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Old 02-22-2007, 07:50 AM   #1
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Those two hydraulic type lifts that are under your mattress. I lifted mine for the first time this weekend and found one was unhooked on one end and extended to its outmost position. I attempted to push it in, but it wouldn't budge. Are these compressable after extending or are they like shocks and can't be compressed (without a hassle) if they come open before installation. Will I have to take if off and buy a new one? Thanks all.
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Those two hydraulic type lifts that are under your mattress. I lifted mine for the first time this weekend and found one was unhooked on one end and extended to its outmost position. I attempted to push it in, but it wouldn't budge. Are these compressable after extending or are they like shocks and can't be compressed (without a hassle) if they come open before installation. Will I have to take if off and buy a new one? Thanks all.
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Maybe I have this pictured incorrectly, but couldn't you merely prop the bed in the proper elevation and re-attach the end of the lift that came loose?
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You say that one end is "unhooked". Is it pulled out of the bracket or have the screw that hold the bracket come out? The latter happened to me. As suggested, I proped the bed and screwed the bracket into new screw holes. Worked fine. If the lift broke out of the bracket you probably need a new one.
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Its extended to its full length and won't retract
to a size that will fit the original holes. My question was/is if I uninstall the end that is still attached can it be retracted by hand to the correct length.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by captpar:
Its extended to its full length and won't retract
to a size that will fit the original holes. My question was/is if I uninstall the end that is still attached can it be retracted by hand to the correct length. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Just put a prop of appropriate length under the bed, pop off the other lift cylinder, then reconnect each side one at at a time. You may need the assistance of DW or other helper during reconnect to position up and down of bed. I just did mine in order to install additional water tank. Wife works cheap!

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Captpar,I had one as your description. After reattaching,it still wouldn't go down. I had to buy a new one and put it on.

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Those air struts are typically 90-100 lb in compression strength - you won't move it by hand. Hook it back up to the bed as dieselclacker suggested.
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As others have tried to tell you, the struts are too strong to colapse easily. Even if you could colapse it it should not stay colapsed while you remounted it. I have replaced them on coaches using the techniques as previously described.
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