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I understood it was done because of the flexing body panels,but why were just a few done?
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I thought the vertical slots were to fix the panel flexing..
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I thought the vertical slots were to fix the panel flexing..
Yes,that was part of the fix as well.
Glen Rogers and i were talking about those added on supports long ago,and he told me that.
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Can you take some photos of these added reinforcements?
Two from my files. The first “before” shot was taken of the bay once the propane bottle had been removed. On it you can see the original frame rails with the lower “attached” engine cradle on the left. The second “after” pic shows the added C channel beside the original step down C channel and the now lower C addition. The lower “curled fingers” of this channel supports the steel plate floor along the inside edge. On the lower right of that pic you can also see a bit of one outside diagonal support, which helps support the outer edge of the floor. The load on these is transferred to the main frame rails above. The six batteries were positioned as close to the beefy inner C channel support as possible because that’s the strongest area. Also of note is the added steel sheet on the right, done to hopefully protect the new battery compartment from tire blowouts.

The important point for you Chip, is that the engine cradle sits below the main frame rails. If you attach your motorcycle lift to the cradle C channels, you are placing that additional load (multiplied by the moment arm length) on the engine cradle, which then transfers its total load to the main frame. It is that transfer area which would concern me. Not sure but I suspect that’s part of the reason behind our tow hitch limits.
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For those who don't know about the M380 frame brace recall, see the picture below. I was going to ask Van if his had it done, but I'm pretty sure this picture is his coach a couple of years before he bought it.


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For those who don't know about the M380 frame brace recall, see the picture below. I was going to ask Van if his had it done, but I'm pretty sure this picture is his coach a couple of years before he bought it.


How big is the brace material?
As you pointed out..... my silver and blue coach does not have the braces installed. Are they bolted in or welded?
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How big is the brace material?
As you pointed out..... my silver and blue coach does not have the braces installed. Are they bolted in or welded?
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Welded. Somebody who has one will have to answer the size. Stainless steel, I think.
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I understood it was done because of the flexing body panels,but why were just a few done?
It was a recall, the original owner of my old coach (blue/silver/white) felt it was not needed and did not have it done. After I bought the coach Johnny Anderson contacted Bluebird on my behalf to see if we could get it installed but they declined as to much time had passed since the recall.
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How big is the brace material?
As you pointed out..... my silver and blue coach does not have the braces installed. Are they bolted in or welded?
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Doug, I had a drawing with made up for a retrofit in the Blue Box of your coach. Measurements were taken off of an M380 that had the brace, I think Don's coach?
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Default M380 Recall Engine Compartment Bracing

Don’s correct, mine has the recall supports installed. There are two 1-1/4” square tube‘s on each side stacked vertically that are roughly 31” long. They are welded to a U bracket/plate at the top end that’s bolted to main frame rail ends and welded to another bracket at the bottom that is bolted to the cradle rails. Looks very solid to me. Remember cussing them out more than once when I was doing the exhaust mod almost five years ago, but glad they are there. BB recalled & installed them for a reason (which had nothing to do with supporting a Hydro-Lift ). My coach also has the exterior sidewall gussets with zero wavies

(Please excuse the dust Robert, I’ve been out for nearly 3 mo and promise to clean everything up when I get back )
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