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Old 03-22-2013, 04:17 PM   #41
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I have yet to find anything longer than 19.5" extended length with 120lb lift....
I stopped by our local Camping World after work today and the had some that were 27" and 150lb lift for $18. I am curious if they would be overkill. The last thing i want is for the bed to come flying up in the middle of the night. LOL

I also found these online http://www.atomicmall.com/view.php?id=631085 26" and 120lbs. Not a bad price either, $16 each plus shipping.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:47 PM   #42
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Everything I read and the folks on here do not recommend anything above 120lb
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Everything I read and the folks on here do not recommend anything above 120lb
I think i agree. 150lbs seems like alot. The bed is just not that heavy even with the topper and blankets.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:03 PM   #44
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It would be bad to get thrown out of bed in the middle of the night by a powerful strut.

Take more then that to lift me out of bed though! But seriously I think 120 would be the max...
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I know it wouldn't be much. But what about moving the strut close to the head of the bed. Say 32 inches instead of 28 from the foot? Then adjust the top of the strut accordingly
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They have a little booklet at camping world and it says 150 lb for a queen. And I can tell you, I installed 120s last week an we are camping this weekend and with the queen mattess, mattress topper, and pillows and comforter, the 120s will not hold it up. So, I'll be getting 150s when I get home.
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Thanks for the update!!! That was what i was waiting to hear!! Our local CW has them in stock so I guess I will be stopping one day after work next week. I would love to see a pic of how you mounted the brackets on yours.
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Thanks for the update!!! That was what i was waiting to hear!! Our local CW has them in stock so I guess I will be stopping one day after work next week. I would love to see a pic of how you mounted the brackets on yours.
Ok I'll try to get some pictures if I can get my wife to hold it up while I take some.
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Ok sorry for the delay. We have a 6 week old so was hard finding time to get pictures over the weekend while we were camping. ha

So a word on the whole 120 lb vs 150 lb. I noticed when I took the sheets and conforter off when we were getting ready to come home (still a couple pillows on the bed and the mattress and the mattress topper) that the 120 lb shocks held it up just fine. So, take that for what its worth on if you should buy 150 or 120.

Here are some pictures of how mine are mounted.

Here is the whole shock from the side. I used the measurements someone else posted in an earlier post on here. I believe the center hole on the bottom bracket is at 28" from the outside edge of the end of the bed frame and the top bracket on the bed platform is 42" from the the outside edge of the bed frame.



How bracket is mounted to bed frame. Mine had a thin piece of aluminum looks like that wraps around the corner as you can see. I just drilled through this and put my bracket over it as you see. (oh, pre drill ALL your holes! As I'm sure you know, this wood is very light weight and will split easy if you don't drill first)



Here's how I mounted the shock to the bed platform.

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after looking at those pictures, esp the 1st one. I might could move the bracket mounted to the frame, down towards the floor a little and then maybe it would make more of a "T" with the shock and bed platform. I might not be getting the full force of the 120 lb shock as it sits right now. Here is a drawing showing what I mean (don't be jealous of my mad artistic abilities. )

How it is now, the shock is not pushing straight against the bed platform so may not be using its full 120 lb of lift.


How it would be if I move the shock mount a little down towards the floor to get more of a "T" when the bed is opened all the way. I might also have to move the bracket mounted on the bed platform, towards the foot of the bed a little as well, but easily done.



So do you guys think that would make a difference?? Or no
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