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Old 09-27-2016, 12:45 PM   #1
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213RBSL King Bed Storage "Hold Open"

My wife couldn't hold the storage lid under our bed open, told me to fix it. I think we could have gone with a 60lb Gas Spring, but the 90lb may break in a bit over time.

Master Bed (King) Spring Shock Hold Open Mod rvupgrades.com
Qty 1 20-1076 Gas Spring 90lb 17"
Qty 1 20-1066 Gas Spring Flat Mtg Bracket
Qty 1 20-1071 Gas Spring Angled Out Mtg Bracket
Around $20.00 total
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Old 09-27-2016, 01:23 PM   #2
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Good stuff! Where did you order from?
Thanks for the part numbers, I need to do this.
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Old 09-27-2016, 06:27 PM   #3
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Yep.

That's a nice storage box. But a beast to easily access while holding up that air-craft-carrier-mattress.

And if you replace that mattress with a good one, it won't be a lighter one!
Nice job!
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Good stuff! Where did you order from?
Thanks for the part numbers, I need to do this.
Hello Dawniewest, I ordered from rvupgrades.com Lots of neat stuff on that site that is trying to take $$$ out of my wallet
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Yep.

That's a nice storage box. But a beast to easily access while holding up that air-craft-carrier-mattress.

And if you replace that mattress with a good one, it won't be a lighter one!
Nice job!
Thanks! Yes we've already talked about replacing it in a year or two. For now it works OK.
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Thanks! Yes we've already talked about replacing it in a year or two. For now it works OK.
They must be putting better stock mattresses in. After our first night we were both sore from sleeping on that marshmallow mattress. Put a 4"memory foam topper on it and now it's better than our bed at home.
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Old 09-27-2016, 07:44 PM   #7
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Not sure but wife has two thick mattress pads in it and it's OK for now
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Jeff,

A word of caution,
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Old 09-28-2016, 07:30 AM   #9
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Jeff,

A word of caution,
and the word is don't hit return before your finished.

I was about to relate what happened to me.

Dutchmen in their infinite wisdom deemed MDF (must have been Chinese) was a suitable bed platform in our '07 Brick (Colorado, ugliest towing camper I have towed. But DW is happy.)

I knew it was going to be a problem, one I ignored for 7 years, until I POd my maker. I think Loki was involved too. DW sits on edge of bed, MDF breaks, DW sitting one floor turns and gives stink eye, I turn and run for the back door, DW is hollering at me loud enough I'm sure
all of Dover and maybe all the way to DC could hear her, over the top of the Cup cars "Where are you going?", as I turn my head I yell back "Lowe's, get a sheet of plywood to fix that POS bed?" Under my breath I'm saying, "You broke my nose once, I ain't a slow learner." That's a whole other story, I'm not sure which embelished version I've aready told here. But let my tell you stay away from her rabbit punch, I picked my self up off the floor, dust myself off, go to bathroom, stop bleeding, straighten broken nose, put broken nose back in place, wipe stupid off my forhead, say to myself, "self never do anything so stupid again."

Let me tell you trying to repair a camper bed, in the middle of a camp ground at a NASCAR event, is a comedy of errors. Minimal wood working tools, expecting to reuse hardware, remove all screws, take old platform outside, get new plywood platform layed out, reinstalled new platform, wrestle mattress into place while holding down new lighter platform (and yes you may laugh, without fear of reprisal) mattress in place, release platform, mattress flips up smacks me in the chops, tears in eyes, hinges tore the screws right out, platform flips forward, crashes hits top of feet, more tears, DW is rolling aroung in bedroom doorway LHAO. Go to bathroom mirror rub stupid off forehead and say to self "self never, never do anything so stupid again." Remember way back I said it's OK to laugh. Well laugh if you got 'em.
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Now the moral of the story, watch the stuts, they may be too strong for your repair.
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