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Old 06-11-2012, 10:35 AM   #11
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Hey, why not go over the top For just a few $$ more you can add electric lift to the bed. Just have to mount this in there, cut an access panel (in case of failure you'll want to disconnect it), run the wire and switch, then NO MORE manual lifting!
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:48 AM   #12
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That is very cool Nylon... Too bad I already ordered mine..
Wait! I think we should ad this item to the list of things we would like to come "standard" with our trailers.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:48 AM   #13
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Just to let everyone know, you can get the gas lifting struts at a local auto parts store. I needed a new one for my pontoon boat and i took it off and they matched it up off of mearsurements and the numbers on it. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-11-2012, 03:59 PM   #14
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I replaced my original king mattress with a Sleep Number RV Radius King. Not only does it sleep great, but it is slightly lighter than the original POS. When I lift mine up it is easier than it was originally.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:44 AM   #15
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Ladywendolyn - Did you happen to install them?
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:35 AM   #16
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We pick them up tommorow. ( we live in Canada and we have to drive to the border to a parcel pick up depot). I will install them this weekend, and report any improvement on this thread.
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:49 PM   #17
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Ladywendolyn, I wish you the best of luck in finding that those struts are just right for you.
Additionally, I was curious if you knew the part number or the uncompressed length or the weight resistance on your stock bed struts. We have a 264BH (with the same bed setup yet original mattress) but NO struts. Doesn't bother me much but, my wife is hardly able to lift it. I can't seem to find any info online about weight, length or part number. I have read that the info I need can be found printed right on the strut itself (which it may or may not be) but, I have no access to said strut. If you could pass any of this info on to me my wife would GREATLY appreciate it! Then I'll just head to the local auto part store and cross one more thing off the mod list. Thanks in advance for any info you may have.

ADDITIONALLY ... if you do find the compression of your new struts is too extreme (murphy bed reference) then you could place a thumb lock or hook/loop lock under the plywood where it meets with the outerside of the foot end of the bed right next to your new (and genius) handle . Much like a car's hatchback would pop back open if it isn't latched closed ... if you find your new mattress is lighter than the 100 lb struts you ordered, just add a thumb lock to keep it down.
Also, was wondering if your plywood under your bed is seperated by a piano hinge at the foot end of your pass-thru storage, or if the whole sheet of plywood lifts hinged at the headboard? I'm so sorry to be pressing you for all of this information. I may just start a new post to take the burden off of you doing all of my homework.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:26 PM   #18
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Another solution is to buy a gas strut clamp (Lisle #44870 or Thexton #430) that attaches to the strut to hold it open. These can be purchased at an auto parts store.
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:40 PM   #19
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I couldn't wait until they shipped so ... the kids and I headed to Camper's Barn and picked up 2 X 20" 100lb gas struts, 4 X ball hinges and then I sweat like a pig in 98 degree sunshine inside a 105 degree TT and got it done. Honestly, other than ordering LED lights for replacing the 921 bulbs inside, this is the BEST modification ever! So easy. So inexpensive. Makes life much easier. Ladywendolyn, I can't thank you enough. Best idea I ever stole from someone else. I even stole the handle idea.
I thank you very much!
Oh ... and my wife says thanks too
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:09 PM   #20
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That looks great.. I just picked mine up last night.. so I will tackle it this weekend.
I hope mine works as well as yours does..
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