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Old 11-09-2018, 01:39 PM   #1
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Changing engine compartment access door gas springs

Has anyone changed these on your coach?

The gas springs on my engine compartment access door are totally shot! I can't raise the door more than a foot or so.

I bought two replacement springs and plan to have my son help me replace them tomorrow. Looks like we will have to manhandle that heavy door and prop it up with a piece of lumber. Those springs are 150 PSI and looks like the only way to install them is with the door all the way up so they are fully extended!
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:52 PM   #2
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Take a look at this site

https://www.hatchlift.com
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:58 PM   #3
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Take a look at this site

https://www.hatchlift.com

I was able to get the part number off the old springs and Amazon had the exact replacement! They were shipped from LiftSupportsDepot.com.


The prices on their website are out of sight but got a great deal from Amazon.


https://www.liftsupportsdepot.com/
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:41 PM   #4
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The door has to be propped open. Use a watched strap to compress the new one enough to pop it on.
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The door has to be propped open. Use a watched strap to compress the new one enough to pop it on.

I don't think it would be possible to compress a 150 lb spring!
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With a ratchet straps, it is possible. I did several times with my #140 struts.
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They are easy to change. Lift the door up to the height where the shock will be fully extended. There is usually a clip that you pop off with a screwdriver that holds the ends in place. Just pop off the clip, and pull the shock off the ball. Install the new one in the reverse order. I have changed most of mine. Make sure you get the right poundage shock for the size door you have. To light, and they wont open the door. Too high, and the door will fly open. Cheers
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With a ratchet straps, it is possible. I did several times with my #140 struts.

I see what you are saying about the ratchet straps but I would feel safer raising the door all the way up and propping it with a 2x4. That way I can install the springs fully extended. I appreciate your suggestion though!
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I see what you are saying about the ratchet straps but I would feel safer raising the door all the way up and propping it with a 2x4. That way I can install the springs fully extended. I appreciate your suggestion though!
That's what I was also saying . It has to be propped open. And yes, they are heavvyyy.
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Use a step ladder and a couple of short 2x4’s, raise it up to the needed height and push the new ones in place.
If you have a rear ladder you might have to remove it on that side to get the cover up high enough.
Just replaced mine last week, cover is heavy, you will need some Help!
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Use a step ladder and a couple of short 2x4ís, raise it up to the needed height and push the new ones in place.
If you have a rear ladder you might have to remove it on that side to get the cover up high enough.
Just replaced mine last week, cover is heavy, you will need some Help!

You're right about the weight! I couldn't lift it by myself!
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Well, I got them changed! I managed to lift the door up myself and measured the distance from the bottom to the ground. I cut two 2x4's to hold it up while I changed the springs!

The old springs were totally shot! I could easily move them in and out with my hands, practically no resistance!
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