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Old 10-17-2018, 07:21 AM   #1
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Bed Struts

While I haven't had time to take the mattress off to check, the struts on my king bed in the 38MB are nowhere near strong enough to hold up the bed. Common issue? When I mentioned it during the PDI I was told they are part of the frame and they couldn't switch out with anything they had in stock and I should reach out to Jeff Holmes in Warranty. Just wondering if anyone else has the same issue and a resolution. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-17-2018, 08:48 AM   #2
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it is not uncommon for the struts to not hold the mattress up especially the newer thicker memory style mattress. I believe they are blowing smoke about the struts part of the frame most can be changed and are readily available. I changed mine on the old class A and went to strong so when I hit a big bump the bed would sometimes open by itself. lol
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:20 AM   #3
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Not uncommon at all, unfortunately. The struts seem to work fine with just the mattress sitting on the platform but when you add bedding, and as I did a foot board they lose their effectiveness. I have 2 linear actuators kicking around that I'm planning to re-purpose for this, the hardest part is probably finding a 12V DC source.
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:21 AM   #4
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Newer model problem???

Rusty, I think the problem has gotten worse since the 2018 1/2 models have come equipped with the steel bed frame and wood slats which is obviously heavier. I am not sure the factory changed either the weight capacity or mounting dimensions from before. My struts are mounted about half way, so the only way I can access the under-bed storage by myself is by propping it up with a piece of 2 x 4. I have been thinking about adding some struts near the foot of the bed that I have left over from the basement door mod, but haven't done that so far.

Where did you end up staying the first night?

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Old 10-17-2018, 06:07 PM   #5
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Good evening Noel. First night was Bowling Green Ky. Forsyth Ga. tonight. We're generally members of the 330 club. 3:30pm or 330 miles. Between the dog and only having a 36 gallon tank on the dually (along with my limited bladder) at the end of the day, we only average 50 mph factoring in stops and travelling 65 mph. This trip we've "pushed" it and are doing 400 mile days. I cut a 1 x 4 myself to hold the bed up (steel frame w/wood slats). Once I'm situated in Florida, I'll call Jeff and see what he says. Once I resolved my inverter issue, so far the bed is my only issue. Nice to have such a big problem. LOL. All good so far.
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Old 10-17-2018, 06:14 PM   #6
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I don't quite have the same issue as you folks, but I guess I created my own problem when I removed the very heavy queen mattress from the bed and installed a sleep number queen in its place. The new Sleep number bed is soooo much lighter and the struts would open up the bed always when we weren't sitting on it. Had to remove the struts completely and use a manual prop to keep the storage open. Easy fix for us. Love our sleep number, so not going to attempt a repair that is not needed.
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Old 10-17-2018, 06:20 PM   #7
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Heard good things about Sleep Number. I'll definitely look at it come replacement time. So far after one night the factory mattress feels pretty good. Could be the bedtime bourbon helping!
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