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Old 02-17-2014, 07:58 PM   #1
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Rear Kitchen "bounce"

I recently went to (and also came out of) a CG in Southern New Mexico that had a 9 mile gravel and dirt road that was such a "washboard" that I could only go 10 mph most of the way. A couple times the TV and rig actually started to go sideways due to the bumps. So upon arrival I thought I would be in BIG trouble with all the "stuff" in the rear kitchen. Not so. Everything traveled just fine. The only problems I had were the things faling out of the medicine cabinet in the bathroom, which is toward the front of the 5er. So...I can't speak for all rear kitchen 5ers but mine travels just fine .
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:04 PM   #2
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A 9 mile gravel washboard will play havoc on just about any RV, especially a rear kitchen...., glad to hear your's faired better then most.

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Might be a testament to Skip's packing ability
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:24 AM   #4
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We are thinking of a trip to Alaska and are worried about things shaking when traveling on some of the gravel roads.
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:24 AM   #5
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Many years ago, we had a fifth wheel (not a Jayco) with a rear kitchen. Everything that could possibly break did break even though we were traveling on interstate and state highways that were relatively smooth. We swore that we would never have a rear kitchen again. However, many years later, we did purchase a Jayco with a rear kitchen and the results were completely opposite of the first camper. Never had a problem with breakage in the Jayco. I really feel that is one testament of the quality of manufacturing in a Jayco.
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Old 02-19-2014, 06:13 AM   #6
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Our first camper (not a Jayco) was a rear bedroom model, with the closet at the very back. We couldn't hang anything in that closet. Every time we traveled, anything hung in the closet would be in a heap at the bottom of the closet. We had to just lay all of our clothes on the bed and hang them in the closet when we arrived wherever we were going. We vowed that we'd never have that arrangement again.

Our new Jayco (our second camper) is a fifth wheel with rear living room/entertainment. This works much better. I did learn one thing on my first trip, though. The shelves in the cabinet on the rear entertainment wall are not stout enough to hold a case of beer on the highway. I paid the dealer to repair the damaged shelf, and I'll find another place to carry the extra beer, probably in the basement.
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:58 AM   #7
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For some reason, this brought back a very vivid memory from my child hood. It involves a PUP, a case of Shasta, and my dad driving too fast on a washboard road. We found sticky spots for nearly a year offer that.
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:35 PM   #8
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Glad to hear you didn't have a problem, since my new Eagle 266RKS has a rear kitchen. I read on another blog about cabinet doors flying open, stuff all over the floor, etc. with rear kitchen models. Someone else on that blog said it had largely been eliminated by the wide-spread axles and better springs on most newer trailers. I used to have a rear closet on my old trailer (also not a Jayco), and found the same thing as etex211. Ended up buying a couple packs of special "narrow hook" hangers from CW. I guess I'll find out about the "rear kitchen bounce" if the Michigan weather ever clears enough to get it out of storage.
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We had few issues with the rear kitchen in our 2011 31RKS. The only time anything was out of place is when I hit a "hidden" bump on the road and a fridge shelf fell off. We did however have some rear sway with this unit under windy conditions. We would always load the front with everything that would fit there. We have since sold this unit and are planning to order a Jayco HT 27.5 RLTS.
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Old 12-18-2014, 04:38 PM   #10
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Just wondering if adding shock absorbers would help the bouncy kitchen in my 2012 Eagle 31RKS? Anyone have experience with this? or would a different hitch pin help?
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