James Amos
There was a post a while back about changing the lifting struts on the bed to longer ones so you would have more room to work under there and a higher rating so the bed will stay up with the added weight of the bedding.

I would add some photos. It says that they have too much data and won't let me post them
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WTBJR7413
Good idea to give more room.

I would suggest checking the mounting areas. I had both wood blocks that hold the struts fall off.

They were installed with the wire staples. I reinstalled with KIMG0634.jpg appropriate fasteners
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WTBJR7413
You would just have to take one to an Auto Parts store and match up longer ones
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James Amos
I tried to post a picture of the ones that I put on mine that were longer and had 100 lb rating. But they've changed the data for photos and now I can't post them anymore.
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mikes
The stock struts on our 177SE were 20" extended with an 8" stroke. One side was 80 lbs, the other side was 40 lbs. We didn't have any problem with how high it opened, but that combo was right on the edge of holding it open. So I swapped out the 40 lb one for another 80 lb one, and everything is fine now.
Mike
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Alabama Jim
WTBJR, I have the same problem now.   Not sure the best way to correct.
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Alabama Jim
After looking at it for an hour, I dove in and fixed my strut that had fallen off when the wood brace came unstapled.   I simply went to local hardware store and got 1 3/4 inch wood screws (4 screws and 4 washers).  I drilled holes in the particle board under the mattress.  I placed the one by three brace on the bottom side of the particle board and propped a board from the floor to the brace to allow me to put pressure on the screws.  Place the 4 screws in and snapped the strut back in place and we are in business again.
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WTBJR7413
That's exactly what I did.. I went ahead and repaired the other side to.

It is beyond belief that the Manufacturer would install like they did.
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Roccosamore
Had to reenforce our wood braces also. The struts themselves hold the bed up. The staples are crap. So much for Amish craftsmanship!! Drives me nuts...
Rocco
2015 177 SE
1990 Chevy Suburban 5.7L
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