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Old 05-29-2016, 06:03 PM   #11
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I have replaced a few struts on my Charleston and also on hatch doors on my boat. I was able to get them at my local NAPA auto parts store. Brought them my old one for the numbers and they hooked me right up.
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Old 05-29-2016, 06:46 PM   #12
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I'm thinking of adding something like this to my MH. While I'd like the door to open a little slower, this may be a solution no matter what.
The chain usually works on houses and buildings. It should work on RVs.

It would have to be anchored securely to the RV and the door. Wind can put alot of force on the chain, I have seen a few break where I used to work. You would need to place it so it does not interfere with people going n and out.
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Old 05-29-2016, 07:23 PM   #13
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Mine keeps coming out as well of the little black things as well, RV dealers do sell repacements. Was going to wrap a little wire around the screw point to resolve the issue.

As someone else noted, I do not think the compression rod seems to be well fitted with this door (not in size but in pressure), it is 15lb pounds of pressure, maybe it needed to be a little more..
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Old 05-29-2016, 08:02 PM   #14
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Thank you. Will try AutoZone before ordering on-line- better if, as we are, on an extended road trip! Dawn
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Old 05-29-2016, 08:08 PM   #15
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Thank you. Will try AutoZone before ordering on-line- better if, as we are, on an extended road trip! Dawn
I doubt AutoZone is going to have it. Lowes or HomeDepot (I checked) do not either. You need an RV dealer for this part if you want to replace it.

NorthTrail RV here in Florida actually keeps them in stock (there is a variety to choose from) because they replace them so often.
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Old 05-29-2016, 08:42 PM   #16
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See my comment above. You need to lower the pressure, not increase. I was told this by the strut mfg.


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Old 05-29-2016, 11:57 PM   #17
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I had one on our Rockwood 2303KS. I thought it was a pain in the a## because the door could not be opened all the way and you had to walk around it, so I removed it and installed a T holder.
The wind caught the door on our friends Cardinal, ripped the thing off and bent the door slightly. And we've talked to a few others at camp sites who have had similar problems with them. I bought the T holder on Amazon for under $10 with shipping.
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As someone else noted, I do not think the compression rod seems to be well fitted with this door (not in size but in pressure), it is 15lb pounds of pressure, maybe it needed to be a little more..

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We opted for a 10# force strut. Installed it and am now happy that thedoor opens slower and with less force. You need to lower the pressure, not increase. I was told this by the strut mfg.
Mine failed on my 2104S last year. I agree, I went with a 10 lb strut and was much happier with it.
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I had one on our Rockwood 2303KS. I thought it was a pain in the a## because the door could not be opened all the way and you had to walk around it, so I removed it and installed a T holder.
The wind caught the door on our friends Cardinal, ripped the thing off and bent the door slightly. And we've talked to a few others at camp sites who have had similar problems with them. I bought the T holder on Amazon for under $10 with shipping.
Dumb question, what is a tholder?
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