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Old 06-15-2015, 09:58 PM   #1
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High door closing effort

Picked FR3 up from dealer today after getting some warranty work done and found very high effort to close the coach door. Paperwork indicates they replaced broken door strut (wasn't broken as far as I was concerned). Any way to adjust the effort of the gas strut?
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:37 PM   #2
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I found that I had to adjust the strike plate. So much so I had to remove the plate and using my rotary tool i lowered the plate by almost 1/4". I also had to bend. The aluminum frame a little so the latch bolt wouldn't rub the door frame. After that it closed easily and securely.
I can maybe take a few pics to show what I did if needed to help explain what I did.
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:16 AM   #3
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Thanks, but my issue is overcoming the force of the gas strut, not with the latch.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:05 PM   #4
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High door closing effort

I apologize
Just read your post wrong.
My strut is rated at 15 lbs of force. I have no issue with closing it.
What is your strut rated at?
I personal don't know anyway of adjusting the force.
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:08 PM   #5
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I hated trying to overcome the force of the door strut, so I filed it to let the gas escape, and then made a PVC slotted and cut to length to slip over the exposed rod to hold it open while camping. To close the door, I remove the PVC and the door shuts very easily.


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Old 06-17-2015, 09:35 AM   #6
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Sounds like they may have replaced the strut with a higher lbs Strut. I would check with the repair facility to see what they used to replace the strut. I think it should only be a 15-20lbs strut on an FR3
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Old 06-17-2015, 09:53 AM   #7
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Might be the right strut and the anchor points were drilled in the wrong places from the factory.
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Old 06-17-2015, 10:51 AM   #8
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I assumed that prior to dropping off the coach the door worked with a resonable effort, and the extra effort came after the strut was replaced. I also assumed the simply replaced the strut, not the entire assembly.


MandK, do you know how much of the strut assembly they replaced?
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:25 AM   #9
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Mystery solved, they damaged the original working strut (claim wind caught the door and broke it) and replaced with part they had which was too high a force. They are going to send me the correct part. Thanks for the advice.
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