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  • GleamB
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Gas struts at LP tank door
It looks like my struts have ridden their last rodeo. They seem to made by Atwood SpringLift out of Texas. I can't quite make out the phone number on the strut, but will try again tomorrow. I Googled Atwood, with the model SL-34-100, and with 12"...

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  • rbark
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Not a 100% sure, but I think the 100 represents the poundage.

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Proper application of a stick and bathroom scale, followed up by right triangle vector figuring will tell you what you need to know.

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FOT has all the struts in stock
It's good to support them so they will continue to support our old coaches
Their parts dept is still open, limited hours but still shipping to keep us going.

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The shipping cost will floor you.

  • kenhat
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$17 bucks free shipping ebay.

Pair 20 Inches 40 Pound Gas Spring Rod Struts Lift Props RV Tool Box Top Lid...

see ya
ken

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The shipping cost will floor you.
But Irish does have a good point about supporting FOT for as long as they support us.

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I replaced mine and the originals were 120 pound struts.  The new ones are just fine.  $25 for two.
Amazon.com: Suspa C16-08055 Force 120 lbs Gas Springs Set of 2: Automotive

There are for the bus style bay doors, not sure what the hinged doors use

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As far as shipping from FOT ... if you know someone in NAC who will go pick them up for you and send the USPS it can be a lot cheaper.  These longer struts may not be so cheap but UPS from FOT has always been dear.  They need to be a good friend.

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But Irish does have a good point about supporting FOT for as long as they support us.

Go for it if your pocketbook allows.  It cost me $17.00 shipping for two genset exhaust gaskets that I...

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  • kenhat
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I replaced mine and the originals were 120 pound struts.  The new ones are just fine.  $25 for two.
Amazon.com: Suspa C16-08055 Force 120 lbs Gas Springs Set of 2: Automotive
Holy...

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Holy crap! My big bay doors had 100 pound struts that I downsized to 80 pound to take some of the pressure off the hinges. The small doors on my coach are 40 pound struts. How big are the LP fuel...


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  • kenhat
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I think the parallel doors geometry requires more lift.
Today I learned... The fuel door is a bus style door? I thought they were all hinged.

see ya
ken

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I replaced every strut on mine, Brad at FT fixed me up with the proper ones. The numbers don't always mean what you think. He has a chart on the exact ones for which doors

  • GleamB
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I removed one end of a 100# strut to measure the socket size. When I tried to replace it, I need to compress it about an inch,or so. Can't compress it. Must be the other strut, failing.
Roger installed 120# struts.
Any tricks to compress the 100...

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I removed one end of a 100# strut to measure the socket size. When I tried to replace it, I need to compress it about an inch,or so. Can't compress it. Must be the other strut, failing.
Roger...


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I made a carrier for the strut that holds it in a compressed length just enough to get it on the mounting pins.  A really classy stick. I used a bar clamp to compress the strut and slip it into the holder.  Then just align it to the pins and pop...

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  • GleamB
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Cheap HF ratchet ties.
I am not familiar with this item. Do you know HF item number for it?

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I am not familiar with this item. Do you know HF item number for it?
I believe he's talking about tie down straps with a ratchet tightener.

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Then just align it to the pins and pop it on.   After a couple tries you figure it out
My kinda GUY Roger that looks like some of my contraptions -- I'll be making me one of these!!
Chris

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There are for the bus style bay doors, not sure what the hinged doors use.

For the hinged bay doors, I've found that using 10lbs of strut for every foot, in length, of the door works...

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  • GleamB
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Bus style door
100 lbs is correct
FOT doesn't have in stock, but their price was ok
Found some on eBay or Hatchlift.com
Oops...not 10

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Bus style door
10 lbs is correct
FOT doesn't have in stock, but their price was ok
Found some on eBay or Hatchlift.com
10 lbs? that is the same as the indoor cabinets.

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