Join Date: Sep 2014
My Motorhome: Frankia T 72 FD
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Disappointed with build quality
Decided to give our recent Frankia purchase a proper once over having been away for New Year and while I still have had a few days off.
While working out how to best fill the under bed garage i noticed the electric cage was creased in one corner, i looked up and noticed the end bed support was laying on top of the electricity box and its screws had been pulled out of the bed frame. The MH has an offside rear french bed. On checking the bottom half of the bed, which lifts and folds back towards the headboard, i noted it was only fixed on 3 supporting angled brackets one 18 inches long at the end, two smaller brackets on the inner frame and nothing against the van wall. All fixed using a small screw into the 12mm bed frame. The fixed top half of the bed has a similar angle bracket running along both sides and the back wall of the MH.
The design is clearly inadequate for two adults and i am disappointed i didn't check this when i bought the MH as its a job i did no my previous MH. I am sure the dealer would have better supported the end of the bed had i asked. Anyway a mate and I have now built a supporting frame for the bottom half of the bed using a couple of lengths of 4 by 2 and added additional support for the electric cage. I am amazed Frankia would build a bed frame out of 12mm chipboard and then not adequately support the brackets used.
I must admit i am now slightly concerned the fixed top half of the bed may now require additional support - our previous MH was designed with top to bottom floor to bed base support.