Originally Posted by 2005VECTRA
entry door parts installed. all is good. only thing I discovered is you have to assemble in door not pre assemble. thanks to all.
Well, as you can see, it's not the best mechanism on the planet. Winne and Itasca, in my opinion, severely goofed up with this lousy, half-a$$ door limiter. It has absolutely ZERO strength in even moderately gusty breezes. Also apparently, it's never been enough of an issue to Winne and Itasca to change the design since, so many have reported issues, broken and over bent door hinges, cracked body corners and more. 3Ts ( a well tied RV repair facility here in Lake Havasu City AZ) developed a bandaid of a door limiter to augment the poor one from the factory. I'm not fond of it either since it puts a serious amount of stress at the lower inside corner of both the door and the body.
A buddy of mine installed a gas strut just above the entry door of his Country Coach and the other end to the top of the door. Man, that was like a vault door. It didn't move AT ALL even with fairly heavy winds. And opening and closing it, was almost not noticeable due to working the gas strut.
But, to place one a Winne/Itasca diesel front entry door, well, not sure if there's enough structure at the top of the door, above the door window, to handle that extra torque. Anyway, glad you go yours fixed. Not fun was it? Been there done that way more than a few times with that mechanism.