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Old 07-06-2021, 06:58 PM   #1
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Jayco Redhawk 26M

We are considering purchasing a Jayco Redhawk 26M.

Any comments -- good or bad about this RV?

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Old 07-11-2021, 08:35 PM   #2
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Golly, no replies! But I'll bump this back to the top so maybe someone will see it and offer their opinion.

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Old 09-14-2021, 01:30 PM   #3
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New 26M Owner

Will admit that my choice was driven by two things:

I have friends who own Jayco's and are extremely happy with their rig. And unit availability is extremely low right now. My preferred dealer only has 5 total Class C units on site and due to the chip shortage doesn't know when they will get more (Ford chassis delay).

That said, I love the full rig slide out, really opens up the inside. Cabinet quality appears to be a step above some of it's lower cost competitors (Forest River and Gulfstream come to mind both of which we considered).

The murphy bed is a unique design that I am not sure yet how we will adapt to....the mattress splits at the head of the mattress so a single sheet likely won't work to cover both.

We pick up the unit in a week so will post more after our shakedown trip.

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Old 10-05-2021, 04:07 PM   #4
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Hey Mike: How are you enjoying your 26M? We are wondering how that Murphy bed is? Can a thicker mattress be added? Thx
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Old 10-05-2021, 04:32 PM   #5
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Hey Mike: How are you enjoying your 26M? We are wondering how that Murphy bed is? Can a thicker mattress be added? Thx
Hi,

We have had two weekends thus far. 1st one we slept on the mattress Jayco provided (I think it's just a 4 in piece of foam). I didn't sleep well. For the second weekend we bought a 3 inch memory foam topper, cut it in two pieces to match the split and covered the lower portion with a mattress pad. That worked great to sleep on.

However, the bed will not fold up completely with anything added to the mattress. So what I do is just roll up the foot of the memory foam (in half) and the bed folds up fine. When we lower the bed, we pull the foam back down (with the pad in place). Not ideal but it works well. Unless you get a custom mattress with a seam so you can fold the mattress in half (bottom to top) a thicker mattress will hit the door handles on the cabinets above the bed. (I might invest next year in just a mattress setup.....doing this you could likely add a 7-8 in mattress).

Other than that, we love the rig. Have 1500 miles on it in 11 days since we bought it. Averages 8.5-9.0 a gallon. Only things wrong were a dry pump (needed to be primed) and a hole in one of the tires.
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Old 10-05-2021, 05:50 PM   #6
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Thanks for this. The layout is great, but I dunno about the Murphy bed. Every RV mattress seems to suck and one has to replace it or add multiple toppers. So I worried there would be an issue getting the bed to close back up. I appreciate your response!
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Old 11-21-2021, 08:14 AM   #7
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Making the Murphy bed.

We are considering purchasing a 2021 26XM and my wife is wondering if she can use fitted sheets. We looked at the bed and didn't see how that could be accomplished. Do we only use not fitted sheets?

The dealer is also providing a mattress topper and liked the idea of rolling it up from the bottom.

Thanks.
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Old 11-21-2021, 08:36 AM   #8
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Jayco 26M Update

Sorry I haven’t been on this site for a while. I will try to answer a few of the questions that have come up.

Can you use fitted sheets?

Yes. I mentioned earlier that we had a mattress topper. The fitted sheets (RV Queen) do fit although the strap at the end of the mattress makes it a bit difficult. They do stay snug. There is another thread on how you can shorten the strap that holds the mattress in place. We have not done this (see custom mattress below). We undo the sheets and blankets when we fold up the mattress topper before folding up the bed. This has worked very well for us. The top of the sheet remains fitted on the small cushion even when the bed is closed.

Custom Mattress

I have had an exchange with “custom mattress factory.com” and they are going to make a custom mattress I designed for this bed that will be thicker than the stock foam. Cost for their 7 inch “custom foam” will be $975. It will have the two main pieces like the stock foam, except the foot of the bed will fold up with a mattress hinge 18 inches from the foot to allow the bed to close. I won’t get this until next spring so stay tuned for that update. I attached a schematic that I sent to Custom Mattress for their quote. Note that Custom Mattress indicated they could not add the snap tabs but I plan to add them myself.

Hope this helps everyone.
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Old 11-21-2021, 09:19 AM   #9
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NitLion,

Thanks for the information. I missed the earlier post you mentioned. Sorry 'bout that.

I also think we will work with Custom Mattress to get something similar. Appreciate the response!
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Old 03-19-2022, 10:02 AM   #10
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new owner

Hi, we recently purchased a 2021 26M, it's in storage at the dealers until early May, this is our first RV, we're excited and have been trying to purchase things slowly rather than all at once. It's difficult when we don't have access to the unit and a lot of details are not in the specs.

The information about the murphy bed is great and will be helpful to get a better sleep.

- Can' find info about the size of the bed over the cab, is it a standard size?
- Does anybody use a windshield sun cover, recommendations for one that fits

Our first trip will be a small orientation one, then a 4000 mile round trip in late June

Thanks, I have other questions, but those my current ones
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Old 03-19-2022, 10:34 AM   #11
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Hi, the Murphy Bed is an RV Queen 60x75. Queen sized linens will fit around the mattress, but not snugly. The foot of the mattress attached to the frame so sheets cannot be tucked in at the foot of the bed.

We purchased a 2" foam topper and that helps. Note that the foam topper must be folded over in order for the bed to lock into place when raised.
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Old 05-16-2022, 09:59 AM   #12
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Hi, we recently picked up our unit 2021 Redhawk 26M, I've been trying to sanitize the water system and am confused, hoping for some advice.

The instructions indicate to bypass the water heater
  • Do bypass valves for the water heater exist
  • If so are they behind the grill under the fridge

I want to buy one or more water filters (under bathroom sink) before I start the process but I can't find any reference to a Jayco or compatible filter
  • has anybody replaced theirs, and if so with what make / type of filter

If anybody has done the sanitization I would appreciate any hints that the manual might have missed

Thanks in advance
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Old 05-16-2022, 11:12 AM   #13
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Water filer replacement

The water filter that comes with the Redhawk is Jayco only. You have to go back to a Jayco dealer for replacement. I chose to have a dealer switch that out for a Camco unit.
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Old 06-21-2022, 02:23 PM   #14
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Mattress Update

I could not edit my post from yesterday so thought I would start a new reply to add the pictures. As I mentioned (and others have noted) the 26M mattress is unique and uncomfortable. I posted a diagram of a custom mattress that I designed and had constructed by Custom Mattress Factory.

https://www.custommattressfactory.com/

I removed the old foam cushion (three screws at the end of the bed) and set the new mattress in place. You then will need a way to anchor the mattress when you raise the bed. For me, the easiest way I could think of was to mount two straps to the bed frame using a strap and connector kit I found on Amazon. I used 90 degree angle brackets (the type used to assemble sides of cabinets), bolted the strap and bracket to the bed frame. Simply drill two holes through the aluminum channel in the center of the plastic as shown. Strap material will fit under the angle bracket.

The other challenge was that any mattress thicker than 4 inches would not allow the bed to close completely. The mattress has a hinge at 18 inches from the bottom that allows the bed to close. Make sure your straps are cinched good and tight to keep the mattress from sliding down (makes lowering the bed a tad harder).

To lower the bed, we open it slightly to see if the mattress has shifted, (if it has we just pull up on the mattress) then open the remainder. This has been a god send for us. We are two weeks into a 5 month trip this mattress will make it much easier.

Strap kit used from Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008NH4POY...roduct_details
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Looking for comments on towing with the 26M Ford E450 V8

Just wondering if anybody who owns a 26M tows another vehicle behind the RV
If so I would appreciate info on what you tow and what your experience towing with the V8 is like

Thanks in advance
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Old 08-30-2022, 09:43 AM   #16
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Looking for comments on towing with the 26M Ford E450 V8

Just wondering if anybody who owns a 26M tows another vehicle behind the RV
If so I would appreciate info on what you tow and what your experience towing with the V8 is like

Thanks in advance
Full disclosure, we just traded in our 26M. That said, I towed a 2009 Honda Fit (2,900 lbs) for 2,500 miles and the rig didn’t even care it was there. I got better MPG with the toad (9.0) then without it (8.2), mainly because the Fit has a max towing speed of 65 mph. Godzilla (Fords V8) is a beast!
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Old 09-08-2022, 11:53 PM   #17
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Thanks so much for the photos. We currently have the Jay Feather 23rbm Murphy bed with a non-split mattress (no overhead cabinets). Will be going to the 26m and trying to wrap my head around this concept. With our TT we just strap our sheeted and quilted bed...not removing any linens and put the bed up when we get up in the morning. Pull it down at night and all coverings are in place. So easy! Your photos are of an unmade mattress. With the 2 mattress pieces do you need to undo the coverings in order to put it up and then re-make the bed each night?
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You would not need to strip the linens from the bed. I did that just for illustrative purposes. We typically would just throw the straps over the linens (we folded up the over hanging quilt). The straps are necessary when folding up the bed to prevent the mattress from sliding down. I would pull the bottom section until it over hangs the end, usually about 3-4 inches, secure it, and then fold the hinge up. Full disclosure, we did not fold this up every day….only while traveling…..which is the main reason we changed rigs this summer to a unit that did not have a Murphy bed.
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Old 11-15-2022, 03:41 PM   #19
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26m mattress

We are considering trading down from a 30z to a 26M. We dislike our current split bath and we're okay with a murphy bed. I looked at a 26M but was curious if a mattress topper can be added. I realize it will not close all the way, but is that a problem if it's left mostly closed? Thanks.
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Old 11-15-2022, 05:00 PM   #20
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Here's what I did and it works GREAT! I took two twin size flat sheets and sewed them together down the long side, across the bottom and then up the other long side. That created a large pillowcase with the open end using the finished sheet edges that would normally be at the top of the bed.

I then put a normal queen sized mattress protector on my queen sized gel topper. I folded the topper in half. I then put my head all the way inside the pillowcase I created and worked the folded topper inside. It took some wiggling but got the topper situated inside the pillowcase nice and flat with the mattress protector between the "top" sheet and the top side of the topper. The bottom side of the topper lays against the inside of the bottom sheet. So I now have a queen sized gel topper fully encased in the pillowcase. The mattress protector actually absorbs any body sweat, etc. From getting onto the topper. We lay on top of that sheet. The bottom sheet protects the upholstery mattress of the murphy bed. So the gel topper doesn't touch us or the upholstery....the top and bottom sheets are pretty much like a sleeping bag.

The pillowcase with topper inside lays flat on the murphy bed with the opening at the foot of the bed with no overhang. This is what substitutes for a normal fitted bottom sheet. No need to tuck it in anywhere.

Final step was to stitch our normal RV queen sized flat sheet to one of the open ends of a twin sheet at the opening.....So this is our actual top sheet and doesn't need to be tucked in! The RV queen flat will overhang while being slept underneath as normal.

Now for the good part. In the morning we fold the top queen flat sheet toward the middle of the bed on top of the topper so there's no overhang. Then we take the open ends of the pillowcase at the foot of the bed and roll it up toward the head of the bed. Our quilt and all sheets all roll up together nice and neat in one motion. The rolled size matches the top mattress piece of the murphy bed. As the murphy bed goes up the bottom RV mattress slides down and our bedding roll stays on top of the "head" mattress section. The murphy bed closes fully and does not cause any problem with the function of the slide.

In the evening the bed is lowered and our bed roll rolls out all the way to the foot....easy peasy ready to jump in.

Took awhile to design this but not too much to sew together. But it is a SNAP to use. For laundering, the topper and mattress protector are pulled out of the pillowcase. The double-twin "pillowcase and the attached RV queen top sheet are all connected and go into the washing machine as one piece. After drying I just stick my head inside the pillowcase and work the gel topper and mattress protector inside, working it into corners for a perfect fit.

I will try to post a couple pictures. I used 2 maroon twin flat sheets to make the pillowcase. My RV queen top sheet is peach colored.
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