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Old 04-16-2014, 05:57 AM   #1
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Replacing gas struts

I needed new gas struts on the door to the propane tank.My doors open up.(2004 Monaco diplomat) It was a fight pushing them in place.I need to replace the rest.Does anyone know of an easy way to get them in? Pushing the strut down to get it in place is a pain.
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You might try refrigerating them before installing. Internal gas pressure would be lower, therefore making them less difficult to manually deploy.
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:34 AM   #3
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I will try that.I have been working on a jig using a clamp to hold them.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:51 PM   #4
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I open the door all the way to extend the strut and then brace the door with a broom handle. Release the clips, pop off the old one, release clips on new ones and install and pop clips into position. I've replaced all of mine in that way.

The last few I've replaced I bought at O'Reilly and Autozone. They will have to order them as they are not in stock. The last time I went to O'Reilly in the morning and they ad them for me by 5 in the afternoon.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:37 PM   #5
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Get a strap clamp of the kind with a ratchet handle.

Two ways...
Just wrap it arround the ends and wind to up.

But it sometimes slips off so tape it to tge ends.

Hard to describe but you shoukd be able to figure it out

Our cc has one big door on drivers side that we used 100 pounders on and this worked well.

Also needed to add coupling braces between the back mount and outer part of the lift as the springs were pushing the door out...now it works well.
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OP must have an unusual setup because usually the only thing that stops the door going up further is that the gas strut has reached full extension. Get the right extended length and there is no struggle involved
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OP must have an unusual setup because usually the only thing that stops the door going up further is that the gas strut has reached full extension. Get the right extended length and there is no struggle involved
X2. The strut should be at max extension when the door is fully open. Prop the door all the way open, and no compression of the strut is required to get it in. This is the way it is on the storage doors on our MH, on the hood strut on our toad and on the liftgate struts on our toad.
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Just replaced all 20 on my 2000 Winn. Adventurer. Bought them from Amazon. Removal was a pain as they were the original ones that you had to pop off the back plastic piece to release the ball off of the stud. The new ones are the clip style and just popped right on. All of mine are 10" - 60 lb. Made sure to Google the #'s off of the strut to get the proper replacement ones. Had DW hold the door up for the minute it took me to get a screwdriver in behind the plastic button to remove the old and put on the new ones. Hope yours goes as easily.
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X2. The strut should be at max extension when the door is fully open. Prop the door all the way open, and no compression of the strut is required to get it in. This is the way it is on the storage doors on our MH, on the hood strut on our toad and on the liftgate struts on our toad.
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I just took the old ones off and got that size.The original owner may have gotten 1 that was to long.I will check that out. I was under the feeling that the strut should have at least 2" more travel so it would hold door stable. I am learning a lot about m/h's .With more to go.We will be full time over the next few months. Hope to meet some of you on the road!
Thanks for all your help.When i get to the other struts i will let you know how that works out.
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Try calling Monaco and see if they can give you the exact replacement strut. I know you can with Fleetwood products and their prices are very comparable with the general market.

On my coach some of the gas struts have two position opening where the door opens halfway, then if you push it a little it will open all the way. Called "inter-stop" struts. Used for where the slides are located so the door won't hit the slide if it is open. The reason for mentioning this is if the struts were just replaced with general struts, you may be missing this important feature.
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