I have a 2001 Beaver Contessa DP. The question I have is about the queen bed....I know you can raise the rear of the bed for underneath water lines and access to floor area...On the aft part of bed frame there are 2 brackets that have rollers on them. I dont know if they are there to lift the bed or support the bed when raised up...it is very difficult to raise end of bed up as its very heavy....takes two of us to raise it.......also there is a panel aft of bed with 2 rubber hooks, I assume is access to motor?
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If your Contessa is similar to our Patriot, the rollers are there to let the bed move when the slide is extended. Yes, the bed is very heavy and hard to raise; we prop it in place with a piece of wood if we need to work under it. Fortunately there is little reason to lift it unless there is an issue with the slide. The "trap door" on the floor by the bed is for access to the engine compartment; in our coach the bed has to be raised before the trap door can be opened--not a good design.
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Thanks for the info...sounds as though they are about the same as design goes....I thought there was access to engine under bed too...but no, just the access panel aft of the bed,and it has to be raised to get panel off.....I agree(design issue)
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If you had a north/south bed design (no slide) there would be access to the engine by just lifting the bed. Because you have a slide, the builder (Beaver) has to isolate the engine in another way, ie the box with seperate access panel. It would be a nightmare to seal it from noise and dirt any other way. Yes raising the bed is a pain but in the five years I've owned my Beaver I think I've raised it maybe 5 times. I see no or have had no problems with the design.
We recently discovered that the closet floor is also an access to the engine compartment. It's hard to tell from inside, but from the engine area you can easily see it. Of course, clearing everything out of the carpet to remove the panel is worse than lifting the bed! LOL