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Old 11-13-2019, 06:18 PM   #1
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Bed too tall

Just wondering

After two weekend trips in the 36 WDD Lapalma, we have found the queen bed platform seems a bit too high with an 8 " thick matress. The wife has a hard time climbing up on the bed and so does our dog.

Has anyone lowered their bed platform a few inches?

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Old 11-13-2019, 07:06 PM   #2
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How about a thinner mattress. With the motor under the bed, lowering might not be an option.
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Old 11-13-2019, 08:48 PM   #3
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I agree, time for a thinner mattress, or a bigger dog.
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Old 11-14-2019, 08:27 AM   #4
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Sorry if this is off topic but it might be doable if you think it is worth the effort and won't miss the reduced under bed storage.

I went the other way looking to increase the under bed storage. Using 3X1x8 rough cut pine I first removed mattress and platform. (Screwed along the head and hinge) Discovering that attachment needed repair anyway. Counter sunk screw points in the pine so that I gained a full 3 inch elevation increase. Reattached platform. The same pistons worked but maybe need to be realigned. Our new 5 inch mattress made up for the new height.

If I had wanted to go the other way there is about 8-9 inches above the slide out motor cover where 3-4 inches could have been removed with the proper hand tools.
Things to consider: piston attachment, mattress position in relation to side cabinets and closet mirrors when slide is open and closed, bed box mounted electronics like propane detector and 120v outlets. And for us we gained, not lost plenty of shoe hanging hooks along the bed perimeter.
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I also experienced this with the wife. We put our pillow top from our house in the MH. It was really high and wife had to climb up onto it. Really good mattress and comfortable but replaced it with a memory foam, 6 inch. Now no issue, comfortable and extremely light so getting to storage under the bed a piece of cake for the wife.
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I made a carpeted platform out of 2X4 and a piece of plywood.. Makes it about 4 inches high.. the slide comes right in over it..
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Well it is a slide out bed no engine below. I will look to see just how much depth I will need to store the extra dinning chairs. All the bed platforms in other RV's we have owned were about as high as my knee but this one hits me about mid thigh and I am 6' 2 1/2" tall.
I may take 3 or 4 inches off the top of the box that makes the under bed storage and add back the top trim. them move the lift cylinder mountings down the same amount I take out and put the platform back in. and my dog is a 117 pound German Shepherd
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Isn’t the back side of the bed next to the raised area for the engine? Switch the sides you sleep on. Not having a 117 LB dog in the bed sounds like a good thing to me.
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