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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-2016, 11:57 Thread Starter
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A little workshop pottering

I've only been MHing for a couple of years, so I'm still learning and working out ways to make life easier.

My rear lounge seats don't have gas struts and are rather heavy to hold up with one arm while rummaging in the nether regions. I've used a variety of inelegant props to hold them up, but this tended to stress the front upstand, so I thought up this solution.



They're just laminated from pieces of ply in my scrap bin. The cheek pieces are 120mm x 50mm and the lower jaw has some thin closed-cell foam sheet to prevent damage to the upstand.


The weight of the seat no longer makes the upstand bow, so I'm well happy. I'll make a little pocket to attach behind the upstand, so they're handy to access.

A nice little project to keep me out of the rain.
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Neat idea Tuggers - but there's always some smartarse with a "better" solution!!!!

Is it worth thinking of modifying your little slots so they can be permanently attached just inside the top of the bedbox front?

Just a thought, but it would hold up the base almost as high, and you could simply lift it and drop the leg in the slots without any firtling and fumbling for the detachable bits.

Nice one though. 9/10 for effort!

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Nice fix! ...I think the toilet cassette should go underneath the toilet though
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Nice one tugboat, i enjoy seeing bits and bats people do to their vans.

had to read this a couple of times before i understood what you meant

"My rear lounge seats don't have gas struts and are rather heavy to hold up with one arm while rummaging in the nether regions"

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Neat idea Tuggers - but there's always some smartarse with a "better" solution!!!!

Is it worth thinking of modifying your little slots so they can be permanently attached just inside the top of the bedbox front?

Just a thought, but it would hold up the base almost as high, and you could simply lift it and drop the leg in the slots without any firtling and fumbling for the detachable bits.

Nice one though. 9/10 for effort!

Dave

I considered that but, given that the furniture laminate is not very robust, glueing wouldn't be an option. I didn't want to use through bolts which would be visible, but maybe there are other possibilities. Will think about it further. The next trip will show up the deficiencies!

The whole thing is a 'proof of concept' project really, and intended to stop me loitering on street corners and making my town look untidy.
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Bigger base plate for the little slots, giving increased area of contact with the laminate to spread the load.

Fix in place with double sided carpet tape, and a couple of small screws into the laminate - just to ensure the sticky tape doesn't "unstick" when it gets warm.

If it doesn't work the tape will peel off under gentle pressure and the screws holes will hardly show, and on the inside anyway. Then it's on to Plan B, or C or . . . .

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Great idea Tuggy, what a star! What're you doing next week? Got time to make a pair for me?? I know exactly what you mean. My fixed bed does have gas struts but they are utterly useless when trying to life the bed (to get stuff out of the store underneath) when the bedding is on it. It's such a fag moving everything off the bed when I need to lift it.

I too have tried all sorts of makeshift solutions, none of which worked. I have envisaged myself being found cut in two with my rear end hanging out of the storage like those (half) Garfield softies one used to find hanging out of car boots. (Remember those car owners with a peverse sense of humour?)

They don't seem to be around any more - the Garfields that is, not the drivers..
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Viv, you painted a picture that made me chortle.

Make sure you wear your mobile on a neck cord, and have a handsome fireman on speed dial to come and rescue you!

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Nice fix! ...I think the toilet cassette should go underneath the toilet though
That smacks of pure jealousy of those of us that have a spare cassette

And I know somebody who has two spare ones - so there!
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For all Chilly knows, I may have converted one of my settees to a commode.

Eat and poop at the same time, now there's a picture you won't want to dwell on!

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