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Old 07-11-2014, 02:49 PM   #1
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Basement Compartment Door Prop Rods

I need to replace several prop rods on the basement doors on my recently purchased 1992 Coachmen 360RD Royal. My problem is that I have measured the compartment doors (a couple of them are pretty good size) and going by the charts that some of the rv catalogs show for ordering the rods, my compartment door dimensions are not shown so I don't know which prop rod to order. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get the correct ones for the doors that I have. Thank you,
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:09 PM   #2
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This site may give you some more info

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SPD Hardware - Gas Springs, Hinges, Catches, Latches, Handles, Drawer Slides, Rope Rings, Door Holders, Weather-stripping
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If you just want metal prop rods, measure the maximum length you need and visit a junk yard. A hood prop could be cut and bent anyway you'd like with a vice and a hacksaw.
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I replaced nearly all my air props, looked at the old ones had a given weight, I measured the length and called for correct ones. the new ones just snapped into the existing brackets. piece of cake
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The correct term for those "prop rods" is Gas Springs.

You will find many places on the Internet that sell gas springs.

Remove one of the old ones and read what the numbers are and generally the id's will give you a good idea of what length and poundage you need to order.

I have purchased many of my replacement gas springs from the link given above by Wizard, SPD, as they have the greatest selections.

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When you say you had a given weight, do you mean the weight of the compartment door? How do you determine the weight. I measured the old rod's extended length for one of the compartments, but a couple of them are actually missing the old rods. What now?
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do these gas props just pop off the ball fitting and then just tap them on or does that little C clip need to come off?
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When you say you had a given weight, do you mean the weight of the compartment door? How do you determine the weight. I measured the old rod's extended length for one of the compartments, but a couple of them are actually missing the old rods. What now?
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The gas springs have printed info on the sides including weight 30,40 pounds. The ends of the props have a flat spring. Take a small flat screw driver and pry (gently) to pull the spring away from the bottom of the ball (attachment point) then just remove the prop. The new prop should just snap onto the ball. It is quite easy once you figure it out. I got mine from James town distributors http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/
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Strut Your Stuff had the cheapest prices I found.
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Thank you for your help. I knew how to take the rods off, that was not a problem, but I'm actually missing 2 or 3 of them. I'll look at the one that I do have that needs replaced and go from there as all of the compartment doors are about the same size.

Thanks again,
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Now that's your BEST idea yet!

That's what I did and probably what most people do.

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