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Old 02-14-2014, 11:22 AM   #239
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[QUOTE=Melody Ranch;1415650]67 inches long? Never happen here. I need 74 minimum and go for 78 in the Bubble.

I have measured and measured what our sleeping requirements are and neither of us are sprawled out sleepers. I could see a bigger bed if we were 'tall' folks but we aren't. Also our bed is for sleeping not 'gymnastics'
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:44 PM   #240
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goshawks00, I know, but it's looking really good starting this coming Wed. on!

I'm about to burst trying to wait to find out about this linear actuator! I searched this thread, but can't find anything to describe what it is, although I imagine I know roughly the resulting outcome. I'm thinking that perhaps this is something that we, too, could use. I'm guessing it uses a hydraulic pump to push out/pull in a portion of the bed to make floor space when not needed for a bed, but also needs to lift up to make it level with the fixed portion of the bed? Thinking of this brings up many ideas -- can't wait!

We, too, aren't tall -- DH 5'8" and I used to be 5'4", although I suspect I may have shrunk a tiny bit. Wanting to save all valuable floor space.

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Old 02-14-2014, 08:01 PM   #241
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Deb, I posted in Becky's thread below about a guy that used a linear actuator in a van. Post 12. Interesting reading, can't wait to see what Melody Ranch does.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f7/h...-114058-2.html
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:45 PM   #242
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Every time I see the words " linear actuator slide out", I get almost giddy!
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Thanks, Shelly, for posting that link, I wasn't aware of that thread.

That is so cool! As someone else said, there would have to be a way of having an override or something so that if it stopped working, you could still manually pull out/push back the bed, so as not to ruin a camping trip.

I, too, am anxious to see how Robin works this out.

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Old 02-14-2014, 09:29 PM   #244
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try this for a reference

Heavy Duty 18" Linear Actuator Stroke 12 Volt DC 200 Pound Max Lift | eBay
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:28 AM   #245
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Someone is giving away a motorized seat/bed from a conversion van, on the Atlanta Craigslist today just in case anyone is looking for those motors!
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:04 AM   #246
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I should be camping

Weather changed here in Texas. (Is that news?) 70 degrees plus all week. I am locked into getting the Bubble back in one big pile so I elected to work it instead. I am seeing things come together.
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You're raising the bar somewhat here, as I was just going to use gas struts. I guess its going to cost a little more cash to "keep up with the Jones". You going to use one or two?
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Hi Kip....going to use three heavy duty ball bearing drawer slides (overkill) and the 22inch actuator. The bed will never have to be moved out or in with any significant weight on the platform so it all should work well. My project today will be to figure out a "pull pin" so I have an emergency release in case of power or mechanical failures.
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I understand now, you are moving horizontally not vertically. I'm planning on the bed frame lifting with gas struts, maybe if I used both I could get by with a smaller actuator. Something to think about.
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wowza! I have a great respect for those tanks.....a guy across the street from our business got his head blown off while filling one up....I stand REALLY far away when I get them filled!
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How many PSI are in a filled tank? Dang that's something....
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