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Old 02-15-2016, 01:47 PM   #1
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Master Bed reinforcement and insulation

We just bought a 2016 Jayflight 28BHBE. One of the first problems I had was a flimsy master bed frame(picture #1). The reinforcing wood on the back side of the plywood broke the first night we camped. The front sides don't have enough support under them(picture #2) causing too much stress on the reinforcing boards on the back side of the plywood. So While at CW having some other repairs and a slide topper installed I had them fix the broken board. Once I got it back I decided to support the frame properly(picture #3). I installed support in two different locations. One about midway to the head of the bed frame(picture #4). One at the very front by where the hinge is(picture #4) This seems to provide adequate support for the entire bed frame. This seems like a really bad design and I hope Jayco changes this aspect when designing in the future.

I also installed some foam board insulation to try and keep the heat and cold from the bed and bedroom. I installed some in the midway wall and the covered with plywood and I also put some on the topside under the mattress.

I've found a couple other posts with the same issue but not very much in for the repair.
I hope this helps!
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Thanks for the description and photos.

We'll need to do a similar mod to ours when we bring it back from the dealer (getting a few warranty items and a couple of other things done).
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Old 02-15-2016, 03:39 PM   #3
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Nice trailer there

I have noticed that they are built very flimsy as well (pretty much everywhere, not just the bed frames). I believe they do this simply because of the weight savings (and possibly cost also). I would like to do a little beefing up in areas as well, but would like to do it in such a way that I do not add much weight to the trailer (especially tongue weight). For example, the 2x4 walls you constructed probably could have been 2x2 and still been plenty strong enough. Although I am not sure how much actual weight you would have saved (probably half of what you added, though).

The framing on the bunk beds is also a joke.

Thanks for the pics and ideas!
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Thanks! You too!

Yeah I thought about that but considering I had many 2x4's around I figured it wouldn't make that much of a difference.
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Old 02-15-2016, 06:57 PM   #5
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That's interesting. Ours is a 2011 flight and it was built with the dividing wall you created. Not sure why they would open that up and have it unsupported. Good job finishing off the work for the factory ��
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We had the same problem with our 18 SRB. I replaced the plywood with a slightly (about 2/32 inch thicker) sheet of plywood. I also replaced the flimsy 1X3" runners with true 2X4 boards. I also installed the new 2X4s east to west instead of north and south as the Jayco folks had done. I also did pretty much what you did by designing and installing a brace from the floor up to the center 2X4. The end result was a VERY big improvement since the bed no longer sags in the middle. Another big improvement was purchasing a 4" memory foam mattress topper. Now the sheets fit much better with the aid of a pair of X style garter sheet straps and a good nights sleep is very easy to come by! I figure I added about 50 lbs of weight to the trailer but I had plenty cargo weight to spare since we carry very little cargo with us.

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Thanks for the pics and info. Our bed broke the same way last year and I haven't taken it back for this single issue. I've thought about doing the same repair and wall.
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Funny on our 2011 we had the wall already built. I can see how your bed broke. You did a nice job on fixing it Good job.
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We had the same problem with our 18 SRB. I replaced the plywood with a slightly (about 2/32 inch thicker) sheet of plywood. I also replaced the flimsy 1X3" runners with true 2X4 boards. I also installed the new 2X4s east to west instead of north and south as the Jayco folks had done. I also did pretty much what you did by designing and installing a brace from the floor up to the center 2X4. The end result was a VERY big improvement since the bed no longer sags in the middle. ...Snip
To fix our sagging bed, I may add the braces to the floor like you and jeepin1 have done. But first I'll do an 'east - west' stiffening (maybe with aluminum angle) and then add a layer of 1/4" plywood on top of the factory plywood. The added plywood would extend roughly half the length of the bed, from the 'waist' area up to near the hinge, and be secured by screws down through both layers of plywood and into the supporting braces. I haven't read of anyone doing anything similar. If I follow that plan, I'll let folks know if it worked or not.

After that, I'm going to do something to stop the air flow through the bed area in into the front passthrough. I don't mind heating that area, but the A/C struggles at times and when I open the passthrough on a hot day, it's like a cold air wind tunnel.
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That's on our to do list. I'll be doing it a little different, but achieves similar results. Will install a divider similar to what you have done, but will put my hinge at that point. So 2 pieces of plywood, with the one over the front compartment being permanently secured. The part over the front compartment will be insulated and paneled inside with a small hatch under the mattress to access inverter later on. Will finish out everything in front compartment with 3/4 foam board and luan as we've done on previous rigs. No doubt the stock set up is far from enough. Mine is bowed pretty bad.
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