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Old 05-08-2016, 08:03 AM   #1
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Bed lift for 264BHW issues

Hello all,

I installed a hatch lift brand bed lift on my queen bed. I got the correct size for my bed and installed it exactly as instructed. It worked well and quite smoothly.

During my last trip I could not get the bed to completely close. The bed top had somehow shifted forward and the frame was hitting the front of the bed side. What happened was the board that is mounted to the front of the trailer that has the hinge screwed in it pulled out of the camper on one side! That board is only being held by 3 screws and one of them is barely in the board.

Has anyone had a similar experience? Is a bed lift one of those do not attempt on this model things? I hope the dealer will repair it under warranty.
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:09 AM   #2
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We installed below early last year and has worked perfectly, bit stiff to push bed down but DW has no problem and in always getting or putting "stuff" under bed.

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Old 05-10-2016, 05:03 AM   #3
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I had exactly the same issue, AND one corner of the bed box came apart (it must have been a hung-over morning shift at the factory, they missed the pine frame member with the only screw they used). I ended up turning the tubes around the other way so they'd push the frame towards the front, not pull it away, problem solved.
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Old 05-10-2016, 06:42 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info and advice. I think I'll flip mine around too. Honestly I just don't know if it's built heavy enough to handle the pressure. I thought about a folding prop rod or something. Pretty dissapointing
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Old 05-10-2016, 10:35 PM   #5
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I've been considering this for my trailer. The bed is far too heavy for my wife to lift and it's not an easy lift for anyone. I installed a prop bar on mine to hold it open. Used a 1x1 light wood pole with a pin mount bracket about 12" from the foot of the bed on the center support that runs the length of the bed. It goes from there to the front of the floor where the under bed framing meets the floor. I can send a picture if my description is confusing. It works fine but I still have to hold the bed up while I put the support pole in place - a bit tricky and sure I will drop it on my head at some point. I was considering adding the lift supports that make it easy to lift and lower but sounds like they put a lot of strain on the framing that it may not be designed to handle?

I did put a thin panel across the storage bin area to separate the bed storage from the outside storage. My wife didn't want all of my "outside stuff" bouncing around and perhaps getting mixed in with the "inside stuff" that she wants to put under the bed. Made sense to me and something that I would have considered part of the standard build. Panel and vertical wood supports probably add 3lbs to the trailer and provide a bit more support for the bed to the floor in the middle - which can't hurt.

Also - I am learning the acronyms here but still don't know what DW stands for???
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Old 05-10-2016, 10:50 PM   #6
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:00 PM   #7
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OH!!! That's funny - I thought the 'D' stood for something else :-).

I haven't looked - is there a sticky post somewhere with common acronyms?
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:55 PM   #9
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For what it's worth, when you turn the lifts the other way, they work fine since they push the bed TOWARDS the front wall. I wonder if I used heavier lifts than I needed to, and had to play around with the mounting locations, but it's all good now. At least it stays open quite positively till you close it!
I'm considering that pass-through partition mod, but after I finish the new battery/storage box mod I'm currently working on.
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Is there a link or part number for the bed hatch lift I can look at to get started? Not sure what options, sizes etc they come in.

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