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Old 05-09-2012, 11:15 AM   #31
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I got the new plate fitted, painted and installed. Hopefully it will hold up. If necessary, I can always drill thru the wall and put an alum plate on the inside to match the one on the outside.

We sure like the fact that the door now opens over 90 degrees and still misses the awning arm. Also like the fact that it helps close door as well as when opening it doesn't fly open in your face.

Don't know why Forest River didn't mount the strut like this from the factory. Someone just didn't think the design through I guess.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:37 AM   #32
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Can you add a pic of the top of the door??
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:21 PM   #33
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Don't know if this is what you wanted, but I took them in the rain, so the light,etc is not the best.
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:45 PM   #34
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It would seem that Forest River should be responsible for this defective design! When I bought my 2011 8628RKWS two years ago the bracket on the door was already pulling loose. So I flagged it and asked for it to be repaired before accepting delivery. I think all they did was out new screws in. Last year those had pulled somewhat, so I took it back and I'm not sure what they did, but the screws were tighter when I left. I'm not sure how many screws were there originally, but there are three now. I should say WERE three screws. Despite never letting the door open on its own, the top of my door is now destroyed and today the bracket pulled out completely - dragging the expanding wall anchors through the plastic and aluminum. I'm VERY disappointed with Forest River for the design and with their dealer for not repairing this properly. Ugh.
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:11 PM   #35
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... the top of my door is now destroyed and today the bracket pulled out completely - dragging the expanding wall anchors through the plastic and aluminum...
Can you take some pictures and post them? I can send the pattern of what I did when I relocated the strut on mine. It opens much gentler, opens wider, doesn't hit the awning arm and doesn't seem to put as much load on anything, door or the side of the camper.
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:49 PM   #36
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Strange we have had ours for a year now with lots of use. I wish it did open more but we have not had any issues. With kids in and out I took a look after this post and cannot find it pulling away at all. I will keep an eye on it. I have 11 months remaining on the warentee and they have been great fixing anything that I have brought to them.
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Yep. Here's the photos. As I mentioned earlier, I don't believe the dealer every properly fixed it from the original blue tape punch list. Now its broken badly.
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I just finished 5th night of camping. My little repair is holding up good. Not the prettiest. I liked what dunnnc did to his better.
I did make a call to the factory last week about the closer on the door. He said that he did'nt know of a lot of problems with the closers on these doors. He was real nice but I did'nt believe him
The reason I did not take back to dealer is My repair is most likely better than what they would do anyways. Good luck on getting yours repaired.
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Yep. Here's the photos. As I mentioned earlier, I don't believe the dealer every properly fixed it from the original blue tape punch list. Now its broken badly.
Is the top pic of the door and the bottom the anchor off the wall?
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Don't know if this is what you wanted, but I took them in the rain, so the light,etc is not the best.
Well, after using our camper for the last 3+ weeks, the gas strut anchor on the camper wall started loosening, so I will now make a trip to Lowes and get some stainless steel machine screws & nuts, make an alum. backer plate and bolt thru to the inside of the camper. We really like the relocated anchors and the fact that the strut helps close the door as well as allowing it to open approx. 130 without hitting the awning arm.
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