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Old 08-02-2016, 01:10 PM   #1
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Fixing the RV bed platform - thoughts?

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.
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Old 08-02-2016, 01:14 PM   #2
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I'm new to all this, and not sure what the difference would be weight wise, but what about steel square tubing or angle iron? I'm not sure how thin you could go to save weight but still have support but I guarantee it would be solid...and could still be screwed to the wood platform.
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Old 08-02-2016, 01:20 PM   #3
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I'm not sure, I think once you put square steel tubing in there, you may as well have used 3/4" plywood?

I'll have to look up weights.

With the trailer loaded and the whole family in the truck, we are hitting a few hundred pounds above GVWR already, so I'm reluctant to make modifications that add significant weight, especially toward the front of the trailer.
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Old 08-02-2016, 01:22 PM   #4
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Add more 2x2's across, bringing your total to 5. Then mount 2x2's on the long sides, on the inside. Make sure they are recessed down (1 1/2"). The point being, with the bed closed, the 2x2 cross members rest on the new interior side rails. For even more strength, many lumber yards stock 2x3's, use those instead of 2x2, with the 3 dimension going vertical. Of course, glue and screw everything....
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Old 08-02-2016, 01:27 PM   #5
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Look at how your bed at home is supported. Steel frame and slats most likely. If the plywood is over a storage area, simply install 4 to 6, 1" x 6" "slats" to the bottom side of the plywood and support the slats with pieces of 2" x 4" floor to slat and allow the plywood to rest on the slats. That ought to make a stiff foundation for you and you can remove the 2"x 2" actually on the plywood.

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Here is what I did. I went to Home Depot/Lowes and purchased some 1 1/2" x 1/4" aluminum strips and mounted them on the support 2x2 supports under the bed. Worked for us.

That is a linear actuator in the middle that I installed, to electrically raise the bed, because the 4" topper that we added to the bed was pretty heavy to raise by hand for DW. Now we just flip the switch in the direction we want the bed to go.

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I mated another piece of plywood to the original. Now it's 3/4". Wife wants to add a piece of material at the end of the season to the topside to protect the mattress.
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There's nothing wrong with the Jayco design. We are talking probably about a 4' W x 4' 6" L support area what only has the 3- 2x2" length support, which is enough for 932 lbs. load.
But if you are not comfortable with the 2x2 support, get some 2" x 3/16 flat aluminum and screw them to the side of the 2x2's.
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If you search the forum you will probably find a few ideas. It's a fairly common fix it seems.

Here is a thread where I posted how the dealer fixed our collapsed queen bed c/w photos of the finished product (see page 3).
http://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f1...d-35807-3.html
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There's nothing wrong with the Jayco design. We are talking probably about a 4' W x 4' 6" L support area what only has the 3- 2x2" length support, which is enough for 932 lbs. load.
But if you are not comfortable with the 2x2 support, get some 2" x 3/16 flat aluminum and screw them to the side of the 2x2's.
If there is nothing wrong with the Jayco design, why are they breaking?
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