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Old 06-01-2009, 09:09 PM   #1
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Three piece bed

I have an older SMB-1995. It has a 3 piece bed. It is kind of a PITA because I have to stack it and I'm always using 1/3 of the standing area for the bed pieces.

Is there a clever way to get the 3 pieces to raise up with the roof as I have seen done with the single piece beds?

I think I could run a couple of oak 1x2s and some high strength sailing line that would work but wanted to see if anyone else had addressed this issue.

Thanks in advance.

Tom
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:26 PM   #2
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Re: Three piece bed

Tom,

Why not simply use the same cable loop/hook hangers that SMB uses on later year two piece PH bed platforms? Easy to make yourself.
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Old 06-02-2009, 05:32 AM   #3
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Re: Three piece bed

I just need to get over to SMB and look at some of the used vans to see how this was done. I didn't really pay attention when shopping, now it is something I notice. My (poor) memory was that the newer models had a one piece design.
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Re: Three piece bed

I'm guessing that the one-piece beds are on SMBs with electric tops...you probably wouldn't want to manually raise a penthouse with a one-piece bed hanging from it.
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Old 06-02-2009, 12:19 PM   #5
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Re: Three piece bed

If your springs are set right it shouldn't matter. I think the one piece is usually in the walk through layouts, whereas the later 50s have the 1/3, 2/3 split. The SMB style is just small cleats and a cable loop, the latter is available at any hardware store not sure about the cleats. I think I've seen a L-shaped strap that is fastened on the bottom of the bed in a DIY post somewhere.

Incidentially when I want to get rid of the rear 1/3 I just turn it up so it sits on end and leans on the back of the PH canvas. If you do that with all 3 you'll only be taking up about 12".
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