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Flumanchu

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I have a new 490 extreme that has never seen a campground or a national forest due to the COVID-19 shutting down everything.  Have had it set up twice in the driveway with he most recent time getting ready to take it to the mountains in West Virginia.  As I was shutting up the front bed I noticed that the right latch wouldn't reach and required me to really pull it over to grab the hook.  When I got it shut I noticed that there was an obvious gap on the right side where you could see a lot more of the gasket than on the left.  Shutting it up on the left was actually a little close and actually causes some scratching of the panel side when it rubs against a rivet on the latch.  Long story short...Got a tape measure and noticed that there is a 1/4 inch difference between the top of the from hatch as opposed to the bottom with he top being shorter.  Has anyone every had this issue before?  This thing is brand new!  I know why are supposed to flex a little but is this really something that should have passed quality control?

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Todd

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Hey Flumanchu,

Was it always like that? Check the bolts on the hinges, maybe they are loose and the bed hatch has moved?

Cheers, Todd
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comjero

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Hi Flumanchu,
As Todd said it may be a loose hinge retaining bolt that's caused the bed platform to move out of square. I do recall being camped up once and I had a similar issue and was thinking I'd have to do a realignment when I got home. But it must have been chassis flex as by the time I'd rolled a few feet to remove the wheel chocks the gaps around the platform had evened out I haven't noticed it since. Maybe take the camper slowly around the block and see what it does?. Sorry can't offer you much more help.
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Flumanchu

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Thanks for the replies.  It may be due to flex as I did move it around a bit and it seems to be lining up a bit better.  I guess I’m just a bit paranoid as I’m new to this camper and a bit of a perfectionist....guessing this is not a good quality to have with this fella.
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Gasko70

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Mate , keep an eye on the bottom of the bed(when its folded up) where water sits and ponds . I noticed in the corner yesterday a small rust spot in the corner under the powdercoat , onto that next week end with a rust converter and flashing .Mine is late 2018 Platinum , shouldnt be like that , Cheers 


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filbee56

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Hello Flumanchu, 

Pain in the butt having a misalignment on the bed. Previous posts have touched on the flex. Hope that you can get it sorted. 
However, may I suggest that you ensure the canvas is well and truly tucked out of the way. I use a plastic spatula (kitchen utensil) to assist in pushing the canvas in fully. Works a treat.

Regrettably, the product can be a bit frustrating when it comes to quality control out of South Africa. Built by humans and not robots. There's a few things that slip by, and we are all then reliant on the local dealer picking up the error.   
But the best thing that I've found with these campers is that they are quite easily fixed with a bit of DIY. 

Good luck with your first adventure once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted in the USA.  

All the best, Filbee56 (Philip) 

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