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Old 08-08-2012, 09:05 PM   #11
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I thought Jayco said drilling the frame voided the warranty on it, at least on the Jayfeather series?
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:12 PM   #12
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Well, when you look at the manual on correct and incorrect, they show slightly different pictures. I think installation is fine. It just worked loose. According to the manual, they need to be tightened every 100 miles, and after a while, they will stop working loose. So, I guess its my fault for that one.
My experience was, that no amount of tightening of the two original bolts, would stop the slippage from happening. Tried that a dozen times before doing my "fix". There is more than enough "beef" in my tongue frame that one bolt hole in the middle is not going to weaken it. The working stress in the tongue is along the top section (under compression) and bottom section (under tension) of the frame member. The middle section is neutral. Welding is another matter. The heat from welding could introduce a problem.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:00 PM   #13
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My experience was, that no amount of tightening of the two original bolts, would stop the slippage from happening. Tried that a dozen times before doing my "fix". There is more than enough "beef" in my tongue frame that one bolt hole in the middle is not going to weaken it. The working stress in the tongue is along the top section (under compression) and bottom section (under tension) of the frame member. The middle section is neutral. Welding is another matter. The heat from welding could introduce a problem.
Not sure if you saw the post #8 and 10 ... but there is a fix that doesn't require welding that Jayco will waranty per Equalizer if you purchased your hitch when buying the tt. We've traveled 5k miles at least since that 'fix' with no probs

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Thanks, yes I bought it when I got the TT. I will ask about it when I call the dealer today.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:35 AM   #15
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snip.....The bottom bolt does not go through the outside plate. It actually has a plate that sits on a plate.........anip
I was aware that the two link plate bolts didn't pass through the outside plate, but based on the install instructions and the height of the TT frame I thought one would have seen the bottom bolt head visible through one of the outside plates lower clearance holes....... must have been the angle of the photo.



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Nope, I looked at the other side, and the bottom bolt is below the hole on the outside plate.
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I just got off the phone with Fastaway on this one, and they told me to put a shim between the frame and bottom bolt to ensure there is no gap between the frame and the bolt. I guess I will give this a try.
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Ok, decided to wash the house down last weekend, and me dealer can't do anything till the 30th, so I just got around to working on it.

There is a gap of over 2 inches between the bottom bolt and the frame. When I got the tape measure out, the brackets were mounted 26" from the back of the ball to the two bracket bolts. With all the sharp turns here in WV, that may have been a little to far back. The manual said 24"-27" back on the mounting. So I moved both to 25" to give me a little more bracket under the arm. The 3/4" nuts on the brackets are slim. They don't fully seat in a good box end wrench, and I believe they are designed to round off before you over torque them. That resulted in a few busted knuckles lol.

The more I think about it, and look at it, I don't like this design of this hitch at all for my TT. The instructions say keep the plates vertical, and don't let them bow while tightening. Without a shim out of the box on this camper, that is not possible. You won't be able to get it tight enough to keep it from slipping without having a bow in the plates. I don't want to use wood shims, because they get soft and rot.

Without drilling the frame, as much as they like to advertise it, you can not get a safe and stable hitch mount on a TT period. Next weekend, I am taking it back to the dealer for other problems for warranty work. I wanted the Reese system when I bought the TT. I already have half of it sitting in my workshop. All I needed was the cams, and the chain mounts installed. I already have the trunion bars, and hitch head. The dealer did not want to do this, something about drilling the frame, and the hitch was overrated for the TT frame and could bend it. I really hope they can do something to fix this, Summit RV if you are reading this.
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