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Old 07-14-2016, 09:14 AM   #11
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Stock is 15 pound. Camping World had a 15 pound and it worse fine. $15. Mine leaked and had no resistance.
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Old 11-16-2016, 03:02 PM   #12
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Gas Prop Replacement - MBS Solera 24S

Can someone explain exactly how to twist off the ends to remove the existing gas prop? Mine has failed. I have purchased a replacement strut, but I cannot see how the ends "twist" off. Thank you!
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Old 11-16-2016, 03:42 PM   #13
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I know it's a 20" full length 12" compressed. Just want a similar opening force as this one seems just about perfect.
The struts on my TT aren't the cheap ones you see most places. The normal struts used in automotive applications and on RVs to lift beds operate one way - they lift a given, predetermined weight. They rely on overcoming resistance or weight to operate smoothly.
Door struts are two-way. They push the door open then they dampen the swing at the end of their stroke. If you use a one-way, the door flies open and the strut bangs hard against the stops, straining the strut and the door hinges. You have to hang on to the door handle to control the opening speed. I replaced my strut with the correct one but I don't have the part number handy. IIRC, it was about $25 (plus shipping). The correct strut opens the door and slowly brings it to rest in the fully open position. I can open the door and turn it loose. The door opens quickly and smoothly then slows down as the strut extends fully.
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Old 11-16-2016, 04:25 PM   #14
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Lightly clamp one of the ends in to a vice or vice grip pliers. Twist the cylinder counter clockwise. If it doesn't go easy use a pliers to help it along. You will be throwing away the cylinder so do not worry about scratching it. Now do the same to the other end. A 10# strut works best for an MBS. Don't worry if you mess up the ends-you can buy them on Ebay.
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Old 11-16-2016, 04:50 PM   #15
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Thank you for your speedy reply, SSmbs!
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Old 11-16-2016, 04:55 PM   #16
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You can pry the sockets off with a screwdriver and not damage anything.
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Old 11-16-2016, 05:32 PM   #17
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Thanks, OldCoot. I'll try to unscrew them first; if that doesn't work, I'll try prying them apart. And if that doesn't work, I'm driving someplace to get help!
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Old 11-17-2016, 07:17 AM   #18
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Some end sockets have a clip that locks them around the ball. Remove the clip
with a small screwdriver or pliers. Then the end will slip easily from the ball.
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Old 11-18-2016, 04:53 PM   #19
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Job done and new door strut installed. Mikejax, good clue! There were clips which held the socket on a little ball attached to the frame and door bottom. Pry off the clips of the old strut. The new strut (held in place by the clips) just pressed into place over the balls. Yes, the door stays open! Thanks all for your guidance.
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Old 11-19-2016, 07:18 AM   #20
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gas strut

I got one from JR Products - SKU GSNI-5300-10 - the "10" indicates 10 pounds of opening force which is much better than the original part. The door opens more gently.
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