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Old 06-10-2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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Has anyone replaced the gas/shock lift on the bed?

After adding a space foam topper to our master bedroom mattress our gas/shock lifts are no longer strong enough to lift the load and open the storage area. We are thinking of adding a second pair or replacing with heavy duty ones.
Has anyone had any experience with this?
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:14 PM   #2
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Our last trailer had that problem also when we added the foam topper. I sometimes would use our travel pole for our slide to prop it up. Not all the new trailers come with travel poles though. You could just make a simple pole out of pvc.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:03 PM   #3
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Wow! We just had a new mattress made by one of our local Amishmen and it weighs more than the original. Same issue,I thought about pvc or conduit, cheaper than gas charged struts.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:28 PM   #4
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The main issue for me is lifting it as I am no longer able to do this.. Once it is lifted it would be easy to build in a prop. I found some listed on line that are rated to lift 150 pounds and cost $25 for 2. I am going to call their tomorow and ask if they would be appropriate. If I get them I will post a link.
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You can reposition the existing shocks a little so they are more vertical and they will work just fine. You don't have to move them much but it may take several tries to get it right.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:52 PM   #6
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I think I need extra help... I decided to order these.. My husband is teasing me that they are going to turn out bed into a "Murphy Bed" and fold us against the wall... We shall see.

http://www.amazon.com/SUSPA®-Spring-...9390204&sr=8-1
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:01 AM   #7
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We ran into the same problem. Never thought of repositioning the shocks. I'll consider that thank you. Lady W. let us know how the new shocks work.

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I also look forward to response on the new shocks since we have the same problem after adding memory foam.

Our will stay up but just barely, if I touch it, it will close on my head.
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The main issue for me is lifting it as I am no longer able to do this.. Once it is lifted it would be easy to build in a prop. I found some listed on line that are rated to lift 150 pounds and cost $25 for 2. I am going to call their tomorow and ask if they would be appropriate. If I get them I will post a link.
With 4" memory foam, we now have the same issue
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:22 AM   #10
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I am also planning to add a thick strap to the end of the bed platform to lift it with, because Jayco designed our model of bed with the matress hanging past the wood by several inches. This seems to hamper me being able to grip it properly. I would like a strap handle that is easy to grab for lifting.
I will post pictures once we are done.. If this all works out.
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