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Old 10-11-2017, 05:13 PM   #1
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A Frame

I have a 2017 Jayco Jayflight SLX 175RD. I have noticed that the "A" frame (that part of the frame between the coupler an trailer "box") appears to slant UP as it runs towards the coupler. I'm concerned the frame might be bent.

The trailer has only been used 6 times this summer and all travel has been on paved roads, although some have had run of the mill chuck holes. Total distance traveled is less than 1000 mile.

I've noticed some other Jayco Jayflight SLX trailers with the same upward rise, some more pronounced than others. I am unable to see or otherwise detect any cracks or bending of the frame.

Is this normal? Should I be worried?

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Old 10-12-2017, 01:15 AM   #2
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I would take your 175RD to your RV dealer for inspection.

If your RV dealership's inspection response doesn't address your concerns, then you may want to contact Jayco directly. Ask the dealer to generate the formal service warranty claim request (goes on record with Jayco) and get a copy for your records.

Just curious, with your trailer on level ground and the trailer's twin I-beam frame level, how much of a rise (degree of) are you experiencing with the A-frame?

The A-frame is welded to the main frame's twin I-beams after it passes through the front cross frame plate (also welded here). One would think that the A-frame assembly would maintain a level attitude along with the main frame I-beams.

Thinking "way" out of the box here, is it possible that it's setup at a slight angle to accommodate a specified ball coupler height (?). I only mention this because of your observations of other SLX trailers.

Let us know what you find out.

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ust curious, with your trailer on level ground and the trailer's twin I-beam frame level, how much of a rise (degree of) are you experiencing with the A-frame?
I'll check this while camping next week as we will be at a really level site.

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Thinking "way" out of the box here, is it possible that it's setup at a slight angle to accommodate a specified ball coupler height (?). I only mention this because of your observations of other SLX trailers.
Not sure how to check this. Any suggestions?

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snip....... Not sure how to check this. Any suggestions?
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I would contact Jayco technical support directly, only Jayco can confirm the intended frame & A-frame design assembly specifications. Also, the frame manufacture would know as well.

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Jayco does refer to the frame on these as "cambered" which would indicate that it's not totally square in at least one direction, although that wording is a bit ambiguous. Possibly easiest is to compare to the similar units on the lot at your nearest dealership.
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Have you used a WD hitch on your trailer??
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Have you used a WD hitch on your trailer??
Yes, a Equilzer e2, recommended and installed by the dealer.
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I have the same unit and was just at it and I looked at it hard and did not notice that the tongue is out of level with the rest of the frame, I do have an equal amount of weight on the stabilizers and tongue.
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I have a 184BH purchased in 2014 from a 2nd generation very experienced dealership and they told me that the A frame on these lighter weight SLX trailers was not designed to take the stresses from using a WD hitch. The tongue weight is quite minimal and I even tow with the fresh water tank full (26 gallons in the far front) with a RAM 1500 and have no need whatsoever for a WD hitch. What are you towing with?
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I am towing with a Toyota Tacoma. I don't want to hijack this thread but I thought that the WD systems were about even distribution of weight on the tow vehicle and the axle of the trailer behind. I have no problem towing with the Tacoma and I was going to put on a WDH for my next upgrade.
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