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Old 09-26-2017, 02:27 PM   #1
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FR3 Overhead Bunk

Anyone having problems with the FR 3 overhead bunk falling down because magnets cant hold the weight and torque when driving?
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Old 09-26-2017, 02:40 PM   #2
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Are the magnets screwed up tight to the area above it? If so loosen the screw one turn. This will give the magnet a little bit of wiggle room and the bunk will stay up much better.
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Old 09-26-2017, 06:19 PM   #3
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A lot of folks cut small wooden supports with rubber tips even. A 1" wooden dowl cit to length with stool feet on it works nicely.
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Old 09-27-2017, 06:41 PM   #4
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Old 09-29-2017, 01:04 PM   #5
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Loosen the retener screw on the magnet and this will solve your problem
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Old 09-29-2017, 01:34 PM   #6
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Loosen the retener screw on the magnet and this will solve your problem
This is correct but hit a hard enough bump (pot hole) and it will come down. Nashville middle lane of I24 going east right before I40/I24split and i assure you it will come right down and you may utter a profanity if you manage not to bite your tongue off. The supplemental support doesnt allow the fall.
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Old 09-29-2017, 04:21 PM   #7
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Mine only fell once, I found I had not fully retracted it before I lifted it up to the magnets. Now I retract until the motor stalls, never fell again.
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Old 09-29-2017, 04:41 PM   #8
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Mine only fell once, I found I had not fully retracted it before I lifted it up to the magnets. Now I retract until the motor stalls, never fell again.
Ive never had the front motorized section fall. But on that dang bump in the middle of the interstate i had the back magnetic part fall. Now we have addiotional drawers up there so its down all the time.
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Old 09-29-2017, 10:25 PM   #10
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Thanks. 3\4inch oak dowels with polyurethane stain, pecan tint. The rubber ends are crutch tips from Walgreens. The magnets are loosened, but that does not keep a big bump from knocking the upper bunk section loose. It has bounced down so many times that it bent the slide brackets at the bunk hinge. The dowels fix the problem...
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Old 09-30-2017, 08:17 AM   #11
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Two years ago I made a set of wood dowels after seeing the idea on this forum, got all my material from Home Depot, works great and nice not having the bunk falling off the magnets all the time while driving !
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Different options are good

I too borrowed the idea of the dowels from this forum - after trying every solution suggested in this thread (along with a couple that weren't). The dowels did the trick for me, even on the horrible potholed highways in California and Texas. Other solutions may work for others.
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Old 10-16-2017, 03:33 PM   #13
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Sounds like Forest River did not put motors with brakes in them. Can someone grab me the p/n off of the motor? I want to see if I can retrofit a motor with a brake to correct this problem and I dont get my 32DS until next week.
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Old 10-16-2017, 04:12 PM   #14
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FR3 Overhead Bunk

It's not an issue with the motor 'creeping' when the bunk is stowed. The problem is that the middle bunk hinge relies on these metal slide-stops to hold the outer bunk-leaf-segment up, and it would never be enough to support the weight of the end segment-leaf. So the factory screwed two big magnets onto the ceiling to augment the hinge-slide bracket. Well the magnets are not enough either. Sooner or later if you hit a bump, the outer leaf will break free of the magnets and bounce down about 3-5 inches. It's distracting when it happens. Keeping the magnets loose (not tightly screwed to the ceiling) helps, but sooner or later.... anyway, a couple of dowels and crutch tips will hold the leaf up and the problem is solved.
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:44 PM   #15
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The 2018 FR3's I've looked at recently have a latch system instead of magnets.
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