Originally Posted by ecksdude
The bed platform in our Eagle appears to be 3/8" plywood with three 2x2 boards run lengthwise to add some small amount of stability.
Needless to say, this is not a terribly stable platform, and I discovered the other day that one of the 2x2 boards had a large crack in the middle, and it was that way before I got the trailer from the dealer, hence 3 screws that were drilled from the plywood into the stabilizer board, while everything else is attached with staples. I was pretty annoyed to find this.
Last night I put another 2x2 board alongside the cracked one and glued and screwed it in place as a "bandaid" for our upcoming trip, but long term this needs to be re-designed.
Wondering what other folks have done?
I don't really want to replace the plywood with 3/4", as that would add a lot of weight. How have other folks braced the bed platform to make it more solid? Interested in ideas.
My Two Cents
Recently purchased a 33RLDS and when my head was in the front storage compartment my wife was on top of the mattress placing some stuff in the cabinet above. I noticed the plywood and the 2x2 having a lot of flex !!! So I bent 1/2" conduit into a U shape and bolted it to the end of the outside 2x2s, which went to the floor for support. Then I bent another 1/2" piece and placed it across the three 2x2s and screwed it to the first piece of conduit (Does not flex any more). Lifts with bed and only takes a little space in compartment.
Also I stapled a 7' x 7' two-toned silky beach blanket made from parachute material, that I had, ( www.sunnysbeachshop.com
) over the plywood ( all staples are on the bottom of the plywood )to protect the mattress from any future splinters and issues. Photos below, hope this helps.