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Old 06-04-2024, 03:05 PM   #1
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Change from Door Strut to Friction Hinges

2023 Whitehawk 27RB came with a Strut mounted on the bottom of door.

It prevents the door from opening too far since the hot water heater is behind it.
In windy conditions the door won't stay open without a rope from the door to the outdoor television mount.
The dealer I bought from had an estimate of 1300.00 to install a new door with friction hinges.
My question: Has anyone removed the useless strut and bought the Lippert Friction Hinges, installing them and removing strut?
Did it work out?

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Why won't he just add the friction hinge? Since they're only $60 or so you wouldn't be out much just giving it a try.
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Old 06-04-2024, 04:08 PM   #3
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Depending on how hard the winds blowing, friction hinges won't hold the door open either.

I just pulled the strut off, due to installing solid steps, and put one of the outside latches that holds the door open.

Part of the water heater is behind the main door as well, so I got one of the long latches. I think it's about 12 inches or so.

Similar to these, only longer:

https://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Bowe...32&sr=8-3&th=1
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Depending on how hard the winds blowing, friction hinges won't hold the door open either.
Lippert claims 25 mph.
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Lippert claims 25 mph.
That's not even a strong breeze here in Wyoming.

Of course, in many areas, that would work great.
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That's not even a strong breeze here in Wyoming.
How very true, but beautiful country.
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Old 06-04-2024, 06:11 PM   #7
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Why won't he just add the friction hinge? Since they're only $60 or so you wouldn't be out much just giving it a try.
Don't know if he's even aware you can buy just the hinges or he was just trying to make some money?
I just ran across them looking for the Lippert Slim Shades and thought this might be worth looking into and decide to get others thoughts.
It wasn't anywhere near 25mph wind and it wouldn't stay open and was worried about a G-Grand daughter being knocked off the steps.
I don't know, just a real joke of a design in my opinion.
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Why won't he just add the friction hinge? Since they're only $60 or so you wouldn't be out much just giving it a try.
Speaking of doors flying...

Id there any way to make my screen door 'self-close?' A small piston thingie? Would need to be significant, seeing the door is all of what feels like 5lb.

Oh wait. Just answered my own question. ENTER: The Lippert 'Screen Shot'. $35 for a piece of webbed elastic run through and aluminum tube.
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Speaking of doors flying...

Id there any way to make my screen door 'self-close?' A small piston thingie? Would need to be significant, seeing the door is all of what feels like 5lb.

Oh wait. Just answered my own question. ENTER: The Lippert 'Screen Shot'. $35 for a piece of webbed elastic run through and aluminum tube.
I always used the spring ones. $12.00

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-44133-S.../dp/B000EDOT9Q
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Just did what you’re asking to my SIL door.
There’s no water heater behind, but there’s a window, that the door would hit.
Put on the friction hinge and a long door catch, for windy days, with a 3”bumper so the wind won’t blow the door into the window.
The strut was a horrible idea.
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I replaced the door strut on my X23B with the Lippert friction hinges. Adding the hinges was easy. Be sure to follow the instructions. With the Arizona (light/moderate) winds the door remains in an open position. Sometimes we open the door 6-8" and it remains in that position.
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Thanks all for your input
Two sets of hinges on order along with the Thin Shades
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My friction hinges were breaking the hinge area in places. I damaged the door (seperate incident) and when had it replaced I went back to the "no friction" hinge, and the manual hook on the outside.
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That's not even a strong breeze here in Wyoming.

Of course, in many areas, that would work great.
Of the 44 states we have traveled, wind in Nebraska is a real nuisance and New Mexico is close, but southern Wyoming makes those states feel like a vacuum and Cheyenne is the absolute worst. Must be the cleanest town in the U.S. Only rest stop I've seen with stabilizer jacks down on RVs. Coming up I-25 from Fort Collins area can be really iffy. And then there's the hail... But Wyoming is worth that and a bunch more - beautiful state, great people, spectacular byways and fascinating history.
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Of the 44 states we have traveled, wind in Nebraska is a real nuisance and New Mexico is close, but southern Wyoming makes those states feel like a vacuum and Cheyenne is the absolute worst. Must be the cleanest town in the U.S. Only rest stop I've seen with stabilizer jacks down on RVs. Coming up I-25 from Fort Collins area can be really iffy. And then there's the hail... But Wyoming is worth that and a bunch more - beautiful state, great people, spectacular byways and fascinating history.
Oh man, you have that right!!!!

North out of Cheyenne can be brutal at times as well.

It's so dang funny, coming out of Fort Collins is decent..........Until you hit the Wyoming border.

I swear they knew where to put the state line due to the wind.
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