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Old 11-13-2017, 10:24 AM   #1
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Hello Jayco guys!

Hopefully I'm welcome here =) I've got a 2018 Entegra Coach Odyssey 26D..It's built by Jayco and is essentially the 26XD with a few upgrades.

We just got it and look forward to using the heck out of it with my two little girls. We got it last Wednesday and then took off for Yosemite this weekend.

The coach is great but I do have a few questions I'm hopeful the Jayco family can assist with.

Bike racks..I see options for both the 2" receiver and ladder rack. Ideally we will be using this to haul a car / boat so tying up the receiver isn't appealing. Has anyone had good success with the ladder rack bike holders?

Cabinets squeak..I've rented Class C's before and the cabinets etc creek on bumpy roads..(we're in California the highest taxed state with the worst roads).

Any fixes / thoughts?

We're going to be towing a Malibu LSV boat, the RV has a rating of 7500.. while this came with Hellwig helper springs we plan on doing the extra heavy rear sway bar, air bags, and shocks.

Does anyone have the part / link handy for the bilstein shocks?


Have a great Monday everyone thanks for looking!

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Old 11-13-2017, 10:36 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new MH!

There are some hitch adapters that will let you use the 2" receiver to tow something as well bikes via a second 2" raised receiver. Clearance could be an issue depending on how many bikes you want to carry though. I see people carry bikes via the ladder that that wouldn't be my first choice.

You'll want to take a look at the Koni shocks instead of the Bilstein ones. The Bilstein ones get a lot of press but the Koni's are a lot better for the RV application.

Squeaky cabinets are part of the gig in my opinion but careful packing and placing towels, paper plates, etc. between items can help cut down on the noise.
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:39 AM   #3
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Are you talking about the Koni FSD, I've seen them mentioned a few times around the net.

thank you! we're very excited
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:40 AM   #4
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Are you talking about the Koni FSD, I've seen them mentioned a few times around the net.

thank you! we're very excited
Correct! I have them on the rear and can't wait to get the front installed. It made a huge difference.
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:19 PM   #5
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Welcome to JOF. We also have some gals here and I'm sure they welcome your input.
Nice looking rig!
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:47 PM   #6
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Now those are some cute kids! Congratulations. I think I put an extra 100K miles on our van when I figured out that it was the best way to get 'em all down for a nap.

Squeaks - seem to be hit or miss. We have our share of rattles, but the squeaks have been minimal. See if you can narrow down the culprit cabinet.

Rattles we control with padding. Squeaks probably involve tighten some screws.
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Old 11-13-2017, 02:43 PM   #7
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Are you talking about the Koni FSD, I've seen them mentioned a few times around the net.
Best shock around, a little pricey, but well worth the money.
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Old 11-13-2017, 11:05 PM   #8
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Well adding the FSD to the list.

Ok next up is Big foot system over the Lippert. I spoke with Big foot today and we're going to use my rig as a test subject =). I'm excited to be working with Big foot they are family owned, wireless, and lifetime warranty on the cylinders.

The Entegra and Jayco's all come with hydraulic prep..essentially the mounting plates are on the rig. Big foot is going to use mine to build a new mounting system for the big foot to mount to a Lippert base plate. Pictures / updates to follow.

Next dilemma the cab over bunk. As you can imagine with two little ones and many more in the family overall that area is a hot spot. The problem is no safety net or ladder.

I'm still amazed this thing didnt come with a ladder..

So what is everyone using or should I just go with the generic one from Amazon? looking for something kid friendly.

Then that brings me to the safety net. I've looked all over the net and didnt find much.

Option 1: Crib bed rail - i dont think this will work as they are intended to fold flat and slide under the bed

Option 2: truck bed net from side to side ... problem is if a kids swats down the top of the next the net will fold

option 3: baby gate.. buy a giant baby gate and attach it to the walls

option 4: https://www.organizedobie.com/Custom-Nets
I like this option the most but it doesnt cover enough territory only 40 inches out of 7 feet isnt going to cut it.

thoughts?
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Old 11-14-2017, 12:44 AM   #9
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We've had good luck using one of these:

https://www.etrailer.com/RV-and-Camp...an/S64664.html

In conjunction with one of these:

https://www.etrailer.com/RV-and-Camp...an/S80630.html

We load our two adult cruiser bikes on the hitch carrier and two kids bikes on the ladder rack.

This setup has allowed us to tow our raft trailer at the same time when needed.

We carried the bikes over 8000 miles this season without incident. I'd recommend using plenty of straps to secure the bikes and a anti-rattle type hitch pin. I did consider a four bike carrier for the hitch, but they looked to extend out further than I wanted on our Greyhawk 31FS.

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Our Greyhawk came with a bunk ladder - maybe yours is just missing? You might ask your dealer.

If you have to buy one, we used one of these for years in our Jay Feather x213:

https://www.strombergcarlson.com/rv-...dders-for-rvs/

Sorry, no good ideas for a safety rail that would work on the overhead bunk. You might check out another brand of class C - Coachmen Leprechaun or Forest River Sunseeker - for ideas. I recall seeing a factory installed net system in one of those when we were shopping. Maybe it would be something you could buy and retrofit.

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