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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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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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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.

Happy Camping
 

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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.
 

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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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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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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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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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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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Dana & Deanne
 

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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.

love to read all the mods. keep em' coming.
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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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I don't remember the length but they neet to be about #80 i had #60 and they worked great until the wife added the bedding
I will check the length and see if i can get a photo for you. Also sorry i missed the rally but already had plans to go to the willits koa for a luao witch was great fun also we had seven rids in our group friends and family.

Jim
 

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I just got two 80# 20" struts for this job. I'm considering changing the paneling to at least 1/2" plywood too. I'm hoping these struts aren't too stiff. I tried pushing on just one of the struts and it's about all I can do to make the thing compress down. I can't imagine how hard it's going to be for two of these things.

I was hoping someone would be kind enough to post a few pictures of this mod if they've done it to their beds. I'm kind of a visual person and it helps me to see how something is supposed to look. I would greatly appreciate it. TIA
 

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I don't know if you have a rv dealer close i went down and looked at a comfort to see how they did it and did mine the same. I will try to get som photos this weekend if i can find time to go to the storage yard. The springs feel strong until you install them mine are 60# and i thought the same they lift the matress but wont hold up if the sheets,blanket and comforter are on
stii need to change them.

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Yahooooo... It took me awhile to get around to installing these struts on the bed but I finally did it today. Talk about a fabrication job. I felt like Paul Jr. on the Orange County Chopper show when he builds his custom choppers.

Fortunately, everything went smoothly for me which is unusual.

Thank you Jim for suggesting the 80# struts. They work perfectly. I have a feeling I would have been back and forth from Camping World numerous times before I finally would have picked these babies.

My struts are 20" long extended and about 11" compressed for others who might need this info. (Get your minds outa the gutter people
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Anywho...thanks for all the help.

Dana

P.S. - Just posted a few pictures of the project here
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