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Old 03-29-2014, 02:58 PM   #1
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Front door swing 351DS

Has anyone figured out a better way to manage the front door swing? As it is, anytime there is even a slight breeze, the door gets slammed open and the piston breaks. I tried using a stronger piston, but it just opens the door even faster.
I thought about using one of those t shaped holdouts, but you can't keep the door open all of the way due to the awning being in the way.
Any suggestions?
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:15 PM   #2
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I understand what you mean by opening quickly even without wind. We've gotten used to it. I wish there was a shock that would dampen it as it come close to being fully opened.
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:16 PM   #3
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Exactly
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:01 PM   #4
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I just bought a 2012 Georgetown 351DS last week, and the front door is probably my biggest gripe. I'm used to the front door opening all the way (180 degrees in my previous motorhome) and then securing it to the exterior wall with a metal clip. It was very convenient, because my family and friends are always in and out of the RV, and we're used to just using the screen door to keep the bugs out.

I will be watching this thread like a hawk, just in case anyone comes up with a good way to keep the front door open.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:31 PM   #5
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My front door is falling apart. Opens to far and pulls against shock. Then any breeze aggravates the problem. On my list of warranty issues. Probably need to install a new door. If the awning is out, it helps stop the door. I don't use my awning much.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:23 PM   #6
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The reason that they don't have the door open all of the way is that it hits the awning when it is down. I tried to get one of those t latches to work, but you would have to get a 10 or 12 inch bracket in the middle of the door in order to hold it out far enough that the canopy will open.

The gas piston works alright sometime, but if there is a slight breeze from behind the RV the door rips open. It opened so fast on me that the gas piston broke and I had to order new end fittings for it.

Another problem I have is that my door is tweeked so that when you try to shut it, the top hits first, then you have to yank the door to fully close it. When you go to open the door you have to pry on the handle to open it. My wife often has me get the door, because she cant even get it to budge when we are slightly unlevel. I sent it in for warranty work on that problem, they said they fixed it. Not so much. Next available appointment is two or three months. Nice. Thanks.
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I'm feeling that pain too. The piston on my front door came broken... and the top of my door is bent where the piston attaches, most likely from the door opening up from a gust of wind.

I looked at a number of those T brackets and I'm not too fond of having a 10 inch latch dangling from the side of the RV. Nor do I want to put any unnecessary screw holes in the door and/or walls.

In a perfect world, I'd like to install a high quality piston that keeps the door from swinging open in the wind, and then something as simple as one of that catches they have on screen doors in homes in order to keep it open. Something so simple, yet I can't find one anywhere.
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[QUOTE=rkneifl;582137]I'm feeling that pain too. The piston on my front door came broken... and the top of my door is bent where the piston attaches, most likely from the door opening up from a gust of wind.
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Is your piston attached at the top of our door?? Mine is attached at the bottom.
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Yes, mine is attached to the top.
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:12 AM   #10
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The first thing I did when I got my 2012 337xl was to remove the damper and attach a door latch to the side of the RV to allow the door to swing open 180 degrees. It is much better. I also used the top damper hardware and installed a nylon strap attached to the mounting brackets on the coach and door with a removable pin so it can be opened 1/2 way with the strap in place, or all the way with the strap disconnected.
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