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Old 05-14-2020, 08:21 AM   #1
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Seneca Storage Compartment Weight Limit?

We think we traded up from a gas Class A to a 2015 Seneca 37HJ.
Question what are the weight limits in the storage compartments.
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Old 05-15-2020, 11:20 AM   #2
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I can't say I've ever seen a published limit, but they are pretty heavy duty. Some of mine have seen in excess of an estimated 150 lbs for sure. The center floor will sag, but it does so on the compartment where my power cord reel resides that never has had anything stored on the bottom.

Maybe someone with a newer Seneca might have received a better owner's guide than I did, mine covered Senecas and the smaller C's they made then. Nothing about compartment weight limits.
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Old 05-15-2020, 01:33 PM   #3
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I have installed plywood decking on the bottom of my 2018 ts.not because I was afraid of any weight issue but to provide a flat surface for stored items to sit on. The slope makes boxes and other stacked items unstable. I would agree that 150 to 200 lbs is probably within limits. I have actually crawled in these when installing items on the ceiling. I weigh over 240lbs and havent noticed any damage yet, but then again I am not I there bouncing up and down on every pothole. We load up the water tank bay with firewood which is likely the heaviest loaded compartment.
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Thanks for the reply.
I'll try to not overload them.
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I'll install some 1/4 in.plywood.
That will work fine.
Thanks for the reply.
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Old 05-15-2020, 02:27 PM   #6
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On our 2015 36FK, we have one large compartment right under the outdoor TV we call the Bar compartment. It is carrying a full Ice chest with beverages and Ice, then next to it is a stack of rubbermaid tubs that has all the remaining contents of the bar.

The bottom did deflect some, I put a sheet of 5/8 Plywood in the bottom of the compartment to level the floor out
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On a friendís new Accolade, I believe there was one long undivided compartment running the side of the motorhome. It had the same number of compartment doors as my Seneca but no dividers.
Seems kind of cool for longer items but Iíd need find a way to keep everything from sliding.
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Congrats on your tradeup! As long as you don't convert one of your bays to lead acid battery storage for solar, the plastic is heavy duty and can take a lot of abuse/weight. You'll know you've loaded them up when you look at their bottom side and see a major bow. I don't have plywood floors in mine as the uneven bottom doesn't adversely affect my storage practices. But be sure to (1) add a plywood sheet beneath your freshwater tank and (2) drill a small (half inch or less) hole at the low point of your wet bay to allow water to drain out.
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Thanks for the information.
Why beneath the fresh water tank?
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Thanks for the information.
Why beneath the fresh water tank?
The factory supplied sheet of styrofoam beneath the tank is an inadequate tank support and the tank will bow as a result. While no one has reported a tank failure because of this, it is poor design for a tank that was meant to be fully and rigidly supported on its entire base.

Also, the single piece of aluminum angle screwed to the subfloor to limit sideways tank movement didnít work for me when traveling with a wet tank. The screws were pulled out by the tank forces and the tank slid sideways in the compartment. Providing a solid tank base with non-slip material solved that issue.
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On a friendís new Accolade, I believe there was one long undivided compartment running the side of the motorhome. It had the same number of compartment doors as my Seneca but no dividers.
Seems kind of cool for longer items but Iíd need find a way to keep everything from sliding.
On my Accolade;ade 37TS I have two of those compartments. There is one on the passenger's side which I believe has 3 doors and the one on the driver's side also has 3 doors. I have my 6 foot step ladder in the one on the driver's side and have large tubs, one for fresh water hoses etc... and one for waste water hoses etc... on top of the ladder. In the bay under the water tank is where I have my folding camp table. All my bays except the wet bay are carpeted to include the pass through areas.
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Thank you.
I'll be sure and install some wood.
Great to know.
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Nobody will ever accuse me of not carrying enough stuff. To stay somewhat organized, I have put frames and sub flooring in a couple of the storage compartments. This has been done with 2 x 4 's and plywood. Rounding the edges of the plywood prevents "hardspots" and keeps the compartment plastic from pulling to a low spot in the center. In the second compartment back on the passenger side, I have a 8 drawer tool chest from Harbor Freight. It takes up most of the compartment and is full of tools. It is on a 2 x 4 frame, as described and has worked great. Think of the old example of a women's high heel. Spread out the load and you can carry a lot.
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Storage compartment rating

I have a 2018 Greyhawk. Per Jacob Frey at Jayco Motorized Customer Service, most of the compartments are rated at apporximately 150 lbs.
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