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Old 12-31-2015, 09:09 AM   #1
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I bought a Sandpiper 360pdek. There isn't any kind of lift assist for the deck closure and it is impossible for 1 person to lift the deck to close. Buyer beware!! I'm going to have to hire someone to fabricate something so I can close this rear deck. Unlike the toy hauler that has a rolling cable closure, this has NOTHING!
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Old 12-31-2015, 09:41 AM   #2
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Would a "gas spring" work?
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Old 12-31-2015, 09:57 AM   #3
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Not sure. I'm going to have to have someone take a look and see what kind of options there would be. I do know the deck is really heavy and to tall for me to close it.
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Old 12-31-2015, 10:05 AM   #4
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Is there springs on the hinges?


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There are springs but they don't help with lift.
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Old 12-31-2015, 10:39 AM   #6
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My TH only has springs to help the lifting and it's not very hard. But I don't have the extra weight of the railings & steps.


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Old 01-01-2016, 09:01 AM   #7
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I had a toy hauler that had the cables on each side that rolled up and helped lift. Maybe I could find an old set of springs, like you are talking about, and replace what I have. All I know is I'm going to have to find something so I don't have to depend on finding someone to help me raise it up when I want to move. Loved the idea of the patio and can put a doggie door in so the dogs can go in and out. Just disappointed that they didn't make it user friendly!!
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I'm not sure if it's a solution but would it be possible to have a garage door specialist install a spring and cable system similar to those used in regular garage doors? Not sure if there's room or structurally feasibility. If you ever tried to open a home garage without the mechanism you would find out how effective they are.
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Old 01-01-2016, 10:37 PM   #9
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My wife who is 5'4" can close our deck on PDEK with no issues. She has to use a stool to reach the locks though. I would have your dealer check the tension on the springs in the hinge for proper tension. I can open ours with one hand and close it with no issues myself and have two bad knees and a torn L3 disk. Something is not to spec on your deck.
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Sounds like maybe mine was just never set right? I contacted the dealer and will have them check it out! I had several things they had to fix when I bought it and I complained about the tailgate but they hadn't come up with a fix yet. Now at least I know what to complain about! Yeah, the latches are plenty high! I'm 5'6" and can barely reach them if I'm on a good flat surface. Thank you.
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