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Old 08-19-2015, 10:04 AM   #1
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Gaucho Extension! Flip down legs

I wanted more space out of the bed up front with my Gaucho. I removed the stop blocks inside, and sure enough, got another 8 inches, but the cantilever was too much. So, I made flip down support legs.

They swing down on nylon washers, and have a block that stops them when they are vertical. Then, when you are ready to put the bed away, you flip them up, and a super magnet grabs the L shaped piece of metal and holds them up out of the way while you push the bed back in place. It works great, and when you sit on the edge of the bed, there's no flex to the support arms as the weight is carried by the new legs.
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Old 08-19-2015, 06:02 PM   #2
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Your pic did not show up but it sounds like what I did on our trailer makes a real solid bed.
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Old 08-19-2015, 06:41 PM   #3
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Try posting pics again please.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:01 AM   #4
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Okay, I tried again. It just keeps saying it failed. Not sure what the issue is.

Sorry.
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:14 AM   #5
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okay

Looks like it worked
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Great idea…looks like great design.

Don't know if it would work on mine, but sure would like to see a close up from the other side.
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Old 08-20-2015, 12:05 PM   #7
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Which side do you mean? There are actually 3 legs spaced across each of the 3 supports. There are some things you have to be careful of. you need to clear the top of the front, when you put in the blocks where the legs drop down and stop, those need to allow you to close the front. I had to use T nuts in the front since that's upholstered. I'm going to use thread lock in those. You also want to space the legs out a little from the back so it can still drop if you upholster the front.
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We're in the exact same situation - trying to figure a way to make the front gaucho extend more. This seems like it may be an answer. I also would love to see some closeup pics of the other side - ie - the side that would show where and how you attached those legs. Also - in your first post you mention using super magnets to grab on to the L-shaped piece of metal. Can you please clarify what L-shaped piece of metal you are talking about! Thanks for the great idea!
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Hey Rob,
I sawed off two folding table supports from V T S and mounted them on each corner. They just snap up then slide in.
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Cheetah1: In the pic, you see that little circle in the leg? then near the end of the leg you can see a shiny square. What I did was use a super magnet that was designed for screwing on. It has a hole, and a recessed area for a countersunk screw. You drill the hole with a forstner bit, then screw in the magnet so it's flush. then, you use 1" "L" brackets. These are usually used for small shelves or to repair a corner in something. I believe these are 1/2" on each leg and each leg has a screw hole. So, when the leg swings up, the magnet grabs the top of the L shape that is sticking out.
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