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Gas Shocks/lifts for Queen Bed

#1 User is offline   California Jim 

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Post icon  Posted 19 January 2004 - 04:15 PM

Hello Everyone:

My 28BHS has storage under the queen bed accessed by lifting of the bed which is on a hinge. Am I the only one who finds this difficult and inconvenient as the bed is fairly heavy? My wife is not a "happy camper" in this regard.

So I was thinking about going down to Autozone or where ever and buying a pair of those gas struts used to prop open the rear hatch or your minivan or SUV and installing them. Has anyone else done this already? Did your unit already come with them? Was mine overlooked at the factory? Sure seems like something that should have been done by Outback as I have seen other rigs with them.

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 04:54 PM

Hello, there!

I'm new to this board. Nice site!

I, too have the 28BHS and agree a million percent that it is very difficult to access the storage area under the queen bed. I think the suggestion you made sounds fantastic. I was thinking of something similar but have yet to make any mods in this area.

We solved the problem temporarily by cutting an old wooden hockey stick and using it to prop open this area when we need to access it. I must say, it actually works quite well!

I'd be interested in hearing anyone else's suggestions for this, as well.

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Posted 28 January 2004 - 10:24 AM

Hello!!

We just purchased the 28BHS, haven't even towed it home from the dealer yet, and that was the first thing I noticed I did not like and knew it would have to be modified with the gas struts or shocks on the bed. Most other campers we looked at already had these on there, so I think there will be no problem adding them. However I am curious exactly what is the best ones to use so that we can be sure the lid will stay open. If anyone knows I would really appreciate it.

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Posted 31 January 2004 - 02:03 PM

I order a white door from Home Depot and installed it so it opens down. Wide enough to access the space without having to lift mattress etc. Works great. :D

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 07:20 PM

After looking closer at the opening I'm not as confident I can do this. The wood door used is really very flimsy and not much more than wood panneling. I'm concerned that it will just break under the load. And putting a thicker (heavier) board is not exciting to me either as I tow close to my limit as it is. I may start thinking about a kick panel door as well.

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Posted 05 March 2004 - 09:31 PM

Noted the same problem with lifting the matress, trying to hold it up while storing something underneath. Was a pain and defiently a two person job!

Solution: Two gas struts and some one by three wood reinforcing of the bed.
You have to be careful not to get stuts too long, purchased mine from my local rv dealer including the ball mount brackets. Added a couple of one by three furing stips to the underside of the plywood bed to stiffen it up.
Works great! One hand operation to lift up bed matress to get underneath

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Posted 05 March 2004 - 09:43 PM

Just ordered a 28rl s, and that will be the first thing I change. The 1x3 idea would work well and not effect weight very much. :rolleyes:

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Posted 05 March 2004 - 11:21 PM

Sounds great Tim! I'll have to get back on the job now that you have proved it can be done! B)

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Posted 05 March 2004 - 11:26 PM

I have a 2002 25FB and had the same problem with lifting the queen bed to get to storage. I purchased 1/2 inch plywood, framed it with 1x2, put on heavier hinges, and added gas struts on either side. It works great and is much sturdier than the original paper-thin paneling that came on it. Shout at me if you have questions. Can't wait until summer :)

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Posted 06 March 2004 - 12:37 AM

Hey Jim if you are thinking about doing this mod, consider going to Walt's RV in fontana, I noticed last time I was there they had 2 or 3 bins full of shocks in different lenghts. Kirk
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Posted 08 March 2004 - 11:30 PM

Thanks Kirk B)

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Posted 22 April 2004 - 02:07 AM

This mod is next on my list after the work I've done on our trailer this past week (i.e. - Vent covers, Turbo/Maxx fan, reinforce bracing for where the table drops down to make a bed, and install new electrical outlet under dinette bench). I probably won't get to it until next week sometime because we're going to Cannon Beach this weekend. I was just wondering if someone who has done this mod could post some pictures of the completed project so I could get some ideas of how I might do this. I think one of the main things I need to know is what length of gas struts did you all use? Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted 22 April 2004 - 12:53 PM

hi guy's
i think im going to do as ADIGHTON has stated.
im going to cut the plywood out on the front side of the bed.
ad a face frame around the two cutouts ( like on the cabinets.)
then add 2 doorfronts. by doing this there is no need to lift the bed.
and this will be easyer to access the area.

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Posted 04 May 2004 - 03:28 PM

I have a 28bhs and did this mod works great. I also replaced the plywood with 1/2" the stock was to thin.

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Posted 05 May 2004 - 12:51 AM

Hello Jim. Nice to see you over here, :) and sorry we missed you at the RV.net So-Cal rally this past weekend.

What length or power (?) struts did you use? Any info would be appreciated as accessing that storage has turned into a 2 person job :(

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