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Old 12-06-2013, 10:02 PM   #1
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how to hold the bed up????

So it being winter in NY I am using our new travel trailer for storing christmas presents. The master bedroom has storage under the bed by lifting up the mattress. Turns out it is quite cumbersome to try to hold up the bed and put stuff under for storage by yourself. what kind of lift system can I use to help this situation?? We have a 2014 28dsbh whitehawk. Any suggestions will be helpful!!
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:15 PM   #2
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A lot of people use gas shocks.
You can find them on line or some people have purchased from auto parts stores.

May try Tweetys.com

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Old 12-07-2013, 05:46 AM   #3
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To hold the bed in the up position on our previous travel trailer we propped it up with a 1 X 2 stick. It had gas struts and still required 2 people to open. Our current fifth wheel with gas struts is easy to open by one person and supports its self even thou we replaced the original mattress with a heavier one. Suggest if you add or replace the original gas struts you look at a strut mfg. website to help determine the proper size and location fot the installation.
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:27 AM   #4
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how to hold the bed up????

Like said above gas struts will make lifting easier and hold it open so you work safely.
If you use a broom stick i would suggest using some thing like this to keep the broom stick from sliding if you accidentally bump it. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:59 AM   #5
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I use a 1x1 stick of the right length.... way cheaper than gas struts... dont open it that often..
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:02 AM   #6
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I`m surprised the Whitehawk did not come equipped with gas struts under the bed.
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:25 PM   #7
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No gas struts with our White Hawk. I dont know how much gas struts run. I dont think we would be using that storage all the time or frequently during a trip but right now it certainly would make it easier if it would stay up by itself This is our first travel trailer, upgrading from a pop up so we have a lot to learn!
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:38 PM   #8
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Here is a thread that delves into the gas strut deal, they are not very expensive or hard to install.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...n-Swift-267BHS

and a few pics from that thread...


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Old 12-08-2013, 06:44 PM   #9
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Thank you That looks perfect!
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That is a modification I will do. My back cannot take the lifting.
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