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Old 06-04-2007, 07:59 PM   #1
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In the 2004 model line, has anyone overloaded their pantry and had it break off the slide rails? There are about 5 shelves which would hold lots of heavy can goods. My closet rack pulled out of the sides of the closet and fell down the first trip I took in it, I guess from over loading, the front TV had to be re-enforced twice to stop the rattling, so I'm wondering if the pantry can also be overloaded. How can we tell what the limit might be? It doesn't seem Winnebago was realistic in their suggested use of these features.
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Old 06-04-2007, 07:59 PM   #2
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In the 2004 model line, has anyone overloaded their pantry and had it break off the slide rails? There are about 5 shelves which would hold lots of heavy can goods. My closet rack pulled out of the sides of the closet and fell down the first trip I took in it, I guess from over loading, the front TV had to be re-enforced twice to stop the rattling, so I'm wondering if the pantry can also be overloaded. How can we tell what the limit might be? It doesn't seem Winnebago was realistic in their suggested use of these features.
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Old 06-05-2007, 12:25 AM   #3
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by wagonmaster2:
In the 2004 model line, has anyone overloaded their pantry and had it break off the slide rails? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>My pantry hasn't broken off of its rail yet however I did break the locking tab which required me (actually us) to replace the lower rail.

I have a huge pantry. It's about a foot wide by 4 high and about ~3 feet deep. I only load hi volume, light weight items in the pantry. Is my pantry heavy? Perhaps a little, but relocating the heaviest dry goods to an alternate location has saved my locking tab for the moment.

All can goods go in the left side over head storage bin in the slideout. I also found that storing heavy items such as a couple of gallons of water caused the framing over the couch to begin separating. Too much weight there as well. We have a F/S dinette so no option for storage under the cushions - still, we full timed in our rig without much trouble after we learned how to load our stuff.
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Old 06-05-2007, 03:11 AM   #4
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Driver, the next time we meet I will go thru "loading an RV 101" with you.. I carry 6 gallon jugs of water under my sink. (lower center of gravity) I load my can goods in my pantry,heavier items on lower shelves. I have a dinette so I have storage below my seats wher I store 2 cases of small bottled water. All of my upper cabinets only carry lite weight bulk goods. My reefer is chock full of food,(better cooling) and few items come flying out. The cabinetry in my MH looks brand new and I have had 0 failures in the joinery. I guess it's my Navy training that taught me how to maintain stowage and properly provision a vessel,(oops) MH. If you can make it to the Fall Rally I'll hold a seminar on how to load.....LOL
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Old 06-05-2007, 05:19 AM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by DriVer

All can goods go in the left side over head storage bin in the slideout. I also found that storing heavy items such as a couple of gallons of water caused the framing over the couch to begin separating. Too much weight there as well. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I had a similar problem and used a metal T brace from the hardware store screwed to the back of the crosspiece and stile to repair and prevent it from happening.

I talked to Winnebago customer service and was told that that the slide storage bin should be able to hold the weight.
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When we were full timing, we had a problem with the closet rod sagging from the weight. I fabricated a additional brace that ran from the floor to the rod which solved the problem.. The weight of clothes and bumpy roads is the problem when one must carry 3 seasons of clothes.
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I load my pantry pretty heavy: lots of canned stuff; preferably on lower shelves. On my previous rig (2000 Itasca 35U) the latch failed as did DriVer's. No other pantry failures yet, but I should move some of those cans to a better location.

All four of my bedroom large drawer bottoms failed, so I reinforced them. Cause: 10 lb in 5 lb bag concept.

Also, the floor of the bed storage area failed, so I had to reinforce that also. Cause: Same as above.

I now estimate my gross weight at about the same as a fully loaded F-105D: 54000 lbs.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Clay L:
I had a similar problem and used a metal T brace from the hardware store screwed to the back of the crosspiece and stile to repair and prevent it from happening. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Hi Clay!
That's exactly what Blue Moon Mobile RV of Carrollton, TX accomplished for me while I was in the DFW area. It works like a charm and the joint looks and is healthy!

Water now gets stored below decks.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Thudman:
All four of my bedroom large drawer bottoms failed, so I reinforced them. Cause: 10 lb in 5 lb bag concept. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Thudman,
Same failure scenario. I repaired all my drawers using a drill and some small brads to hold the thing together temporarily and a "HOT GLUE GUN". Man does that work! The drawers haven't given me a bit of trouble since the repair. I glued every seam and joint with the hot glue inside and outside.
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