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Old 12-13-2013, 07:47 AM   #11
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How about mounting the base end of the strut on a slide so it slides with camper slide?



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Old 12-13-2013, 08:32 AM   #12
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How about mounting the base end of the strut on a slide so it slides with camper slide?
This was my thought, too. Just couldn't see in my head how it would work.
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:36 AM   #13
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Pictures of the problem might get some realistic ideas of a fix.
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:40 AM   #14
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This was my thought, too. Just couldn't see in my head how it would work.
Seems this would put a constant outward push on the slide, straining the slide motor which would be compressing the lifts as it closes. This needs an engineer and new technology. :' )
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:37 PM   #15
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SLiding Mattress Lid with stationary lid

I've attached a crude picture of my situation (# 1), showing sliding lid that the mattress lays on. The mattress and lid moves in and out ( # 2)with the slide. The stationary box below stays put. I have an idea of building a lid attached to the stationary box with struts. This lid will be under the sliding lid. So the idea is to lift the stationary lid thereby also lifting the sliding lid at the same time (#3). Does this make sense?
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:20 PM   #16
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Concept is good. I would put two struts vertically in the corners and just a small wood beam connecting them. Semi circular shape might work best because it will have to slide on the movable mattress base. Also a small stop on the mattress base would minimize the bending force on the struts when the bed is lifted.
When compressed the struts/beam would be flush with the top of the fixed base. You could put the struts in a plastic pipe which would act as a stabilizer and vertical guide. Difficulty may be finding struts that aren't too strong since they would be placed in a very efficient mode.

Never thought of trying to improve this area but now it has got me to thinking.
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:43 PM   #17
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I've attached a crude picture of my situation (# 1), showing sliding lid that the mattress lays on. The mattress and lid moves in and out ( # 2)with the slide. The stationary box below stays put. I have an idea of building a lid attached to the stationary box with struts. This lid will be under the sliding lid. So the idea is to lift the stationary lid thereby also lifting the sliding lid at the same time (#3). Does this make sense?
Itll take some work but may do the job. Good diagram.
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:32 PM   #18
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I would try to design sliding tubes with the strut anchors mounted to them and the sliding tubes contained by "C" channels mounted to the base. The sliding tubes would be moved by the strut itself. The sliding tubes must be moved against a positive stop when the slide is extended but be free to move back when the slide is retracted. The "C" channels would have to be long enough to hold the tubes when the strut is extended and pulled back with the slide

A 1" sq tube with the strut anchor inside a "C" channel would work.

Would need to know exactly how much the slide moved to come up with a working design. I would use the dimensions of the struts on my bed to complete the design.
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Anyway, what are you doing to lift up bed without getting a hernia and keeping it up without falling on your head! I'd like to use this for storage. Thanks in advance. Randy
Lifting it up, still get a hernia. Keeping it up (ok, I'm starting to laugh) involves using a 2 X 4 to hold up the lid. Then it's hernia time to let it back down.
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Luckily I'm still young enough that this isn't a problem. But I always feel that I'm taking my life in my own hands when I have to prop it up and crawl in to turn the fresh water drain.
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