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Old 12-09-2014, 08:42 AM   #43
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I would call it a more controlled opening than with the scissor. With the scissor, I tried to never completely release the door. My wife did a few times with a stiff wind blowing & the door slammed against the stop.

With this set up, I find myself pulling the door release and giving a gentle push and the strut controls the opening. It's not particularly slow & is open before I get down the steps. If I'm in a hurry, I just push the door open as before. There is very little sensation of resistance from the strut.



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Old 12-11-2014, 01:09 PM   #44
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I would call it a more controlled opening than with the scissor. With the scissor, I tried to never completely release the door. My wife did a few times with a stiff wind blowing & the door slammed against the stop.

With this set up, I find myself pulling the door release and giving a gentle push and the strut controls the opening. It's not particularly slow & is open before I get down the steps. If I'm in a hurry, I just push the door open as before. There is very little sensation of resistance from the strut.



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Steve, just one more question. I don't mean to question what you said above, but when I open one of my storage bay doors there is a delay as it opens, unless I pull it up. I'm still a little concerned about the entry door. I don't want to be standing there waiting for it to open. Could the difference be that the storage bay door is having to open up with the weight of the door against it? Thanks!
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Steve, just one more question. I don't mean to question what you said above, but when I open one of my storage bay doors there is a delay as it opens, unless I pull it up. I'm still a little concerned about the entry door. I don't want to be standing there waiting for it to open. Could the difference be that the storage bay door is having to open up with the weight of the door against it? Thanks!

With the door strut, if you hold the door & push it open, you will not notice any opening speed difference. If you pull the handle & give a slight push & let the strut push it open, it will be somewhat slow, but it's not an issue for me. I think it's a function of the 15 pound weight of the strut. If I push it open or pull it closed, I don't really notice very much resistance.




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With the door strut, if you hold the door & push it open, you will not notice any opening speed difference. If you pull the handle & give a slight push & let the strut push it open, it will be somewhat slow, but it's not an issue for me. I think it's a function of the 15 pound weight of the strut. If I push it open or pull it closed, I don't really notice very much resistance.




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Old 12-23-2014, 10:59 PM   #47
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I just finished this install. I used SS ball pivots and fasteners. I gave them all two coats of mat black Rustoleum rattle can paint. I did invert the top bracket so the ball faces down and the door mounted ball faces up. The strut is pretty much level with and just clears the top of the door. I'm using the 20/12 strut in 15 pound strength. Very smooth and positive operation. The 15# pressure will slowly push the door open to the stop when released at about 1/2 travel.

Effects of long term exposure remains to be seen.

Thanks to you guys who explored this fix. I hate the scissor arm.
Steve , Thanks for the extra pictures. I like the position that you mounted your strut, it seems to me that it is a cleaner install and lays flat against the door. Nice Job.

I have over the last few years been thinking of installing a strut also and have tried to come up with a install that would not interfere with the screen door. I tried one on the bottom but have since replaced our carpet with tile so that's out. Lately I have been inspired by these posts, so I came up up with a strut mount that doesn't show on the outside and is not noticeable on the inside and works very well. I will post pictures after the Monaco Quartzsite meet in the desert. So if you want to see it, come to Quatzsite.
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Steve , Thanks for the extra pictures. I like the position that you mounted your strut, it seems to me that it is a cleaner install and lays flat against the door. Nice Job.

I have over the last few years been thinking of installing a strut also and have tried to come up with a install that would not interfere with the screen door. I tried one on the bottom but have since replaced our carpet with tile so that's out. Lately I have been inspired by these posts, so I came up up with a strut mount that doesn't show on the outside and is not noticeable on the inside and works very well. I will post pictures after the Monaco Quartzsite meet in the desert. So if you want to see it, come to Quatzsite.

Aww, come on Mike! Some of us won't be able to attend Quartzsite!
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Joe, Sorry about the teaser but you could even tag along with CrazyKnight and Vanwill. They will be driving right buy your house almost, fuel has never been better priced and the market has never been higher also the weather is warmer too. You would fit right in with the all the modes that you have done. You would be a asset to everyone.

Easy trip, https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Colu...6!2d33.6639137
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Joe, Sorry about the teaser but you could even tag along with CrazyKnight and Vanwill. They will be driving right buy your house almost, fuel has never been better priced and the market has never been higher also the weather is warmer too. You would fit right in with the all the modes that you have done. You would be a asset to everyone.

Easy trip, https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Colu...6!2d33.6639137
Add one to the Crazy Coach A Van Westward ! Onward to Q...leaving in a week ! Drifter is right, you will fit right in and you could teach us a bunch during your stay in Q.

Sorry if you can not make it :-(
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Folks, I really appreciate the invitation, but it looks like we can't make it this year due to some medical problems that we need to get fixed before we hit the road for our 1-year fulltiming trial run! Maybe next year!
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