96 Jayco with new canvas - Center Support Rods

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  1. OlyUSMC

    OlyUSMC New Member

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    During my initial setup of the NTM Jayco, I noticed that if I put the bunk end supports to their natural spot at the end of the canvas, the center support pole is too short to press against it and clip in. I assume this is a manufacturing difference from the original canvas to the new one.

    Are there good ways of adding length to the support poles?

    Thanks a ton!
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Add a piece of wood dowel or electrical conduit to it.
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    Did you buy the new canvas? It should be an exact fit, just like the old one. Seems a bit iffy to try to lengthen poles.
     
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    PopUpSteve Administrator

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    Now I'm assuming you are referring to the Shepard's Poles that hold up the canvas and not the bunkend supports under the bunks.

    Sounds like the canvas has stretched over the years, or is this new canvas?
     
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    OlyUSMC New Member

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    1 Year old canvas from Bear Creek
     
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    Then perhaps they measured it incorrectly. Does this occur on both ends?
     
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    Yes, more so on one end than the other. If I use the pole to push out the support and clip it in, it stays just fine, but if you look from the outside, the support could come out another 1-2" to make the canvas taught.
     
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    My Jayco shepherds poles are adjustable - I thought they all were.
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    Oh, shepherd's poles .... I thought you meant support poles. Yeah, as mentioned, they should be adjustable.
     
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    I have a 99 Jayco. My poles have a button to adjust length - there are about 5-6 holes for the button, which gives you about a foot or so of adjustment, maybe a little more. The manufacturers often just make one pole for all their pups, and it is adjustable so it would fit a king bed and a smaller one from an 8' box version.

    Is your pole 2 pieces?
     
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    OlyUSMC New Member

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    Alright, I figured it out. The previous owner taped up the poles and I did not see that under the tape is an adjustment.
    Thanks for all the input!
     
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    Interesting to hear all of this talk of adjustable shepherd's poles. Mine are fixed bent poles, no provisions for adjustment. Must have been a change for later model years somewhere along the way.
     

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