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Old 08-10-2019, 10:27 PM   #1
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Gas struts under 19 bed?

Has anyone installed gas struts in a 19 to make lifting the queen mattress easier? Seems like it might ease access to the water heater bypass valves and the rest of the storage area. I have no idea if it is even feasible. Seems like the mattress is a rather snug fit and even with struts, it may be difficult because of the snug fit.
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:34 PM   #2
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If you have the awning window on the passenger side...between that knob to open it and the escape window on the other side, the mattress will only go up to there before it will get hug up. Considering the mattress is 8 inches, this will not allow the mattress to raise easily very high.
Most people just use some kind of bins/drawers underneath.
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:47 AM   #3
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You could get really fancy and install a reclining power bed modification like Ian Giles did here: Power Reclining Bed modification
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:15 AM   #4
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If you have the awning window on the passenger side...between that knob to open it and the escape window on the other side, the mattress will only go up to there before it will get hug up. Considering the mattress is 8 inches, this will not allow the mattress to raise easily very high.
Most people just use some kind of bins/drawers underneath.
Makes sense. Thanks.

Ya know, Escape’s mattress for the 21 has a corner lopped off. Maybe we should lobby for 19 mattresses with notches to clear the window mechanisms? Not likely to happen, eh?
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You could get really fancy and install a reclining power bed modification like Ian Giles did here: Power Reclining Bed modification
Well, thatís a bit over the top! Doesnít help access underneath, but it is a cool mod!
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Old 08-11-2019, 02:31 PM   #6
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I asked for my mattress in the 19 be cut 2" smaller all the way around because the stock unit is wedged too tight in the space. The smaller mattress allows making the bed easier as well as raising it up. did the same for my 21' bed.
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