Your welcome for the warning. Please pass it on to anyone you know with a trailer with this unsafe design.
I too am very curious as to when Jayco started putting in a barrier. Does anyone know how I would find out if they did it because of a safety concern or if it was because of a change in regulations?
Also am I correct that trailers of my year and model did not have a barrier or was the barrier in mine missed? There never was a barrier - but I found out that Jayco called the RV center where it is at and asked them if there was any sign of screw holes showing that a barrier may have been removed. They even had them take photos of this area and send them in. I sent in the photos below that showed the back of the heater and the cord but not of the area where there would have been a barrier if one existed.
Although hard to see from my photos the rest of the area around the hot water tank is a long low STORAGE area that goes all the way under the bottom bunk bed - it was built and for and was meant to be storage. Still pisses me off that Jayco told me I should have used "common sense" and should not have put items in here that would come into contact with the hot water tank. Maybe they should have used a little common sense when they came up with such a poor and potentially dangerous design.
I just got my new Bullet today. The hot water tank is still under the bottom bunk but at least it is in its own compartment. I am going to open up where it is at and place a layer of fire proof insulation on top. Even though we got the fire out very quickly the plywood that makes up the bottom of the bunk where my daughter sleeps was hot to the touch. Every time I think about it I know how lucky we were.
Thanks for your time.