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Old 03-23-2018, 10:29 PM   #1
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King Bed Gas Strut

Has anyone replaced the two gas struts used to lift the king bed platform and mattress with struts that provide greater assistance?

I have a difficult time keeping the platform from slamming down when closed.

Any recommendations would appreciated.
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Your post made me realize i need to do that too. It should be fairly simple. I have replaced others for the doors of the coach either to have them go higher than original or move the weight up.
I will check mine out this weekend and look for ones that give probably 20 lbs more lift than the ones currently on the bed. Usually the model number is listed on the side of Suspa gas lifts. That would tell us the length and lifting capacity. -Bill
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Old 03-24-2018, 06:53 AM   #3
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Peter you right, our classics are hard to open and slam, the new unit at the show opened an closed much easier. Maybe a newer model owner could share the strut number to compare.
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Old 03-24-2018, 07:18 AM   #4
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Chuck, you’ll need to level newer than ‘17 as ours is a bear to lift and slams when going down.

Honestly, they should take the Mor Ryde electric jackscrews from the engine cover and put them on the bed, and leave the engine cover a manual arrangement.

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After I received our coach I complained about the issue to Entegra, I forget who, but it was not support. I was advised to change the angle of the strut to more of a straight down angle. It helped some. I was sent two more new struts but it didn't help.
I have spare brackets and am planning on adding a third strut to one of the two middle boards. I just never get around to it. I wouldn't want that thing slamming on my fingers.
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The originals were probably undersized to start with. Builders don't figure on us putting blankets etc. on beds after we buy them. Replaced mine. Sooo much easier now to lift & close.
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Our 2018 goes up and down easily. I'll check the strut ID number later today. Only problem is the window valances on the side of the bed seem to prohibit more upward movement.
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Old 03-24-2018, 01:06 PM   #8
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Honestly, they should take the Mor Ryde electric jackscrews from the engine cover and put them on the bed, and leave the engine cover a manual arrangement.

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That statement I couldn't agree with more. I did try two of the 19's beds at the show and they were much better than the Classics, but still not one hand . I hope it is a new type strut, I should have looked closer.
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I’m not 100% sure a stronger strut will work out. My bed platform is made of pretty flimsy wood. If you put a much more powerful strut it might just crack the bed platform. Maybe if the area of strut bracket was reinforced it might be ok.
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Old 03-25-2018, 01:40 PM   #10
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Please click on photo for model number of currently used gas strut.
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Interesting! Both of The struts on the engine cover went flat. I ordered replacements from Amazon. I have had the same issue with the struts on the bed. I believe they are 20” 120 lb struts. I replaced them with 150 lb struts and it works much better. Amazon carries the same brand struts.
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This is the original factory 120 lb 20 lb strut. Does not have enough ump to hold the KB up. Replaced it with same brand 20” 140 lb strut.

I think there is no fear of creating a structural problem with the bed frame, but it is a lot easier to get the bed up and holds it up better than the 120 lb struts. You can order them from Amazon. If you tried a 200 lb strut, it could cause a problem and DW May not be able to close the bed.
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Thank you ALL for the information. When Kathy and I return home in July, this will be one of the first projects on the to do list.
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We moved our struts 3 inches aft on the bed frame and it made a great difference, to where the wife is happy with it.
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