping trip with it this weekend. We took it to Ocean Shores WA, I towed it with an 07 FJ with a 3 inch lift. It did great! I wanted to take it on the beach, but did not. The camp site had some ruts and the trailer did great going thru them.

I have towed it a couple of times in the wind, I would recommend getting an E2 or an Equalizer WDH with sway. I did install one of these and it helped out a TON. The lift kit I have is an Old Man Emu with the stiff rear springs, but the E2 did help out a lot!!
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:33 PM   #7
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We have a 2014 SLX 145rb Baja Edition.
We get about 10-12 mpg when towing on highway with our '09 V-6 Nissan Xterra 4x4.
I think the real question here is just what is meant by the phrase "off-road".
The baja editions have the "spring over axle" configuration which helps prevent most drain line damage going over ruts and low points in the terrain.
They also have 4 leveling jacks which are great for un-level camp spots. The jacks are each rated for 1500 lbs. So... in theory you could raise the TT completely off the wheels because our 145rb Baja should weigh less than the combined capacity of the 4 jacks. Note:This is just the "math", not a recommendation to do so!!
Here in southern Arizona, off-roaders rate 4x4 trails on a scale from 1 to 5.
A "1" being a rough but sometimes maintained county dirt road and a "5" being a route that requires 4-wheel drive, locking front and rear differentials, and a reasonable expectation of limited vehicle body damage.
In reality, I think that the SLX baja editions are great for county dirt roads and primitive campsites, but we really need to decide what we mean by "off-road".
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Old 03-28-2014, 05:25 AM   #8
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hi,

I would want the Jayco Baja to handle 2 type conditions with ease and without compromising the trailer. Road condition three tend to be very rocky with holes and I would not stay on such a road a long time. If the Jayco Baja can only handle a type 1 road condition, then it is not off road capable,in any sense of the word.

What do you think the Jayco 145 Baja can handle?
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I have the Starcraft 14RT version off-road trailer. It does OK here on the east side of the US where forest roads and some rock bottom creeks are about the only obstacles i have to deal with. My shocks are mounted at almost a 45 degree angle so you know they are not helping much... I do love the larger wheels and clearance under the trailer. I did have to pull out all of the under trailer wiring and re-install in a planned manner using 3/4-inch flexible PVC tubing mounted to the inside of the frames. The two or three trips out in the underbrush for me I drug off some under belly wiring. Not fun when you are 50miles from anywhere...

My under trailer wiring looks like this floorplan drawing in BLUE. The electrical boxes shown have a 2-inch hole thru the center of the box which comes up under cabinets etc on the inside of the trailer. Haven't had any wiring dragged off since..


If I was to get real serious about suspension i would install Independent Suspension like the AUSSIE Off-Road trailers have...




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Wow that is awesome.
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