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Old 09-11-2014, 01:33 PM   #1
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Adding gas/spring struts or props to entry door

Who has added these to their entry door?? They don't come standard (which I think they should..) and we were thinking of adding. Thanks!
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Old 09-11-2014, 01:37 PM   #2
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My 12 Flagstaff 8528RKWS came with the strut on the entry door and I moved both anchor points 2.5" closer to the hinge so it would open farther and also help close it.
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Old 09-11-2014, 01:44 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Are you able to post a picture? We have kids and adding the extra security that the door will not swing and crash into the siding but also the power awning. Poor design if you ask me.

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Old 09-11-2014, 02:33 PM   #4
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Can't help you with the auto door closer mine did not come with one. But I agree with you on the the very poor design of the power awnings, Nothing but problems with motors and bending frames. I know some people who keep 1 or 2 motors extra with them. Manual where just a simple spring loaded. And to top it off the metal was thicker then the flimsy stuff now. I guess it's one step further and 2 steps back as the saying go's.
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Old 09-11-2014, 03:10 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply. Are you able to post a picture? We have kids and adding the extra security that the door will not swing and crash into the siding but also the power awning. Poor design if you ask me. 2015 wildwood xlite 262bhxl
I know the poor design you refer to is the door swinging into the awning arm and not the design of the power awning. Carrying an extra motor is a "Just in case" scenario if we happen to be out and the motor quits which electric motors do all the time. Cheap, just like carrying a spare tire only much smaller and cheaper.
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I know the poor design you refer to is the door swinging into the awning arm and not the design of the power awning. Carrying an extra motor is a "Just in case" scenario if we happen to be out and the motor quits which electric motors do all the time. Cheap, just like carrying a spare tire only much smaller and cheaper.
No I did not mean that, it is just impossible for my door to swing into my awning arm being it's at least 5' from my door, I just meant as I said cheap awnings and and the light weight metal they are made of. I guess it really depends on the model you own.....It is impossible to hit on a 8289WS
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The OP's 2015 Wildwood X Lite 262BHXL has 2 doors and from the pictures, it doesn't look like the doors will hit the awning arms. I think OP is talking about the doors swinging into the side of the camper and damaging the siding. If there are no stops on the side, it is a very poor design. Even with stops on the side, the doors could be damaged. Our older trailers had the same problem and I just added a small chain to the top of the door to the door frame.
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Poor quality picture as this was taken inside however, the door is open but leaning against the frame of the awning. Both doors actually. Click image for larger version

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Poor quality picture as this was taken inside however, the door is open but leaning against the frame of the awning. Both doors actually. Attachment 62610Attachment 62611
Much different than the dealer pictures. Your front door is very much like my 12Flagstaff 8528RKWS which had a strut. When I moved the strut anchors, I got the door to stop about 1" from the awning arm. I agree with you, it is a very poor design to have the door swing into the awning arm. Even if you had a manual awning, it would either damage the door or the arm. You can either put a small chain on the door or a strut.
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Poor quality picture as this was taken inside however, the door is open but leaning against the frame of the awning. Both doors actually. Attachment 62610Attachment 62611
You are correct that is a very poor design, It's looks as through you can't even open the door all the way. How do you just leave the screen door open even if you can? Chalk that one up as another oops by FR.
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