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Old 10-16-2017, 04:05 PM   #1
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5er with frame flex?

Does anyone out there, with a Jayco fifth wheel, have this frame flex "issue". The gap used to be quite small but now about 1/4" as you can see. Sorry bout the sideways picture (new tablet and operator error).
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Old 10-16-2017, 04:40 PM   #2
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There has to be some flex or things would break. Just watch an airplane wing during flight, or stand on a bridge as cars drive across.

Not sure what yr you have, but pull the plastic moulding cap and check the screws underneath.
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As said frames have to flex. If it is to stiff it may crack. Even if they flex they are not designed to go 80 miles/hour over rough roads.
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Old 10-16-2017, 06:23 PM   #4
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My Eagle Premier had the same thing. There's at least 2 others on the forum that have had it also. When I took off the moulding cover and pulled the screws, I found that they were stripped from the wood. I believe the shake and vibration simply made the molding fall versus severe flex as I had no other issues. It also appears that Jayco over torqued the screws, stripping the wood. I put in longer screws and it held at least until I recently traded. I also found they over torqued the screws on the marker lights as I had one fall off and the screw was sheared right at the aluminum. While I had the marker light of I inspected the wall for water damage to explain the stripped screws and could not find any.

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Old 10-16-2017, 06:48 PM   #5
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Yes on my ODS or road side from about 1ft after the bend to about 1ft from the nose. It's only 1/8-1/16th of an inch gap as indicated by the sealant. I inspected my frame from the king pin and around it where I could access as well as the front hatch. Found nothing out of norm.

I have not taken out the screw cover yet to see if I can get it back to the original position yet.
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Mine is at the service center and that is one minor problem being fixed. The service guy told me the screws are to short and pull out of the wood. He said they would install longer screws that go into the metal that is further up.
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For reference, on my Eagle Premier, the marker lights were on the center of the aluminum channel. That would give you an idea of how long the screw would need to be, assuming the side wall was but similar.

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If I was doing the fix I would just remove the old screws fill and seal holes and use a little longer ones in new locations and seal those. Water gets under that vinyl insert and rots the wood. That is how my neighbor in last site fixed his. He used a thin coat of silicone to seal it all let dry and than put insert back in. Mine is on just one side. The real long screws into metal is the service center fix.
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I contacted Jayco to ask them if this could be a problem. Their response is AS follows:

"Thank you for contacting Jayco customer service. In short, it could be. The unit is beyond the manufacturers warranty period and was not previously noted within the warranty period. My recommendation would be to contact your selling dealer or closest Jayco dealer and ask the dealer to work directly with Lippert components to test and inspect the unit."
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I fixed mine yesterday. Screws were pulling out of the wood, so I put the next size up and 1/2 longer decking screws in. Then I ran Quad sealant down the trim to keep the water out.

Once I pulled out all the screws it went right back to the original position and the gap is gone.
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