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Old 07-04-2016, 12:24 AM   #11
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I don't have a fix but find this interesting. We are in the market looking at a 2016/17 183 and had this kind of fear about the design. Like most with this model we have kids of all ages. I just don't want to find one of my kids hurt by falling out. I could deal with clothes or items falling to a point. I too would be interested in seeing pics of faulty and/or the repair. Hopefully forest river is addressing this issue.
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Old 07-04-2016, 12:02 PM   #12
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Here are my pics.

I pulled the canvas out and filled the channel with silicone. I then pushed the canvas fully back into the channel (squeezing out some silicone). Excess silicone was cleaned up, but most of the excess was inside the bunk where it can't be seen.

I snapped the channel back into place and then added 3-4 stainless steel screws and washers along the length of the channel. I also added two screws to the side channels (there was only one from the factory).

While I was inside putting the screws in, my wife was outside ensuring that the canvas was pushed all of the way into the channel before I put the screw through.

Overall, it was an easy fix and didn't take a lot of time. I did it on all three bunks and haven't had any issues with the canvas since (over a year and numerous camping trips).
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Old 07-04-2016, 10:30 PM   #13
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Thanks for the photos. It really helps to see what you have done
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:30 AM   #14
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I got 2 out of the 3 bunks has gotten the screw reinforcement. Unfortunately, the side bunk is not accessible to be opened at this time. I hope to get some screws in it by the time I leave Thursday night. I should have the unit moved by then.
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Old 07-17-2016, 05:51 PM   #15
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Same thing happened to our 23ikss. Very poor design. Used the fix described above with no water entering on a subsequent downpour.
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What size screws did you use?


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Old 07-18-2016, 12:08 PM   #17
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I don't recall the size. They are stainless steel and long enough to screw into the wood below the track. I also used washers under the head of the screw to help spread out the pressure on the track. I drilled small pilot holes before driving in the screws.
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:09 PM   #18
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I used #8 1/2" self- drilling screws. Drilled a pilot hole and followed the same line as the screw that was there at the corner.

Holds nice and secure. Then ran a bead of 3M marine sealer on the outside edge as well as the bead of adhesive on the inside track that the fabric slides into.

Maybe overkill, but I only want to do this once.
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