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Old 12-12-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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Ideas on lifting bed to access storage below?

Hello all. I have a 2011 Sunseeker 3120. Lifting up the lid that the bed lays on weighs a ton. Other rigs have struts that allow the bed to be lifted up easily. Not this one, the lid and the mattress slide out with the slide, leaving the base stationary. Who thought this up? 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
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:48 PM   #2
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Hello all. I have a 2011 Sunseeker 3120. Lifting up the lid that the bed lays on weighs a ton. Other rigs have struts that allow the bed to be lifted up easily. Not this one, the lid and the mattress slide out with the slide, leaving the base stationary. Who thought this up? 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
Pictures would help those of us not familiar with your unit to maybe offer some suggestions.
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:45 PM   #3
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my coachman is the same way. I bought a strut kit from camping world and installed it. works good. not too bad to install.
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my coachman is the same way. I bought a strut kit from camping world and installed it. works good. not too bad to install.
Hummmm. mine came with struts installed.
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:53 PM   #5
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From what the OP indicates, the mattress and its support move with the slide...the bed's base doesn't move. Can't attach any lifting struts to that set-up.

I remember this coming up before...can't recall the solution.

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Old 12-12-2013, 08:53 PM   #6
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I understand that the base sits still while the mattress and plywood it sits on move with the slide. This means you can't use anything that permanently connects the base to the plywood platform.
I once had a TT without prop rods under the bed. I took a 1x3 plank and attached a shorter plank at one end to form a 'T' then mitered the base with a 45* cut. I used this to prop the plywood up once I lifted it. Still heavy to lift, but at least I didn't have to hold it up.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:01 PM   #7
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Wrvond knows exactly what I have. First time I've come across this situation. I guess the easiest method is to simply prop it up with some cut wood, so it stays up. Thanks Wrvond, It's just so heavy, around 100 pounds of effert. I'm not as young as I was. But I guess it is what it is.. Thanks for the input. Randy
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:14 PM   #8
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I was thinking...
If you mounted a couple pneumatic prop rods under there in such a way that when the bed is down and the slide is in, the rods are extended the same length as the distance that is traveled by the mattress when the slide is extended. That way, when the slide is extended, the rods will be compressed and ready to assist with the lifting.
I hope that all makes sense.

It occurs to me that would possibly put the rods in backwards, though...

Another idea is to mount one end of the rods to a track that would allow the base of the rod to travel to a certain point then lock in place. Something like that shouldn't be too hard to fab up.
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Don't know your unit. Possible to cut an access opening in the bed base, frame it for strength, and cover it with a cabinet door?
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I can't picture how the mattress sliding, but not the bed frame, affects the use of lifts in the compartment. And what fills the gap between the bed box and the slidewall when slide is open. I guess I'll try to find the floorplan online to see.

Update. OK. I see that the plywood slides but not the box. Whew! That's a hard one. Maybe mount a TT tongue jack at the foot. Lol. Good luck.
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