Bed in need of repair!

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  1. jimothy

    jimothy Read Only Funster

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    I know I'm going to regret this, but... :wub:

    My dropdown captain's bunk has a crack in the base (steady!). Actually it's had a crack for a while.

    I've duct taped over it to give it a bit of support, which has worked for a while, but the sag is getting worse, so I think I need to do something a bit more substatntial to repair it.

    I'm not too keen on dismantling the frame to get the whole base out, so I had an idea of cutting some slats of marine ply or something to lay inside across the existing cracked base to ease the strain.

    Is that going to work? Anyone got a better idea?

    (hoping there will be at least some helpful advice amongst the inevitable )

    Jamie
     
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    utilising all of my powerpoint skill, I have constructed a diagram.

    A - bed base inside which mattress sits
    B - crack across bed base, running through C (currently covered in duct tape)
    C - little plastic vents in base
    D - hefty tubular bed frame and cantilever arms attached to chassis


    My aversion to removing the base is that it's all carpetted on the underside, which would be a nightmare (and probably destroyed) in the removal process. So better would be to put something on top of the existing base.
     

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    If you are both as thin as shown in your powerpoint I would worry that you might fall through the crack!

    Seriously, I would have thought a piece of ply covering the whole of the bottom of the bed should distribute the weight away from the weak point without adding too much weight to the vehicle. There is probably an expert on here who will be able to calculate the loadings and give a figure for the thickness but I would have thought 10 millimetre (6 or 7 ply) would suffice.
     
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