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Old 12-14-2013, 06:50 PM   #1
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How'd they do this???

I have a gaucho in my Bambi II that slides out to a nice, big bed. If I'm alone, I sleep on it without pulling it out. If I have my daughter or hubby, we slide it out. But on this video, in the last couple seconds, they show a gaucho just like mine that pulls out at the push of a button.
HofArc on HGTV Retro Roadhomes - YouTube

I DEEPLY WANT THAT!!! How, oh how, can I do this in my Bambi???? And this video is pretty cool too!
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Well, upon further reading, I found this you-tube video. Sadly, my gaucho doesn't slide nearly as easily has his does..... Can anyone figure out what kind of slides he has on this configuration? Might have to redo mine.....

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He used a drawer slide of some sort, didn't he... Man, that is slick. I've got to look into this further. I was thinking, "My gaucho slides pretty easy..." until I watched this.
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I'm sure he's using heavy duty drawer slides with a 12 volt linear actuator. Like what you see on TV lifts, hmmmm I like this idea!

I bet HiHo could figure it out!

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He did say it was a 12 volt linear actuator. So, if anybody does their gaucho like this, they HAVE to do a tutorial for those of us who have let their brains turn to mush in the last few months & just want to follow directions!!! :-) Go, Shelly, go! please.......?? creative brain is on shut-down.....
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Becky….I am just getting into the woodworking part of the Bubble. The one I am working on now is planned to be similar to the 75th Bambi a la Winick. I will try the heavy duty slides and the linear actuator. Stand by. Anybody have a source recommendation on the actuator please let me know.
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I looked on eBay & there's a bunch on there....
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Becky….I am just getting into the woodworking part of the Bubble. The one I am working on now is planned to be similar to the 75th Bambi a la Winick. I will try the heavy duty slides and the linear actuator. Stand by. Anybody have a source recommendation on the actuator please let me know.
I'm pretty excited to see you put this together! Love to see some pictures of your Bubble interior....haven't seen many lately!
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After my friend was hurt at my Barn a few months ago I just could not get going again. Now I'm better about it and will get busy.
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Oh, sorry to hear that, Robin. Sometimes working on projects helps the mind remove itself from other things.....
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That is a pretty cool gadget. I might suggest a couple of things-
Use a single actuator, it's rough keeping 2 or more in sync
Make sure you can disconnect the actuator no matter where it is in the travel. Any failure means you need to have a way of disconnecting and moving the bed.

I'm looking forward to seeing what y'all come up with as long as its not upward swinging entrance doors...
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Here's a guy that did it for a sofa in a ford van. It's a long thread, lots of errors and cautionary tales. An interesting read....

Converting a 1999 Ford E-250 into a camper van - Page 10 - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums

Complete with youtube (he has a second actuator lifting the back)

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Hi,
My favorite place to get actuators. Surplus Center
You could use a 24 volt too, running a dc motor at half voltage is not very harmful just slower and weaker. A cheap source is the ones off of old large satellite dishes. They are 24 volt but I have used them as low as 6 volts. Make sure what ever one you get has built in limit switches.
When rebuilding the one the PO replace with recliners I wasn't going to make it become a double, but that is just too techie cool, and I have three actuators from lift chairs my son repairs.
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Becky….I am just getting into the woodworking part of the Bubble. The one I am working on now is planned to be similar to the 75th Bambi a la Winick. I will try the heavy duty slides and the linear actuator. Stand by. Anybody have a source recommendation on the actuator please let me know.
Can't wait to see what you do!
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