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Old 07-06-2013, 12:55 PM   #1
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Hi! I am new to the world of TT although I have owned a tent trailer and been around RVs and other campers my whole life. My wife and I recently purchased a 2013 Jayflight 26BH and we absolutely LOVE it!!

We took it on it's maiden voyage less than a week after picking it up. Only one problem: I am a big guy (6'3" 290lbs) and the plywood under the front bed bows under my weight. After just a couple of nights I was sleeping on the sofa because my wife didn't like the feeling of rolling towards me all night. The manual says that the bed will support 1000lbs but I disagree. The plywood is merely 1/4" thick with some flimsy 1.5" X 1.5" stringers for rigidity which don't even run the entire length of the plywood. When we got home I had my two kids (4yrs & 7yrs) lay in the middle of the bed while I looked at it from underneath. I couldn't believe how much it bowed under just their minimal weight.

I called the dealership but didn't get much help. They said they could only fix it if it was "broken" and even then it would only be repaired to factory standards. I thought about replacing the plywood with 3/4" but because of the size it would require two pieces and would make the bed terribly heavy to lift to access the storage space underneath. My other option is to remove the 1.5" stringers and build a support frame out of 2X4's under the bed. I also don't want to do anything to void our warranty.

Has anyone else encountered this problem and come up with a great solution? Other than this We really are completely satisfied with the trailer and we don't want this one thing to sour us on Jayco. Help!
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I would recommend calling Jayco customer service.
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How about building a center support, build it from the floor up so that the plywood bed platform rest on it. I did this to a tt we had before.
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Bubba, welcome to the JOF and congratulations on the new RV!

Having said that, though, I think you need to look at reinforcing the bed however you can. I bet it would not take that much in terms of time, or materials, and if you do it yourself you'll get it done faster, and likely better, than if you go to your local Jayco dealer. Please do keep us posted on how you resolve this issue!
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I like that idea that Hitch pin has to put the center support. Either way, I can't see how beefing up the bed could void a warranty, it would only effect the bed frame itself, and as stated, warranty is only going to bring it back to factory standards, again needing beefed up for you.
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I like that idea that Hitch pin has to put the center support. Either way, I can't see how beefing up the bed could void a warranty, it would only effect the bed frame itself, and as stated, warranty is only going to bring it back to factory standards, again needing beefed up for you.
Build it so that it can be removed, that way if you need to take it back for any warranty reason, you can take it out easy and no one is the wiser.

It's a shame to have to do things like that, but they build things as flimsy as they can, then if you fix it and make it the way it should have been in the first place they want to cop out on the warranty.
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Build it so that it can be removed, that way if you need to take it back for any warranty reason, you can take it out easy and no one is the wiser.

It's a shame to have to do things like that, but they build things as flimsy as they can, then if you fix it and make it the way it should have been in the first place they want to cop out on the warranty.
Thanks, Hitch Pin! I made a trip to Lowe's today and got what (I think) I'll need. I post pics and start a mod thread if I'm successful. This seems like a design flaw so hopefully it'll help other people with similar trailers to solve this problem. Like I said though we are totally satisfied with the TT otherwise.
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Thanks, Hitch Pin! I made a trip to Lowe's today and got what (I think) I'll need. I post pics and start a mod thread if I'm successful. This seems like a design flaw so hopefully it'll help other people with similar trailers to solve this problem. Like I said though we are totally satisfied with the TT otherwise.
I wish you the very best with your mod, looking forward for the pics.
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1/4" material is standard on most TT at least the ultra lites. The easiest fix if its really doing what you say is to cut a 2nd piece of the same material maybe just a little under the originals size. Then slide it under the mattress and you should be good to go. Very little weight added. Never experienced a problem with the bed, but the tops of the benches under the table would buckle if you stepped up on them to get something out of an overhead. Cut undersized pieces and attached them to the bottom of the existing tops. Problem solved. The bane of ultra lites is what they do to cut out weight. The key is to strengthen things without adding a lot of weight.
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Hi Bubba, I think your going about this in the right way. I just wanted to add that if you get a thicker piece of plywood you can always replace the struts with a stronger set. Having a center brace is probably a good idea too , much like most bed frames in our homes. It's a great feeling having a new trailer. Enjoy your summer.
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