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Islander 09-15-2014 10:09 AM

Jumping Chairs
On our 1st trip out with our Wildcat it was a highway trip for 2 hrs.
Smooth ride, not many bumps, quick stops or turns.
All A-OK on the trip there. Different story on the way home:

The lashing down of our rocker recliners was as follows:
Turned them sideways facing out to the sides and backed onto the fixed center table at the rear of the unit.
The fit was snug and provided no rocking movement.
I made a cinch strap that went around both chairs and pulled it tight ...pulling the chairs very snug against the table, with anti-chafe foam in place
All seemed quit snuggly in place when tested.

Well... we took a different route home... a slower road, but one with lots of bumps, curves and several railroad tracks.

With the Rocker Recliners at the very rear of the rig they experienced most of the repercussion of the rough road.

There was no damage, however, the chairs were dislodged from their 'secure' location.

Could some of you Seasoned Travellers with Rocker Recliners at the rear of your rigs please share..... How do you Secure them ?

Thanks in advance

jonrjen 09-17-2014 08:08 PM

Are you making use of the anchor points on the floor to strap down the chairs? If so make sure that the chair is centered between the two anchor points. If they are not centered, even with the straps pulled tight there will be play due to there being more strap extended on one side of the chair than the other. This will allow the chairs to move around under rough road conditions.

Oaklevel 09-17-2014 08:21 PM

:) Keep in mind inside the trailer going down the road is like a 4.0 magnitude earthquake. :eek:

:campfire: :signhavefun:

BombDoc 09-17-2014 08:23 PM

I must be lucky. I have the factory equivalent of the equa-flex (I think that is what its called) installed on my rig. It must work. I used to strap everything down, chairs, movable island, dinette table chairs, everything. I haven't done so in quite a while and probably haven't strapped anything in over a year. I put the recliners in the same spot you do, facing the walls, slide the island in between and lock the four locking wheels. That is it. Drove from SC to Goshen and back and nothing was out of place. I don't even worry about the ice maker anymore. I just sit it on the counter and push it back in the corner. So far so good and I travel on I-95 a lot and it is rough as a cob. Hope you figure out what works for you.

Islander 09-17-2014 08:31 PM

sonrjen.... Thanks for your post.
I have seen other units / brands with tie downs, however, I see nothing in my unit.
Could you tell me where the tie down points would be in the Wildcat with rear recliners ? picture? if you don't mind
Thank you

jonrjen 09-17-2014 08:38 PM

I will shoot a couple of photos of where they are located on my 355LS tomorrow and post them for you. Ours are mounted in a slide out, but the photos will give you an idea as to what to look for. Or what you need to go pick up at your local hardware store and pick up.

I noticed that your trailer is a 2007 model year, there is always the chance that the previous owner removed the tie down anchors in the past. For some reason many do.

jonrjen 09-17-2014 08:42 PM

Another thing that will make a difference as to how items in your trailer may want to shift is if the trailer is hitched too high or low in the front. You really want to try to achieve a level stance of the trailer as it's being towed.

jonrjen 09-18-2014 06:42 PM

OK, as promised here is a couple of photos. The first shows my living area, as you can see my rocker/recliners are mounted in the curbside slide out across from the entertainment center and fireplace.

Here is a photo of the tie down anchor points which as you can tell are small D-Rings that are screwed into the floor. One on each side, which makes use of one tie down strap per chair.

I'm not sure if you can see in the first photo that there are also tie down anchors in the floor at the kitchen table and chairs for securing these while in motion also.

Hope the photos have helped,

Salt Shaker 09-19-2014 07:34 AM

I've pulled all the straps out of mine. I push the recliners into the corner together and the table goes to the other corner. 7 two hundred + mile trips ( 4 back to the dealer) and no issues. I strapped every thing down the first trip and all I was looking at was chaffed chairs.

Good luck trying to figuer out how the table and chairs out.

When I get my rig back and have a chance to set things up I will look at doing a modified strap set up for the long hauls.


jonrjen 09-19-2014 09:24 AM

Our trailer just made a transport trip from Elkhart, IN back to us south of Dallas without the straps being in place. Everything arrived without issues. Of course the original poster did mention that his rocker/recliners are on the back wall which is where our sleeper sofa is located. I have noticed that it does move somewhat side to side.

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