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Old 10-14-2008, 01:07 AM   #1
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Red face Problem with bed lift

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I own a 2008 T255SL. I have a problem with the queen bed. The hinge screws are no longer staying in the wood platform because the holes have stripped. The other problem is the gas lifts are stuck in the fully extended position. I unscrewed the gas lifts so that the bed would lie flat. I am not happy with the dealer, as every time I bring the unit in for repair (under warranty) they tell me I have done something wrong, and blame me for the problem. I no longer want to work with the dealer.

I have thought of a couple of ideas to fix the bed problem myself, and wanted some input. Here are the options for the hinges.
#1 Mend the holes with carpenters glue & replace the screws in the same position.
#2 Drill the holes completely through the wood platform & replace the screws with bolts & nuts
#3 Move the hinges to a new position & create new holes for the screws.
#4 Replace the bed platform entirely with a better quality wood.

As far as the gas lifts, if I can not get them to retract, I will need to replace with new lifts (maybe a heavier duty type)

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Old 10-14-2008, 05:26 AM   #2
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I would try #2 but I would also use a metal back plate on the under side. #3 would be the next step, if the plywood is damage from the original screws and still use a metal back plate once you have decided on a new location.
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:31 AM   #3
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As far as the gas lifts, if I am not mistaken I think if they fail, they should fail in the down position just like a lift door on the back of an automobile or SUV.
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:05 AM   #4
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i agree with rockwood i would go with #2
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Old 10-16-2008, 08:06 AM   #5
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same here with option 2

pan head screw/bolts and nuts with washers on both sides for extra distribution of stress

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Old 10-18-2008, 06:41 PM   #6
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I'd try and use a piano hinge to replace the hinges if it would work. It will spread out the forces and since they use many more small screws. I'd also use about the same force lifts on the platform. If you want longer, that would be fine. If you use a higher force unit they may pull the screws out or even break the wood out.
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Old 10-25-2009, 10:54 PM   #7
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Thanks for to everyone for the advice. I ended up keeping the exsiting hinges, drilled holes all the way through the wood, and used pan head screw/bolts and nuts with washers on both sides. So far this has worked, with no problems. Once this was fixed, and the gas lifts were re attached, the lifts retracted and now work properly.
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Old 10-26-2009, 11:42 PM   #8
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We have an 07 Surveyor SV304
We had the same problem and ended up drilling through and putting nuts and bolts. And we also had the same solution with the lifts- once the board was secured, they reset themselves. I'm happy to report we did this 2 years ago and use our camper a LOT and have zero problems with the hinges now- and we even have added a very heavy foam memory mattress pad and it still hasn't given us any problems.
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