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Old 02-06-2018, 08:07 PM   #1
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Gas strut on door locked up tonight. Before I could look closer the rod bent. Has anyone have one lockup like this? Iíve already found it online at Lavanture for about $25.


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Gas strut on door locked up tonight. Before I could look closer the rod bent. Has anyone have one lockup like this? Iíve already found it online at Lavanture for about $25.


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Mine didn't lock up, but it just went "limp". Found one same length and weight rating, but the ends were plastic and larger so door wouldn't close. Not enough clearance under door. I just installed a "T" latch to hold door clear open if awning is not out and a rubber bumper on door to hit awning arm if awning extended.

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Old 02-07-2018, 06:51 PM   #3
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I used 20in 10lbs worked great.
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Ours still works fine, but notice it takes a lot of strain, especially if the wind is the right direction in relation to the coach. Always expect its going to be a casualty in the near future.
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I don't know if this helps since I have a 5th wheel but I had a problem with the door being blown shut in high wind and also straining the strut when blowing in the opposite direction. So, I installed two flag pole holders and a piece of PVC pipe. As you can see, I tried a "T" fitting previously but that didn't work very well. Only problem I have is that I need to remember to remove the brace before bringing the awning in . Probably doesn't look the greatest but it works.
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I don't really care for the strut on my 2017 31fs. As soon as you open the door it's trying to yank you out of the coach. I may try something else.
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My strut was doing the same thing. Full power open all the way to 90 degrees. It ended up putting so much energy into the door that when the strut was out of length, and the door stopping abruptly that it ended up ripping the strut out of floor frame and the door then swung all the way open and hit the awning frame, putting a crease in the edge of the door. I have heard somewhere that there is a new strut that is not as strong and also dampens near the end of the opening allowing for a less violent experience. I have noticed my basement doors are this way, if the main door used the same springs, that would be perfect. My dealer is going to talk to Jayco to see if this is true.
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