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Old 05-03-2016, 06:51 PM   #1
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Coach Entry Door 10 mm Gas Prop Ball Repair

The 10mm gas prop ball on the entry door is loose and seems to rock back and forth. Sure feels like it could use tightening or repair. But it shows no sign of how it is attached to the bottom of the door.


And this is a Sunseeker/Forseter motor home entry door in question.


Has anybody done a repair job to strengthen the attachment?


Also has anybody changed the 20lb gas prop for a 10lb for a lighter push open of the entry door?
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Old 05-04-2016, 03:41 PM   #2
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Ours is sloppy from the factory as well. One of these days I'll look into repairing this, or will change how it operates so the door can swing 180ish degrees when the awning is not deployed (which it rarely is).
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Old 05-05-2016, 05:24 PM   #3
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I ha e same issue. I asked the dealer, Avalon rv which is great, and they said they would have to remove the whole door frame so I decided to wait until it breaks. I was thinking that there may be a way to drill straight through once it breaks and come up with a mod that would prevent door frame from being removed. You know once they remove it it will never be the same again.
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Old 05-06-2016, 11:46 AM   #4
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If you are referring to the end of the door closer that attaches to the door jamb then keep reading. The door closer was actually hanging off the side of the vehicle. If not, never mind.

Ours worked loose at that connection while on a trip. I took a wrench and tightened it. I planned to do a better job at home using some thread locker but it has remained tight. No wobble and less noise from the door. Additionally, the door closes easier now.

If I could only get my wife to stop slamming the door...
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Old 05-06-2016, 01:26 PM   #5
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Thanks for your reply Bobby, but it is not the one on the sill.
It is the one under the door as pictured. And I have turned it but with no results in making it tighter. It is going to need a better fix, and I am still in the thinking stage.
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Mine is loose on the sill
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:33 PM   #7
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Thanks for your reply Bobby, but it is not the one on the sill.
It is the one under the door as pictured. And I have turned it but with no results in making it tighter. It is going to need a better fix, and I am still in the thinking stage.
It may be held on with a pin and a cinch nut instead of a bolt or screw.

If the pin or cinch nut broke it would explain why you can't tighten it.

I have seen this in other applications.
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Old 05-14-2016, 05:43 PM   #8
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The fix

Well I did not make out very good with the results from the first post “coach entry door 10 mm gas prop ball repair”. Thought maybe someone else may have done a fix but not to be found. So here is my story.
Picture 1 - On the bottom of the entry door front and back are 4 screws plus one screw underneath door holding a rubber pad. Remove these screws.
Picture 2 - This is what the bottom edge part looks like taken off.
Picture 3 - This shows just how loose this 10mm ball is.
Picture 4 - And this is why, really not a very strong assembly.
Picture 5,6 - Drilled the old ball out carefully so I could remove it complety. And machined a new part for mounting the fresh 10mm ball to. Made out of stainless and drilled for 2 8-32 screws to hold it in place. Plus 5/16-18 threaded hole in the center for the new ball.
Picture 7 - This is what it looks like now.
Picture 8 - Using a 10 pound gas prop and it is much nicer. Just the right feel to the door now.
Picture 9 - Even though the new part appears stronger in assembly I do not like the idea that this is the sole stop for the door. Just a lot of leverage can be applied. And the ball on the sill might take hurt next. So I will be using the gas prop just for the holding the door open feature and opting for a positive door stop which would be safer for those windy days. And here it is.

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Well Done

Beyond appreciating your handy work I have questions.

Are you saying that the weather strip at the bottom of the door is only held on by one screw? No adhesive?

It also looks like the weather strip does not run the entire width of the door. I have a gap on both sides also. I wonder why, the money saved would be insignificant.

I think there is a files section where you could post your work on this fix.
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Bobby,
4 screws, 2 on each end. Then 1 rubber pad underneath held on also by one screw.
Yes the bottom plate slides in between the end tabs. Need to be careful when reinstalling.
The new door stop is a grab handle cut down with 1" rubber cane end. All 3 screws went into aluminum frame underneath, which pleased me. The weather strip is to allow any water to drain from inside the door.
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