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Old 10-25-2004, 02:00 PM   #1
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Pullout SofaBed Question

We have a 27' 1974 Overlander and the screws that secure the sofa bed to the wall keep pulling out of the wall, and it seems as if they weren't properly anchored to the metal framing. Being a new Airstream owner I'm not sure how the framing is on that particular year. Would it be sufficient to use a toggle bolt to anchor this, or is there another way of doing this? Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 10-25-2004, 02:18 PM   #2
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We have a 27' 1974 Overlander and the screws that secure the sofa bed to the wall keep pulling out of the wall, and it seems as if they weren't properly anchored to the metal framing. Being a new Airstream owner I'm not sure how the framing is on that particular year. Would it be sufficient to use a toggle bolt to anchor this, or is there another way of doing this? Any help would be appreciated.

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If a larger size but same length screw was used would that work?

If you do use toggles or anything else just make sure that the one you use is not so long as to hit the exterior skin.
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I've noticed the same thing since I started using the pull-out regularly. there just isn't much holding it down. when I first investigated, I thought this was some sort of mickey-moused retrofit...then I realized that there are no other holes anywhere, either in the couch framework or the wall...this is the way the factory did it. and its just not adequate for a big heavy lag screw. the thin interior skin is all it has to grip, (there's no "framing" involved, as far as I can see), and over time, the holes distort. I haven't thought of a "fix" yet...perhaps your idea of a toggle bolt of some sort will work.
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Old 10-25-2004, 05:07 PM   #4
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There is framing back there...

There is framing back there but I don't recall if the sofa is supposed to be fastened to it or not. Mine was pulled out on one end, I have the entire front end disassembled at the moment, I plan on riveting some thick pieces of aluminum behind the skin where it pulled out that last time. I might even tack weld a bolt onto the plate to keep it from happening again

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Sofa Bed

There is plenty of room underneath right now, so I think I might try to design some sort of wood framing or box and mount it to the plywood floor. I'll design it so I can still have use for the storage drawers underneath. That way I won't disturb the interior skin. There just isn't enough strength or support there for us fat guys! That should help. What do you think?

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There is framing back there but I don't recall if the sofa is supposed to be fastened to it or not. Mine was pulled out on one end, I have the entire front end disassembled at the moment, I plan on riveting some thick pieces of aluminum behind the skin where it pulled out that last time. I might even tack weld a bolt onto the plate to keep it from happening again

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We have a 27' 1974 Overlander and the screws that secure the sofa bed to the wall keep pulling out of the wall, and it seems as if they weren't properly anchored to the metal framing.

I have fixed the side bed in both of the coaches I owned that had one. The bracket that is attached to the inner wall is screwed into the inner skin. I normally add 2 self tapping screws thru the rear brace into each of the ribs that it crosses. The ribs will be at the rivet lines. This has been a permanent fix in each case.

If it is the front couch it is only attached at the corners. This is also a weak spot, there are no ribs. I have attached a wide strip of flat bent aluminum stock to the inner skin curved to match, with a bunch of rivets and then screwed into the plate. This spreads the strain and offers a better bite for the screws.
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