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Old 06-01-2015, 07:51 PM   #1
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Underbed storage supports

A picture of the supports I placed in the underbed storage compartment.
2 x 100 lb supports is a little overkill for the King bed - could have done with 50's!
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:37 AM   #2
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Nice job, like the light.. Will get around to that one 1 day..
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:50 PM   #3
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I was surprised that my Challenger came with these already installed.
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:17 PM   #4
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The supports are a GREAT idea! Could you provide info on who makes them, where you bought them, etc.? Thanks!
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:41 PM   #5
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I was surprised that my Challenger came with these already installed.
I want to be surprised that mine didn't, but sadly....
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:10 PM   #6
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I was surprised that my Challenger came with these already installed.
My Challenger came with them as well, although, I may have to replace them with some beefier ones. When I raise the mattress and compartment lid to remove or store the folding dining chairs the weight of the mattress and lid will slowly close the compartment.
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Old 06-09-2015, 11:28 PM   #7
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Amazon.com: JR Products BR-10336 10mm Flat Gas Spring Mounting Bracket: Automotive


Amazon.com: JR Products BR-1060 10mm Angled Gas Spring Mounting Bracket: Automotive


These are the links to the Amazon site I purchased the shocks and brackets for the mod. I went with the 100 lb shocks and is a little overkill but so nice as a simple touch of the mattress and it shoots open. Harder to close and you have to hold the wood to close - not the mattress! I used machine screws with nuts as the screws would easily pull out with the force (purchased at Lowes). I also bought a piece of metal to place on the other side (hidden) of the wood on the side of the bed facing rear wall of couch.


These are 445 N force - which are almost impossible to close by themselves - I will be replacing the 225 N ones on the outside kitchen as after 6 month, these are starting to sag already!
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:59 PM   #8
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Amazon.com: SUSPA C16-08054 Gas Spring (set of 2): Automotive

Amazon.com: JR Products BR-10336 10mm Flat Gas Spring Mounting Bracket: Automotive

Amazon.com: JR Products BR-1060 10mm Angled Gas Spring Mounting Bracket: Automotive


These are the links to the Amazon site I purchased the shocks and brackets for the mod. I went with the 100 lb shocks and is a little overkill but so nice as a simple touch of the mattress and it shoots open. Harder to close and you have to hold the wood to close - not the mattress! I used machine screws with nuts as the screws would easily pull out with the force (purchased at Lowes). I also bought a piece of metal to place on the other side (hidden) of the wood on the side of the bed facing rear wall of couch.


These are 445 N force - which are almost impossible to close by themselves - I will be replacing the 225 N ones on the outside kitchen as after 6 month, these are starting to sag already!
Thank you so much for the link and for the info! I think this is a great idea, and we'll work on doing this modification once we get some of the bugs worked out of the coach.
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Old 07-04-2015, 01:52 PM   #9
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I had been meaning to do this some day, but this thread prompted me to order the parts
I finally got around to installing

I went with 45# springs based on previous posts.
I ended up having to install some hinges to allow them to work
then with only one spring in place I found that it's too much
The mattress weight will hold mine down, but only barely. Lift the mattress and the hatch comes up!

I had a 20# spring that I took off my entrance door because it didn't dampen the opening stroke. (so I'm not sure if it's still 20#)
I tried it..... too long to fully close the way I have my brackets, but I would say that a single 20# isn't quite enough. I would say a single 30# spring would be about right..... in my case anyway (short queen size bed with a hatch about half of the mattress)
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Old 07-04-2015, 02:07 PM   #10
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blw2, way to go getting at it. Personally, I find the hardest part of any mod is getting started!


Hope you get the correct springs soon and it works great! Like I said in my post prior, my bed will spring open with one finger under the mattress. I feared it would pop up on the road with a bump in the road, but it doesn't. Keep at it!
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:49 AM   #11
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Thanks for the amazon links! I have them in my cart (45# struts though, instead of 100#) and will be doing this after a couple other mods.
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Old 07-30-2015, 06:13 PM   #12
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I have to replace the outside kitchen struts after 6 months! Not going to bother Thor as they will only send e the same garbage they placed in the first place. Going with the 100's again. I would rather struggle to close a hatch than have it slow to open or sag!
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Old 01-20-2016, 04:23 AM   #13
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Great info we will be using, as well. Appreciate the posted links, too.
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