Bent (very) sliding bed rails

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Repairs & Maintenance' started by krussell22, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. krussell22

    krussell22 New Member

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    So the worst happened today on our yet unused new (to us) pop up. The kids were playing while I got distracted while breaking it down and crawled over onto an unsupported bed. The rails are trashed. I got it pushed in far enough that I'll be able to hook it up and limp over to the repair place. I gather (based on other posts) that this is a common (albeit idiotic) mistake. Just a guess... how much lighter is my wallet going to be next week.

    Thanks-

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    awsandlin Active Member

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    Bed rails should be a very easy DIY job. Before taking it to the shop, I would check around and see if you can find some and attempt the job yourself. These should be a matter of taking off the old and putting on the new.

    Allen
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    01YZF6 Dothan, AL

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    +1, take some pics, post them here, and let the Portal help you !

    you will be amazed at how many things can be DIY fixes

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    Will do... I ran out of daylight (this happened around 8pm) but at first glance I couldn't even find the screws to remove the darn rails (right now the pop is sitting out there with the top partially lowered ;-)). I'll get on it this afternoon.

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    Observe the damage... I can't even find a way to get the rails off. I tried sliding the bed all the way off, but I can't because a couple stops attached to the trailer body prevent it from coming off.

    I can't access those stops because of the wooden bed itself. As for the rails themselves... how do I remove these things??

    -KR

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    I never looked at mine real, real close to see how they work, but my guess is the bunks have to be pushed in to get at the stop on the end. After removing it, you should be able to take the platform out like a drawer.

    Now - I realize you're not able to slide the bunk in to remove the stop because of the damage. If it were me - I'd take a piece of wood and a hammer and try to flatten that bed rail down enough to get the bunk in, then proceed from there.

    David, Betsy, Elizabeth, Olivia & Robert
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    dupreet New Member

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    That is a nice mangled mess, but I would look into replacing them yourself and save some $$$

    The stop on my bunkends is the aluminum channel on the 'inside' of the bunk. To be able to slide the bunk out fully, you take that channel off the bunk and it will slide right out....maybe the same on yours?

    Todd

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    My bedframe seems to be one piece (bent into a square) with the wood based recessed in a channel along all four sides. Not sure I can get just one side off. Going to go have a 2nd look.

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    Does anyone out there know if the replacement part(s) for this would be the rails AND the bed frame... preassembled? I'm finding that everything is pinned to together to the point that I cannot visualize how I would repair it otherwise. Ex: The wheels are pinned to the bedframe and are held in the slide via stops which are pinned to the slide itself... no way to disassemble the thing. Does anyone know of a website out there where I could view parts lists, diagrams, etc. for Coleman/Fleetwood trailers? I'm going nuts here.

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    I actually had some good luck going to Fleetwood/coleman directly. They have a link at their website for customer service and through them they sent me a full wiring diagram for my pup. You may be able to ask them for a drawing or parts list, then you could order through your local dealer. The few things that I've had to do to mine I've noticed they do love to use pins in many places. I just drilled them out and replaced with my own hardware as needed. Good luck with this fix and if anyone has ever done this exact repair I'm sure you will find them on here.

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    Thanks. I did end up getting the old bent stuff out of there but, as you said, it did involve drilling out a lot of pins. I've the got fix all planned out in my head... now to locate the parts ;-)

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    I found the replacement slides locally. I'm picking them up today... I'll let you know how the repair goes.

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    Fixed. Saved the money on labor by taking a half day off of work and doing it myself... wait, let me do the math here... ;-)

    Anyway... it's not 'quite' as smooth as it was before but I think I can rectify that with a little more TLC. The important thing is my PUP now has two functional beds. Hard lesson to learn, but one we won't forget.

    Thanks to everyone for your input/help.

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  14. CaliforniaPoppy

    CaliforniaPoppy California and beyond!

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    Did the dealer have the slides, or did you buy them used?

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    themanfromvan Van, PA - Near The PA Wilds

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    So, did you repair it with new parts or did you straighten out the old ones? Did you have to drill some of those rivets out and replace them with nuts/bolts? You didn't happen to take any pictures along the way, did you?

    Great job !! I'm glad you were able to fix it yourself. Now - when you see a post from someone who's done the same thing, you can offer your advice and encouragement.

    David, Betsy, Elizabeth, Olivia & Robert
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    The dealer had new slides. I tried straightening mine but it was not happening. I did drill out rivets in order to remove the damaged ones and I planned on just using on my own hardware when repair time came.

    However, the new slides came with rivets, so I bought a rivet tool instead and used those. No pics... sorry.

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    01YZF6 Dothan, AL

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    good job! see, everything can be a DIY for the most part !

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