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Old 02-09-2015, 05:05 PM   #1
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2000 National Tropi-Cal, MN: 6373 with rear Queen.

We've had this coach for a while and are finally getting around to addressing some long overdue upgrades. We are trying to install the correct Gas Struts for under the rear queen bed that were missing at time of purchase and we never paid attention to it.

We found a bent strut in the coach, seemed rather small, never guessed it was from under the bed, still not convinced. We purchased two more of the same identical part off the internet, got em here, put one on and the bed doesn't seem to come up as far as we'd like it to, which is WAAAAY up, almost vertical.

The struts we feel are for this application are attached as a photo, if you have this same coach, is this the struts you have? Do they hold sufficiently? Does the bed go up high?

Please advise.

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08.02.15 15:05 U.S.A. Pacific
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:53 PM   #2
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We have a different brand coach, however the queen bed is held up with two 80# gas struts. The OEM replacements were expensive so I looked for a different solution. A locat RV repair shop/parts store ordered replacement for a few dollars less, plus I didn't have to pay shipping like the OEM struts required.
To obtain the raised height you desire takes some math to determine proper placement, in addition to purchasing the proper length struts and mounting hardware.
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In addition to the strength of the struts, you want to make sure you don't stress the hinges by using oversized struts. A great resource is Hatchlift.com. They not only have the struts and kits, they are very helpful with advice.
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Strut your stuff is another good/inexpensive source for gas springs. Their on ebay. I paid $35 for 2 90# springs. That price included shipping. 2-3 day delivery.

60# seems a little weak for a bed. Our Winnebago uses 2 90#. If the mounting hardware is in place you may want to measure the distance between the "nubs" while the bed is in the closed position. This info. may be helpful when speaking to the sales person.
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2000 National Tropi-Cal, MN: 6373 with rear Queen.

We've had this coach for a while and are finally getting around to addressing some long overdue upgrades. We are trying to install the correct Gas Struts for under the rear queen bed that were missing at time of purchase and we never paid attention to it.

We found a bent strut in the coach, seemed rather small, never guessed it was from under the bed, still not convinced. We purchased two more of the same identical part off the internet, got em here, put one on and the bed doesn't seem to come up as far as we'd like it to, which is WAAAAY up, almost vertical.

The struts we feel are for this application are attached as a photo, if you have this same coach, is this the struts you have? Do they hold sufficiently? Does the bed go up high?

Please advise.

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08.02.15 15:05 U.S.A. Pacific
I would save some $$$ and take one of the struts you already have and go to any auto parts store (NAPA, Advanced, Auto Zone,ect) and they can replace it it for you. If you should try an Advanced store first, you'll find they have the biggest selection to choose from! Very Very Fair prices and a whole lot cheaper than an RV Store!
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I just replaced my bed struts along with the struts for 3 storage doors. My bed has different size than your's but your strut is on Amazon for $14 each. http://www.amazon.com/JR-Products-GS.../dp/B002UCAHAE
I simply searched for "strut gs-5300-60".
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SPD Hardware - Gas Springs, Hinges, Catches, Latches, Handles, Drawer Slides, Rope Rings, Door Holders, Weather-stripping

You can see the specs for various gas spring options on this vendors page.
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