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Old 04-29-2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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Tired of holding it up!!

We have a 1999 Winny Adventurer. Several years ago, all of the support arms for our basement doors seemed to "krook" at the same time. So now every time I lift one of our many basement doors, I'm stuck holding it up with my hand or head.

To replace these would cost a bunch. Anyone have any good options/suggestions (other than keep holding them up)?
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:57 PM   #2
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I go to the local auto parts store. Just take a measurement good chance they have what u need at a fraction of want u would pay from a rv dealer.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:58 PM   #3
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this thread will give you some ideas

==> http://www.irv2.com/forums/f101/bay-door-gas-struts-64115.html
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:16 PM   #4
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This company actually had an add up on iRV2.
HatchLift | Hatch Hinges | RV Hatch Lifts | Lift Hatch | Hatch Lift Supports
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:25 PM   #5
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I have 3 compartments that do not have gas struts (Support arms) two of them have manual metal struts (Propane and Fresh Water) but the 3rd (Generator) not even that.

With the Generator compartment I usually use my hat/head, or the generator cover (The inner cover)

With the two on the other side though I have a walking stick. This is a natural Lilac stick which in truth is about six to 8 inches shorter than I like for walking but.. Still it's the best walking stick I have.

It's also the exact length to hold the doors up when I'm in the compartments.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:54 PM   #6
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Thanks all for your suggestions and referrals.

Looks like I'm running out of excuses.
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:06 PM   #7
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Google SPD-Barnes. YOu can find your gas shock on that site ten call to order. Mine are about $15 ea.
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Try here for SPD

If you get the ones from the local auto parts store, be sure you get the same weight rating as you can break a door with one that is too strong. Believe me, I know from Experience.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:58 AM   #9
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I purchased 80lb lifts from a seller on ebay. I know the old lifts were 60lb, but decided after reading on several forums to move up to the 80lb lifts. The lifts were listed at 2 lifts for $17.49 plus $6.50 shipping. We made a deal for 11 sets (should have been 12 sets) with combined shipping. I am very happy with my purchase. I had been using small vice grip pliers tohold my compartment doors open for several years.
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Get a piece of 3/4 PVC pipe. Open the strut all the way and measure the rod length. cut the pipe to that length and then cut a slit all the way down it and install on the rod. When you lift up on the strut pull the pipe down and it will hold the strut open. To close it just move the pipe so it covers the strut and closes. Fast simple fix. did it to my MH years ago.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:03 PM   #11
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I just ordered a pair off e-bay. Mine were 15"x9"x90 lb. I couldnt find 90lb so ordered 80lb. They are working fine.
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For a really cheap solution

HEAVY DUTY DOOR RETAINER-

They sell black and white.

My moho has a small plastic clip that holds the door open. I'm still trying to find them.
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$3.15/ door

http://www.pellandent.com/Motorhome_...788&Return=165
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there seem to be 3 basic methods: gas shock, spring, and side clip. mine has all side clips, and until i decide to ditch all of them for springs, i will keep them. nice and simple.
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