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Old 06-04-2019, 11:33 PM   #1
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The internet offers tremendous information, itís to bad that not everyone agrees. I called Thorís customer support for there input on slide-out jacks for use on long stays, and would it be problematic to lower bunk bed, on Vegas 24.1, only part way to use for some lite storage items. They okayed both, but online I am reading no to both. As far as the jacks, if weather conditions cause a change in RV height ( such as a rain storm if camped on grass or stones), the jacks could damage the slide. As far as the bed, if not lowered the whole way, it could cause bunk arms to bend, because motor is out of sync. So whose advice is correct, Thor or internet advice?
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Old 06-04-2019, 11:48 PM   #2
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Old 06-04-2019, 11:52 PM   #3
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I think like most things in life..... there are few absolutes.

In most cases, Thorís information is probably correct but under certain circumstances, there could be exceptions.

I generally do research from as many reliable sources as I can find and then apply common sense. Works out about 90% of the time..... as I said.... there are no absolutes!
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Old 06-05-2019, 12:13 AM   #4
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The slide in a 24.1 is so small I would think jacks under there are more trouble than they are worth.

As far as the bunk: Sure lower it 1/2 way but when you store it again just re-time it at either end and you'll be good. (We carry an extra thick mattress for that bunk--over 6" thick. When we travel it rides on the rear beds but when camping its in the bunk, which means that we can't raise the bunk all the way up during the day. So we raise it up as high as we can to get the bunk out of the way and then when we lower it for overnight I re-time the motors by holding the switch a few more seconds at the lower limit of travel. No problems--our bunk has been trouble free for 5 seasons now.)
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Old 06-05-2019, 01:02 AM   #5
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I don't have a Vegas, but on my Hurricane the overhead bed sags down to the locking pins after a few miles of driving. I wouldn't ride around the block without those safety pins in place.
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:43 AM   #6
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As for the jacks, years back I bought a pair of the screw type from CW. I was to support the slide on a older MH. I now use them to support a table in my work shop.

I did not want to set them to tight as to raise the slide, nor to loose to fall down. Every time the MH moved alittle the jacks would fall down. I would go set them up again just to fall.

As my first hand knowledge about slide out jacks they are not worth the time nor money.

Can not help on the bed thing
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Old 06-05-2019, 11:42 AM   #7
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Old 06-05-2019, 12:14 PM   #8
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It really wouldn't take too much to come up with an s-shaped pin (instead of the small straight pin) to lock the bed into place at whatever height you desire. We've already planned on having to do this, but it hasn't been on our priority list of things to purchase.
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Old 06-05-2019, 12:59 PM   #9
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I've seen some RVs with jacks under the slide, such as my parents, and while it may work just fine if the main RV does not move, if the RV does happen to have any movement, then the pressure exerts on the slide, and could cause issues...

as for the front electric 'schwintec' rail system bunk... letting it down 'some' is not an issue, the rails and motors don't really care. The only issue is that gravity tends to continue pushing down on the bunk, especially if/when someone puts their weight on it, or while traveling, causing one side or the other to move separately. When you then try to raise or lower it, the rails are then out of sync with each other.

We actually have two sets of rail stops in our tracks, one is the originally 'all the way up to the ceiling' set, of course, and the others I drilled about 16" lower to allow us to use the bunk as 'storage' while traveling, but still leaving plenty of headroom when entering the cockpit area. I use larger 'pins' installed in these new holes, and can easily remove them if I need to move the bunk. None of this makes any difference for the 'working' part of the system - as long as the sides remain somewhat even, it all continues to work just fine - we've never had a problem.
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Old 06-05-2019, 02:44 PM   #10
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This picture is of MH for sale, and looks like bed was left part way down. Hard for me to say for sure if it looks low on passenger side or if itís optical illusion due to camera angle being off center (closer to passenger side). This thread reminded me of this MH picture which stood out as a potential risk.
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Old 06-05-2019, 02:59 PM   #11
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:15 PM   #12
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Iíve got another case of conflicting information.
I wanted to know the weight limit of my fixed over cab bunk on my Class C.
I looked all over (I thought) for a placard and searched the Internet and my owners manual with no luck.
So, I contacted Thor Customer support via email. I got a quick response saying the weight limit is 300 lbs.
Well, soon afterwards I was in the RV and happened to move the privacy curtain for the bunk, and hidden behind it was the weight placard I had been searching for and had missed. It states the weight limit is 500lbs.
Iím not sure which source of data I should believe but tend to go with the 300lb limit
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:12 PM   #13
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Iíd go with the 500 in writing. Besides, the beds are usually plenty large for a couple, and now a days most exceed 300 pounds. Itíd be foolish to design for only 300 pounds.
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I agree: 500 pounds in writing; beats 300 pounds over the phone...
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