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Old 03-25-2013, 09:04 AM   #51
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I got mine done this weekend. Works great, but I forgot to take pictures. the 2 hinges that Jayco put on the plywood were crap, so I removed those after I had already bent them anyways and put 4 stronger hinges from Home Depot on. It opens nicely, but it is tough to close. Maybe that will change once there are sheets and pillows on the bed, or after it gets a little worn. I used the 100lb struts, but only the bottom half of the bed opens on ours so I think they'll do just fine.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:40 PM   #52
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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




Just curious have you checked the length the trust are when the bed is closed? Wonder if maybe they are not fully compressed and you could get away with just moving the top. Maybe I'll go climb in mine( it's empty) and do some measuring
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:05 PM   #53
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yeah I could do that. I left about a 2" buffer (I know, plenty ha) for when its fully closed so I could move it some for sure.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:20 PM   #54
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Thanks for the pics ArkJayco and the drawings!!! This helps a ton. I hope to pick mine up later this week but will stick with the 120 lb. I think that your second sketch would probably help the shock work a little better. One question... with moving the shock to be more vertical do you still get enough height from the 19" or would you still prefer the longer ones?
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:11 PM   #55
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Just got mine in. I recommend mounting the bottom bracket. Then climbing inside closing the lid and measuring the closed length and mounting the top bracket. I found my frame is not 100% square. And for opening height. My lid opens 36 inches. I'm 6'3" and that puts in right at the middle of my chest.
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Just got mine in. I recommend mounting the bottom bracket. Then climbing inside closing the lid and measuring the closed length and mounting the top bracket. I found my frame is not 100% square. And for opening height. My lid opens 36 inches. I'm 6'3" and that puts in right at the middle of my chest.
Great tip!! A 36" opening sounds like plenty. What length strut did you use? Any pics of your install??

BTW... that must have been a sight... a 6'3" guy trying to move around under that bed LOL Just kidding!! :hihi:
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I used the 20 inch 120 lb struts. Just took a quick pick when I got done I can get better. But it looks pretty much like the rest. Click image for larger version

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I used the 20 inch 120 lb struts. Just took a quick pick when I got done I can get better. But it looks pretty much like the rest. Attachment 6996
Thanks for the pic. I just want to make sure i get this right. Going tomorrow to get everything from CW. Planning to do this next week while on our trip. It is not often that the storage area is empty

Thanks again!!
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