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Old 10-04-2015, 03:34 PM   #1
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Pretty lousy design on the sofa

This weekend it was me, my wife , 13 yr old son and my 1yo daughter. All was good until this morning. I sat down by myself on the sofa and it fell off the wall. I look back thinking "wtf, did that really just happen?". Well im not too happy about this, and not happy I have to once again deal with warranty work on our third trip out. It looks like a weak design. The mount should be longer and further reinforcement if it isn't going to be mounted to a really strong point for its size.

Other than that, the hauler worked well. No major other problems like our first time out
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Old 10-04-2015, 03:39 PM   #2
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Same thing happened to me in our last hauler. It was a 2005. You'd think they'd have this figured out by now. Nope. Same design in all of them. I ended up putting much larger lag bolts in our last one and I'm betting our new one will be the same soon. We're going back out Halloween weekend and then mine is going in for some work.

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Old 10-04-2015, 05:37 PM   #3
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Same thing happened to me in our last hauler. It was a 2005. You'd think they'd have this figured out by now. Nope. Same design in all of them. I ended up putting much larger lag bolts in our last one and I'm betting our new one will be the same soon. We're going back out Halloween weekend and then mine is going in for some work.

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When I saw this happen, my first thought was a 1x4 maybe 8" or so in hard wood, 45' cut on either end to look clean, paint it the color of the wall, and screw *that* in with longer lag bolts, then re-screw the sofa to that, to help distribut the pulling force across a larger area. Then I was thinking, that this thing is so new, I shouldn't even be dealing with this crap. I wonder how Giant RV will try to fix this. If they simply took some douglas fir 2x4's and cut them and screwed them on there, I might be a bit upset it has to look like **** and that they couldnt come up with a better fix. But then again, the manufacturer makes them like this, and they cant design it right.

I am planning a trip to the desert in 3 weeks. I really dont want to miss it over this couch. At least I know I can pick it up when I need, it isn't like water leaks or the slide out. I can be fine with no sofa.

It still sucks!
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:50 PM   #4
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Holy **** dude, that's ridiculous. Hope you can get it fixed with it looking as if nothing ever happened!

FYI guys, check the caulking around your sinks...just found out there's a big gap right between my two basins on my double kitchen sink...I was rinsing the basins down and quite a bit leaked into the cabinets underneath and on the floor until I was able to realize it...
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I'm thinking that it's quite possible that there's supposed to be something behind that wall panel for the screws to go into, but it either got left out or put in the wrong place and the screws missed it. Can you see into the screw holes and see if there's anything behind the wall?
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I'm thinking that it's quite possible that there's supposed to be something behind that wall panel for the screws to go into, but it either got left out or put in the wrong place and the screws missed it. Can you see into the screw holes and see if there's anything behind the wall?
If that ends up being the case, I'm putting mine up for sale! Jump ship and try my luck with an Eclipse!

I don't understand how they are still in business...seems they'd be better off teaching monkeys to build these damn things!
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Here's another thought: maybe the sofa is not in the right place - maybe should have been a few inches to the left or right. Assuming you have another sofa on the other side of the trailer, are they both in line with each other?
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Old 10-04-2015, 11:02 PM   #8
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I went back over to my trailer and did a couple things.
Removed the 1 screw on the left.
Removed the right side bracket, just so that in the odd chance having 1/2 support, it causes the right to rip out. I'd like to prevent that.
Couch is sitting on the floor.

I checked all 6 holes with a long nail (narrow, slides right in) and they all bottom out on something.

I used a stud finder and the results were inconclusive. Above and below both mount points where the wall is smooth, I get no stud. To the side I get a stud, but it does feel real hard right in that area where I pound my fist, and audibly it sounds more solid. I just don't know. I DO know that this needs more support if it is supposed to support more people. It broke with just me on it, and I am only 210lbs.


No sofa on the right, I have 2 captains chairs, so cant compare.
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I went back over to my trailer and did a couple things.
Removed the 1 screw on the left.
Removed the right side bracket, just so that in the odd chance having 1/2 support, it causes the right to rip out. I'd like to prevent that.
Couch is sitting on the floor.

I checked all 6 holes with a long nail (narrow, slides right in) and they all bottom out on something.

I used a stud finder and the results were inconclusive. Above and below both mount points where the wall is smooth, I get no stud. To the side I get a stud, but it does feel real hard right in that area where I pound my fist, and audibly it sounds more solid. I just don't know. I DO know that this needs more support if it is supposed to support more people. It broke with just me on it, and I am only 210lbs.


No sofa on the right, I have 2 captains chairs, so cant compare.
If I get some time I'll try and get some measurements tomorrow night to compare your unit to mine...snaps some pictures of my brackets and what kind of hardware they used...maybe give a rough estimate if something may be off...
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Old 10-05-2015, 12:23 AM   #10
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Damn I was just up at mine today mounting my sewer hose mod. I should've thought of that too just for comparison. I feel like us three can start a Stealth support group at this point hahahah! I feel okay though about my sofa. I had a guy about 260 sit on mine and it stood the test.

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