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Old 10-16-2018, 09:10 AM   #1
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Bed lift struts for 19'

I am assuming that ETI does not install bed lift struts on the 19' queen bed hatch, so am wondering if others have installed them and if they are working ok. I had them on a previous trailer and really like the ability to store large items (toppers, sleeping bags, etc) under the bed from above.
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Old 10-16-2018, 11:42 AM   #2
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ETI will not do this as far as I know. Bed/hatch lifts have been done by a few members before, but on 21's. I can't see why something couldn't be made to work on a 19.

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Old 10-16-2018, 12:22 PM   #3
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Or, you could get really fancy and do a power reclining bed in your 19' like Ian Giles... video, info here: Power Reclining Bed modification
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Old 10-16-2018, 04:12 PM   #4
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Doing a bed lift on a 19 may be a problem as it is a real bed and not the lightest thing to lift. I find that as soon as you get to the windows the bed gets hung up on the knobs. As long as you donít want to go any higher it could work.
I did this which is 4 cubic feet of inside pull out storage each...doesnít mess the bed.
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:44 AM   #5
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I blame Ron for this: We liked our mattress so much but needed to make it even better so found an IKEA and bought their Lonsett slotted wood bed "springs". We love it, but now, lifting the mattress to access the hatch underneath, previously a bear, is completely impossible. Building sliding long drawers for access underneath is very wise. Crawling under there to check the plumbing, not so much.
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Old 10-30-2018, 12:36 PM   #6
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Yah, well I blame you for building your own tongue box and giving me the idea.

Oh wait, I love having a custom tongue box that fits my needs so a guess that I can't blame you.

Fortunately accessing the plumbing, now that the accumulator tank is installed, is a very infrequent occurrence.

I've offered to build long pull out drawers but M. would rather have individual totes for various things. We also have a shallow tote accessible from the side hatch for specific things. So all-in-all we're happy with the status quo.

It'd be interesting to see the results if someone tried putting struts on the platform. Not sure about the interaction at the back wall though.

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Think struts there would need to be power assisted to lift that mattress. For me another issue is blockage from my added side wall shelving, not to mention the usual septinagarian ussues.
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:10 PM   #8
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I agree that any lift to the bed would be limited and, because you can access the under-bed area from the front double doors, to me, a lift seems unnecessary. Now, in the 21' I would love a lift; however, it would mean cutting into the plywood and I'm not too keen on that.
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I blame Ron for this: We liked our mattress so much but needed to make it even better so found an IKEA and bought their Lonsett slotted wood bed "springs". We love it, but now, lifting the mattress to access the hatch underneath, previously a bear, is completely impossible. Building sliding long drawers for access underneath is very wise. Crawling under there to check the plumbing, not so much.
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