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Old 02-06-2016, 08:02 PM   #1
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Add a Safety Rail or Grab Bar?

Our new Jay Feather 23RLSW is only 3 weeks old, and I'm thinking about mods already. DW is slightly handicapped; I'm thinking it would be a good idea to add a Stromberg Carlson Soft Touch or Lend-A-Hand rail for additional safety, or a similar product.


Has anyone done this? Is there framing there to support such a handle, immediately to the left of the door frame? Guessing there is, since that's where the small existing handle is mounted? Anyone have any advice, experience, or alternative product suggestions?




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Old 02-06-2016, 09:38 PM   #2
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we had the dealer put one on our whitehawk last year, glad I had them do it because the was no framing in the wall on the left side of the door, so they had to remove the whole door asm, put in framing on the left side, then re-install the door asm. cost a lot more than we expected, but worth it. the said they had 10 man hours in it.

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Old 02-07-2016, 04:14 AM   #3
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My Eagle fifth wheel came with that same one new. I thought it was part of a option pkg.
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Old 02-07-2016, 06:28 AM   #4
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We also had the dealer had a folding lend a hand handle to our previous Jayflight TT. No issues with the install and worked great. Best Mod. We didn't have to add one to the Eagle which was nice.
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:31 AM   #5
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We had the dealer install the Lend-a-Hand before we picked it up - best mod we've made so far! That little handle is dangerous for those of us that trip and fall over the slightest thing! I am not sure what they did to install it but it seems very sturdy and there's nothing on the inside of the TT.
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:45 AM   #6
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I installed the Lend-A-Hand on my Jayflight with no problems. If there is a handle there already you should be fine. We love it!
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Old 02-07-2016, 10:30 AM   #7
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I had my dealer mount a similar one

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Old 05-12-2016, 08:11 PM   #8
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I wish I would of seen this post before I installed my Lend a Hand. There is are no studs next to the door frame for my 2016 X213. I found out by drilling into the side of my new trailer. I was already committed with the drill holes so used long bolts drilling through the interior wall anyway. I've grown to live with it! I'm very happy to have the added rail but a little bummed I had to drill all the way through! I would of eventually have done it anyway knowing there was no studs because to me to pay the additional labor for a clean look wouldn't be worth it to me.
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Old 05-12-2016, 08:19 PM   #9
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I purchased a 2015 Jayco Whitehawk 24RKS travel trailer. Before I took possession I had the dealer install the larger grab handle. Neat thing about it is that when traveling it folds across the door to help keep it secure. If I had it to do over again I would still do it. The only negative is you can see the new bolts attached from just inside the door from the addition of the larger handle. Hope this helps and good luck.

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