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Old 09-06-2019, 03:49 PM   #1
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Making propane bay door open higher

I remember seeing someone post about using different length of struts so the propane bay door opened up more, but I can't find it now. Obviously my search skills are getting rusty. Has anyone done that and was there any problems. At 74, having to get that open and hold it while it is being filled (and the attendant cursing at us) is becoming a real problem.
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Old 09-06-2019, 04:28 PM   #2
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Especially if your are up against a curb.


Here is one posting.......not a lot of help.


Propane Compartment Door Struts-2 Stage
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Try Stabilus Interstop.

The only problem would be if you leave the door open above the horizontal position and operate the slide.
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Well since the only time it is open is when the slide is in and we are at a filling station, I'm not worried about that.
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https://www.liftsupportsdepot.com

I bought struts from these people. Great service and lists struts by length, pressure and ball size.
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Well since the only time it is open is when the slide is in and we are at a filling station, I'm not worried about that.
You asked about potential problems, that’s one.

We all know how “that’ll never happen” goes.

You’re welcome for the info on the dual position gas shock.
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Thank you for the link.
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My knees are shot and I ain't getting any younger, so I changed all the struts to the longest ones I could use. When the lvrm slide is open the bin door rest against the bottom of the slide, not a big deal. When the slide is closed it's much easier to access the basement with a bigger opening.

I did this on my prior MH as well.

I have made it a rule to check the bins every time we operate a slide. If I'm by myself just fiddling around I get out and check or look out a window. My wife won't even operate a slide without telling me and getting an OK just to be safe.

This all stems from a trip we took with friends. One friend left his bin open and forgot and proceeded to crush the door when he retracted his slide while we were packing up to leave the CG.

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My friend has an 05 HR bus, and it came with those 2 position cylinders. Yes, he has forgot and bent a door at least once.
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This can be a good thread. It is just missing information. I'd love to have "dual position struts" for my propane tank door. I just can't find any on the internet. I'm going to make some calls to people selling struts to see if I can find something. In the meantime, I made some measurement and took some pictures.

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Struts for large doors on passenger side. I measured these as 27" open, 19 1/2" closed - the attachment ball is roughly 3/8" (.392")





Struts for the propane tank door
I measured these as 181/2" opens, 14" closed. Same attachments ball.




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