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Old 05-29-2015, 02:20 PM   #1
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How much weight can the basement compartments hold?

Ok, I hate to be a thread hog here so I hope this will be the last question for a while. How much weight can the basement compartments hold? I don't think I have too much stuff in any one compartment but want to make sure I don't over do it and mess something up.


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Old 05-29-2015, 02:41 PM   #2
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Probably more likely to get into trouble having more total weight in all of the compartments, than overloading a single one unless what your loading is all liquid or batteries.

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Old 05-29-2015, 08:03 PM   #3
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Keep an eye on the sides of your storage compartment. Problems with them pulling away from the sides!
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Old 05-30-2015, 07:19 AM   #4
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How much weight can the basement compartments hold?

My experience with the 2860 has been
"not a problem"
Because none of the bays are "big"
The rear pass through is so shallow and the other ones small I just can't seem to get enough stuff in any one compartment to over load.
I do like the fact that I've been able to designate individual bays for specific items
ie. tools/parts lower right of front door
Motorcycle gear where the water pump is accessed
All fresh water and hoses/slinky tower
Left side forward
Patio rug behind that
All hook up stuff in the sewer bay
Chairs,grill, lantern,dog stuff,poles,sporting goods,tarps etc is about all you can realistically get in the big bay
Heck,my fire pit and 20lb gas bottle have to ride under the dinette
I just can't see how I could possibly overload any one bay
They just aren't that big or deep
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:48 AM   #5
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GVWR applies to motorhome too..
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:00 AM   #6
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I think I would pose that question to FR.
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Old 05-30-2015, 03:04 PM   #7
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If "mess something up" means deforming the compartment from carrying too much weight in it, I guess I have to say I did it. I've been carrying some boxes with firewood in my rear compartment for a few years and the compartment is now sagging in the middle. I don't think there's any risk of anything actually breaking but I'm thinking about installing a T bar on the bottom to help support the weight. Has anyone experienced this and done anything about it?
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I recall another thread on this topic where I believe BClemens from Forest River commented that the back storage bay was designed to hold 200 pounds but he also explained that a 30 pound item that is bouncing around when travelling actually exerts several times that weight on the floor of the bay.
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:07 AM   #9
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I can verify that 30 lbs will deform it. I had a tool box and propane tank in the rear driverside compartment (~40lbs or less total) of my 3011 and going over a speed bump too quickly caused a bounce that separated the liner from the sidewall of the camper.
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How did you / they fix it?

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