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Old 04-29-2017, 06:05 AM   #1
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Angry Spring supports are killing me!

4/20/17, I posted a thread here indicating my frustrations with a supplier where I had problems buying a gas spring to support my 5th wheel bed. Got that settled, but still no spring. Found a pair on ebay for just a few dollars more than what I was to pay for the first one. Immediately ordered. Took quite a while to get them. Meanwhile, I have a foam mattress still compressed in the pkg that I can't open until it's in place, and I can't place it until the springs are in place. The 30 day return window for the mattress expires today! USPS tracking indicated that the springs would arrive yesterday, so figured I was in good shape, SWMBO and I would install them yester day evening, set the mattress in place, open it up to make sure it wasn't defective, and we were in under the wire. Mail arrived, and there was a strange square pkg, all in bubble wrap, that we had no idea what it was or where it came from. No numbers on the outside of the pkg to indicate same except a Chinese name in NY, and the tracking #. Curiosity got the best of us, and we opened it. Still don't know what it is, some great big fabric bag, no idea what it's for. Called ebay, they ran the tracking #, and said it was the gas springs, and they had been delivered. This certainly was not gas springs. Now we have correspondence going with this vendor, he wants us to ship this pkg back, then he will exchange for the springs. I'm beginning to think we aren't supposed to access the under bed storage. Spent way over a month dealing with the first vendor, now about 10 days with this one, and still not springs. I sure hope this mattress isn't defective!

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Old 04-29-2017, 06:17 AM   #2
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I think the chances of the mattress being defective are pretty slim, but would be more concerned with the actual comfort.
Not sure why you couldn't place the new mattress even with the springs not working--I had a bad gas support and just used an old broom handle to hold it up when needing to get under there.
Hope you get it worked out...

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Old 04-29-2017, 08:05 AM   #3
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I have to agree that it's pretty unlikely that the mattress will be defective. The question is, how does it sleep? Any new mattress takes us a little time to get used to and the one we're currently sleeping on was no exception. It is the same one we used to sleep on in our old S&B. We took the pitiful excuse for a king RV mattress out and replaced it with our queen size (very firm foam). Gave us a little more room in the BR and we sleep like babies.

Sorry to hear about your issues getting a replacement gas rod. Luckily, I haven't had to replace one in the RV yet but I have in an old Jeep we used to own. Those I purchased from Auto Zone. Length and spring strength not withstanding, I'd give them a try.
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Old 04-29-2017, 08:42 PM   #4
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Many of those pistons are available at auto parts and RV stores. Just need the length and weight, 10lb, 20lb, etc. If you type "gas springs" in the Amazon search window, you'll get a bunch of them. https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_s...=3Q0GDS0JIF2SR Most are Prime available, so you would get them two days later. Just take a look at the numbers on your old ones.
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Old 04-30-2017, 08:58 PM   #5
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I simply took my old spring to a local RV place, they sold me a new one, installed it; all done in under 2hrs.
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