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Old 03-29-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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Good morning, we have the 28F Melbourne and with the long overhang I constantly bottom out when entering or exiting a laneway or entrance with a dip in it. Has anyone else having or had this problem and if so did you come up with a solution ? I did talk to one couple with a Melbourne that had dolly wheels welded on to the frame. We also noticed that some of the other manufacturers add bars to protect the rear cap and hitch.
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Good morning, we have the 28F Melbourne and with the long overhang I constantly bottom out when entering or exiting a laneway or entrance with a dip in it. Has anyone else having or had this problem and if so did you come up with a solution ? I did talk to one couple with a Melbourne that had dolly wheels welded on to the frame. We also noticed that some of the other manufacturers add bars to protect the rear cap and hitch.
I have a 29 Melbourne and I tore off the trailer plug the day I picked it up from the dealer. I went to Camping World and bought a pair of their best casters, they are bolt on and they have saved my tail several times, I've never had a problem since.
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I have a 29 Melbourne and I tore off the trailer plug the day I picked it up from the dealer. I went to Camping World and bought a pair of their best casters, they are bolt on and they have saved my tail several times, I've never had a problem since.
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Jay. Are they the ones that bolt on to the hitch bar ? I looked at them but they looked like they were for a square bar hitch. Ours is the round bars hitch, would they bolt on OK ???

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I'm sure Jayco has heard this complaint from a number of customers and one has to wonder why they have not addressed the issue by now !!!!

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I have a 31FS and have bottomed it out once. I am extremely cautious when turning in and out of drives, etc. I noticed an RV down from me in the storage place that has a set of heavy duty bolt on casters on his hitch frame. Looks like it would work. I just understand there are some places I will just not be able to negotiate with my rig.
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I have seen these bolted on the bumpers before. Probably the welded on type under the frame would be best but these should work pretty good as well. Etrailer sells some...



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When ever possible do not go directly up a driveway... take it at an angle.. this will help alleviate this problem..
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Seann, that is what we have learned to do..but the last spot we pulled into had quite a dip so I angled and didn't hit the receiver, instead I damaged the rear cap at the side of the receiver along with the trailer plug.

Will install some sort of casters...and get damaged repaired !

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We have a 2012 Melbourne 28F. The long rear end behind the rear axle must be addressed. We purchased fairly large, heavy-duty wheels from a commercial trailer shop and had them welded as far to the rear of the coach as possible. They've (literally) saved our butt many times, but we are still very cautious entering/leaving entryways. We try to angle across and drive very slow in these situations. Finally, try to avoid drop hitch extensions if pulling a trailer or Toad.
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When we purchased our Greyhawk 31FS we had wheels welded to the back. To do that required a "subframe beef up" because the frame past the axle is just bolted on. The frame extensions cannot take the load of bottoming out. Eventually you will bend or damage the frame extensions and cause leaks in the roof or damage the side wall. The frame beef up and wheels cost us about $1600 including a new hitch (7500# 750# and wiring). The frame was enhanced back to the Ford factory frame. We also had a spare tire mount added as well.
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