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Old 10-07-2008, 11:47 AM   #1
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I have a sheet of plywood under my mattress that opens to a storage area. I just noticed the hinges are both broken and the 2X2 it was attached to is hanging by one screw. Is it me or are these beds not designed very sturdy. I just got it new 1 month ago. I am considering replacing it with a custom aluminum frame. Has anyone else replaced the queen bed frame with a sturdier frame. These 5th wheels are not very solid it seems.
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I have a sheet of plywood under my mattress that opens to a storage area. I just noticed the hinges are both broken and the 2X2 it was attached to is hanging by one screw. Is it me or are these beds not designed very sturdy. I just got it new 1 month ago. I am considering replacing it with a custom aluminum frame. Has anyone else replaced the queen bed frame with a sturdier frame. These 5th wheels are not very solid it seems.
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Old 10-11-2008, 09:35 AM   #3
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Welcome to iRV2. You will find lots if information here. We hope you continue to visit and share your experiences.

WRT to your question. That design has been used in 5ers and TT's for many, many years. I have not had that problem with any of the 3 5ers that I've owned. Additionally, I have not met anyone who has experienced that problem either. As you rig appears to still be under warranty (new & 1 month old) I would say a trip to the dealer is in order. Don't know of anyone who replaced it with an aluminum frame but that doesn't mean nobody ever has. I'm sure you will have more comments on this.
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Our bed uses a more "stick-and-brick" style angle iron outer frame with the springs and steel straps strung between the opposing angle iron members. So, it's certainly possible to replace the sheet of plywood with something else.

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The low-grade plywood broke away from the hinges on our king-bed. The dealer rebuilt it using marine-grade plywood. It's heavier enough to require a third hyd lifter, but it has stayed for 3 years now.
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