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Old 01-23-2015, 07:07 PM   #1
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Jayco cargo tray/bike carrier issue

Imagine my surprise after traveling from Summerdale, AL to Vicksburg, MS a week and a half ago, to find that my cargo tray was gone. The two supporting bars had snapped off. There was a truck box mounted on the tray which contained two kayaks and other sundry items. Altogether nearly $5000 worth of stuff.

I think the tray broke off shortly after getting on I20 in Jackson, MS, where there is a rough area that contains several "whoopdee doos", for lack of a better description. Several items were amiss in the trailer too, but no damage. I went back and retraced my route from Jackson to Vicksburg but found nothing.

The cargo rack was rated for 250lbs, and as near as I can figure I had less than 200 on it.

I have Foremost insurance and they have been fair, I believe, in their settlement. I don't know if I will replace the tray or try to come up with another alternative.
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Old 01-23-2015, 07:31 PM   #2
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I almost lost tow Honda 2000is couple year back. I noticed welds were cracked on a hitch I made....my new hitch now will never break.
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:10 PM   #3
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Jayco cargo tray/bike carrier issue

Thanks for sharing. I have one of these as do many others. I'm wondering if anyone has inspected theirs for defects and tried to figure out how to prevent this type thing. Here is a picture of my carrier. I understand yours broke off clean where the Clevis pin goes thru the hitch on both sides.Click image for larger version

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This is the carrier/cargo rack that slides underneath your trailer right? Different from the factory receiver hitch that is available on the newer models?
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So that others can avoid this product, please tell... what brand was the cargo tray? and where was it purchased from?


I previously lived on The Western Shore with friends in Summer, Robert, Foley.
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:52 AM   #6
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He is talking about the one that Jayco used to provide as an option on certain models.
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The problem is that the back of the trailer snaps up and down a lot like the end of a bull whip on those whoopie do's. That makes 100 pounds turn into maybe 7-8 hundred pounds of force and breaks the rack. These racks normally have some slack in them which compounds the problem.
On my new rack Im attaching each end directly to the added bumper supports to stop the slop and keeping my weight as close to the trailer as possible. I'm not doing any more weight than the two 2000i So around 100 pounds max.
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Here is a photo of where the rack supports broke off. Both sides snapped clean at the point where the pin went through.
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If they had ran the pin sideways like the trailer hitches it would have been stronger.
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Have you talked with anyone at Jayco about this?
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