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Old 03-03-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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Adding bed lift gas struts

We have an older smaller travel trailer and the bed is so heavy to lift. After looking at the Everlite rvs, I've been thinking I could install my own bed lifts in our RV, but I'm not sure what size to order. The bed is a queen size and we have a 10" foam mattress. Does anyone know the best place to get these and how I know what weight to get?
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Have had this mod done and I am delighted with it. It cost me over $200 (in NZ) but the placement of the fitting and gassing up of the struts is quite technical. Makes life so much easier!

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Old 03-03-2012, 06:40 PM   #3
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We have a queen bed that lifts from the foot end of the mattress. I use two 90# struts. Google SPD -Barnes or SPD-Raymond. They should be around 15 each. You have to be rather careful in determining the lift poundage to use and you don't want the mattress raising by itself especially when you hit a bump in the road. My suggestion to figure the correct spring rate is to use a stick to support the mattress at te height you want the struts to hold it. Then place a bathroom scale between the stick and floor. Whatever you read on the scale should be divided by 2 because you'll have 2 struts. While it's supported by the stick you can measure the extended length you need. Mount the strut about 2/3 of the way towards the foot of the mattress from the hinge point. When you mount it mount the stationary end first and then measure to the point to mount the lifted end. Hope all this helps you get 'r done.
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