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Old 03-25-2013, 06:33 PM   #1
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Advice needed to assemble a U.S. Army cot

I bought a used U.S. Army cot at an Army/Navy surplus store and could use some help setting it up. I did it once and practically pulled a leg muscle. Is there some trick to it? Are you supposed to use two people? I can't seem to brace it correctly in order to get the leverage I need to pull the final cross-bar into place. On the plus side, once you get it set up it's built like a tank.


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Old 03-25-2013, 06:58 PM   #2
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Are you talking about the Cot's with the two end poles that slide into the rubbery ball looking pieces on the end? If so, the best way to do it is to put in the left then brace your feet against the bottom of the cot and pull as hard as you can...pure muscle is all there is to those stupid things/
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:53 PM   #3
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Yes, that's it. I just wonder if there is a slicker way. Maybe doing both ends of the cross-bar at once or using a prybar to help pull or something. It looks like the holes that the little bumpers go into have grommets around them but I turned the bar around and used the side with just plain holes so I wouldn't have to pull as hard. When I try to brace my foot against it and pull I wind up lifting the cot into the air or spinning it sideways so I can't really pull as hard as I want.

I can put it together but man it's tough. Granted, I'm no Rambo but still.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:31 AM   #4
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I've always had to have someone hold down the cot when I do that. I hate assembling those things. There really is no "easy" way. You just need to use muscle... I know so many people that just give up and sleep on a loose cot when they have to use one.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:07 AM   #5
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put the one end of the bar on leaving the other sit on the top. lay on the cot holding onto the sides then push it on with your foot. it takes some practice so you dont overshoot.
or a short bar works also while sitting on it so it doesnt flip.
DO NOT EVER use the barrel of a weapon to pry it on... don't ask how I know
in 22 years, thats the only damn piece of equipment I always fought in the military. who ever designed the damn thing was a masochist...
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Ahh fantastic. That's what I wanted. Much obliged folks.
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thats why I bought my own...lol
folded in the middle and stretched itself tight, not to mention was a mesh which was a bonus in the desert... i didn't end up swimming in a pool of sweat.
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I hated setting up cots. Granted I hardly ever had to do it. But those things are a royal PITA.

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^This^

But try pushing on it with your foot while holding on to the middle legs.
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The fact that others have had trouble too alleviates my secret fear that I was just a huge wuss.
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