ideas on adding extra support to the sliding beds

Discussion in 'General Camper Setup / Take Down' started by jujtacoma2010, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. jujtacoma2010

    jujtacoma2010 New Member

    Apr 8, 2015
    I noticed that on one of the sliding beds, the 2 metals poles that supports at from the bottom was a little bent. These are the 2 round metal pipes that you have too hook either to your bumper and underneath the bed. I guess my kids are getting heavier. What can I do to add more support?
  2. BelchFire

    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

    Mar 29, 2012
    SE Georgia
    Not sure what p'up you have, but most slides are rated around 1000 pounds. Do you have a manual for yours? You can download one here on the portal if you don't.

    As for a bent support pole, I would see about replacing any that are bent because even though the setup "may" be rated for 1000 pounds, anything bent reduces that capacity (whatever it may be in your case).

    If it weren't bent, I'd say don't worry about it, and after you replace the bent pole(s), you should be good to go unless you have another outstanding issue.
  3. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    We had a Coachmen once that came with a bent bed support pole. It was only a slight bend, but made me nervous.

    The support poles were hollow, so we put lengths of rebar in them, to keep the bend from worsening.
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  4. Mr Zip

    Mr Zip Member

    Jan 2, 2009
    North Ridgeville Ohio
    Those bunks hold 1200 lbs.
  5. SteveP

    SteveP Well-Known Member

    May 21, 2015
    If it's like my Jayco you can make new supports from 1/2" EMT from any good hardware store. Cut it to length and squeeze the ends with a vise.
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  6. Beecoach

    Beecoach Member

    Jun 13, 2014
    Good idea. Also if you have a fence company nearby they could make some, possibly stronger.

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  7. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    They do, but when people damage the poles, in other ways, I imagine it compromises the integrity of it. If a bent one gave, there would be much more damage to deal with.

    On our Coachmen, it was obvious the bend was not from using the bed. The pole had been used for something, not related to the camper, at some point.
  8. mikracer

    mikracer New Member

    Jul 28, 2015
    I recently purchased a pup and the previous (original) owner installed some extra support bars that attach to the end of the bunk ends and have bars that fold down to the ground. It's basically a bar that covers the width of the bed and is attached with heavy duty velcro. You then attach the support bars to the crossbar and the support bars go to the ground. The crossbar and support bars do not stay on the bunk end when the trailer is folded up, they are stowed in a carrying case he also added.
  9. XKPin

    XKPin There's no situation so bad it can't be made worse

    Oct 28, 2016
    Gloucester, Virginia
    I had a similar issue. First problem, the factory rod inserts were waaaay too close for the rods to be inserted - even with the help of another adult lifting up the bed! Second, I've been road hard and put up wet for too many years and it has taken a toll on my back. It's a tough position to be in while lifting & forcing in a crouch. I used threaded rod. You don't need to add the adjustment nuts for your back, but you can set the support rods to the exact distance required, even cut out a bent section while adding structural reinforcing to the support rod. 1st pic: modified support rods: 2d pic; placed in position loosely. 3rd; spun nuts up to take up the preload.
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  10. DJS12354

    DJS12354 Well-Known Member

    Still able to crouch under the bunk and lift on my shoulders, but can see this idea being useful in the future. Thanks for sharing!
  11. Bowman3d

    Bowman3d Active Member

    Apr 13, 2015
    LaLa land
    I bought cargo bars from Harbor Freight to put under the bed for extra support.
  12. Popiworks

    Popiworks Paddle faster, I hear banjos!

    Jul 22, 2014
    SKPin: What a great idea, thanks for sharing.
  13. scubacamper

    scubacamper Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2013
    Jacksonville, FL
    I created one support for both sides by using three pieces of threaded pipe (cut to size at Lowe's) and 2 elbows. It makes a "U" that I put onto the nipples on the tongue and it gave excellent support to the bed above.
  14. UKDiamond001

    UKDiamond001 Member

    Aug 5, 2006
    Suffolk UK
    These extra supports have been added to my Starcraft by the previous owners, I can see no reason why as the bars attach to both top and bottom of the trailer creating a triangle that the bed sits on. Anyway, these are bolted to the knuckle end and have screw thread plates to adjust the height. I suppose they would make a sturdy frame to curtain off for under bed outside storage.
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  15. emoney

    emoney Well-Known Member

    Jul 7, 2018
    The very first time I set up my p’up I knew even less that I did now. My wife says I’m a “big boy” so when it was time for me to cut and place the anti-fatigue mats in each bunk, I got nervous about both my inexperience and my size so I happened to have a rather sturdy shower curtain extension rod. Just so happens that when it’s closed it’s the exact height of the bed so I put it under, even purchased a 2nd one so there was one for each corner of the outer edge of the bunk. If nothing else, it gave me (her mainly) piece of mind.
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  16. Bowman3d

    Bowman3d Active Member

    Apr 13, 2015
    LaLa land
    Exactly. In my case I put the supports in just to keep the PUP from bouncing so much not that I was worried the factory supports weren’t strong enough
  17. crazymama30

    crazymama30 Active Member

    Apr 1, 2017
    I bought some slide out supports from they make me feel so much more secure
  18. roybraddy

    roybraddy Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2016
    King George, Virginia
    We sleep in the front tent bed end on our STARCRAFT 14 R/T.. This end has the front deck under it and uses a real sturdy set of 'short' support poles... being short gives much more strength in the support poles.

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    My rear tent bed uses four rather long support poles and I'm sure is not as strong as my front support arm sets...

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    Since there is only the two of us the rear tent bed is only used for day time storage of things behind our wrap around seating area. We normally have the curtain pulled hehe...

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    Roy Ken
  19. DJS12354

    DJS12354 Well-Known Member

    And just what was going on that the pup was bouncing? Just curious. [:D]

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