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Old 07-22-2015, 06:18 PM   #29
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We have a 2016 22' FB Sport purchased 6/22/15. ghamr, thx for the piano hinge idea for the storage area under the bed, we'll do that soon! Frank&Mike I'll be watching your progress, the sink isn't my favorite. Since the lower blind clips are at the same level as the dinette's back cushions I am concerned that we'll eventually find a hole in the leather. The accordian 'shower curtain' is also not a favorite. We added small self-stick plastic bumpers to the bathroom mirror, door, and closet door handles to prevent damage to the finishes. We're calling Jackson Center tomorrow to schedule an appointment in the next couple of weeks, we want to tour the plant but after travelling 9K miles during the past month it'll also be due for a brake packing; a few interior rivets have popped off, the entry door needs an adjustment, and a few screws are missing in the divider panel by the sink. And another thing learned when I dropped a quart of milk: the lower cabinets and shower are not caulked (we parked on a slope to clean). Can any of you provide any advice or info regarding the service JC appointment and the trip we'll be making from TX to OH?
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Old 07-22-2015, 07:01 PM   #30
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Darned.... after looking at the bedframe installing a piano hinge top door would require building a framed opening, and lifting the mattress for access will quickly cause blind damage on both ends. Guess we'll continue to use the underbed storage for little used items and consider accessing them a 'floor exercise'.
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:18 PM   #31
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Forced Into Doing the Bed Lift Tonight

Brought the Airstream from storage to the house this evening to pack for this weekend's trip. The outside storage lock decided to freeze up. So ... no choice but to enter from the underneath side of the bed to access all the electric cables, etc. This wasn't the most opportune time to start the "bed lift" mod but if I'm going to move the mattress and unscrew the base of the bed, why not go all the way? Turns out that the bed frame is already in two pieces which makes the project much simpler than I anticipated. NOTE however that it was necessary to cut 1/2 inch off each side of the bed frame to enable the frame to lift and lower without scraping the interior walls. I was able to complete the project in a little over 3 hours (including a 1/2 hour round trip to H Depot to purchase a continuous 72 inch hinge). So if you're considering this mod it's actually pretty simple. The only thing remaining is to purchase a couple hydraulic lifts which will make lifting the mattress easier and will enable the mattress to stay in the upright position when accessing the "under bed" storage. So a few photos of the project ... from start to finish.
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:22 PM   #32
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Table Base Location

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Did you butt up the base to the curb side dinette is my question
I took a photo of the table base this evening to show where the table base butts up to the curbside dinette. Hope this helps give a better representation of its new position.
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:27 PM   #33
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Couple More Photos of a more Spacious Center Area

Thought I would share a couple more photos I took this evening showing how much additional space the living area has as a result of repositioning the table base. Therefore allowing a nice little lounge area as well.
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Old 07-23-2015, 09:30 PM   #34
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Darned.... after looking at the bedframe installing a piano hinge top door would require building a framed opening, and lifting the mattress for access will quickly cause blind damage on both ends. Guess we'll continue to use the underbed storage for little used items and consider accessing them a 'floor exercise'.

Actually no, all that you anticipated (I was anticipating the same) is not necessary. The only thing you have to do is cut approximately 1/2 inch off of each side of the straight edges (only up to the point where the 2 separate bed segments join). It's very simple. Go for it.
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Old 08-02-2015, 07:27 PM   #35
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Just replaced the cute sink with one that works in our 2016 22FB. Used an IKEA rectangular one with integral drainboard.

I can't see attached thumbnails in this or other posts. Any idea why?
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:01 PM   #36
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Bed Lift Modification is Completed

As of today, the modification to the front bed (to install 2 gas struts allowing the bed to raise for easy access to the "under bed storage") is completed. Now we can easily access the storage area without having to get on our knees and stick half of our body into the storage compartment to access things. I think this will turn out to be one of the best modifications we've made to our 22' Sport.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:03 PM   #37
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Modification looks great. I love the idea of being able to easily inspect the tank & fittings there, too.

Admittedly, only just recently purchased, I'm nervous to modify, but that bed lift looks like a ridiculously easy mod with huge benefit.

Because we store our trailer at an RV lot (with no space at our place in the heart of the city), we'll probably coordinate a mod like that with when we winterize for the year. I'll let you know come Canadian thanksgiving if we bite the bullet.....
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Modification looks great. I love the idea of being able to easily inspect the tank & fittings there, too.

Admittedly, only just recently purchased, I'm nervous to modify, but that bed lift looks like a ridiculously easy mod with huge benefit.

Because we store our trailer at an RV lot (with no space at our place in the heart of the city), we'll probably coordinate a mod like that with when we winterize for the year. I'll let you know come Canadian thanksgiving if we bite the bullet.....
Thank you for the positive feedback. I can understand your apprehension to modify and I share the same concerns. It turns out that the bed lift is an easy modification. Like you, we cannot store our Airstream at home because of HOA restrictions. So our modifications have taken place over the course of a couple days scattered here and there ... either in preparation for upcoming camp trips or after returning home from camp trips.
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Re Bed modification

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Old 08-29-2015, 01:08 PM   #40
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Thank you for your thread which provided the motivation to complete the bed modification.
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Great information here! We are purchasing a 2016 22fb Sport and it comes with those horrible mini blinds. Can we replace them with something from a regular blinds store that will work?


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The AS mini blinds are designed to attach when down into clips located on either side to hold them in place along the curve of the wall. This holds the bottom rod in place so it doesn't move/bang around during travel. It also snugs up the blinds a bit closer to the window along the curve of the wall.

We like to have the blinds closed during storage and travel to keep the heat out.

If replacing, consider the shades that are used in some of the other AS models, called ocean air I believe.

I don't think that "standard" mini blinds like from a big box store would clip in at the bottom like the AS blinds are made to do. Without this bottom clip, I would imagine that the blinds would need to be drawn open to the top during travel, and also that some cushioning means like stick on felt would be needed to keep the bottom bar of the blinds from banging against the window, window frame, and wall. And when down, they will hang straight (per gravity) and not hug up to the window. Unless there is a way to clip to the bottom.

Same reason that the front window curtains are attached top and bottom.

I expected to have an aversion to the blinds but in actual use found them to be easy to use and fairly functional.
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