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Old 07-15-2018, 02:00 PM   #1
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We have a jay flight 23rb and when we camp we have noticed that while sleeping in the bed we have been waking with stiff backs. once we were home i removed the mattress and found that the underlying plywood was only 1/4 inch. when i layed down in the middle it bowed about 1 inch. I would like to strengthen the base to eliminate the dip in the middle. I was thinking of just over laying the 1/4 inch plywood with either 1/2 or 3/4 plywood. Any thoughts or concerns please advise.
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Old 07-15-2018, 02:08 PM   #2
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Odds are, the mattress itself distributes your load to where the plywood doesn't deflect as much, and you aren't sleeping in the sitting position, so your weight is spread out over a much greater area, again reducing the amount of sag in the plywood.

My money is just on a crappy mattress. Mine had a depression in the mattress where I laid at night with just 2 weeks of usage. I'm in the process of getting a cash out warranty claim from Jayco as we were on vacation and I had to replace it on the fly.
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Old 07-15-2018, 02:18 PM   #3
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thanks for the info. The mattress is a good one and when I checked the depression i was laying down.
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I reinforced mine with 2 x 2s to spread out the weight.

I then purchased a Zinus 10 inch memory foam mattress and tossed the cheapo out.

The bottom of the bed hangs out about 6 inches so I reinforced the bottom edge and we wrapped the edge with leather look vinyl leftover from another project.
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thanks for the info. The mattress is a good one and when I checked the depression i was laying down.
You did say layed, and I read sat... sorry about that.
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Old 07-15-2018, 05:54 PM   #6
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Our bed broke the first night we used it (and we’re slim folks.) I braced the middle with an insulated wall and cedar plywood, and the front with bracing on hinges. It stays vertical when you lift the bed. All solid now.
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I built a similar center support wall and reinforced with additional 2x2's, but your cedar plywood wall is beautiful. Nice work! Does the Cedar plywood still have a cedar wood scent or was that processed out of the plywood? I would consider such an overlay for the scent.
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Ours broke before we even got to use it. I did what you suggested. Put another layer of plywood over the first layer. It has been fine. I can't believe Jayco used 1/4 on the bed.
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We are having the same issue. I am in the process of doing the same update as LuckyDuck. I notice in the pictures that the filler pieces next to the head of the bed are barley hanging on as well. I am going to try an add some additional support for them as well. I like the ceder plywood.

We have been struggling on where to keep the close hamper. We have a 29RKS. It has a lot of storage every where but a place for the hamper. My thought is to add a support header to the end of the bed and cut open the end platform so the hamper can slide under the bed with raising the mattress. I will take pics and then have to learn how to post them.

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I reinforced mine with 2 x 2s to spread out the weight.

I then purchased a Zinus 10 inch memory foam mattress and tossed the cheapo out.

The bottom of the bed hangs out about 6 inches so I reinforced the bottom edge and we wrapped the edge with leather look vinyl leftover from another project.



X2 on the 2x2's no need to add extra weight to the trailer.
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