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We have a redwood 5th wheel that has a king size bed.  I need an adjustable bed (I need to sleep with my head elevated).  I want to know how difficult that is to change, and if there is anyone who does that type of work.

Thank you for any help.

Dennis and Rose

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Any carpenter or handy man should be able to do it.  We needed that and I ripped 3 2"x6" from nothing to the height we wanted.  Put a few screws to hold it to the existing bed deck and covered it with plywood.  Took longer to go get the supplies than to make it.  Not fancy but easy to remove if needed.

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17 hours ago, Randyretired said:

Any carpenter or handy man should be able to do it.  We needed that and I ripped 3 2"x6" from nothing to the height we wanted.  Put a few screws to hold it to the existing bed deck and covered it with plywood.  Took longer to go get the supplies than to make it.  Not fancy but easy to remove if needed.

I built mine the same way. 

Wayne & Jinx
2017 F-350 diesel, dually
2006 Carriage Carri-Lite 36KSQ

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I have been using pillows but it is not exactly what I need, although it works.  I was thinking of getting an adjustable bed but not sure if that will work or not.  One issue is that my side must be up and hers down.  I like the idea you mentioned but do not exactly understand how you did it (am not not much of a handyman but my lady is LOL).  Could you possibly send me a photo or a drawing of it?

I greatly appreciate your help.

Dennis

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I don't have any pictures as we no longer needed it.  However,  let me try to explain this.  This can be done on just one side but this will tend to divide the bed.  It may still fit your needs but be aware of that.  I will try to explain just one side and it could be extended to the other later.  

Take two 2"x"6 boards long enough to extend from the head to the foot of the bed.  Probably need to buy 8' long  boards and cut them to length.  Then cut the boards at an angle from nothing to however high you want the head raised. If you need higher a 2x8 could be used. A 2x6 will raise the bed about 5 1/2" and a 2x8 7 1/2".   Fasten these cut boards to the outside edges of the area to be raised.  Running these from the foot to the head of the bed.  Fasten these with screws through to the existing platform.  I used one screw at the head, middle and near the bottom.  Cut a piece of 1/2" plywood to cover the raised area and fasten it to the plywood using screws.  This will need a mattress for each side of the bed.  This 1/2 of the bed approach is going to be difficult.

My suggestion is to consider raising the whole bed.  That is the way we did it and both of us slept just fine.  Neither of us even noticed the difference.

Whole bed.  Use 3 2"x6"  boards cut like above.  Place one board on each side and one in the middle.  These boards run from the head to the foot of the bed.  Secure with screws to the existing platform.  Cover the entire area with plywood.  This will require 2 sheets of plywood.  I put one sheet across the bed cut to length and then cut a second sheet to fit the remaining area.

 Hopefully I didn't leave any step out.  If you have questions or comments just post them and I will try to answer them.

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Again thank you all.  Those sound like great ideas for some but they won't work for me.  My issue breathing.  I have COPD (I spent my whole life avoiding drugs, cigarettes, alcohol but now I get COPD).  Any other ideas would be wonderful.

I am so impressed with the folks here and the generosity that they show.  It is so appreciated.  

Dennis

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The type of RV that you have, there must be a way to install one of the split electric beds or at worst case you could go to single beds. My wife had diagnosed health issues when we went on the road which for a time improved with us getting away from city pollution most of the time but with progression they forced us off of the road after nearly 12 years and because those were such great years and seemed to help her respiratory problems for some time, I hope that we can find an answer. Since I have a few days of limited ability to move about and do things, I will be doing more research and please don't give up yet! I will start by sorting through the Amazon choices available.

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