Gas Shocks/lifts for Queen Bed
Posted 19 January 2004 - 04:15 PM
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.
Posted 19 January 2004 - 04:54 PM
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
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 02 February 2004 - 07:20 PM
Posted 05 March 2004 - 09:31 PM
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
Posted 05 March 2004 - 11:26 PM
Posted 06 March 2004 - 12:37 AM
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Posted 22 April 2004 - 02:07 AM
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Posted 22 April 2004 - 12:53 PM
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.
love to read all the mods. keep em' coming.
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Posted 04 May 2004 - 03:28 PM
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Posted 05 May 2004 - 12:51 AM
What length or power (?) struts did you use? Any info would be appreciated as accessing that storage has turned into a 2 person job