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Old 10-18-2011, 09:00 PM   #43
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"Whoosh" is always cool :-)
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:03 PM   #44
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I saw the door I want on the way home, at the lewis and clark welcome center on the corner of I90 and the missouri river...

It was a tour bus of some sort. The door was mounted on a bunch of linky things. I think air cylinders were involved. It made a "whoosh", popped straight out, and moved straight back along the side of the coach.

It was way cool.
The door you described is on many Prevosts and Newells. A few megabucks should solve all our problems!
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:54 AM   #45
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....''''I'm envisioning something like an old-fashioned screen-door piston and spring, but mounted outside of the door (since we don't have that much room between doors on ours). Obviously more elegant than that, but you get the idea.

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Just keep in mind that if you mount something like a piston on the outside of the door it may create a lot of wind noise. Your door may work super but they may have to put you in a straight jacket after 8 hours of driving. By the way, please oil your tools, I hate rusty tools.

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Heh heh heh, thanks Bob. I'm one of those people that can't stand wind-noise or a rattle when driving. Last year, we were crossing W Texas on one of those chalk-string-straight roads and the wind plus coach-wind was just right such that the burble across the door-hinges was actually whistling. I ended up with duct-tape along the entire leading edge to get it to stop (remnants of tape still exist there too).
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Another bad design issue is that the arm destroys the door gasket! Any fixes with that?
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:30 PM   #49
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My Dynasty had the same problem, the rivet actually fell out on mine in a grass lot and I lost it. I repaired it by getting a 5/16 "socket flat head" fastener from fastenal which has the same bevel as the rivet, then cut the fastener so it was flat with the base, clamped it and TIG welded it in with 304 stainless rod. Then ground the head flush with the hinge. I had done the smash trick before as well, but as a previous poster stated the edges of the rivet started cracking which eventually broke the top off the rivet in a big wind gust. The stainless stuff is harder than Chinese arithmatic and there is zero flexion at the rivet point now, it will stay open in a pretty nasty wind, in fact it doesn't even budge in a 30 mph wind. I realize not everyone has a TIG welder, but if could be done with an iron oxide fastener as well with a MIG welder. Nice thing about TIG stainless is the fix doesn't rust and the weld is flat. Pretty poor engineering, but I'm not telling you anything you didn't already know. If anyone wants the particulars of how to do it, let me know.
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Why not something as simple as this ?

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Another bad design issue is that the arm destroys the door gasket! Any fixes with that?
can you bend it down a bit so it doesn't drag on the gasket?
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