G,day Bernie, I知 in Western Australia and have been thing of upgrading to the basestation as well, I知 on my own now still have the jaco expanda, thanks for the photos i was wondering how the fjr fitted, let us know how it tows with all that weight at the back, probably meet up on the road next year in the great outback,
Hi Oldwhaler, as you are on your own, I would recommend that you get the smaller Jayco "Work n Play" rather than the bigger model.
The big ones really are a pain in the arse to get into, and out of, many of the caravan parks around Australia.
The weight of the bike in the back of the van is not a problem, it is negligible in comparison to the weight of the van. The real problem is getting the bike in and out of the van. The FJR has very little ground clearance under the engine, so, as you go up the ramp and over the apex where the door/ramp hinges onto the floor of the van, the bottom of the bike may hit the hinge ridge. If this happens, the bike will suddenly stop, and you and the bike will fall down. You also may have problems with wheel spin and skidding as you power up the ramp.
You can reduce these problems by jacking up the front of the van, thus lowering the back, and reducing the angle of the ramp. Or, you can buy a bike with more ground clearance, like the Yamaha Super Tenere, which is what I did.
Also, you should get a tow vehicle with a manual gearbox, towing a heavy van with an auto, is just asking for trouble.
See the photos and video here. https://photos.app.goo.gl/w6aU9QFDgYegL7Lp1