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Old 11-15-2019, 12:10 PM   #15
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I would suggest leaving the old scissors arm on in addition to the gas strut as an opening limiter. I tried gas struts with out the scissors arm and could not find one that had a " dampened or soft" opening.
I had to hold the door as it opened to keep from damaging the brackets holding the strut. Got tired of messing with it and went back to a new scissors. I like it way better than the strut. If the scissors is loose they are miserable and need repair it is true. I know at some point I will need to repair it but there is info how to do that also.
Not sure why the struts you purchased did not have a soft opening. I used the recommended 20-inch long strut with 15 pound spring weight and it works really well. Just recently when heading south from home, I went through 5 F temperatures with lots of wind and the strut even worked well at that low temperature.

Here is a link to the one I used: https://www.amazon.com/RV-Designer-G.../dp/B007H2OLZE

I think if I needed to leave the scissors on, I would skip the gas strut. The scissors works well too. Just a different option.
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Old 11-15-2019, 03:16 PM   #16
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If you can make it work I think the gas strut is a great option. I called Suspa gas springs two times, trying to purchase a "soft open" strut. No luck. If you can get the correct part you will be in business.

That Monaco entry door is heavy and if it is moving fast it takes a lot to stop it. The three struts I tried moved it so fast that when it came to the end of the stroke on the strut the door would smack hard, rattle around straining the screws and brackets. I have a bent bracket to prove it. I got tired of explaining to everyone using the door to hold and slow the door to keep it from slamming open.
I just got sick of it and put a new scissors back on.
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Old 11-16-2019, 04:37 PM   #17
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I would suggest leaving the old scissors arm on in addition to the gas strut as an opening limiter. I tried gas struts with out the scissors arm and could not find one that had a " dampened or soft" opening.
I had to hold the door as it opened to keep from damaging the brackets holding the strut. Got tired of messing with it and went back to a new scissors. I like it way better than the strut. If the scissors is loose they are miserable and need repair it is true. I know at some point I will need to repair it but there is info how to do that also.
Don't understand the hard opening! Mine opens softly once I start it opening.
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Old 11-19-2019, 07:31 PM   #18
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Don't understand the hard opening! Mine opens softly once I start it opening.
Mine also opens softly--Or at least it did. . But just this morning I went out the door was not opening at all on it's own. Yep, this thread has jinked my strut!!

I ordered a new one. I'm going to try the 15#, up from the 10# I have now, just for fun.
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Th 15 lb one works great on mine. Have been using it living full time for several years now. I have had to replace the strut about three times.
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Th 15 lb one works great on mine. Have been using it living full time for several years now. I have had to replace the strut about three times.
I think you're right. My new one gets here tomorrow. These doors are heavy. My son's 5'er door is much lighter. Even a 10# might be too much for his. It would probably twist the door too much when closing it.
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I installed the 15# today. Not a real big difference than the 10 when it was new. Little more effort to close the door, but I think it's a good match. Both the 10 and 15 are identical in size, I didn't have to move brackets.

My door is heavy. I think if someone had a lighter door, I would probably recommend the 10#.
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