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Old 12-25-2017, 01:05 AM   #15
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Referencing my installation from 2013 with the following pictures , you can get the basic idea of repositioning the OE support.

Since the bottom of the mattress shelf is hollow you must use some 1/16Ē- 1/8Ē reinforcing plates to spread the load. I was fortunate to find the aluminum cross rib under the luan to anchor two of the four mounting screws.

The 43Ē measurement from the hinge is hard to make, so I am now using the wall as a reference point. 45Ē from the wall to the ball of the support (strut) bracket on the mattress board. But since we are working with snowflakes, verify the measurement insuring the ball is in alignment with the vertical wall of the bed box.

Using the OE lift support, I had to try different angles. With the first two attempts the mattress would not stay down. I finally found the sweet spot, hence all the markings on the bed box.

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I will attempt to post 2 YouTube videos in the next post. I canít seem to find a way to post videos with iPad, so back to laptop. Embedded videos are so much better than links!
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Old 12-25-2017, 02:33 AM   #16
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Sorry, Iím not having much luck embedding YouTube videos into a post.

So, Iíll just post the links. If anyone knows how to embed them in a link, by all means do so.

Before the videos is a picture from where I placed the tape measure against the wall.

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https://youtu.be/LjMJsJdAkO4
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Old 12-25-2017, 11:48 AM   #17
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Sorry, Iím not having much luck embedding YouTube videos into a post.

So, Iíll just post the links. If anyone knows how to embed them in a link, by all means do so.

Before the videos is a picture from where I placed the tape measure against the wall.

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https://youtu.be/wiYII1chOiE

https://youtu.be/LjMJsJdAkO4
Perfect Harry! Merry Chrismas!
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After struggling with this yesterday, your posts are indeed an appreciated Christmas Gift, thank you Harry!

Merry Christmas, y'all!
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Old 12-25-2017, 12:45 PM   #19
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Wow...

What a great idea. This is exactly what we need for our Camelot. My wife cannot lift the bed without my help. I am so doing this modification, right after New Years!

Thank you for all for sharing another amazing improvement.
I hope to be able to meet you all this year in Quartzite.

Merry Christmas everyone

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Old 12-25-2017, 01:08 PM   #20
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The way I have it set up now, I give up a few inches of raised height to get the ease of lifting.

After looking at my own video, I see where I can move the bottom bracket closer to wall, as the support strut is not completely collapsed.

But if I use new struts, I might have to change the mounting point depth of the one on right in the video. Too deep, and bed wonít stay down or pops up over bumps. 5-10 minutes to change location of lower bracket for some fine tuning.

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Haven't gotten there yet, but if one chooses to have some static upward pressure on the struts (ie, easier to lift), mightn't (is that a word?) a latch or hasp of some kind be used to keep the bed down when traveling?

Slight tradeoff whichever way you go, tho.
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I have seen where the latch has been used, especially with new struts. My OE struts are starting to weaken, especially when cold. I plan to move the lower bracket inward and downward.

Like I said before, a quick procedure.

Most of us have many items that need to be stored while traveling. If you have found a nice equilibrium with the struts when stationary, but not over bumps, just store some items on the bed while traveling. Thatís what I did until the struts lost some of there force.

I struggled with lifting the bed for the first 1 1/2 years, before modifying the strut position. I dreaded storing items there, just thinking about having to lift that heavy bed. Now, and for the last 9 years, easy-peasy!
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I have seen where the latch has been used, especially with new struts. My OE struts are starting to weaken, especially when cold. I plan to move the lower bracket inward and downward.

Like I said before, a quick procedure.

Most of us have many items that need to be stored while traveling. If you have found a nice equilibrium with the struts when stationary, but not over bumps, just store some items on the bed while traveling. Thatís what I did until the struts lost some of there force.

I struggled with lifting the bed for the first 1 1/2 years, before modifying the strut position. I dreaded storing items there, just thinking about having to lift that heavy bed. Now, and for the last 9 years, easy-peasy!
Got that done this morning. What a HUGE difference!
Thanks for the mod Harry!
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What struts do you guys have? mine are the ML26-160. I haven't moved them yet. It would be nice to get the first 6-12" easier going up, but my DW has a hard time closing the thing. Mine goes way up and when DW goes to pull it down, it's all she can do to get it down by herself. Maybe something less than the 160's ?
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What struts do you guys have? mine are the ML26-160. I haven't moved them yet. It would be nice to get the first 6-12" easier going up, but my DW has a hard time closing the thing. Mine goes way up and when DW goes to pull it down, it's all she can do to get it down by herself. Maybe something less than the 160's ?
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What struts do you guys have? mine are the ML26-160. I haven't moved them yet. It would be nice to get the first 6-12" easier going up, but my DW has a hard time closing the thing. Mine goes way up and when DW goes to pull it down, it's all she can do to get it down by herself. Maybe something less than the 160's ?
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I think those are 23" and 135 lbs, if I check correctly. I wonder if monaco just closed their eyes and grabbed whatever was in the bin and then installed them?

I wonder what Harry has? I watched his video and my bed goes way up compared to his. Mine will knock you in the chin if you're not careful.
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I think those are 23" and 135 lbs, if I check correctly. I wonder if monaco just closed their eyes and grabbed whatever was in the bin and then installed them?

I wonder what Harry has? I watched his video and my bed goes way up compared to his. Mine will knock you in the chin if you're not careful.
I think I have this strut in several locations. I would need to check in the daylight to verify.
Mine used to go very high, before Harrys mod. Easy up, easy down. Not quite as much space to get under there. But still plenty to get in there.

Added: I now recognize that part number, that is the same strut used in the rear engine hatch on our rig. 140 pound force. I bought lighter ones through a company in Canada.
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