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Old 05-12-2017, 10:20 AM   #1
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Winnebago builds shoddy bed foundation and storage.

No wonder this bed failed the construction is completely incompetent. I can not believe they would think this shoddy design would work. Butting wood together and stapling it. It isn't even glued. The thing completely collapsed.

In the storage compartment we had some clothing and some goose down coats. It wasn't heavy and it wasn't stuffed. Look at how the duct work was crushed. I was getting very little air movement in the bath room. That left most duct is the basement heat. I doubt there was any air moving through that.

We are not heavy people at 170 and 115 this failed because it is cheap, incompetent, shoddy design and implementation. Winnebago should be ashamed.

It took hours to pull this out and rebuild. I don't have to many pictures but I basically just pulled off the bottom covers and screwed on lapping metal plates. Even with piloting and careful screwing many screws get very little bite because the wood is so cheap. I just put in a bunch of screws, more time and more money. If it fails again I'll have to rebuild it with some quality wood.

The storage space cover was so pathetic it could not be repaired. I completely reworked it into just covers for the duct work being careful to maintain good air flow for the furnace return air which passes through here.
This uses the old wood but it is screwed, glued, and carries the load with no shear on any joint.

This setup gives a lot more space, provides space on the floor for heavy things like the firesafe seen in the picture, and is about 10 times stronger. Engine access will be much easier now with only three screws to remove.

I may add a layer of foam insulation to the floor at some point and insulate the metal engine compartment cover to keep driving heat out of the area.

I just don't know why we have to put up with this sort of garbage.
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Old 05-12-2017, 10:32 AM   #2
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No one should have to put up with this kind of construction.

I am bull headed enough to take it back and have them repair it. How are they going to learn if we always fix the problem. I believe they likely would have done the repairs without argument based on the way they have dealt with the few issues I have had.

I would send the photos to [email protected]. I would request compensation for the materials used for the repair - at a minimum.
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Old 05-13-2017, 06:23 PM   #3
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I had to put some angle iron on my queen bed platform on our Forza.

There are more pictures over in the Facebook Winnebago Diesel Pusher Owners Group at: https://m.facebook.com/groups/228615810948729
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Old 05-13-2017, 09:15 PM   #4
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Well,
First off, it's too bad something like this happened. Ours is an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 CAT and it's now 12 + years old and we've not had any issues like that and, it's built in same factory. Our bed is also directly over the motor and, so far, is holding up pretty well. In fact, about the only structural alterations/enhancement/repairs I've had to do was on two drawers, in the kitchen area. They were simply coming apart. I re-fitted them with some Gorilla Glue and, some screws, and that was almost 6 years ago when we first bought it.
Second, it's been suggested that you maybe should take it back and have them fix it. Well, good luck with that. Being that it's a '13, I'd have to bet it's out of any warranty. And if so, they may fix it for you but, at your dollar. While Winne may like to provide good products, things like this will slip through the cracks. Of all the '13 models out there on the road, how many are like yours?

To me, it is what it is. The warranty's long gone, and in my opinion, so is any recourse from the factory or any selling dealer. Get out your tools, glue, screws, knowledge and build/re-build it your way, the way it should have been done. Done that many, many times in my life.
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Old 05-13-2017, 09:36 PM   #5
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Had almost the same exact problem on a 2006 Journey 36G. Winnebago design saves weight but once it starts to come apart it gets bad fast.
I unscrewed bed platform at the hinge and reglued, screwed and air nailed it back together. Instead of angle iron I cut a 2x4 to length and glued it widthwise about a foot away from about
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Old 05-13-2017, 09:47 PM   #6
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Had almost the exact problem on our 2006 Journey 36G. Winnebago design saves weight but it gets ugly pretty quick once it starts to separate.
I unscrewed the hinge, and proceeded to reglue, screw and nail the sandwich construction back together. Instead of angle iron I cut a 2x4 to length and glued/screwed it parallel to hinge and about a foot away. Put it back together two years ago and holding together just fine.
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I have a 2012 Journey, and had to modify the construction of our bed as well. I even had to beef up the anchor points for the lift stabilizers.

Seems like an area that Winnebago has made little effort to "engineer" beyond cost effectiveness.

If need be, I'll post pictures. Since it is a hidden part of the coach, I did not finish the wood, nor cut all the pieces to exact lengths, so the aesthetics are not Show Quality.
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I have a 2012 Journey, and had to modify the construction of our bed as well. I even had to beef up the anchor points for the lift stabilizers.



Seems like an area that Winnebago has made little effort to "engineer" beyond cost effectiveness.



If need be, I'll post pictures. Since it is a hidden part of the coach, I did not finish the wood, nor cut all the pieces to exact lengths, so the aesthetics are not Show Quality.


Love to see your pictures. I have my bed repair pictures over on the new Winnie DP Class A Owners Forum at
https://m.facebook.com/groups/228615...urce=typeahead
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Same here. I didn't have a miter saw just a tape measure. I had to cut the plywood with a razor knife free hand. It looks good in the dark.
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Love to see your pictures. I have my bed repair pictures over on the new Winnie DP Class A Owners Forum at
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Same here. I didn't have a miter saw just a tape measure. I had to cut the plywood with a razor knife free hand. It looks good in the dark.
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We had an '01 Adventurer, an '05 Suncruiser and an '11 Journey for a total of over 160,000 miles and all held up very well. Maybe a piece of molding came loose here and there but they were all great!
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Has anyone contacted WGO customer service to see what their response is? Not asking is the same as "no". I have had very good response to any query I have made for information although nothing of the magnitude on this thread.
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Same here. I didn't have a miter saw just a tape measure. I had to cut the plywood with a razor knife free hand. It looks good in the dark.
I most certainly don't want to sound too sarcastic but, you have a 2013 diesel motor home and, you couldn't even borrow a power saw (battery powered or 120V unit) and cut your wood so it would look nicer? Having the right tool for even a simple job like cutting plywood is really not that expensive. Garage sales can produce nice tools for around $10.00 or so. Just a suggestion.
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