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Old 03-30-2014, 04:37 PM   #1
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My bed has sunk!

My wife has been complaining that she rolls to the middle of our bed! I don't notice it because when my head hits the pillow I'm gone! I raised the mattress and laid a straight-edge across the support, and sure enough, it's bowed (sagged) in the middle!

I thought about putting small angle-iron supports underneath, hoping the wood support would level back out, but it took 12 years to get that way and I don't have 12 years to wait for it to flatten out again!

The only thing I can figure out is to cut 3/4" plywood to put between the mattress and the support base, then filling in the bow in the middle under the plywood with a thin piece of plywood.

Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, what did you do to solve it?

As always, thanks for your help!
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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
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Just the support has the bow, mattress is good? Not sure you would need 3/4" plywood and the 1/4", besides you are adding weight with the plywood. Not sure what the support is but a pic could help. Our mattress is on 3/8" but supported by the storage built in underneath.
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plywood sounds like a plan.
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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

If I did that it would be raised in the middle! Sounds like that would just be swapping one problem for another. Thanks anyway!
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Just the support has the bow, mattress is good? Not sure you would need 3/4" plywood and the 1/4", besides you are adding weight with the plywood. Not sure what the support is but a pic could help. Our mattress is on 3/8" but supported by the storage built in underneath.

Yep, it's just the support. I didn't make myself clear. If I lay the 3/4" plywood across the support, there will be a small space in the middle between the plywood and the support (where the sag is). To keep the plywood from sagging to the support I would have to put something under the plywood up and down the middle to fill in the space. Does that make sense?
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If I did that it would be raised in the middle! Sounds like that would just be swapping one problem for another. Thanks anyway!
. 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!
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On our other MH, I placed a leg under the center of the bed. This may be an option for you to reduce the strain across the span of the platform. I would make the leg, of a length, that would bring platform back to original height.

Note........ I added the leg so I did not end up with your results. IMO it should push things back to almost brand new.
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On our other MH, I placed a leg under the center of the bed. This may be an option for you to reduce the strain across the span of the platform. I would make the leg, of a length, that would bring platform back to original height.

Note........ I added the leg so I did not end up with your results. IMO it should push things back to almost brand new.
Since it 12 years to get that way, I don't think it would go back anytime soon, but it's something to consider. Thanks!
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We had same problem with Moblie Suites. Got some 1x? boards. Whatever height I needed I got. don't remember. Installed 2 boards, one at middle and other near head. no more sagging.
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If I did that it would be raised in the middle! Sounds like that would just be swapping one problem for another. Thanks anyway!
Do what you like. You would swap nothing. When you turn the platform and put the weight on it settles back to normal. Of course if you are not of normal weight you will definitely need other support.
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Joe, sounds like it's time for a new motorhome. You can tell Annette that's my recommendation.
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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.
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You could lay another piece of plywood over the sagged one and fill the void with that expanding spray foam (Great Stuff?). I'd think that would fix it.
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