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Old 04-08-2014, 08:10 PM   #11
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Hmmm.. Our piston is on the bottom. Wonder if adding another piston to the top would help stabilize it some. Just a thought.
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:36 PM   #12
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Hmmm.. Our piston is on the bottom. Wonder if adding another piston to the top would help stabilize it some. Just a thought.
Nope, wont work. Screen door is shorter on the bottom to accommodate the piston
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:48 AM   #13
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Door at 180 degrees

Would you post a pic of the door at 180, the damper, and the strap - I'm very interestede
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Get a 3/4" nylon strap about 24" long and sew a loop in one end.
Get a 2" hinge and remove the center pin, attach the wide part of the hinge to the top of the door, use a nail as a pin to go through the hinge plate and the loop of the strap. attach the other end of the strap to the top of the door. Attach a door latch to the exterior of the rv and the door. When the strap is in place the door only opens half way. When the nail is removed the door opens 180 degrees and attaches to the exterior of the rv.
When inside, the strap can also be used to pull the door closed. Very simple but works well I will attempt to attach pics
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:43 PM   #15
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I just looked at our and it's at the bottom. The bracket that attaches the piston to the door frame has a busted sheet metal screw and it's being held by just one screw. I may remove the piston and install one of these so that it could be opened all the way and locked in place:

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Old 04-11-2014, 04:23 PM   #16
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Al, I removed my piston as well, because it was broken and bending my door fram. I know your solution will work with that latch if the awning is closed, but what about when its open?

For my 2012 351DS, when the awning is out, the front door only open to a 45 degree angle (give or take a few degrees) and I'm not sure if a latch that length will reach? Just thinking out loud here. I will be curious to see what you come up with.
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Al, I removed my piston as well, because it was broken and bending my door fram. I know your solution will work with that latch if the awning is closed, but what about when its open?

For my 2012 351DS, when the awning is out, the front door only open to a 45 degree angle (give or take a few degrees) and I'm not sure if a latch that length will reach? Just thinking out loud here. I will be curious to see what you come up with.
You are right. I just looked and the door will definitely hit the awning's arms. I currently don't have an awning since it's on order, but once I get one installed I'll see what the solution is. It may be possible to install a latch to the awning's arms or something.
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It may be possible to install a latch to the awning's arms or something.
I can't wait to see what you come up with and copy it.
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We have a 2013 378 xl
Just finished replacing the front door because of this problem. The door would open just fast enough to bend the door frame when it opens all the way. The door was replaced under warranty. Now I need to come up with a solution so it won't happen again. Will post pics when I find a cure for a defective design.
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I can't wait to see what you come up with and copy it.
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Mine hasn't broke yet but looks like its just a matter of time. I noticed this weekend it has already lost pressure and the only thing is doing is keeping the door from opening all the way.
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