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Old 08-11-2015, 10:42 PM   #1
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This weekend, while on a trip to Canada, the slide out bar came off from underneath the sofa bed. I slept without it on my last day and everything seemed fine. What exactly does it do besides hold the fold down extended pieces? Do I really need it if I don't need the additional length?
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Old 08-11-2015, 11:04 PM   #2
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Having never seen one except in brochure pics, I'd say you don't need it if you aren't using the fold down extension. And if you're not using them, you could remove them and gain some space and less weight.
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Old 08-12-2015, 02:40 AM   #3
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AI Ext Sofa bed bar broken

It's just a support for the fold down extension for the bed for anyone who needs a bed longer than 6'2". More to go wrong in my opinion.


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This weekend, while on a trip to Canada, the slide out bar came off from underneath the sofa bed. I slept without it on my last day and everything seemed fine. What exactly does it do besides hold the fold down extended pieces? Do I really need it if I don't need the additional length?

Jackie - as others have pointed out you don't need that slide out bar unless you use the two fold down bed extensions. Since I don't need the bed extensions I removed both the slide bar and fold downs to give me more rear area storage


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Old 08-12-2015, 04:36 PM   #5
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Well, I'm considering selling my AI next year. And getting a class A. If this fix is covered under the warranty, I should probably just get it repaired but thanks for the info. Glad to know it is not important.
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Jackie - as others have pointed out you don't need that slide out bar unless you use the two fold down bed extensions. Since I don't need the bed extensions I removed both the slide bar and fold downs to give me more rear area storage


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Hi Mike. We also have a 2013 extended, and we're thinking of removing the bar to gain a little more storage under the bed. How big of a process is it to remove the bar? We are not exactly the mechanical types!


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Hi Mike. We also have a 2013 extended, and we're thinking of removing the bar to gain a little more storage under the bed. How big of a process is it to remove the bar? We are not exactly the mechanical types!


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If I recall it is just held in by pop rivets. They can be drilled out, but take some effort as they are steel rivets. I then also removed the side fold down bed extensions as they are just held in place by a few screws into the side paneling.


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I removed mine when I eliminated the side fold down extensions. Since they could not be used when I installed my two vertical cabinets that go from the floor to the rear overhead cabinet, I removed the small netted storage areas on each side. This gave me more room to store tall items between the extra cabinets and the outside wall like an ironing board, drying clothes rack, umbrella's, brooms, etc.

By the way, after using the cabinets this year on our trips, installing these cabinets are, by far, the best modification that I have made to the AI. They dramatically increased the storage area behind the seats.
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I removed mine when I eliminated the side fold down extensions. Since they could not be used when I installed my two vertical cabinets that go from the floor to the rear overhead cabinet, I removed the small netted storage areas on each side. This gave me more room to store tall items between the extra cabinets and the outside wall like an ironing board, drying clothes rack, umbrella's, brooms, etc.

By the way, after using the cabinets this year on our trips, installing these cabinets are, by far, the best modification that I have made to the AI. They dramatically increased the storage area behind the seats.

Thanks for your input. Was the sliding bar difficult to remove? Was it installed using screws or rivets as mentioned by Mike?


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Thanks for your input. Was the sliding bar difficult to remove? Was it installed using screws or rivets as mentioned by Mike?


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It was fastened with rivets. Easily drilled out. Only took a few minutes.
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Mine broke, however I replaced it with more durable sliding rails. For us, the primary purpose of use is to store our collapsible camp chairs, fire tools, etc. We basically treat it a a pullout shell. Never use it to support the bed fold down arms.


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It was fastened with rivets. Easily drilled out. Only took a few minutes.
Correction!!!

The track for the bar is held in by rivets. And I thought I remembered drilling out the rivets, but I didn't. That bar works just like a cabinet drawer. If you push in on the releases on each side, the bar will slide off the track. I then used a couple zip ties to keep the track from sliding in and out.

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I went to Colonial yesterday and the awesome repair crew fixed it on warranty. Apparently this happens a lot.
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The track for the bar is held in by rivets. And I thought I remembered drilling out the rivets, but I didn't. That bar works just like a cabinet drawer. If you push in on the releases on each side, the bar will slide off the track. I then used a couple zip ties to keep the track from sliding in and out.




Thanks for the picture, Jerhofer! It doesn't look complicated after all. We made it on this trip with the bar, but it is nice to know that it is easily removed.

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