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Old 05-31-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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Hand rail in 2013 34rlts

Jayco in their great wisdom decided to not provide a hand rail on the inside steps to the bathroom. I e-mailed them about where I could attach one and they informed me that if I put one on they would void my warranty in that area of my FW.
Now this response just pmo.

I wonder what their legal dept. would say after some one takes a header down the steps?

Who can I contact to get a real answer ?

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Old 06-02-2013, 03:27 PM   #2
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Assuming you are speaking of the steps between the lower and upper levels of the unit, perhaps there is no component in the wall that is strong enough to attach a handrail. Many of the walls are just thin laminate plywood that will not hold even a good sized shelf unless there is reinforcement behind. If that is the case, Jayco probably would be more liable if they told you to go ahead with handrail installation and it then broke off, than if they said no to start with. I have never seen a 5er with a handrail in this area, and it's pretty narrow anyway on most units. I would just be extra careful when using the steps. JMHO
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:38 PM   #3
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We added a handrail by our stairs, very solid, works great !!

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Old 06-03-2013, 07:14 AM   #4
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Looks good.
Our Mountaineer had a hand rail and we got used to using it.
How did you attach it?
I would like to know where the frame members are and attach to them.

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You can locate the studs with an electronic stud finder and maybe find at least 2. Adjust the location slightly or make it longer to find more. I like the idea but was worried about it sticking out to far. I think Rob_Fla's plan will work for me to for a future project
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:59 PM   #6
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I used a stud finger and found two studs to secure the handrail to, the other two anchors are just in the wall board.
The rail is very sturdy, I can pull on it all I want and there is no movement at all.
I put it on the side with the window and light switches since they stick out anyway.
Notice the handrail does not stick out any further than the window curtains.
I made it from some nice Oak from HD and some poly / stain.
The spacing from the wall worked out perfect, does not stick out too far but far enough to get a good grip without pinching your hand.

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Don't know if this will work for you, but I installed a grab bar in our Eagle Super Lite. It was to help DW make the 2 big steps from the lower to upper part of the fiver. It's made by Delta, available from Home Depot, and rated for 300 lbs. Cost about $10.00. Anchored to a 2x4 on flat at the corner. Very solid.
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