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Old 02-06-2016, 09:42 PM   #1
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Lend-A-Hand Hand Rail

We had the dealer install a Lend-A-Hand hand rail on our X23F before we brought it home. Safety issue for our parents and grandchildren, whom we want to include in our adventures. 3 days after we get it home, used the rail about 5 times myself, and the top part rips clear out of the outer wall. Unimpressed! Another RV repairman said he won't install one without screwing through both the outer and inner wall and attaches it to a metal plate. Not the best looking, but can be worked with.

Anyone else install one of these, and if so, how were they anchored? I'm fairly ticked at the dealership - if they had communicated what it takes to anchor it, I'd have said do it. Now, I'm just ticked.

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Old 02-06-2016, 10:14 PM   #2
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We had the dealer install a Lend-A-Hand hand rail on our X23F before we brought it home. Safety issue for our parents and grandchildren, whom we want to include in our adventures. 3 days after we get it home, used the rail about 5 times myself, and the top part rips clear out of the outer wall. Unimpressed! Another RV repairman said he won't install one without screwing through both the outer and inner wall and attaches it to a metal plate. Not the best looking, but can be worked with.

Anyone else install one of these, and if so, how were they anchored? I'm fairly ticked at the dealership - if they had communicated what it takes to anchor it, I'd have said do it. Now, I'm just ticked.

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I would be ticked as well. Interesting that you posted this just now, because at about the same time I was starting the following thread, thinking about installing one of those rails:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f7...bar-33351.html

I'm thinking about installing one myself, and wondered about being able to securely mount it. Just curiosity, how far away from the door frame was it mounted?

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Old 02-07-2016, 12:01 AM   #3
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We had the dealer install one on our new 2015 White Hawk 20MRB. Nothing to anchor it to around the door, so he did what your repairman suggested. Like you say, not pretty but it works,

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I'm thinking about installing one myself, and wondered about being able to securely mount it. Just curiosity, how far away from the door frame was it mounted?
Right up against the door frame.
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The installer may have over tightened the screws and stripped the frame.
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We had the dealer install one on our new 2015 White Hawk 20MRB. Nothing to anchor it to around the door, so he did what your repairman suggested. Like you say, not pretty but it works,
How big is your plate? We are thinking of just repairing it ourselves, and wondering if a plain electrical receptical cover would hide it. They are plastic and could be painted to match the interior.
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I would be ticked as well. Interesting that you posted this just now, because at about the same time I was starting the following thread, thinking about installing one of those rails:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f7...bar-33351.html

I'm thinking about installing one myself, and wondered about being able to securely mount it. Just curiosity, how far away from the door frame was it mounted?

Thanks!

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I bought one from Cabellas for about $35 and installed it over the small handle that was already mounted on my JayFlight. There are 4 - 2" lag screws to install into the frame of the door. A very easy mod and certainly well worth the cost & effort. No fun slipping off the steps with your hand in the little handle ... nearly pulled a finger off! Never again with the new handle!

I can't relate to the reasoning from the dealer in not wanting to install it.
I weigh around 225# and I could hang from the handle and it wouldn't pull loose. No need to install bolts that go all the way through to the inside.

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I installed a Lend a Hand on my 2015 Jay Flight 26BH last Summer. Right up against door frame leaving existing handle in place. Mine has the aluminum exterior. I researched it before the install. I drilled a test hole to verify there was wood frame behind where I was installing handle and I made sure not to over tighten screws. I used the long screws provided with the handle.
I added the handle due to lifting my camper with an axle flip and needing a step stool to reach the first folding step. I am a big boy but the handle is used more as a guide and I'm not putting any real weight on it going in or out. It is very sturdy and is doing its job as designed. I'm very happy.
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The service department is going to redo the handle tomorrow. I looked closer, (not just taking my hubby's word for it), and it WAS screwed into a stud. Maybe they did strip the stud. I'm going to watch them do the work this time. I weigh 135 and used the handle maybe 4-5 times, carefully. No way it should have pulled out.
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The metal plate is about 1/8 inch plate but small enough to just hold the two screws on the upper & lower part of the handle. No stud near the door on a White Hawk.

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