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Old 05-09-2007, 12:09 PM   #1
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There are a few weak struts on my cargo bay doors and I would like to replace them. Since they are under pressure I thought I would ask the forum for comments as I hate surprises.
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There are a few weak struts on my cargo bay doors and I would like to replace them. Since they are under pressure I thought I would ask the forum for comments as I hate surprises.
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Old 05-09-2007, 02:26 PM   #3
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Gas struts are pressurized, but the pressurization only works as a damper...nothing to be concerned about when you take them off.
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The easiest way I've found to replace mine is:
1. find a long board that will prop open the door. I have a couple of 2x2s that I use.
2. With the door securely open, there is a little collar on the rubber end of the gas prop. Lifting it slightly with a small screwdriver releases the ball on the mount. With one end of, it is very easy to release the other end the same way.
3. Slip the new gas prop on the inside mount, pup the collar and seat it on the ball. Repeat for the outside end.

I've put two new props on a door in under two minutes.

Be sure to measure the stroke carefully before buying. There are several different sizes. The combination of the pressure and the stroke can make it easy to end up with the wrong size.
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Old 05-12-2007, 07:18 PM   #5
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While we're on this subject, does each RV manufacturer use their own type/brand of struts, or are most of them generic? My local Fleetwood dealer wants a fortune for them.

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Old 05-13-2007, 06:14 PM   #6
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THe struts are generic. Do a Google for Mark's RV. He has no stock but they are shipped from the factory. I dont like the one's at CW. The last bunch I bought were about $12.00

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Thanks Moisheh.
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NAPA carries them cheaper than CW. I bought some last year for about $13.00.
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Piece of cake when done as instructed by chasfm11, above.
Thanks for the replies.
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