Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-02-2015, 07:05 PM   #1
Dr Travel
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Full timers
Posts: 81
Rockwood 8280 Door Gas Strut Breaks

Boy, we love our Rockwood 8280S. 2015 model, with a one-step upgrade. Everything has worked great until this week. Seems the door gas strut will not stay screwed into the door. What engineering genius figured that claptrap del-tapping screw-in design would hold…well he should come out here and fix our door. Two screws now holding it together, third one has lost all traction. Now what?

Anyone got a good permanent fix? I'm about to go down to Ace and get a slightly larger screw as a temp fix, but those screws need to come through the door frame and have a nut and washer on it to hold that thing together.

This has to be a design flaw…anyone else out there dealing with this?

robsshots is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2015, 07:32 PM   #2
Mod free 5er
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 23,850
A picture might help. Is it loose on the door or the side wall?

I moved both my anchor points 2-1/2" closer to the door hinge, used 3/16" pop rivets on the door anchor and thru bolted the side wall anchor and it has held for 3 years and the nice part is that with the anchor points moved, the door swings open over 90° and when the door is within about 6"-8" the strut helps close the door. It misses the awning strut by about 1-1/2"-2" also.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Both anchors relocated.JPG
Views:	119
Size:	105.0 KB
ID:	72880   Click image for larger version

Name:	Close up door anchor relocated.JPG
Views:	114
Size:	111.5 KB
ID:	72881   Click image for larger version

Name:	Close up relocated anchor on trailer.JPG
Views:	114
Size:	146.8 KB
ID:	72882   Click image for larger version

Name:	Door anchor relocated.JPG
Views:	105
Size:	98.5 KB
ID:	72883   Click image for larger version

Name:	Relocated anchor on trailer.JPG
Views:	108
Size:	99.4 KB
ID:	72884  

Click image for larger version

Name:	Relocated strut.JPG
Views:	112
Size:	101.4 KB
ID:	72885  

OldCoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2015, 02:13 PM   #3
Senior Member
Fivealive's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 207
I also used 3/16 pop rivets. Three seasons later they are still holding tight. I have yet to find anything that is permanent!
Fivealive is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2015, 11:00 AM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 14
Door Gas Strut Problem

My dealer has fixed dozens of these. Mine came apart about five months after we bought it. The problem is at the factory they use an air gun to drive the screws in to the door, and they over tighten them thus stripping the threads in the soft aluminum door skin. My dealer makes a small steel plate that he rivets onto the door, and than mounts the gas strut end onto it. It is all painted black, and looks and works great.
Steve & Chris Fitzgerald
2014 Rockwood Signature Ultralite 8280WS
2006 Ram 2500 w/Cummins 5.9
steve819 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2015, 09:21 PM   #5
Senior Member
Stormrider151's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: South East
Posts: 777
Mine did that on my hybrid. I just removed it before it did any real damage. Never missed it.
Retired Fire Dept Battalion Chief
2016 Ever-Lite 232RBS
2012 F150 FX4 W/Max tow & Ecoboost

Getting old ain't for wimps!!!
Stormrider151 is offline   Reply With Quote

280, door, gas, rockwood

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:11 AM.