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Old 09-16-2017, 08:28 PM   #1
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2018 Jay Flight 24RBS Mods

Retired the 2005 Eagle 278FBS and took delivery last week of a 2018 Jay Flight 24RBS. Spent 12 years upgrading the '05' Eagle now I get to start all over with the 24RBS.

The 24RBS base unit floor plan:



I ordered the 24RBS with the optional table/4-chairs knowing that I would only be using 2 chairs. I planned on relocating the table/chairs thus allowing some wiggle room for a Lazy Boy wall hugger recliner which would be much more comfortable then the small sofa during extended stay travel.

Next spring I plan on looking for a different dining table with a radius drop-leaf that will allow a little better access for the second chair around the table. I reused the same four screws to anchor the table table in it's new location and did the same with the chair(s) anchor straps. I'm considering using the extra anchor straps from the chairs I removed for the recliner...., but may not need them.





The base 24RBS came with an outside stove/sink that was a pullout style, and it also had a shelf but wasn't very user friendly considering all the open inaccessible space above it.

I don't use outside kitchens and planned to utilize the space for additional outside cargo storage. My '05' Eagle had a similar outside cargo space that I stored items I used on a daily/regular basis and used the pass-thru storage area for items not used as frequently.

I removed the stove/sink drawer assembly after disconnecting all the water/drain/LP lines......., actually a fairly simple task. The difficult task was removing the shelf, it's like they built the trailer around it!

Once the area was cleared out and and all the connecting supply lines cap, I installed a plastic 3-drawer unit and a couple of other devices to support/contain my "stuff".

This new storage area is located to the rear of the trailer, so I did anchor some of the main storage devices. The 3-drawer unit I screwed in place and used Velcro to keep the drawers from taking flight. Other items where placed such that they couldn't move around.







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Old 09-17-2017, 06:43 AM   #2
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Wow, converting that outside kitchen created a huge storage space! I like that Lazy boy too.
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Looks good Bob. I may have to convert that kitchen.
I wish I had the recliner :-)

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That's my kind of thinking, Bob. I would do the same with this model. Kind of makes us itch for this TT! I like the access to the plumbing.
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Retired the 2005 Eagle 278FBS and took delivery last week of a 2018 Jay Flight 24RBS. Spent 12 years upgrading the '05' Eagle now I get to start all over with the 24RBS.

The 24RBS base unit floor plan:



I ordered the 24RBS with the optional table/4-chairs knowing that I would only be using 2 chairs. I planned on relocating the table/chairs thus allowing some wiggle room for a Lazy Boy wall hugger recliner which would be much more comfortable then the small sofa during extended stay travel.

Next spring I plan on looking for a different dining table with a radius drop-leaf that will allow a little better access for the second chair around the table. I reused the same four screws to anchor the table table in it's new location
Ok Bob you really got the hamster running the wheel in my brain. Our Eagle has 2 nice recliners in the back and I have to move one to the entry way to retract the main slide and it's getting to be a real PITA. Our unit came with the table and 4 chairs and I removed 2 chairs a couple of years ago. Our main slide has a smallish couch and the table with 2 chairs. I'm wondering if I "corner" the table how much room I would have to put the recliner in there. Gonna go measure today. I'm wondering though how the slide would react with the extra weight. Thanks for the idea. Terry
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Old 09-17-2017, 10:26 AM   #6
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snip...... I'm wondering though how the slide would react with the extra weight. Thanks for the idea. Terry
Terry,

The one thing I like about the Lazy Boy brand is that the back of the chair is removable, it's a narrow chair, and lighter then most. I also placed a small throw rug under the chair's metal frame to minimize wear of the TT's carpet.

Later today with the slide retracted I'm going to measure the distance from the main floor to the bottom leading edge of the slide floor then take a pool noodle (or some other material) to act as a wedge the full length of slide floor edge. This will support the slide floor effectively when retracted and/or during travel. I put a "noodle reminder" near the slide open/close switch.

I planned on doing this anyway because it's to easy to mistaking step on the edge of the slide floor with the slide retracted.

Just completed installing my hardwired EMS (removed from my 05 Eagle), again a straight forward R&R. Removed the junction box and basically placed the EMS in same area.






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Looks good Bob. I may have to convert that kitchen.....snip
Doug,

I had considered installing removable peg board along the back wall spaced out from the plumbing, but with the rear TT location things tend to bounce off the metal hangers, we tried it on my BIL's Rockwood. I had a peg board setup in my '05' Eagle but that storage space was over the axles thus I didn't have any movement issues.

There are a lot of plastic storage container and kitchen coatedwire space savers out there....., plus a couple screws/roll of Velcro (non-stick) works great

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I checked off a few other tasks by days end.

1. Eterna Bond Tape Seal Front Cap/Roof seam.
2. Installed Detachable shore power connector.
3. Installed hinged MaxxAir cover.
4. Completed mounting of Reese Dual Cam (thru bolt grade 8 w/backer plate) &
longer HD Safety Chains (gold). The Jayco OEM chains are a little snug for my
TV's OEM receiver style/location...., will have to cut off the Jayco chains later.





Nice clean "white" roof......, for now!





Plus some minor stuff....: Moved the Solar Ready connector behind the E-brake switch rather then the other way around......, water pump base had only two screws in a four screw mount so added the missing two....., LP regulator was facing toward the TT so remounted it facing forward.

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Very nice and impressive - You are a man on a mission! I am getting inspired!

I have some questions: You ran 6" across the cap/roof seam, but what did you run along the side? Is that 4"? I am preparing to do my roof/wall edges all the way down and the roof/rear wall seam; I am not sure if I should use 6" or 4" for those runs. I already put 6" across the front, like yours. I was thinking that I would run 4" down the roof/wall edges and across the rear wall. What do you think?

Also, does your Flight have the black Quad sealant along the front and rear corners, where the roof membrane meets the walls? If so, did you Eternabond over the Quad? It looks like you did. I added some Quad to ours, but I am thinking I will Eternabond over it, too. The Quad product does loosen and crack some over time. Jayco seems to use it on the Flights and Feathers quite a bit (on the roof corners). Thank you!
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Ah, Eternabond tape on the front edge of roof. Another add to my list.
I feel like a slug Bob, you've got all your mods done in the 1st week lol.

Thanks for sharing,
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