On a trip from the storage facility to the house, in preparation for a trip, I turned a right-hand corner and heard a terrible crashing noise. I looked in my rearview mirror to see my Joey bed and all it’s contents sitting in the street. I stopped the coach and got out to investigate the damage. The Joey bed had jumped the rail that it rides on, crashed through the driver side bay door, broke the latch and ended up in the street. Luckily, two good samaritans stopped to help me remove the contents and pick up the bed and return it to the storage bay. After replacing the contents into the Joey bed, I carefully drove home, a short distance away.
Upon investigation, I noticed that the bed rails and the latch assembly were not in alignment. The latch barely caught the slots in the rail that are supposed to hold the bed in place. I was able to move the bed out on the rails and bend the latch slot in at each corner of the slot to get the latch to make better contact. Since I didn’t feel real comfortable about the ability of the latch to hold the Joey bed in place, I decided to add a dead bolt latch to each side of the Joey bed to provide a more secure safety latch. Now, if the Joey bed latch does not hold, the dead bolt latch will keep the bed from going through the door.
Luckily, there was no damage to the door, except for the broken handles on the bay doors. I was able to find replacement latch bolts from the handle manufacturer (TriMark Service & Replacement Parts). I replaced the latches (plastic) and the door is like new.
It turns out that Trimark seems to make handles and latches for most motorhomes. The replacement parts were under $5 versus handle replacement cost of around $35 each.
I recommend taking a look at your storage bays to make sure that your latches are securely holding your Joey beds in place. Mine is now secure.