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Old 01-18-2017, 10:23 AM   #1
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Hydraulic Bed Lifts but doesn't Close

Today I lifted the bed in my, new to me, 03 HR Imperial. It lifted easily but now appears to be locked in the open position which will make it tough to sleep tonight. I've applied what I think is reasonable pressure and looked for a locking mechanism but nothing so far. Any ideas
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Old 01-18-2017, 11:21 AM   #2
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Once a hydraulic lift is at full extension, especially heavy duty ones, you'll need to put a fair amount of pressure to close it, otherwise it would fall on you. You need to get it past the "tipping point".
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On my unit there is a safety latch that once it is fully extended it moves into a position that stops the outer sleeve of piston from going back down. I have to press it at the top of the latch to allow the rod to slide back into the piston body. At first I didn't notice the safety latch as it blended in with the piston body.
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Old 01-18-2017, 01:34 PM   #4
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Thanks, I'll put some weight into it....

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Old 01-18-2017, 01:46 PM   #5
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Careful with the lifter

Mine also has a safety catch. To move the catch and allow the bed to come down you have to lift it slightly to "unload" the catch, and then it comes down with a reasonable push. Mine is red or yellow (don't honestly remember) but is easy to see where the piston and cylinder meet.

Should not take a huge effort to get it to come down, I suspect the catch is preventing it from coming down.

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Old 01-18-2017, 01:48 PM   #6
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Thanks, it is definitely locked into the up position but I see nothing to release.

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This what I have.

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The light colored cord is for the Select Comfort bed

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Your coach being a 2003 probably did not come with a select comfort bed. The struts are much stronger for a regular mattress. Just give it a big push.
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GA traveler, you are correct the mattress is a replacement, but no amount of pressure is budging this bed platform.
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Ha, I figured it out! I was pulling on the wooden section of the platform which would bend as if it was gonna break so I quit pulling. Just now I pushed on one side of the mattress portion and felt movement so I went to the end of the bed and pushed down on the mattress portion and it finally closed. Thanks for all your help, it was just a matter of putting the right pressure at the right spot.
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