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Old 05-07-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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mattress topper

Not too long ago we put a memory foam mattress topper on our bed in our MH. Then we realized that it became too heavy for the lift pistons that hold up the bed for the storage area underneath. I am looking for a solution so I can still use the storage and that my wife would be able to handle. I do hope someone has tackled this issue and can help me out .Thanks alot and safe motoring.

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Old 05-07-2012, 07:57 PM   #2
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You could add a couple lift springs next to the already installed ones.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:57 PM   #3
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I have a piece of 1 x 2 that I use to prop it up.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:09 PM   #4
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I moved the bottom brackets from the factory location toward the foot of the bed. Makes it lift allot easier.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:34 PM   #5
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We specified the optional pillow top mattress but they must have used the regular lift units. My wife could never have lifted it. Need to modify/add to mine I guess. We really don't open it too often as that's where the booze and spare belts are and we don't drink much at all.
I have had to open it up to get one or two of the cats out though!!
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:44 PM   #6
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I wonder why they don't put in a 12 volt linear actuator (or 2) to lift the bed? No manual lifting at all then.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:56 PM   #7
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After I put on my 4" foam memory pad from Costco on the bed...... I have to lay on my back and push up on the bed with my legs to get it to raise up. Therefore I don't raise it up very often. The storage under the bed is "cat proof". deSanford
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:07 PM   #8
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They are called gas struts. Camping world sells them as well as several auto stores and on the net. Mcmaster-Carr has a good catalog on the net for picking size and resistance. Shop around for the length to match the OEM and pick one that meets you lifting requirements.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:24 PM   #9
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You have to be able to lift the bed in order to use a broom handle. deSanford
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I replaced the gas struts with a set of Strong Arm gas struts I found on eBay. They were about $30 and they lift the bed up well. It's takes some finess to lower it after it's up because they are a lot stronger than the originals.

If your struts are more than 5 years old, you may want to replace them.
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Had my gas struts upgraded to a stronger set.
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AGP do you have a foam memory pad on top of your mattress? Is your bed a "king"? Where did you get your new struts? deSanford
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I replaced the Gas Struts with 120 lb versions after installing the topper. It's easy to lift now.

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