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Old 03-30-2014, 09:06 PM   #15
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. At least she would not be rolling to the middle . ...but I suppose rolling to the outside and then right on out of bed would make her happy either!




Flip the mattress and it will fill back in with in a week or so. We were told when we bought our Sterns & Foster Mattresses to flip it every 6 months. They are going on 15 years and still like New. Try it you might be surprised.
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:31 PM   #16
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Joe. I would try to put a couple of legs with adjusting casters under the Base. Screw the on so they don't fall everytime you raise the bed or if the weight changes. Granted it may make the edges raise up, but I'm sure your weight will overcome this. The adjustable caster makes it easier to make small adjustments in the future.
Getting a new MH with a flat bed is my second choice.
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:40 PM   #17
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Don't forget - if you have storage under the bed, you are adding weight with the additional plywood. Your gas struts may not hold the bed up any more when you lift it, specially if they are also 12 years old...
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I reinforced my bed with 1.5" x 1.5" x 0.25" aluminum angle. It weighed 17#, so I replaced the 80# gas cylinders with 100# cylinders. Here is the bed before I reinstalled it.
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You guys have given me some great feedback to munch on! Right now I'm leaning toward bolting the angle iron to the bottom of the support. By using big washers so the heads don't pull into the wood, I might be able to pull the support back to flat. Thanks, guys, you're the best!
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You guys have given me some great feedback to munch on! Right now I'm leaning toward bolting the angle iron to the bottom of the support. By using big washers so the heads don't pull into the wood, I might be able to pull the support back to flat. Thanks, guys, you're the best!
Depending how bad the bow is you might not want to try to straighten all at once. You can put the support on and make sure the center is tight to the wood. Then place bolts every 6 inches or so toward the sides. Then tighten from the center outwards pulling some of the bow out. Wait a few days tighten some more and repeat until the platform is straight. This might take a month to completely fix but would prevent over stressing the wood and cracking it.

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Depending how bad the bow is you might not want to try to straighten all at once. You can put the support on and make sure the center is tight to the wood. Then place bolts every 6 inches or so toward the sides. Then tighten from the center outwards pulling some of the bow out. Wait a few days tighten some more and repeat until the platform is straight. This might take a month to completely fix but would prevent over stressing the wood and cracking it.

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Thanks Mike, I appreciate you comments! I was planning to just put one bolt at each end of the angle, but you're right, I may not try to pull all the sag out at one time.

One machine shop here quoted me $120 for three pieces of 2" aluminum angle, with him cutting 3" off one side at each end so the metal will lay on top of the frame. That sounds awfully expensive so I'm looking for other sources.
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Joe, I think your first idea, of putting angle iron under the bed is a good choice. Two pieces, 1 1/2" angle, across the bed by thirds should do it. I suggest you through bolt it to pull the platform flat again. If you think their is still a bow, you could put wedges or spacers under the cross brace to level it up.
I second that. Or wood slats underneath the plywood.
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Mine did that and I took the platform loose and turned it over. Just like new but you have to do a little hardware work
But I would also add a support leg in the middle of the bed.
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I got two pieces of 2x2x1/4 steel angle to bolt across the support to pull it back down. Haven't installed it yet.
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Had the same problem with our old gulf stream. I laid a piece of 3/4" plywood on top of the old base. It was a temporary fix. I solved it by trading it in as everything else on that thing was sagging as well!
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Problem solved! I bolted the 2x2x1/4 steel angle to the bottom of the bed support with two 1/4" x 2" stove bolts on each end. I had the machine shop cut out 3 1/2" at each end on one side of the angle so it would not hit the frame when it lowers. It pulled the support back flat without any problem!

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I have this issue as well.
I thought about the angled aluminum, but I think I'll go with a single 12" long piece of 2X4 right in the center.
Lot less work to put in.

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I have this issue as well.
I thought about the angled aluminum, but I think I'll go with a single 12" long piece of 2X4 right in the center.
Lot less work to put in.

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Not sure how a 12 inch piece of lumber is going to end sagging panel that probably spans 5 feet wide bed. (queen size) Joe's solution worked, why mess with success?
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